YA Spring Fling Author Interview with Ceinwen Langley

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The YA Spring Fling is in full swing, an epic giveaway with over 100 books up for grabs from over 70 authors. The giveaway is still open from now until April 3rd. If you’d like to enter to win some awesome readerly prizes, go check out the site here.

Today I’m talking to Ceinwen Langley, one of the YA authors participating in the giveaway. Ceinwen is the author of The Edge of the Woods, an awesome fantasy read about a girl who must decide between the stifling life she’s always known and a mysterious (but potentially dangerous) life in the woods.

Portrait of Cei Langley, Author

Welcome Ceinwen! What’s your favourite thing about spring?

Unfortunately, while the northern hemisphere’s getting ready for Spring we down in Australia are just rolling into Autumn. But I’m looking forward to the flowers Spring will eventually bring (if not the hay fever!). I’ve become a bit of a gardener over the last year or so and I’ve managed to grow daffodils, bluebells and snowdrops in my slightly unforgiving climate. 

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Creating new characters and worlds. I spend a lot of time thinking about my characters before I start to write their stories. It lets me get to know them as people and immerse myself in the world they live in. I try not to think too much about the plot of their story, but figure out what their day to day life looks like before their story begins. What do they want, what do they need, what problems are they facing? How does their routine work? I feel like it gives me a solid starting point, and it also means I’m basically never bored. Stuck in a queue? Hop over to dystopian London and hang out with Riley. Long flight? Figure out what Mona would get up to out on the road. 

What’s the worst thing about being a writer?

Deadlines! The pay! Having to show people what you’ve written! Having to talk to people about what you’ve written! I’m the unfortunate writer stereotype, I like to hang out alone in my pyjamas with MS Word and as much hot chocolate as my cranky intestines will allow. Getting other people as excited about my work as I am is pretty daunting, and I’m still working on being good at it. Can’t you tell?

edge-cover2Tell us more about your books.

So far I’ve only published one book, The Edge of the Woods, which is a stand-alone fantasy that follows Emma, a young woman trying to navigate the rigid social structures of her village to ensure a decent life for herself and her widowed mother. Unfortunately, as a girl with no father, no money and no prospects, the odds are stacked against her. When a mysterious (and very pretty!) young man appears from the woods and offers her an easy way out, Emma has to decide whether she wants an escape from the future the village has in store for her or a chance to fight for a better one. 

My aim with The Edge of the Woods – and all of my books – is to tell stories about complicated, interesting young women from all walks of life. I want to take them on adventures, help them navigate through difficult decisions, see them struggle and fail and still figure out a way through. 

Tell us something interesting about your main character.

Emma snores. Like a hog. 

Coffee or Tea?

Tea, no milk no sugar, preferably green or fruity. 

Plotter or Pantser?

Both and neither. I plot, and then I pants, and then I agonise, and then replot, and then pants again, and then have a stress induced break. So I’m probably an Agoniser.  

Are there any books involved in the YA Spring Fling that you’re secretly lusting after?

I’m seriously eyeing off Sacrificed by Emily Wibberly, Solace by Therin Knite, The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford and White Hart by Sarah Dalton. 

What was the last YA book you read?

Laurinda by Alice Pung. It’s fabulous, you should read it. 

What are your top tips for surviving a bad review?

To think about every book, TV show or movie I’ve ever hated and let rip on, and then remember how many people I know whose opinions were completely different. Sometimes there are really valid lessons in bad reviews, but a lot of the time, it’s just a readers personal preference. Not everyone is going to love or even like what you do, and that’s okay. 

What are your top tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse?

I do actually have a machete on standby for this sort of thing (also house intruders and serial killers) but I’m pretty sure I’m one of the casualties in the opening montage of the zombie movie. I’m slow, weak, and too short to be able to smack anything hard enough in the head. Though in an ideal situation, I would somehow be near The Rock when the apocalypse starts and he’ll just sort of take me in. And never wear a shirt. 

What inspires you?

It’s hard to pin down any one thing. Sometimes it’s taking something I’ve heard on the news and asking what could cause something like that to happen, or what could happen next. Sometimes it’s a song or artwork that makes me feel a certain way, and a story grows around that mood. Sometimes it’s just remembering an old story and twisting it on its head, or seeing a recurring trope and wanting to do something completely different. And sometimes it’s a city, or a house, or a patch of land. If you keep your eyes, ears and mind open, almost anything can inspire you to write something. Great ideas can spark from the smallest things. 

Where can readers find your books?

The Edge of the Woods is currently digitally exclusive to Amazon, but you can buy the paperback from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Book Depository. I also occasionally contribute to magazines. To keep up with my work and read some short stories, you can follow me over at my website.

Thanks for stopping by Ceinwen!

Don’t forget to stop by Sarah Dalton’s website to be in with a chance of winning this amazing book as well as the many others up for grabs! 🙂 Good luck everyone!

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