Diana Layne writes like nobody’s business. She infuses old school Jackie Collins with a Victoria Gotti twist. Layne is an esteemed writer of historical romance and contemporary suspense. A homeschooling mother of six, she balances her hours between nurturing her children and killing off bad guys straight from the state of Texas!
Ms. Layne was gracious enough to take time out of her demanding schedule to talk to me. Sit back and enjoy!
When you're deeply connected and immersed in a book, Diana, have you ever had a dream that you felt was not your dream?
No, sorry. I’m not a dreamer; I have nightmares instead. To counter those, I usually sleep with a light on and the DVD player playing Gilligan’s Island. Why Gilligan’s Island you ask? (No, you didn't, but I thought you might.) It’s such a fun, zany show--seven very different people learning to get along and silly, bordering-on-stupid things happening to prevent their rescue. And it keeps the nightmares away.
Do your characters dream within you? Have you had a dream that was one of your characters?
I wish I did dream my characters or a story that would be so cool. Heck, I would have loved to have dreamed that sparkly vampire story... (wink)
What do you do in your down time to recharge?
Down time would be? A fantasy, perhaps? Remember, I have six kids, I’m still homeschooling the last two, and two of the older kids live at home to go to college, one with his wife and my two grandbabies (who are the cutest grandbabies in the world, of course). I also have three dogs and three cats (though at feeding time, the neighborhood cats descend). If I had down time, I would sleep. Without nightmares, of course.
What is the guilty pleasure you find the most wicked?
Killing people? On paper only—I’m really nonviolent—but I do find make-believe a calming way to unwind. Make me mad and you’re just liable to end up dead in one of my books (ha, ha). In all seriousness, though, I am starting to realize I am beyond boring. I don’t really have a "wicked" guilty pleasure. I’m a teetotaler, don’t smoke, rarely swear, watch mostly kid shows, I don’t like manis/pedis, despise shopping of any kind… ah, wait, I do like chocolate, especially Turtles®--I’ve been known to polish off a box in one sitting. And vanilla shakes with lots of whipped cream on top. (But if I indulge, of course that means I have to exercise more, and I hate exercise.)