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Colton Haynes understands the complexities of approaching a memoir. From learning to navigate difficult and personal life experiences to dealing with the hard process of cutting and editing his work, he used his trust in himself and his editors to push through the challenges and create a moving, well-written account of his life. Colton focused on modeling in his early career before being cast in hit shows like “Teen Wolf” and “The Gates,” and his memoir, Miss Memory Lane, is his first step into the writing world. To purchase Miss Memory Lane, follow the link below.


American actor and model Colton Lee Haynes was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Dana Denise (Mitchell) and William Clayton Haynes. He began modeling at age 15 and his first success came with an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign. He also modeled for J.C. Penney, Kira Plastinina, and Ralph Lauren. He is best known for his role as Jackson Whittemore on MTV’s Teen Wolf (2011). He also played Brett Crezski on ABC’s The Gates. He has had guest appearances on several television shows, including The Hills, CSI: Miami, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, and Look.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How Colton started his memoir journey
  • How to cope with writer’s block
  • How he coined the title
  • What surprised him during his first writing project


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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Morning guys. Interesting interview today. I’ve never been sure why one might write a memoir except as a writing exercise or if one was POTUS or similar. Colton sounds like he’s had a tough but interesting life and writing his memoir may have been a cathartic exercise for him – a great reason to write a memoir.
    I am filling in a spreadsheet of chronological events from my life, partly because I forget them and things keep jumping in to my head. So I’m trying to organise them with reference to historical events and records I have – does that count as a memoir?
    How spooky was the reference to ‘Craig’s List’ being used to furnish a property for free… Maybe JD should get his lady wife to listen to this podcast, but not until he’s confirmed that seat in the spaceship if that’s what he wants – wouldn’t catch me in one of those things.
    Great show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Speaking of forgetting things…I stopped getting blog comment notifications and forgot to check!

      I wouldn’t be surprised if J.D. has earned bonus miles on an upcoming Amazon flight to space.

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