hello, darlings

I'm Lauren Layne.

I'm the New York Times bestselling author of modern romantic fiction.

Which is a fancy way of saying:

I write love stories for a living.


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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about Lauren Layne

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the making of an author

My official bio says that I'm a bestselling author, that's absolutely true. But the more important truth (to me) is that I'm living my dream life--the life I've envisioned since ... always. 

I was absolutely that precocious child, who as an avid-reader thought that being an author was a "sure thing" when I was a grown-up. Ha. Real life kicked in hard, or what I thought was real life.

I went to college at the amazing Santa Clara University, got a political science degree, and strongly contemplated law school courtesy of a beloved professor's suggestion. But it didn't feel quite right, and eventually, I found myself working at T-Mobile as a web and e-commerce marketing manager for much of my twenties.

It was a solid career path, but by age 27 or so I realized that I simply wasn't interested in the 9-5 life. I wanted to be my own boss, and more specifically ... I wanted to tell stories. I wanted to make a living telling stories.

When my husband got a job offer in NYC (we were in our hometown of Seattle at the time), I said, "Sure, I'll relocate....if I can have 3 months to make a go of the writing career before having to get a 'real job'." It took me about 6 months, but I got the agent, I got the book deal.

And I've been writing and selling books ever since! (though, please note, there was plenty of doubt, tears, and book "flops" along the way, even after I got my first, second and third book deal. Fellow writers, please don't get discouraged! Everybody's career timeline is different!

Meet the Laynes




romance author, makeup junkie, obsessed with black turtlnecks 

orange sable pomeranian, plus-sized, pack-leader

stand-up comedian, cookbook author, gameshow host



the hub

check out the husband's website! 

when I'm not writing

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. 

my favorite things




sidecar  & rye manhattan

whispering angel rosé (spring & summer), Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay (fall & winter)

Veuve Cliquot & Paul Roger


style go-to


turtleneck, black pants, stilettos

sandwash pink (bobbi brown) & english beauty (charlotte tilbury)


lançome & charlotte tilbury

makeup brands

star wars (a new hope)


harry potter (all of them!)


while you were sleeping & you've got mail

romantic comedy

perfect (judith mcnaught)

the Skimm

romance novel

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