About Layne

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I’m a novelist with an interest in writing through a cultural lens. What is the Cultural Lens? It’s a widening of one’s perspective–taking into consideration influences that aren’t fully visible. It encompasses culture, history and societal effects that impact humanity.
I’m of Chinese descent and my husband is Jewish. I explore this connection in my novel, Shanghai Love. These two cultures came together as a result of Hitler’s rampage and World War II.
In my career I’ve been able to explore storytelling through various mediums. I wrote for television and I worked as a Development Associate (D-girl) for various production companies. I’ve read hundreds of scripts/​books/​treatments for feature and/​or television consideration. I work with writers and coach them in story and character development as well as writing structure.
I’m involved in both publishing and entertainment. I’m member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), The Authors Guild, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), and Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC). I was selected for the prestigious AFI TV writer’s program. I’ve been a member of non-profit Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and the David Henry Hwang writing workshops through the East-West Players Theater in Los Angeles. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in English Literature.
Thank you for taking the time to explore my site. I welcome you to contact me with any comments or even just to say hello!
~ Layne

5 thoughts on “About Layne

  1. Madgew

    I just finished your wonderful book and just want to let you know. Having visited China recently I was introduced to the Jewish section ( I am Jewish) that I knew nothing about. I had no idea that Shanghai was a place that welcomed the Jews from Germany. I walked the whole area with a guide and went to the Synagogue and walked along the streets you talked about in your book. Can’t wait for book number two.

    Madgew
    Los Angeles, California.

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    1. layne Post author

      Hi Madgew,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the book AND that you were able to visit the actual area in Shanghai! I had converted to Judaism and then learned of this Jewish-Chinese connection in history. During a trip to Shanghai, I met the Chinese caretaker who was there during World War II. Were you able to visit the Marble Palace (now Children’s Palace) too? I’m working on book #2 now and will let you know when the publishing date is near.

      With appreciation,

      Layne

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  2. Billie Sue Huck Shaw

    Saturday, 9/7, I had the distinct pleasure of being a guardian to one of 75 WWII veterans that Honor Flight flew to DC. Mr Merklein was one of those wonderful men. I talked to him for quite awhile last night and he told me of a book he received for Mail Call. It was Shanghai Love but he believed it was written by Li Tong. I feel certain this is the book. He is trying to find out your connection and how you knew he was flying on Sat. He was very touched by the book and your personal message. If you are, in fact, the person who sent the book I would love to be able to let him know how you came to find out about him and his trip.
    Thank you,
    Billie Sue Huck Shw

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    1. layne Post author

      Dear Billie Sue,

      Yes, indeed you are correct! I’m so happy to hear that Mr. Merklein enjoyed receiving a copy of my novel. One of his sons knows a relative of mine and that is how I learned of Mr. Merklein’s incredible service. Please let him know that it was such an honor to present it to him during such an exciting event!

      Always,
      Layne

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  3. Billie Sue Huck Shaw

    Saturday, 9/7, I had the distinct pleasure of being a guardian to one of 75 WWII veterans that Honor Flight flew to DC. Mr Merklein was one of those wonderful men. I talked to him for quite awhile last night and he told me of a book he received for Mail Call. It was Shanghai Love but he believed it was written by Li Tong. I feel certain this is the book. He is trying to find out your connection and how you knew he was flying on Sat. He was very touched by the book and your personal message. If you are, in fact, the person who sent the book I would love to be able to let him know how you came to find out about him and his trip.
    Thank you,
    Billie Sue

    Reply

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