Welcome to author Jackie Layton who took time off from enjoying her South Carolina beach with her Westie, Heinz, to answer a few questions for us.

Describe your favorite writing spot or space.

I write in my home office. I look out a window and often see birds fly by. Before COVID-19, I would go to a coffee shop or the library to write when I couldn’t concentrate at home.

Describe your current writing spot or space.

There are two windows in my office, and I work at a desk my dad rescued from the family barn. He restored it years ago, and it makes me happy to use it.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Most of my life, I started work at 9:00, and when we moved to South Carolina I only worked part-time at an independent pharmacy. I feel more productive if I get up and dressed and start writing by 9:00. I take a lunch break and walk my dog and watch one episode of Monk.

What comes first for you, the plot or characters?

I often start with a glimmer of a plot idea then create characters to make the plot work. Andi Grace Scott has made a career of walking and caring for dogs. For her to be an amateur sleuth, she needed a job flexible enough to question people and track down clues.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I grew up with a younger brother, I’m married, and I raised sons. If I struggle with how a man would react, I try to picture how one of my guys would react.

Were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one? For how long?

When I began writing, my youngest son was still in high school and I worked full time. I worked at an independent pharmacy and only had four full days off work out of twenty-eight days. Some of my days were only six hours of working at the pharmacy, and I often wrote early in the morning before anybody else was awake.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

When I bought a laptop, I gained freedom to write in the car while sitting in carpool line. I’ve also written when traveling to watch sporting events.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy reading, and now that we live on the coast there’s nothing better than walking on the beach at the end of the day.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don’t give up your dream of writing. Keep journals, write letters, find ways to write and when the time is right you’ll be able to write books like you always dreamed.

I’ve been a reader as long as I can remember, and I’ve dreamed of writing for years. With encouragement from my husband and family, I pursued this dream.

I’ve always loved visiting the coast for vacations. The beach is my happy place despite cracking my ribs while riding the waves and getting a hook stuck in my foot that required a trip to the emergency room. When the doctor pushed the hook out of my foot, I learned a person really can see stars when in extreme pain.

My first cozy mystery, “Bite the Dust”, is set in the fictional coastal town of Heyward Beach, South Carolina. This is the first book in A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery Series.

Where to Find Jackie Layton & Her Books:

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7 thoughts on “Author: Jackie Layton

  1. Jackie, I love that your desk is from the family barn and your dad restored it.

    My son and his wife love Monk, and I’m just now starting to watch it. My maiden name was Monk so you would’ve thought I would’ve starting watching it a long time ago.

    I can attest to Bite the Dust as being a great cozy….

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