Brenda Layman – Across Town Featured Author

Brenda Layman’s short story “A Fish Story” appears in the most recent CCC anthology,Across Town: Stories of Columbus.  This bizarre, comical fantasy is a unique member of the Across Town collection.

Brenda Layman is a freelance writer and a member of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio, the Ohio Writers Guild, Writers Satellite, All Genres Writers Group, and Columbus Creative Cooperative.

Born in Ashland, Kentucky, Brenda has lived most of her life in the Columbus, Ohio area, but spent two years in Bonn, Germany. Brenda speaks fluent German, and she worked as a supply teacher at the British Embassy Preparatory School in Bonn, where her two sons were enrolled. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in English Education and is currently working on a Master of Communication and Marketing degree at Franklin University. While an undergraduate at OSU, Brenda was President of the English Undergraduate Forum and volunteered in the Forum’s English composition tutoring program assisting other students with their writing assignments. Over the years she has worked in a variety of teaching positions while raising a family, but has always pursued her interest in writing.

After self-publishing a book, Song of Joy, a Guide to Recovery from Grief, Brenda became interested in the development and marketing of self-published books. She and her husband, Mark, have created a small internet business called Select Authors which develops and promotes indie authors and provides website design and management services to small businesses. Her father was a passionate outdoor enthusiast, and he inspired her interests in fishing, hiking, and conservation. The Outdoor Writers of Ohio awarded her article, “Casting for Recovery in Ohio”, second place for Best Internet Article of 2010. She writes regularly for Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine, the Pickerington Community Magazine, and Columbus Underground.

Although she has published many articles on topics related to outdoor recreation, wellness, and community events, her CCC anthology contribution represents her first foray into published fiction. “A Fish Story” was inspired by her husband’s encounter with an eccentric fisherman on the Big Walnut River, an encounter that led her to wonder, “What if . . . ?” Her current project is a book, The Bear Lake Carp Contest and Other Tales, a collection of humorous short stories involving the residents of a fictional rural community called Willow Run.

Brenda is also an avid fly angler, a reluctant gym rat, an enthusiastic cook, and a happy bibliophile with full bookshelves who has discovered the infinite storage capacity of e-readers. Read her blogs at

Across Town: Stories of Columbus is now available for sale in paperback for only $9.35, and in a variety of e-book formats including Kindle, Nook, iBooks and Google Books for $4.99.  The book is available for Amazon Kindle for $2.99 for a limited time. Click here to order.

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