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Into the Mind of an Author: Layla Stevens

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Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know:
I am thrilled of this experience. Writing this book has taught me about me. There were things that I did not know about myself. I set a goal and I actually did it. I never thought that writing a book was hard. Boy, was I wrong. But it has been the best thing for me.

What made you do decide to become an author?
Well, I was reading so much. Last year was a rough year for me. I was dealing with Cancer and all the treatments that come along with it. So I had read over 1000 books in 9 months, and I was like I can do this. So I took my spiral with me to a treatment one day, and well that spiral took on a whole new meaning. And now I have that spiral in a shadow box.

Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
Omg I have so many. But I have to contribute my writing to the fab four as we called ourselves. Wendi Hulsey, who told me I could do it. Angel Steel, who is my naughty porn queen and always believed in me. Julie Mishler or as the group calls her Julz, she gave me faith when I had none. And Clara Fox, being the kick ass woman she is, I love these women with my whole heart. There will never be anyone like them. But I have tons of favorites. Such As Casey Harvell, Nicky Jayne, Tracy Lee, Christy Dilg, Isabel Ray, Kendal Grey, Julie Morgan, Ellie Hart, L.W Michelle, Lm Glenn, Mistress M, Michelle Escamilla. See so many that I love..

Where can we find you online?
Here is my Facebook like page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Layla-Stevens/697947530238039?ref_type=bo...
http://thescilicetgroup.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sc...
Twitter @Scilicet
Email scilicet.group@gmail.com

Website http://thescilicetgroup.com
Pinterest
http://www.pinterest.com/authorlayla/

Instagram
http://instagram.com/authorlayla

of course Twitter @authorlayla
And I have also entered the blog world http://laylastevensauthor.wordpress.com/

Tell us about your book!
Well, this is my Debut Novel and I am so excited to share this with the world. I have a dark sense of humor. So this book is a Dark Erotic Romance. And this book is not for kids under the age of 18. This is for Adults, as there are very real adult things going on.
Here is my Synopsis of Broken Love and Forever Bound
Kayla Ashby is bound by her terrifying past, but what haunts her most is her dreams. Can Kayla's dreams be real? In her dreams, she can fulfill all her erotic desires; she has no boundaries, and can be anyone or anything she wants. She often finds herself with erotic clothing and using a whip and handcuffs.

Kayla has a problem in real life dealing with her demons but at night, while she is sleeping she is no longer the scared little girl she once was. Are her dreams telling her who she really is? And can she break away from her fears to become that person or will she be forever bound by her past?

Her heart is bound to another. She has loved him from the very beginning, but is she worthy of him and his love? Is it possible to overcome all those thoughts and dreams that hold her back and move on? Can Kayla overcome her abandonment issues and discover what it is like to truly love?

Garrett Winters holds his feelings close to his heart. Keeping his true feelings deep inside, hidden from those who surround him, including the one who he wants nothing more than to capture. Lovers come and go, but no one else comes close to doing what they do for each other their bond is immeasurable.

Will fate bring him to his true love or will he forever be bound to finding his heart? When they cross paths again, can their love overcome or will they both be forever, broken

Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours?
My whole life is an idiosyncrasies. I am odd all the time. I march to the beat of Layla. I have no filter so I speak my mind and I love to cuss. I speak fluent Sailornesse. I don’t sugar coat anything at all. If you want sugar go to a donut shop because you won’t get that with me. I am hard headed, loud but in the same breath I have a heart the size of Texas. I would do anything for anyone.

What’s your favorite book turned movie and why?
It would have to be interview with the vampire by Anne Rice. Omg I freakin love that book and I love that movie even more. It has been a favorite of mine since it came out. I actually own both. I have read the book several times and I know I have seen the movie 100 or more times. I just love it.

What’s your favorite genre to read?
I would have to say I love all, but right now I am into erotic romance, and I love anything paranormal. Give me Paranormal Erotica, and I’d be in love.

Which do you do more, read or write, and why?
Well, right now it would be write as I am trying to finish my book, but you can say that I write and then read because I read what I write, even though it’s now all running together.

What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it?
I truly don’t have a process. Like I said I march to my own beat. I do things most likely backwards. And I am ok with that, like this book for instance. I knew the end of it before I knew the beginning. I did not even have the characters names but I had the ending wrote out. Everything else has changed in my story except the end.

Has your work been featured anywhere?
Not yet. Like I said this my debut novel.

What are you working on now?
Right now I am doing the edits before it goes to my editor. I do have 11k written for book two. And I am suppose-to work on a few books with several authors in the next year.

What's next for you?
Well, I am going to continue on with this series. Right now I see Four, and I have something else on the back burner.

Where do you see yourself in five years--in a literary sense?
I would love to see myself a best seller. I want to be in all the big book stores. I want to travel to all the big places for book signings.

What’s the best advice you have for an aspiring author?
Never give up! If you believe in your book then go for it. This was the hardest thing I have ever done. But will also be the most rewarding. Even if I don’t sell any books, which I hope I do, but if I don’t I will know that I did it! Have faith in yourself. Have faith in your support. They will not lead you in the wrong direction. And above all believe that anything is possible. Is it an easy Road, but the journey is worth it.

My Bio,
I am 34 years old and writing my first book. I am married to my husband David who is being very supportive of my choice to right a book. {I think he likes the fact that I run ideas off his head.} But he would never tell anyone that. I am blessed to be the mom of a little girl named Sage who is the light of my life.{I call her Olga, and she hates it} I did not give birth to her but I choose her.

I am blessed with great friends who have always had my back. I have a lot to learn in this world of writing but, so far I am enjoying the ride. I am always willing to help out anyone who is in need all you have to do is ask. I never knew that writing a book would show me so much about myself. I have learned so much in a short amount of time. And I can't wait to learn more.

I am also a member of a great Publishing Company Called Scilicet. We are always accepting new Authors, all genre is welcomed.

I look forward to you all reading my book. I hope that it sparks something inside of you that says wow

Love Always
Layla Stevens

P.S. (18+Only Please)
Here are some Video Teasers for Broken Love and Forever Bound

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