Hey lovelies! I was given a privilege to ask the amazing Lauren Layne a few questions about her books, her writing, etc, and I can’t wait to share them all with you. As you know, Crushed is one of my faves this year. If you haven’t yet, your can read my review here.
♥ Q&A with lauren Layne ♥
Hi Lauren! First of all, thank you so much for answering my questions.
Thank you for having me! It’s an honor!
What your favorite part about writing this series?
I’ve loved trying to find a fresh way to tell beloved classics. Each book in the series is loosely based on an old fairy tale, and it was fun to figure out how to fit modern twenty-something characters into those classic love stories.
I loved Michael’s character. He started out as a side character, when did you know he was going to get his own book?
Thank you! You know, I actually had no idea that he’d be getting his own book until pretty late in the game. He first made an appearance as “the villain” in ISN’T SHE LOVELY, which I wrote as a stand-alone, without any intent of a spin-off. But when I started brainstorming new book ideas, I realized how perfect Olivia (BROKEN) and Michael (CRUSHED) would be as the heroine/hero of their own story. I’ll confess that I was a little worried about reader reception—they’re both so flawed. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised that readers seem willing to accept characters with mistakes in their past. We’re all human, after all!
Do you always see or envision certain side characters getting their own story or it just happens?
Hmm, great question. I’ll say that I usually have a pretty good idea of which side characters are candidates for their own book, but I’m occasionally in for a surprise, the way I was with Michael.
Chloe…I loved her. Her quirks, her smart mouth, her insecurities about her weight — as I reader I find her very relatable. What’s the best part about writing her character?
Thank you! Chloe is perhaps one of my favorite heroines—she seemed so alive as I was writing her. My favorite part about her was how unabashed she is. Reserved characters are always a little bit hard to write because they’re so quiet. But Chloe is the type of person that wears her heart on her sleeve and says absolutely everything that she’d thinking. I think part of why readers have found her so relatable is because she’s an odd combination of confident and insecure. She’s pretty sure that she’s awesome, but even still, little things trip her up and leave her vulnerable. I think we can all relate.
In writing this book, are there parts that you enjoyed writing more than others? What are they? And which part was challenging for you to write.
Sex scenes are always challenging—so if I have to pick a least favorite, that’s it. I’m forever agonizing over how to describe body parts in a way that’s not too clinical, not too trashy, not too euphemistic. It’s hard! (pun). My favorite parts? Definitely dialogue. In particular, I love writing banter in the early part of the stories where the characters are often in that bickering stage.
What’s the most fun part about being an author? What’s the least fun part?
The most fun is definitely the brainstorming stage of a new project. It’s where you get to focus on all of the fun potential, without any of the “hard stuff.” Which brings me to the least fun part … when you’re in the middle of a manuscript, and it starts to feel a little bit like work, and it’s much harder to see all the things that were going to be so great about it ☺
What do you do when you’re not writing or when you’re in-between books?
To be honest, I don’t really have an “in-between books” stage! I literally start a new book the day after I finish the last one. Often times I overlap, and am writing two at the same time, and of course then there are edits and copy edits happening all the time. But when I do take a break from the computer, it’s usually to go for a run, or something involving cocktails/food with my husband. Sometimes this means trying a new cocktail book or cookbook and staying in, other times it’s checking out a new wine bar and sipping wines we’ve never heard of while chatting about our day.
What’s the most memorable compliment you’ve ever received from readers?
Ha, this is so dorky, but I recently received a lovely email from a reader and fellow writer who raved about my website. I put a lot of effort into my website, and occasionally get frustrated by how many readers only seem to want to stay on Facebook to get their author/book information, so knowing that someone appreciated the website element was awesome!
What’s next for Lauren Layne? Any new books coming out? New series?
Yes, lots coming up! Following CRUSHED, I have five more coming out in 2015. The next one’s up in July called FRISK ME, and it’s the first in a brand new series about NYPD cops (and brothers). And for you New Adult fan, you’ll absolutely want to check out BLURRED LINES, out in August!
Thank you so much for answering our questions, Lauren!!
About The Author
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.