Tinsel Town is about to learn a few lessons from a Southern belle name Dr. Laney Olivia Houston. She has the courage to win the heart of a certain jazz man who swore no woman ever would in – If I Were Your Woman – due to be released March 4, 2010!
For months, I’ve tried to interview this petite-framed leading lady and finally succeeded. I was stuck by her warmth and honesty the moment she walked into the room. At only five feet, three inches, physician researcher with flawless butter cream skin, red hair and eyes the same shade as polished emeralds captivated my attention for over an hour. During our time together, I learned a lot about this freckled-face heroine that I believe readers would be interest to know.
Q: Laney you have an uncommon first name for women, but it’s a very common last name for both men and women. Can you tell us what your name means?
A: Laney is a variant of Laine (English), Lainey and Lane and (Middle English). Laney means “path, roadway”.
Q: I understand there’s a special man in your life. Do you mind sharing with our readers who he is?
A: I’ve never responded to any man they way I have to jazz musician, Raphael Baptiste. Sensuality and masculinity permeates through Raphael and simply put, the man exudes sex.
Q: There’s been a lot of speculation about your relationship with Raphael. Inquiring minds want to know…do you love him?
A: Yes, I love him. Raphael compares favorably with the men in my family. I love his strong work ethic, his demand for perfection, his advocacy for education, his fearless sense of power and his strong-willed nature.
Q: Wow! That’s an impressive list by any standard. So does this mean Raphael is in love with you?
A: That’s a question you’ll have to ask Raphael. Before we had a chance to discuss our relationship, he was knocked for a loop when he received some devastating personal news that will change the course of his life – forever.
Q: Laney, tell us about your family.
A: I’m an only child. I was reared by my paternal grandfather and maternal aunts and uncle after the unexpected death of my parents.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Memphis, Tennessee
Q: What do you want out of life?
A: For the last ten years, all my energy and passion has been channeled into continuing the investigative research study my mother began before she died. I’ve been just as driven as she’d been to discover a cure for the congenital birth defect I was born with, which caused the absence of my middle and index finger on my right hand.
Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: Caring, supportive, understanding and when needed most, unselfish.
Q: Is there anything else about you that you’d like to share with readers?
A: I never thought it was possible to want a man, both physically and emotionally until I met Raphael. Because he’s a celebrity, women chase after him, but I won’t be one of them. I knew I was in trouble when my out-of-control hormones kicked into full gear and I fell hard for the man who’d told me upfront he’d never settle down with any woman. Now I’m faced with a dilemma. A causal affair isn’t on my agenda. While I love Raphael to distraction, what he wants isn’t what I desire. I’m not a snob, but I’ll never sacrifice my two best friends—self-respect and dignity—in the name of love.
Q: So does this mean you aren’t going to let Raphael know how you feel about him?
A: Not at all! This is the first time in my life I can recall following my heart and not my head.
Q: Hmmm, so how do you plan to snag Raphael Baptiste?
A: Aaah, you’ll have to wait until March 4th to find out.
Laney, it was wonderful to speak with you. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story with our readers. We’re anxiously waiting to see how your relationship with Raphael turns out in If I Were Your Woman.