OVERLAY resurrected the reckless life of Marlayna Glynn Brown's luckless Las Vegas childhood. CITY OF ANGELES, her account of her adolescence, continues her journey among the saints and sinners of 1980s Los Angeles. The author's second memoir follows her struggle to construct an adulthood lacking a rules handbook. The author seems to satisfy her longing for a permanent family when her marriage to a handsome entrepreneur produces four children in quick succession. But a college decree, home ownership, and a marriage license aren't fast eugh to help her outrun her troubled early beginning. Rejecting the alcoholism that claimed both her mother and her father, she sinks into a troubling depression instead. CITY OF ANGELES is about realigning the stars by fighting genetics; becoming a mother by learning to be a mother; moving from victimhood to womanhood. The author unflinchingly begets a self from the unlikeliest of beginnings, and w delivers a sequel illustrating both heaven and hell on her continuing flight for self discovery.
Marlayna Glynn Brown is an American author, speaker, and award winning photographer. Immediately upon publication, Marlayna's first memoir, Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas, was honored by the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards with an Overcoming Adversity award. Marlayna's published journey includes Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas, City of Angeles, Big as All Hell and Half of Texas, The Trilogy: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown, One Day The Invitations Will Stop Arriving, Rest In Places: My Father's Post-Life Journey Around The World, The Scattering of All: Tales From Extraordinary Survivors of Suicide Loss, and a fiction work entitled Come Back For Me. Her articles are featured on Huffington Post, PBS Next Avenue, Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, and her work has been translated into many different languages. As an advocate for mental health and suicide awareness, Marlayna was honored as the featured speaker at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Annual Out Of The Darkness Walk held at the Texas State Capital. After traveling extensively, Marlayna now makes her home in the countryside surrounding Austin, Texas with her husband, two cats, and occasional visits from their seven children. Find Marlayna's short film, People That do Something, which is based on a chapter from Overlay, on Marlayna's Youtube channel. To contact Marlayna, please visit www.marlaynaglynnbrown.com.