Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Layla J. Omorose!
Layla is a graduate of John Jay College with a B.A in English and has five dogs. When she is not working on her next project she works as a legal secretary. Currently, her first book entitled: Eternal Light, the first book in the Hound Series, is available on Smashwords, Kindle, and Amazon. Her second tittle: DarKnight Ancient Bloodlines, the first book of the Faye Princess Series, is set to be released soon. She is also currently working on several different titles.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Yes! [Don’t you just love it when a person knows exactly what he or she wants?]
Why did you choose to write your genre? I’ve always liked vampires, werewolves and all the creatures that go bump in the night. I always knew I wanted to be a writer but I had gotten stuck in a rut, until I pick up a book by Sherrilyn Kenyon and then J.R. Ward and the inspiration just flowed from there. Also in paranormal the lines of reality are blurred and I really don’t have to conform to any real rules. And besides who wouldn’t want to have their very own sexy immortal love them forever…
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I am not too sure about that one, because I write some weird stuff. If I had to pick I guess it would be addressing the sexual attraction between a beast and a human, walking that line of being taboo. [Uh… I think that qualifies.]
What are you currently working on? Currently I have just finished my third book titled Seducing the Black Prince, which I am hoping to have ready by Penned Con, as well as my next book in the Hound Series entitled Eternal Earth and the second book in my Faye Princess Series called DarKnight: Dawn of the Red Sun.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? For Seducing the Black Prince, it was a story I started for NaNoWriMo. I was stuck on Eternal Earth and needed a break. After seeing a few adaptions of different fairy tales and after reading the Grimm fairy tales, I wanted to write my own. I picked “Beauty and the Beast” because it is one of my favorite Disney movies and everything else kind of flowed on its own.
What was the hardest story for you to write? Eternal Earth, I would say has been the hardest story for me to write as I have been working on this book for years and it still isn’t done.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I don’t really have a process, I usually write the scenes as they come to me and from the inspiration I get from reading. [A pantser!]
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? My favorite character so far… hum. I have to think about this, I will stick to characters I have already written about… With that being said, I enjoy all my characters so far but my favorite ones haven’t been introduced yet. Granted I love Alexios’s struggled between duty and his heart in DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines. I also enjoyed writing Hades character in Eternal Light.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? All my characters reflect a piece of my personality, especially Melody from Eternal Earth, as she struggles with her self-esteem and ruined relationship.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I have writer’s block all the time, it’s like my best friend. Usually, how I get over it, is I have to pick up a book and read. Ninety-five percent of the time that works.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I love my genre and while I do have a few fiction stories floating around, paranormal is something that I simply love. But I am trying to improve my drawing skills so that I can one day see one of my works in a anime format. Now that I would love. [Wow!]
Which authors inspire you? Authors that inspire me, there is a ton, but my top five are: J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, G.A. Akiien, and Laura Adrian.
What novel would you read multiple times? Do you mean which ones I have read multiple times? Let’s see, Lover Eternal and Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward (because I can’t get enough of Rhage and Zsadist) and Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon (FYI Vane is my favorite Werehunter… period).
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) That would have to be Maya Angelou, I would have loved to have met her before she passed. She seemed like a wonderful woman who possessed a lot of knowledge that I would love to have listened to.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Real life animal is a Tiger and Fictional: Dragon
What is your favorite color? It’s a toss between deep red and lavender and the purples.
When you’re not writing… I have a full time job at a law office. In my free time I write, edit and design my own covers and promo items.
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Thank you so much for stopping by, my friend! Join me next week when my guest will be Nicole Evelina!