A few months ago, I found myself on the Wattpad Block Party’s gang. We usually trade Wattpad usernames, twitter and such. I met so many talented authors, but I instantly clicked with a few of them. One of those clicks was Lavinia Leigh. She offered to help me beta read one of my stories and that was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. She is one of my best wattpad friends and it’s been a blast meeting her. And the best part? she’s absolutely talented. Make sure to check her out!
She’s currently posting her new chick-lit story, Sugar Lust. And I wanted to let you guys know a bit of her, so here you go!
What’s your favorite genre and why?
My favorite genre is probably historical fiction. I grew up with a family of antique dealers who installed a fascination with the past. Those authors really do their research, and I love learning about what they wore, battles, the little know facts. I usually look them up afterwards to learn more about them. That being said, I read almost everything.
Name three of your favorite books:
Just three! Egats! Ok, can I go with series? I adore the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, and The Winds of War by Herman Wouk. But I think that Timothy Findley’s The Wars probably had the most profound effect on me. It was after reading that book that I started to really wonder about writing, and the words that an author picks to convey a message.
Do you have a quote you love?
There are so many quotes that are brilliant, but the two that stick and are said over and over in my house are,
I reject your reality and substitute my own – Adam Savage
and the other is,
I grammar good! – Russell White (my brother) 🙂
Not exactly profound quotes of inspiration but they make me laugh, which is probably why they are said so much around here.
Who would you say is your greatest writing influence and why?
W Somerset Maugham has to be number one on that list. I’ve read his work so many times and I never get tired of it. I pick over his his words, his phrasing, trying to learn, but then I always loose myself to his stories. I would love it if his influence came out in my writing.
Where is your favorite place to write and why?
I usually write on my chair with my computer on my lap, but I also if time allows love to write at the library. My town’s library has an incredible view, and I love to sit amongst the books looking out at the river and the old buildings and write.
What one thing would tell you, “you made it” as a writer?
Definitely when I am able to quit my job and write full time. That’s the dream.
Is there a subject you have difficulty writing? Why?
The hardest thing for me to write is fantasy, although it is really rewarding. Scales is a middle grade novella about a dragon that I wrote last year, and it took me probably the longest to write, because I struggled with so many of the details. It is also the story I have got the most amount of positive feedback on, and even some fan art! The characters are going to make a comeback this July, a lot more grown up, in the Sunkissed Summer Anthology Fantasy Edition on Wattpad.
What are your plans in the future?
I will continue to write on Wattpad and Writeon. I have a few more story ideas up my sleeve, and I am looking forward to getting them onto paper.
Tell us more about your stories, where to find them!
My newest story is called Sugar Lust, and I will be releasing chapters starting Friday June 10th.
Emmeline is seventeen when she gives birth to her daughter in a firestorm of disapproval. She never manages to do things as expected, and just when she thinks she has it figured out, everything changes. Her love life is a mess, her friends are eccentric, and she dreams of striking out on her own to run her own bakery. How is it, that it seems like her kid can figure out life better than she can!