Interview: Layla Bradford

Welcome to the first "character interview" of my "Books & Coffee Giveaway" week!  

Today, we're meeting Layla Bradford, the heroine and narrator of my YA paranormal romance, which is currently available as an eBook from Amazon, B&N, iBooks, and Smashwords, as well as in paperback format from Amazon and Createspace!  Links to each site are on the right.

For information on how to enter the drawing for the pound of locally roasted coffee and a signed copy of the book, go here.

To start off, give us some basic information about yourself… full name, hair color, that sort of thing.  Layla Faith Bradford. 16 years old. Brown hair. Green eyes. Average, everyday, girl-next-door type.

Tell me about your parents. How do you get along with them?  My parents are awesome, really. A lot of kids hate on their parents, but I’ve never felt that way.  My mom is funny and a great cook, and my dad’s an amazing guitar player.  Since I’m a pretty calm kid, they’ve never had to go all crazy with rules. They just expect the best from me, and as long as I give them that, they trust me. And yeah… I love them a lot.

Mom’s are great about cooking, aren’t they? Favorite thing your mom cooks? Fettuccini Alfredo, hands down.

Moving from Tennessee to Maine must’ve been a big change. Can you talk about that transition a little?  Wow. Yeah, big change is an understatement. Not only was changing schools the hardest thing ever, but I was scared to death of the weather. I figured I’d see about a month of warm weather and then just be bombarded with frigid winter and gray, gloomy skies the rest of the year. And sure, winter’s pretty harsh, but it doesn’t last forever.  Lucas made the transition easier, of course. He gave me a place to belong, someone to be connected to. I guess I’d live in Antarctica if he was there.

What’s your favorite pastime?  Reading. Yeah, I’m a book nerd.

Ah, reading. That’s an activity a lot of my blog-followers can relate to!  What’s your favorite book?  I've read a lot of books, but right now my favorite would be “The Believers” by Janice Holt Giles. It’s a book I read my sophomore year about the Shaker movement in Kentucky. Fascinating.

What plans do you have post-high school?  College, of course. I’ll probably major in English or literature or something like that.  Maybe I’ll be a teacher, or maybe some kind of technical writer. Of course, I want my relationship with Lucas to continue. I like to think we’ll go through this next phase of our lives together, then “join forces” at some point!

** This is actress Emma Roberts, known for playing Nancy Drew.  I think she really embodies the girl-next-door look I imagine Layla to have. She's so pretty, with a "real" and natural kind of beauty. **

What makes you happiest at this point in your life?  Well, Lucas, of course, but not just the fact that he’s my boyfriend. It’s the way I’ve come out of my shell and sort of “become my own person” because of what we’ve been through together. Now I really am “okay” with who I am, and I’m not bothered by other people’s opinions. It’s really quite freeing, and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been because of that.

Let’s be whimsical for your final question! If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?  I see myself in several years, sitting on the front porch of a little house very much like the yellow cottage Luke and his mom live in. I’d wish for that… for a home and a family and a happy life for Luke and me.

And now for the author’s perspective on Layla Bradford.
There’s a lot of “me” in Layla. That’s not the case with every heroine I write, but it’s definitely the case with Layla.  In high school, I considered myself a typical, middle-of-the-roader… not necessarily popular, not actually disliked. Where Layla is a book-nerd, I was a music-geek, so in that respect we’re alike… we both found our “niche” in something other than the most popular things. And like Layla, I was a hopeless romantic. In my senior scrapbook, under the “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” section, I wrote… “finished with college and married.”  And under “where do you see yourself in 10 years?” I wrote… “married, with at least one child.” So, even in high school my big dreams centered on family and finding love. I think I imparted some of that into Layla’s character.

Layla was so much fun to write. I love her for all she was at the start of the story and all she became by the end. Hopefully one day I’ll write another heroine that I love as much as her, but for now… she’s my favorite!

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Happy reading and writing!


  1. Good interview, Amy. Layla is now a real person to all your readers. I'd like to see you do a book for her and Lucas when they go to college.

    Teresa R.

  2. Nice to meet you. I love the name Layla. :) Thanks for the book recommendation. I'll have to read "The Believers."

  3. Loved the interview with Layla! This brought some more depth to the character. Love the comment on Janice Holt Giles. I won the JHG female young writer award in high school. I need to take the time to check out more of her writings. Looking forward to more interviews! :)