Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
LM: I use beta readers. I have a few of them currently tearing apart the second book in the Fire Born Novels series, TORN. My betas are truly awesome. Not sure I could have gotten to where I am without them.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
LM: How wild my imagination could get. I find that when I stop thinking so much and just tell the story, my imagination comes up with some pretty incredible ideas. I've gone back and rewritten sections of TIED, or notes that I'd forgotten about, and thought, "I wrote that?" It's an amazing feeling.
Who are your books published with?
LM: I am published with J. Taylor Publishing, and they have been great. Very supportive.
How do you describe your writing style?
LM: I guess I would describe my style as direct. Definitely dark. I like to stay in the moment as a reader, so I try to bring that immediacy to my stories.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
LM: I used to be a Pantser, and at heart I still am, but I consider myself a hybrid now. I definitely know where my stories are going. Not every detail, of course, and I still let the story flow and allow the characters to lead, I just give them a little more direction than I used to.
I find that even if I try to plot everything, my brain gets tangled, and for me it leaves so much of the fun out of the creativity. I'm sure there are positives and negatives to both sides.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
LM: Almost every name in the TIED, and the Fire Born Novels as a whole, was chosen for a reason. And they will be revealed, for the most part, throughout the series. No cheating. ;)
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
LM: Freeing, overwhelming, and gratifying.
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
LM: Depends which one you ask. ;) I'm an introvert, but some of my friends would probably disagree with that. I'm pretty quiet for the most part, and I think more than I talk, but there are a few people, and they know who they are, that have seen the side of me that's very ... not so quiet. ;)
Normal people don't believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.
Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn't know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.
No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.
Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?
The answer may never be far enough ... away.
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With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.
By the time she reached her teens, she'd accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.
A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.
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