I'm the New York Times bestselling author of modern romantic fiction.
Which is a fancy way of saying:
Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.
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This is usually the part of an About page where you'll see something like, "when not working, my hobbies include basket weaving, training cats, and collecting Harry Potter memorabilia ..."
But a strange thing happened when I took a risk, and quit my day job in order to turn my passion into a paycheck ...
Work quit feeling like work.
I often get told by well meaning friends and family members that I work too hard, and have earned a break.
Um, I don't want a break. In fact, I'd rather be writing than just about anything else.
Whereas vacations used to be an escape from work, now my ideal vacation is a time where the only thing I have to worry about is work.
So, no. You won't be getting any tidy little bundle of hobbies from me, in the vein of, "In my free time, I enjoy hiking, international travel, watching baseball ..."
In my free time? I work. Because it doesn't feel like work.
But. On those occasions where I need to step away from the laptop, you'll find me sipping a classic cocktail at a swanky NYC bar, picnicking with my husband and pup at Central Park, or watching FRIENDS reruns.