Hello! I’m Cathy Layne and I’ve been honing my novel-writing skills for more than ten years now. Back in 2012 I started this blog as a record of my journey to publication and (hopefully) beyond. I’m getting closer. I’ve also spent the last twenty years living in various Asian countries. Fifteen of those years were spent in Japan, a country that has left a deep mark on my heart and on the things I write, both in my fiction and in my blog posts.


You’re Beautiful, novel. Short listed in the Bath Novel Award, 2016

The History of the World in Pop Music, novel. Long listed in the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition 2015

Poor Carol & Other Amusing Stories, short story. Long listed in the Fish Short Story Prize 2104/2015

You’re Beautiful, novel. Long listed in the Lightship First Chapter Prize 2013


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