We had the good fortune of connecting with John Layne and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi John, what do you attribute your success to?
Forming great, not good, but great partnerships with people and organizations that have skills and resources I either don’t possess, or don’t have the additional time required to reach the desired level of success.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe the three “D’s” set me apart from others. “Desire, Dedication” and Discipline.” First, I had the incredible desire to write one book (novel). I did everything I could to learn about writing and the process of producing a full length novel. Then I dedicated myself to the goal. I refused to stop, quit or fail. Third, I knew I had the discipline to follow though with the effort that I felt was necessary effort to finish what I stared.

Finishing what I started certainly wasn’t easy, but there never really was a time when I thought I couldn’t or wouldn’t reach my goal. Now, I didn’t know if the product I created was going to be as good as I hoped, but I kept at it and eventually reached my goal. The two greatest challenges were time management and putting my trust in an outside entity that I didn’t know as much about as I’d like. As far as the time, I decided to rearrange my priorities and did without some of the leisurely enjoyments.

I learned that having a knowledgeable partner, in my case an agent and manager, and utilizing their additional skill and resources. I want the world to know that my novels are good, quality entertainment fit for a broad and diverse audience.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anytime I host a visitor here in North Texas, I always take them to the Stockyards in Fort Worth. There are a plethora of exciting places within the area, but the stockyards, with the real cattle drive, western shops, restaurants and saloons are all top notch. A stop at Billy Bob’s Texas Honky Tonk, Cattleman’s Restaurant and the weekend rodeo are all a must see. The new John Wayne museum is also a shining star on the tour. The Stockyards Station is also more than just a historical landmark as is the Cowtown Coliseum. After all, my genre is the Old West!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Spouse: Elizabeth

Website: johnlaynefiction.com

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