We caught up with poet and best-selling author Lang Leav on her latest inspirations - we discovered Lang's powerful mix of words at an art show in Byron some years ago (thanks Artpark) It was just so wonderful to discover such a beautiful poet in an art show! ( although Lang is also an illustrator). Poetry seems to be an under utilised art form in this century, yet incredibly powerful none the less.
Lang finds a truth in personal thoughts and feelings both fleeting and fixed and almost always she touches your heart and makes you go..mmm! We love you Lang..
Her new book Sad Girls comes out in May this year!
Your latest project?
Following four international bestselling poetry books, my debut novel Sad Girls is due for release in May. It’s my first foray into fiction and I can’t wait to share it with the world!
Current creative inspiration?
I love the way author Alice Munro brings her characters to life. She writes about women who are flawed and vulnerable, yet strong and resilient. Although they are a product of fiction, their struggles, hopes and dreams so deeply mirror women in the real world. Her character portrayals are so rich and intimate and something I aspire to.
Best moment in your career/work so far?
There have been so many great moments! One that comes to mind is when I toured for the first time in the Philippines, not knowing what to expect. I walked onto the stage and was blown away by the sheer number of people who had come out to see me. Later, I learned that some had even camped out overnight. I think that was the moment I realised my life was about to change forever. Nothing beats the connection I have with my readers.
Your daily mantra?
Remember, your words are your power. Never forget your words.
Something you have learned in your career/craft that you can pass onto other women in your field?
To succeed in any field takes time, determination and tenacity. It’s a tough world out there, and particularly difficult if you are a woman. But don’t let that discourage you. If you’re truly passionate about something, the trick is to work hard, be patient and good things will happen.
Here are a few snapshots from her writings... and to read more go here..