Interview with Lauren Layne, author of Someone Like You
06 Dec 2016
What can you tell us about your new release, Someone Like You?
It’s probably the most “anticipated” book I’ve ever written, both my readers, and for me as an author! It’s the story of one of my more secretive characters, Lincoln Mathis, and I finally reveal what the charming playboy’s been hiding all this time. It’s technically part of a series, but can absolutely be read as a standalone!
What’s the last book you read?
I just finished Lorraine Heath’s The Viscount and the Vixen and it was absolutely wonderful. I’ve been on a huge historical kick this past year, and Lorraine Heath’s one of the best of the best.
Who is your favorite couple from literature?
Emma and Mr. Knightley from classic literature. Sugar Beth Carey and Colin Byrne as one of my favorite modern couples (Susan Elizabeth Philips’ Ain’t She Sweet).
Do you listen to anything while you write? If so, what’s your audio of choice?
Ha, well recently it’s been Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red Christmas album on repeat, but generally speaking, I have specific playlists for each of my books. For some books, I’ll listen to one song over and over, for others, each scene has a different song, depending on the mood of the characters. For the book Someone Like You, it was one song on repeat … Adele’s fabulous … wait for it … Someone Like You.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would you choose and why?
I’d love to meet JK Rowling, although I think I might be so star struck I’d just stare. I also have a crazy crush on Michael Buble, so he’s always on the list.
If you had to pick one place to vacation for the rest of your life, where would you choose?
I’d love to be by the water in Maine, preferably during winter, in a luxury cabin with a wraparound porch. I’d curl up with a blanket and my laptop, coffee in the morning, wine in the evening!
What scene in Someone Like You was your favorite to write?
Oh gosh. I really can’t say much at all without being spoilery, but it’s this one scene with the hero and his guy friends. I was shocked to find myself crying as I was writing! It’s the first time I’ve ever shed tears while writing, and I was like, “What is happening?!” It was odd, but also a lovely reminder of the power of words.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
“Why not me?” It’s something I ask myself constantly whenever I find myself shying away from a dream or goal that feels “too big.” I remind myself that Oprah, Stephen King, Tony Robbins—we’re all just people! The difference between the great and average lies entirely in our own hands, our own decisions.
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