“Ellen Called Too.”

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“But I didn’t want to tell you the other day, because Oprah calling was already so much information to process.” That’s said casually the next week at dinner as my husband I delicately toast our respective glasses of Chateau Margaux because you know we drink that stuff like it’s going out of style. “Oh really?” He’ll tilt his head with a small … Read More

Pen Names and Other Games

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I’ve been asked again and again why I’m writing under a pen name – Layne James. And the answer is simply thus: I want to. I’ve always known I’d write in some sort of official capacity and for as long as I’ve known that, I’ve known I’d choose a pseudonym. Perhaps it’s because so many authors I love have already … Read More

Under the Influence

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In photography there is a thing known has “finding your voice.“ It means finding your own unique photo style, the way you want to tell stories to the world with your camera. Many times photographers simply imitate someone else’s style and photography. (In fact, most photographers I see today look like a dozen other photographers out there.) Finding your own voice … Read More

Letter to an Author

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In 1980, a 17-year-old student named Jay Williams wrote to Roald Dahl for some writing advice. Dahl, who is one of history’s best-selling fiction authors, with over 250 million copies sold worldwide responded: Dear Jay, You are asking too much of me. You must realise that I get an awful lot of these letters and you can’t expect me to write … Read More

Note to Self: to Be Read Once We Get a Publisher

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[Because this should be embarrassing to admit but sometimes – often? – I write myself notes.] June 9, 2017 Dear Layne, Congratulations! You’ve come so far, baby girl – you and Lindsay have a publisher. That’s a Huge Freaking Deal. We’re so incredibly proud of you and know how hard you’ve worked to get to this place. We think it … Read More

Thank You

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THANK YOU to… Our first round of beta readers and dear friends and sister, Anne and Catherine. Thank you for being the first eyes to see the (very terrible “first” edition of our) book. Catherine, you broke our hearts when you told us you didn’t love any of our characters and that you were bored by our story… but you … Read More

You Can Now Pre-Purchase Remember Us

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Hi friends! We’ve all been waiting for this day for a long time and we are ready to celebrate! You can buy our book (truly, as many copies as you want!) HERE.   If we sell … 200 copies we will get a publisher. 500 copies we will get an okay publisher. 1500+ we will get a good publisher (with … Read More

Remember Us//Chapter 1a

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May Reese   “Hi, Sugar,” she whispered and I blacked out, standing straight up as her pinked mouth moved and the wind blew and my heart crimped along the edges. I should have slammed the door in her face, yelled profanities at the closed structure afterwards, but instead I stood frozen, arm suspended above the handle.   The top of … Read More

Patriotism and all That

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This week is always big for me – the first week in July holds both Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4.)   As an American married to a Canadian, my hubs and I try to honor both sides of our history and cultures. For while I would say our countries are rather similar at the end of the day … Read More

5 Mistakes We Made While Writing

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We are, among other things, committed to honesty and vulnerability. We have made so many mistakes along our writing journey and are happy to share them with you here. Our hope is that you can learn from them so you don’t have to endure the same bumblings, and perhaps you can laugh a little too. So without further ado, and … Read More