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USA Today Bestselling author Lynessa Layne is a native Texan from the small town of Plantersville. She’s a fan of exploration, history, the beach (though she’s photosensitive), Jesus, and America too (RIP Tom). In addition to being an avid reader, she's obsessed with music of all types (hence her reference to Tom Petty). As a child, she created music videos in her mind and played Barbies perhaps a little longer than most with her little sister not yet realizing she was writing and enacting stories all along. Though she's put away the dolls, she now uses her novels as an updated, grown-up version of the same play.

A military wife, she’s bounced around the US, including the settings in her Don’t Close Your Eyes series, currently landing in the heart of sweet home Alabama where she and her husband are raising their blended family.

Best known as the author of the romantic suspense mystery series, Don’t Close Your Eyes, Lynessa is also a certified copy editor and a member of Mystery Writers of America with work featured by Writer’s Digest and Mystery and Suspense Magazine. She has also graced the cover of GEMS (Godly Entrepreneurs & Marketers) Magazine and was a finalist for Killer Nashville’s 2022 Silver Falchion Awards for Best Suspense and 2022 Reader’s Choice.

For a deeper look into Lynessa's past and what made her the writer she is today, check out her feature in the Knoxville Voyager Meet Lynessa Layne - Voyage Knoxville Magazine (


For more information on upcoming releases, swag, signing events and this series, sign up for her newsletter, Lit with Lynnie, to stay in touch and check out the Lynessa Layniacs Fan Club.

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