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Cydney Lawson–Author of the Wingless Series

Cydney Lawson is another one of the authors that I met at UtopYACon in July.  Our meeting was kind of funny.  At the time she was surrounded by a group of high school conferencers that L-O-V-E-D her because she gave them candy.  I had two thoughts in that moment: 1) What was in the candy? 2) I should bring candy next time.   I became further intrigued when I learned that Lawson is college-aged and has already written two YA novels based on a pretty intriguing concept (see trailer below).  I couldn’t wait to interview her for my August is for Authors series.  Check back tomorrow for an excerpt from Wingless, the first book in the series.

Tell us something about yourself. How long have you been writing? Why do you write YA?

I’m shockingly normal, actually. I’m a former student of Auburn University, twenty years old, and addicted to Red Bull (as any young writer should be). I’ve been writing since I was three and my grandfather would let me write my own bedtime stories. I was always the headstrong heroine, of course, because bedtime stories don’t have enough of those. I saved puppies in my rainbow parachute, returned lost baby ducklings to their magical ponds, and found Atlantis in a hot air balloon gone astray every night. Those ideas stayed in my head until I was twelve when I decided that even if I couldn’t be the star of every story, I could make Harry Potters and Junie B. Jones of my own for people to cheer for. So I did. From that came my first novel that has long since been locked up away on my laptop. I thought after I’d purged all that creativity I could go on and be a normal kid who loved gym class and raced bikes and watch MTV after school. But I kept loving words. I never got tired of them. So I kept writing these novels and short stories and poems and lyrics and that eventually spilled over into publishing.
I write YA specifically because it catches these characters at the most pivotal, tumultuous, difficult point in their lives. These heroes and heroines are having to be heroes and heroines at such a young age. They are put through hardships when they are also trying to learn how to deal with emotions they’ve never felt. It’s so admirable.
You are pretty young yourself. How does that help you when writing in this genre? How does it hurt?
Honestly, I don’t feel very young. At least not when it comes to writing. It’s been a part of my life for so long. But because I am so young it definitely helps me identify really well with my characters. I remember clearly how frustrating it was to have a crush, my first kiss, etc., because they all happened so recently. It’s also fairly detrimental in the way that I don’t have a lot of experience with the internal works of literature. Things like grammar, spelling, even a wider range of vocabulary are still being learned every time I pick up a new book and read it or take a class. So I’m still learning, but I can’t seem to stop writing.
Your first series is about a fallen angel, of sorts. What was the genesis for the “Wingless” series?
I wanted to create a story where each of the five senses was actually an inherent super-power-esque ability. Listeners, Watchers, Feelers, etc. But I also wanted these people to exist in a completely different world, only interacting with Earth when absolutely necessary. Enter Tane (my heroine) stage left. She falls from the sky and lands on Charlie’s lawn draped in a crimson sash and nothing else. I figured it would be a pretty dynamic beginning to their relationship, and it all stemmed from that scene.

Word on the street, well on Twitter, is that you are working on a couple of novels right now. What are they about?

After attending UtopYAcon in Nashville, I was really intrigued by the idea of a paranormal romance. So I started a multiple perspective para-rom about a half-human, half-phoenix girl named Rory who is supposed to be the missing link so to speak between the human world and the not-so-human world. The vampires, werewolves, pixies, shifters, and so forth all plan to use Rory to reveal themselves to the humans. However, an elite cult wants to use Rory as a sacrifice to gain immortality. All of this while Dane, her werewolf guardian, is falling in love with her and vice versa.
 
The other novel is my first contemporary YA about a girl named Margaret who is in a half-way home for teens because of an arson she committed. She meets an array of characters from a diabetic kleptomaniac to a handsome boy with a bright blue mohawk and they help her figure out herself and confront her fears about the future.
Why did you make the decision to go Indie? How has your experience been so far?
I understood traditional publishing and I felt that it was too cold for me. I really loved diving head first into my own work and molding it with my own hands and watching it grow in front of my eyes. I couldn’t imagine being removed from any step in this amazing process and so far it’s been treating me fairly well. I’ve been getting great reviews from people that I respect and total strangers. Of course, indie books are among my favorites now that I know there is such a bigger world out there than just Barnes and Noble.
Any final words?
I can’t wait to read YOUR novel!
Where can we find you online?
And I’ve just started on Twitter, so I would love for anyone who isn’t (which is a lot) following me to do so! I’d love to chat about books with you…in 140 characters or less. @TheLitkid

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