Hi! I'm Lauren Layne. 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. Instead of the lawyer direction, I found ... wandering. I worked 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, albeit with some bumps along the way (read about them here).
So that's my job. As for me, I'm in my mid-thirties as I write this in 2018, and although I had a solidly sub-urban upbringing in Federal Way WA, I fell head-over-heels in love with New York City, and am a full-on city girl these days. My husband and I live in a high-rise in midtown Manhattan. It's tiny, but the smaller home's helped us embrace a minimalist lifestyle, with an appreciation for fewer things that we truly love. Speaking of my husband, he's got his own awesome thing going on! His name is Anthony LeDonne, and he's part comedian, part cookbook author, part web designer. Check out his website here. We don't have kids, and don't really see them in our future, but who knows! We do have a Pomeranian named Bailey who makes frequent appearances on my Instagram feed.
I totally fall into that New York cliché of wearing a lot of black, and I've got a penchant for turtlenecks, which means half my wardrobe is black turtlenecks (long sleeve, 3/4 sleeves, short-sleeves, sleeveless, I can maintain my "look" in all seasons). My hair is both extremely frizzy and prematurely gray, so I count hair dye and Keratin treatments among my best friends. Self-described in three words: ambitious, organized, witty. I can't stand beer, but I love a good classic cocktail (sidecars, martinis, manhattans) or a cold glass of rosé on a summer afternoon.
I try to be moderately healthy. I run a couple times a week, and I eat a lot of vegetables. But I'm also enthusiastic about cheese and baguettes, and my idea of the perfect dinner is burrata, prosciutto and maybe some roasted or grilled asparagus with a glass of wine.
Also, I'm just going to come right out and say this ... I like superhero movies as much as the next gal, but I do not get the appeal of Thor. He doesn't do it for me. Too beefy and flowy-haired. Give me Captain America any day. Or Ironman. But I don't find Thor attractive. There, I said it. Did I lose you?
I believe in "life by design," meaning that if you don't love (and you should love) the way your life is going ... you get to change it! My mantra is Live Lovely, and you can read all about what that means here.