We met Lang Leav, the multi-talented artist, poet, and author of bestseller Love & Misadventure, to talk about her inspiration in writing and her current success thus far!
An artist, fashion designer, poet, and an author, all in one? It is no wonder that the talented Lang Leav is so well-loved by many.
She has gained the attention of fans all over the world thanks to her self-published book, Love & Misadventure, which has been flying off the shelves in almost every bookstore.
We caught up with the Australian multidisciplinary artist who was in Singapore last week for a book signing session, to let us in on her passions and inspirations.
Having graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Lang is equipped with the knowledge and tools of the artistic trade. But writing has always been her first love.
"As soon as I learned to write my name, I've just been so passionate about writing. But for some reason, I decided to do art in school instead. And I'm really glad I did, because it's helped me in illustrating my own book," said Lang.
Being her own author and illustrator is certainly an advantage she gained from her degree. She illustrates every whimsical drawing seen in Love & Misadventure. Her enchanting compilation of poetry and prose weaved seamlessly in her debut book brings readers on a journey of love and loss.
FUN FACT: LANG LEAV IS NAMED AFTER AN ORCHID.
IT'S A PRETTY FITTING NAME FOR A BLOSSOMING ARTIST, NO?
When asked about her inspiration in writing, she mentioned authors like Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and Shakespeare. Reading plenty of classics while growing up has given an "impressionable and profound impact" on her style of writing.
Her works may be minimalistic, but they have the uncanny ability to touch a raw nerve, or two. She also believes that simplicity, coupled with the capacity to convey the right emotion, works best for her in reaching out effectively to her readers.
"Getting my message across simply and succinctly is my philosophy. That's why I always use very basic language and avoid anything that's overly flowery. There's a sense of directness in my writing, and I think that's why it resonates well with anyone of any age," said Lang, who is in her early thirties.
DESPITE HAVING ARRIVED JUST ONE DAY BEFORE OUR INTERVIEW, LANG WAS FULL OF SMILES.
She is also probably one of the most successful contemporary authors whose works are known and well-received, thanks to social media sites like Tumblr.
"Social media is absolutely crucial in this day and age. Without it, if it was in a different time and age, I don't think my poems would have ever seen the light of day. They would probably just stay in my journals," she laughed.
So, what can fans anticipate in the future? A new book, perhaps?
Lang said: "There's going to be another book of poetry and prose coming out early next year, and I'm also currently working on a novel which I write purely as a creative outlet, but we'll see where that takes me."
LANG LEAV AT HER BOOK SIGNING EVENT WITH FANS
PHOTO CREDIT: LANG LEAV FACEBOOK PAGE
Will her next book be something different, or perhaps an extension of Love & Misadventure? Well, it is definitely something that we can all look forward to!
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