Author Interview with Layne Calry

Introducing an author of “Forbidden Rites.”

  1. What genre are your books?
    Fantasy, with romance undertones.
  2. What draws you to this genre?
    I have always loved imagination. I think it’s amazing and the worlds and characters you can build in fantasy. There is so much you can do with it, and you can transport yourself to a new world, or make a world that only lives in your deepest dreams and desires real. You can make it real for that moment in time, and every time someone reads it.
  3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I always have numerous WIP’s because I can’t focus on one. However, at the moment I am working the most on two stories. One is a paranormal fantasy/romance called Beyond Dark. And the other is a fantasy called The Witch’s Son.

  1. What’s it about?

Beyond Dark is about a young man and woman who come together rather angrily to help Lyla find her sister Rose. Jamison Foster is my main character and Lyla McHaine is also one. They have to go through some trials and fight the evil that borders their tiny town.

The Witch’s Son is about a young soldier who finds out some secrets of his past, and decides to do what is right. Rather than to do what is expected.

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Jamison is a gruff, cynical man with a magical past. His best friend is his furry mutt Brutis. Lyla is a fiery woman with a penchant for drama, but a heart of pure gold.

Tharan is a soldier in the King’s army. He gets healed by a woman that he is supposed to hate and then she is forced into captivity. He will have to go and find out the secrets that can set him free and her, or let the world spin without his help.

  1. Have you written anything else?

I have written many things. I have a short story published in the FW Anthology about Betrayals. The anthology is entitled Betrayal’s of another Kind. I also have queries out to agents for my Song of Saeran Trilogy. It is a completed trilogy, edited and ready to go.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I would love to have my current series as well as a few others I have started, and even some novels I have finished, to be traditionally published. I can’t wait for the day when my novels are published. I love that I have short stories being published, but those novels. That will be the dream.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

There are so many, honestly, it’s so hard. J.K Rowling definitely. Just her entire story is amazing. How she managed to bring herself up from poverty, as a single mom with an idea she wrote on napkins, I just love it. It is truly awe inspiring. And another one would honestly have to be Stephen King. The funny thing about Stephen King, I haven’t even read many of his books. However, him as just a person and the advice he gives, and the way he sticks to his ideals and just he is an amazing person and author.

  1. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I have always written. I really started when I was about twelve or thirteen. I was so angry and depressed and so many things, and I needed an outlet. I found poetry first, and I loved it, and then I found short stories (I’m still not very good at those J) and then in about 2013 I was super depressed, I was trying to get through so many things. I had two small children, and I was just so lost. So I decided that maybe if I could focus on one thing instead of the stressful things that were around me in my own life, maybe I could get better for myself, my children and my husband. So I tried to do NanoWrimo, and that was the first year I actually wrote a full-length novel. I realized then that I can do this, I can be this writer, this author. And I haven’t looked back.

  1. Do you have a special time or place to write?

I honestly don’t, I just write when an idea comes to me, even if it’s on a napkin or receipt paper, though I usually try and carry a notebook with me. I also tend to write more late at night or in the early morning.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere around me. My kids bring me a lot of inspiration. I also take a lot of ideas from visual things. I love fantastical portraits, paintings, drawings, images, all of the above.

  1. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I prefer to see where the idea takes me. I do take extensive notes that I keep open when I write. It’s a hard list of plot lines, world building, my characters and so forth. However, I also am trying to write an idea into a book for a friend of mine, and I do use an outline for his. Mostly because he gave me all the ideas I just have to form them into the story.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

Sometimes I can go days, even weeks, with writing nothing. What I try to do is continue to write, even if it’s on the rpg Wolf I’m a part of, or just lists of things, or character sheets. I also tend to refocus if I can. I will watch movies, listen to music, color (I love to color, it’s a guilty pleasure.)

  1. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Grammar and Sharing. I hate to share my work because I get it in my head that the person I am sharing with will hate it or tell me to just stop writing, that I’m terrible. And my grammar is atrocious. I’m surprised my editor hasn’t run for the hills yet.

  1. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I use all that I can. I use twitter, and Facebook. I am working on Amazon author page, as well as chewing on the idea of an actual website. I also plan to do a lot of word of mouth. I live in a very rural town so anything I tell one person, it’s going to get around. My mother is also one of my biggest marketer’s. She tells everyone she meets that her daughter is an author and what the names of my books are. It’s pretty awesome to have such a support system.

  1. How much research do you do?

It depends on what I am writing about. I collect and covet knowledge so some things that I may write about I already know about. However, if I don’t know something, I do as much research as I need to properly write about what I am wanting to write about.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I would love to find a typewriter, but at the moment I write on the computer and longhand. Usually when I write longhand I then transcribe it into the computer.

  1. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

There are so many, let me think. Of course the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, I love The Watcher in the Mist by Norma Johnston, The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. I also enjoy The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, and I absolutely love the Redwall Series by Brian Jacques

  1. Are you currently reading any books?

I am beta reading a few books for a couple different authors. I have a huge to read list.

  1. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

I am on both Twitter and Facebook, and I will add more platforms as I grow.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laynecalry/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/layne_calry
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/laynecalry/

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