Laya V Smith is the author of “The Lumbermill”, a new Noir thriller available through Black Rose Writing. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, SCBWI, AWP, and LUW. Through no fault of her own, she was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and still lives there with her husband and two children. She has a degree in history from the University of Utah and a deep passion for the subject. She has twice presented at the intermountain International Philosophy Conference.
A more personal take...
I grew up in a very loving and supportive family, but they are also very loud, stubborn, and argumentative. Since I was quiet, bookish and basically took care of myself, I didn't always get a lot of attention. I retreated into myself. I read the books in my family’s large home library, many of which had been passed down from my grandmother, herself a brilliant writer. And I have vivid memories of playing alone in my room with my dolls and stuffed animals. I developed elaborate and complex backstories for all of my toys and saw them through hundreds of harrowing adventures. Bit by bit, I became consumed by fictional worlds, both those I read about and the ones I created. The characters became as real to me as any person I’d ever known. As the years passed, those voices stayed with me. Often times I had no control over them. They said and did as they pleased and I was just an attentive observer. Whenever I was anxious, frightened, depressed, or even just bored, I could retreat into my own mind with the people I had created. It became clear to me that those people deserved to have their stories written down and shared, and it was my responsibility to try to learn how to write them well. It was the only way to shut them up.
Now much older, though probably no wiser, I have completed twelve novels, several plays and screenplays, and too many short stories to remember. I write in the genres of thriller, horror, speculative fiction, dystopia and low fantasy. Other than reading and writing, I enjoy stand-up comedy, terrible movies, ugly dogs, red wine, stinky cheese, travel and simply spending time with my friends and family.