Meet Layne James

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The first thing you should know about me is that I’m from Kentucky, the second is that even though my state is famous for it, I don’t like bourbon. The third is that I’m trying really hard to like gin because one of my writer friends told me that “legit writers always drink gin.”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been telling my favorite people, “I’ll dedicate a book to you one day.” And I mean it.

In my estimation, it is the highest honor I can give someone, other than naming my kids after them. But naming my kids after someone is too much of a commitment. What if one of my heros is named Ashley (no offense Ashley, it’s a great name, just not for me. Or for my kids). It’s not the kind of name I want to bestow upon my offspring for the rest of eternity.

Reading and writing has ever been a huge part of my life.

I read classics like Moby Dick before I was ten. We went to the library weekly and years later when they were selling off a large quantity of their books, I was told by my aunt librarian that my name was scrawled on the check-out card for most of them. (Yes, I’m ‘check-out library card old.’)

I’d read books at church picnics, at bed each night until I got a headache, for hours each day.

Yes, yes, I’m a dork.

I can’t put my finger on when my specific love for writing commenced, I believe it’s always been there. A tell-tell moment was after my university graduation (from photojournalism and writing), when I was asked on a road trip what I would bring with me to a deserted island. I could only bring five things so I’m sure chocolate and wine were on the list (just kidding, I didn’t even drink back then.) What I remember clearly is that I put a notebook and pen on my list, but forgot to include my camera. That was the moment I realized writing was even important to me than photography.

I have a long list of books I dream of writing and an even longer list of book dedications I have already written.

And I can’t wait to share.

Thanks for following us on our journey.

xo.

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