Author Interview | Laura E. Weymouth, Author of The Light Between Worlds

author interview

Today’s interview is very very special to me.

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Say hello to the wonderful Laura E. Weymouth the author of The Light Between Worlds and A Treason of Thorns. I am so thrilled to be interviewing one such a great author. Have you read any of her books yet?

And onto the interview we go!

 

 

 

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  • The Light Between Worlds has been one of my most anticipated (which reminds me I should get my review up soon). It was a really wonderful and unique read. What inspired you to write this special book?

 

The Light Between Worlds was actually born on Twitter! I saw someone in the publishing industry requesting a book about Susan Pevensie after Narnia, and thought that sounded really intriguing, and that I’d love to read a book like that. A few months later, I saw the request again and the idea had been percolating in my mind ever since. I knew I had to be the one to write it. And along the way, the story grew into its own self, so that it’s not about the Pevensies specifically, but about anyone caught in a situation similar to theirs—trying to deal with the aftermath of an adventure, and feeling caught between two worlds. 

 

 

  • Can you give a brief summary on what The Light Between Worlds is about for those who haven’t come across it yet?

 

The Light Between Worlds is the story of three siblings, Evelyn, Philippa, and Jamie Hapwell, who were swept away to an enchanted kingdom called the Woodlands as children. They’re dealing with the aftermath of that adventure, and the aftermath of the second world war, and can’t talk about the former to anyone. Evelyn, who’s the youngest, really struggles to cope as she felt she’d found her home in the Woodlands and wants nothing more to return. And Philippa in particular has spent years in the wake of their adventure just trying to keep Evelyn together.

 

 

  • Do you have any advice on writing for all those aspiring authors?

 

Read widely and write with abandon. Reading outside your preferred genre will help you develop your craft in ways that sticking to one corner of the literary world won’t (I love both nonfiction and poetry, in addition to genre fiction.) And take risks with your writing, while you still can. Doing so is one of the best ways to hone your voice and learn what works and what doesn’t for you.

(Noura’s note: Best kind of advice!)

 

 

  • Was becoming an author always a dream of yours or did you dream of something else before that?

 

Until I was about ten, all I wanted in life was to be a vet. But I loved writing, and when I developed very severe allergies to pet dander (which have now abated a good deal) I quickly switched my “when I grow up” goal to becoming an author. And now I’m an author who has a menagerie of animals, so I feel like I’ve really ended up with the best of both worlds!

 

 

  • Are there any authors that have inspired you?

 

Growing up, Madeleine L’Engle, CS Lewis, and Ursula le Guin. And more recently, I’d love to write with the empathy of Melina Marchetta, the sharpness and clarity of Bethany C. Morrow, and the lush, immersive worldbuilding of Natasha Ngan.

 

 

  • What are some of your favorite reads in 2018?

 

My standout read of 2018 was MEM by Bethany C. Morrow. I also loved Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Meyer, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, and An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson.

(Noura’s note: Some books to look into 😍)

 

 

  • If you could swap places with a fictional character (whether your own or otherwise) who would you be?

 

Bilbo Baggins. Everything always comes out right in the end for Bilbo, and once he leans into his more adventurous side, he seems to have a pretty good time no matter what’s going on. Plus then I could spend decades puttering around the Shire and retire to the beauty of Valinor!

 

 

  • So, let’s say you’re stranded on an island and you only have three books with you. What would those three books be?

 

Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles, and Quintana of Charyn. Together they make up the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. It’s my absolute favorite fantasy series and I re-read it annually. It’s a gorgeous, raw, open-hearted look at the refugee experience and what it means to be part of a diaspora told through a fantasy lens. Absolutely exceptional storytelling. 

 

 

  • How long has the idea for The Light Between Worlds been in your head? and how do you feel now that it’s out there?

 

The Light Between Worlds is quite new in the grand scheme of things! I first read the manuscript request that sparked the concept in the spring of 2016, drafted over the summer, signed with an agent in fall, sold the book in December of the same year, and then it hit bookshelves in October 2018. My second novel, A Treason of Thorns, is a newer idea as well, but the project I’m currently drafting is an old one—it’s a story I’ve been trying to tell in some form or other since I was in my late teens.

 

 

  • If the fans of The Light Between Worlds had to take back one message or life lesson, what would that be?

 

The importance of moving towards hope and the possibility of healing, whether others can see and understand your motivations or not.

 

 

  • Any future projects that we should look forward to?

Yes! As I mentioned above, I have a second standalone fantasy novel coming out in September of this year!  It’s entitled A Treason of Thorns, and you can add it on Goodreads.

(Noura’s note: This interview took some time to go up because of an email error so A Treason of Thorns is already out!)

 

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Thank you to Laura E. Weymouth for agreeing to do this interview (It means so much to me!), and thank you for making these books a reality.

 

Find Laura E. Weymouth here:

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Click on the book cover to be directed to Goodreads:

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