Books by Jeff Layton
Jeff Layton's Writing Style
Looking at his body of work, it isn't easy, as with most writers, to nail down a specific writing style. The genres have been metaphysics, science fiction, and historical fiction, with elements of mystery. He has noted many times one of his favorite styles of writing is magical realism and the use of metaphors. So maybe metaphorical magical realism or metaphorical magical metaphysics.
Jeff uses a metaphorical writing style to invoke an emotional response and paint a vivid mental picture to create a mood or phenomenon. He also mentioned William Faulkner's writing and his use of stream-of-consciousness and naturalistic prose. He plays with the elements of fiction in verse and uses third-person omniscient-the narrator speaks freely about everyone and everything. There are no limits to the time, space, or character the narrator can access.
Themes of consciousness and science are used to explain and examine the trilogy of life, death, and the in-between- point of view and perspectives of life. Whether they are metaphysical-religious, or spiritual beliefs that help shape the quality of our lives and how we relate to one another and the world. Or the point of view that they are physical, scientific, the philosophy of the here and now.
Jeff Layton has his hands full, blending William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez into his unique creative descriptive narratives about life today, yesterday, and what lies ahead for each of us.
Questions and Answers
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Question: Is there a central theme running through your books?
Answer: The theme would be consciousness. I use different vehicles, and narratives to write about becoming aware of consciousness. I've used every experience that made me stop, reflect, and sometimes a direct encounter with higher consciousness unfolding now.
Question: Why consciousness?Answer: Consciousness is everything. It is what makes life, and most importantly I feel is all we have at the end of life.
Question: You mention vehicles, and narratives to talk about consciousness. What are they?
Answer: Dreams-Be it lucid dreams or dreams that stand out and make you examine the thoughts behind them.
Hallucinations-Drugs (psychoactive), or events that bring on different experiences of reality.
Meditation-Individual, group, or guided.
Spiritual, Religious-Anytime consciousness looks at consciousness, through opening oneself up to the bigger self and stepping away from the ego, aha moments can be experienced. These are true gifts.
Question:In the Multiverse Connection, you bring up time travel?
Answer:Yes, Elias, the main character, discovers a mirrored universe parallel to our universe that he can enter that dimension and travel back in time.
Question:So, Elias only can travel back in time in that universe to observe our time reality?
Answer:Yes, he enters a parallel time dimension with physical laws not applying to Elias, as he is not from that universe. He is not bound to its physical laws.
Question: In the Multiverse Connection, you ask these questions: "Why hasn't humankind discovered advanced alien civilizations? We are finding possible hints of their existence. Are UFOs drones?" And just a segment of that answer you write, it is all inner space, not outer space. Can you share a little about this?
Answer: These are set-up questions for the reader to turn inward-inner space thinking. In our cultured and trained consciousness through education, movies, and books, we look up at the night sky for visitors from other worlds to visit us. Or for us humans to see them. Now our science is discovering that there are other dimensions outside of our perceptions that exist. The universe or universes came from the singularity and are now forever expanding away from that point. Or are they?
Traveling in outer space in an expanding universe using only our four dimensions is a very drawn-out endeavor, but now we are learning that there may be better ways to go about this. I'm suggesting turning inward toward the singularity and exploring the multiverse. How to do this read on.
Question: In your book, I Am but a Dream, you mention time travel in Chapter 12, Time Travelers?
Answer: Yes, but in a different way of time travel than in The Multiverse Connection. Both books are related to consciousness and how the physical laws don't apply in the mental universe. In this chapter, Bodi and Debra explore the fourth dimension of time. They are conscious bodies, not physical, and can move in time. They move to several periods in time. Bodi tells Debra that time travel in the past in a dream state of consciousness is safe, but "Avoid the future because it is fluid, always changing in flux."
Question: In a Metaphor of Life, Rose, Red Roses is a unique book. What can you tell me about this book?
Answer: This was my first book. This speaks somewhat to my past when I began studying writing and took physical art classes to expand my horizons. I then dropped writing for painting as I felt I could express my pathos- emotions and the sympathetic imagination, better, more directly. After three decades, I returned to writing but wanted to explore how visual I could be. Also, again everything to me that I enjoy writing about is about consciousness. So, I explored the minds of four artists. Three artists are more present time and Van Gogh of the past.