New York Times bestselling author

FAQ

Lauren Layne answers the most common questions from readers ...

(LL answers as of January 2017 ... this page will be updated with new information as time allows)

 

Will Elena and and Marc Moretti from New York’s Finest get their own book?

Sorry, no. I did have plans to tell both stories, but circumstances changed. I can assure you they both live happily ever after!

 

What about the guys from Good Girl? Vaughn and Finn?

Hmm. I’d love to tell their stories, but my writing schedule is so full I can’t quite figure out how to fit them in. So for now I’ll say maybe, but probably not.

 

You’re killing me, LL! What about Liam (Riley’s brother from Just One Night)?

Again, I’d love to tell Liam’s story, and maybe some day. But thus far, other stories have been yelling louder, and I try to trust the muse.

 

I prefer to read physical versions of books rather than e-books, but I can't find a paperback version for some of your books. When will {insert LL title here} be available in paperback?

Ah yes. The MOST frequently-asked question I get :)

Chances are, if one of my books isn’t currently available in print (i.e. the Wedding Belles, New York’s Finest, and Best Mistake series ), then it won't ever be. I’m not saying never, I’m just saying probably never. This applies to Stiletto, Oxford, Blurred Lines, etc. Those books were released by a digital-only publisher at this time.

 

Okay fine. What about audio? 

Whether or not a book is available in audio depends on whether or not someone buys the rights to produce the audio version. This happens for many of my books, but not all.

 

Where can I get a {insert language other than English} version of your book?

If the foreign rights for one of my books has been sold in in your country/language, it will be available on Amazon, iBooks, etc in your country. Note that not all of my books are available in all languages--it's dependent on interest from foreign publishers.

 

Why are your books all different prices? Are the longer books more expensive?

I'm not privy to the conversation of how publishers determine pricing, but I can tell you that with the exception of my quite short novella (From This Day Forward), word count/book length isn't generally a consideration. 

Publishers understand that a longer book doesn't necessarily mean a better book--knowing what to cut is often the most crucial step in creating a page-turner!

 

Are any of your books being made into movies?

I wish! Nothing in works right now, but I always keep my fingers crossed.

 

Do you have an agent? 

Yes. I’m represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

 

How did you find your agent?

The old-fashioned way. I sent her a query letter for my first book, and she wrote back asking to see the manuscript. She liked it, then she sold it and a bunch of other stuff, and we lived happily ever after 😉

 

Are Stiletto and Oxford the same series? 

Eh. Sort of? Technically Oxford is a spin-off of the Stiletto series, but there’s so much overlap between the characters that I’ve started to treat it as one big series. Of the four Stiletto books, two of the heroes are from Oxford, so the division between the two series feels a bit arbitrary to me.

 

How do you write so fast?

There’s no trick or magic sauce. I just sit down (almost) every day and write as much as I possibly can.

A lot of it is mental. If you tell yourself you’re not a fast writer, that you can’t write that fast, then you won’t.

But if you tell yourself you’re not going to bed or pouring that glass of wine until you hit 10,000 words for the day … you can hit 10,000 words. It's just a matter of when you quit. 

I’ve noticed people think willpower is a dirty word, but it’s a key part of my process. I force myself to write, even when checking Instagram or making pretty graphics for social media or cleaning the toilet sounds easier.

 

Any advice for aspiring authors on how to “make it” as a full-time author?

Give up television. For real. It’s that many more hours you have to dedicate to writing. 

Not feeling that bit of advice? Here’s something a bit more generic:

Hustle.

I know from the outside, looking at authors who’ve "made it" seems a bit like a fairy-godmother scenario: they wrote a book, and then Fate smiled upon them, and they were discovered and whisked away to a book deal and a six-figure salary. 

I used to think it worked that way too. I was wrong. Getting the first book deal (or self-publishing your first book) is only step one. My first bit of advice to aspiring authors (after the “quit TV” suggestion which is often met with horror) is to always be working on the next book. Most wring careers aren’t built on one book, they’re built on many books (see: Nora Roberts). Publishers aren’t looking for one-hit wonders, and readers always want “more” from authors they like. Having another book in the works is always a good idea.

In other words, write more.

Know your favorite procrastination vices, know your default excuses, and figure out how to beat them. Be a bit tougher on yourself when it comes time to putting new words on the page—you and your writing are worth it.

 

I have an idea for your next book …

Nope, let me stop you right there. I’m very flattered that you think I’m a worthy writer of your idea, that’s really not how the creative process works. Or at least not my creative process. I’m a firm believer that the best stories are the ones that come from within the writer, not the ones handed to them by someone else.

If you have a book idea you can't stop thinking about, it probably means that you are the best person to write the story. Not a writer, you say? Well … have you tried? 😃 

 

Eh, wait. You're a model?

Nope. Most definitely a different Lauren Layne. We spell our name the same, both have long dark hair, and that's about where the similarities end!