Thursday, August 17, 2023

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Lori Layne!

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Lori Layne!

What was your inspiration for the story?

My Dad. He was in our home under hospice care. He was a very difficult Father in many aspects but my husband and I felt it one of our most important acts of love was to care for him ourselves and not send him to a nursing home.

How are your characters like you? Different?

I have a little bit of me in all my characters. I can draw on my heartfelt emotions in my areas of good and bad and then get them on paper. We’ve all experienced telling a lie, for example, so how it made us feel then and later can a character trait. I also look to people I know and how they react. I use their traits to create characters.

If your book is part of a series: Did you set out to write a series? Why did you decide to write a series?

My book is part of a ten-book series mostly because it is based on the Ten Commandments. The first is Honor thy Father.

How has your book changed since your first draft?

Tremendously! I am a pantser, so I write and write and then edit and edit.

How do you come up with storylines?

I pray over my work and ask the Holy Spirit to lead me for God’s glory and not mine. The start of this
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took place while I cared for my Dad so the storyline was created, I just had to make a killer and plot. Spoiler alert, Dad got murdered!

Why do you write in your particular genre?

I have written in three other genres. Instructional, children’s, and now clean mystery. I don’t limit myself.

What is your process for writing? (do you outline, have a special place or time of day you write, etc.) What is your favorite part of the process?

I like using Scrivner. A friend, and mentor, told me about it and it transformed my writing into something better.

What is your advice to fledgling writers?

Never quit. Galatians 6:9 says And do not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. I see many writers make excuses for not having time to write or not finishing their book. An excuse is a “reason stuffed with a lie.” (Joyce Meyers – Loving people who are hard to love.) Satan lies to us and we buy in. Best to put on the suit of armor and tell him, I can do all things through and with Jesus.

What writers or books have influenced you?

The Bible for sure, I look to Agatha Christie for plot twist.

What is your next project?

I am about halfway done writing it. It is the next in the series, this one is Thou Shall Not Kill.

It brings to bear the death through various means and how God's Glory is still there as He weaves His perfect plan.


Lori Layne is the administrator for Pilots for Christ Media Cast Television (Roku), Android TV and Fire TV. In addition to pilot, Lori is also the administrator for Pilots for Christ social media and data base. She also supports multiple social media for her books, including a website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Author of the children’s adventure book, If I Only Had an Angel, Lori has written many articles, short stories, and Christian textbooks for Aviation Boot Camp. Well-known in her local community, Lori resides in West Michigan with her husband, Tim. They are both pilots and missionaries in the United States. When not flying or on a mission, Lori can be found writing books.


Seemingly on impulse, Thomas Framer commands his daughter and part-time caregiver to call all the family for a big, mysterious announcement.

As Amelia, her siblings and extended family arrive, even her brother Nate “the Prodigal Son,” Amelia prays their reunion could mend broken relationships. Instead, old wounds are reopened when their father is found dead.

When they find he has been murdered, Amelia is called upon to head their own family investigation, because “she’s always been great at puzzles and games,” but the truth is, Amelia and her siblings know she has a special gift for reading people. Amelia puts all their resources and connections to use, even while she and her husband Roy continue running missionary trips for Pilots-for-Christ.

The resulting investigation reveals family entanglements, buried secrets, and one ultimate truth—more than one person would have liked to see Thomas Framer dead.


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