The work of Lang Leav can be quite polarizing, but one thing can’t be denied: her writing has the power to amass legions of fans around the world. She’s inspired many a girl and boy of all ages to get into poetry. And with her debut novel Sad Girls, which she is promoting in Manila and Cebu through a National Book Store tour, she might just inspire a new wave of young fiction.
Sad Girls is about Audrey, whose world spins out of control because of a lie. She meets Rad, an enigmatic guy who could turn the tables for her, but the timing is all wrong. This is Lang Leav’s fifth book, but her first novel. “You have to be quite disciplined,” she says about writing a novel. This work has been a long time coming, and after several drafts and countless hours of writing every day, Sad Girls is ready for the world.
This is Lang’s third time in the country, and she says the warmth of Filipinos is what keeps her coming back — that and the pork adobo. We sat down with the bestselling author before her book tour and got to know the process of writing a book.
YOUNG STAR: Aside from your new novel, what’s been keeping you busy these days?
LANG LEAV: Basically I’ve been working on a new poetry and prose compilation, which is due for release in February, so that’s been keeping me busy. I mean, writing all this and that. And just promoting Sad Girls. It’s been a long time coming. It’s out in the world now, it has been for the last couple of weeks. So that’s been super exciting; it’s great to see fans take the book into their hearts. That’s what’s been occupying my mind these days.
What was it like writing Sad Girls?
I read this quote somewhere that said, “There is no such thing as fiction; it’s just non-fiction in a parallel world.” That’s what it felt like writing Sad Girls. It just felt like I was looking into this world and I was just transcribing it in a way. Which was quite a different experience, it was quite magical.