Marlayna Glynn Brown is an author, screenwriter, actress, producer, poet, yogi and photographer. Marlayna was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada but now lives wherever she lays her head.
Overlay – A Tale of One Girl’s Life in 1970s Las Vegas is Volume 1 in the Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown trilogy. It was published in March 2012.
City of Angeles is Volume 2 in the trilogy and was published in July 2012.
Big as All Hell and Half oF Texas is the final volume and was published in October 2012.
Her 2009 short film, People That do Something, is based upon a chapter from Overlay and can be viewed on Youtube.
Marlayna is currently writing a comedic account of her world travels as a forty-something woman without a plan other than to say YES to everything that comes her way. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll feel nauseous.
What inspires you to write?
I have an insatiable desire to record everyday life as I see it. I’ve long been an avid journalist and used my early diaries to create Overlay, the first of three books in my memoir trilogy. As a photographer, I love to combine writing and photography to capture people doing what they do. When I try to write fiction or pose photographs I find that neither process works for me. I must record people and events just as they happen – from my own perspective.
I also find it enjoyable to work out thoughts and impressions through the process of writing. Writing is the highest form of purging I have found.
Tell us about your writing process
I sit down in silence and write. I do not outline or take notes. Each one of my books took exactly three weeks to write. I sat down every morning with coffee by my side and wrote until I was fatigued, or found my sentences were becoming dull. Since I am a memoirist, my creative process simply involves recall and structure. I write characters as I see and feel them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I spent three years soliciting agents and fielding rejections of my queries before I decided to just handle the process myself. Amazon has made publication so easy and I could easily be their biggest fan. I didn’t care for the whole idea that an agent or some other individual was given the seat of power to decide if my work should reach the masses. I am thrilled that now anyone can publish anything and individual readers now get to determine what they would like to read.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Readers will determine the future of book publishing. Readers will support and/or kill various projects simply by downloading, purchasing and reviewing books. I’m more of a storyteller than a psychic, so I’m just going to sit back and see what happens.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both