1. How did you come up with the title?
The title The Very First Bite pinpoints Lanie’s (the main character) moment of downfall when it comes to sinful food, but it’s also a metaphor for her moment of downfall when it comes to love. Food and love: the two things we’re most drawn toward, and the two things we most struggle with, right?
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are a few, but one of them is that life doesn’t have to be a choice between quality and quantity.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
So far, my readers have agreed that Lanie’s triumphs and struggles are extremely realistic and relatable. Things we all go though, but don’t necessarily talk about.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I would change one word. It has to do with boobs in the shower. That’s all I’m saying!
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Narrowing down the title. The book is about a lot more than food (the bigger story is about Lanie visiting the ghosts of her past, to emotionally prepare for her approaching high school reunion). But it’s also about food. So the hard part was trying to find something that captured it all. I’m not sure I succeeded though!
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That if we’re patient, the mysteries of our lives will eventually reveal themselves to us. And that we really can eat a cheeseburger without beating ourselves up about it. You know, all the important stuff.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I wrote a soap opera in 6th grade called Yesterday’s Desire. The girls in my class loved it. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
As I was writing both of my novels, I was reading Jane Hamilton’s The Book Of Ruth. I’m doing it again for the next book. I have no idea why, but it totally inspires my writing process.
9. Tell us your latest news.
My first novel, Bicoastal Babe, is being developed for a new television show on the CW network. You can read all about it at my website: www.cynthialangston.net.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Enjoy the book, thanks for reading and definitely drop me an email, tweet or FB message to say hi!
About the Book
The Very First Bite chronicles the toils and triumphs of Lanie Albers, who has just ten weeks to mentally and physically prepare for the ultimate day of reckoning: her high school class reunion.
With twenty pounds of extra weight, a dead-end job and a boyfriend who won’t commit, the prospect of revisiting old classmates has Lanie reeling with panic. Not to mention the loose ends she’ll finally have to face, like Chad, her first love, for whom she suspects she might still have feelings. And Candace, her lifelong best friend, who abruptly ended their friendship seven years ago with no explanation.
By examining the ghosts of her past, Lanie begins to prepare for the revelations and confrontations of the big night. She also launches a desperate campaign to lose weight: an uproarious battle with fad diets and disastrous workouts, most of which lead her right back to the cookie jar.
Prices/Formats: $9.99 paperback, $2.99 ebook
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 27, 2012
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
About the Author
Cynthia Langston was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin.
She began her writing career at the age of twelve, with a bi-weekly soap opera called “Yesterday’s Desire.” Scrawled in a series of tattered red notebooks, YD was passed around the 6th grade class at St. Pius Catholic Gradeschool, where its enormous popularity and demand-for-more inspired Cynthia to make writing a priority.
She continued penning short stories and screenplays throughout high school. She eventually moved to Chicago to study writing in the prestigious Radio/TV/Film department at Northwestern University, where she also wrote film and theatre reviews for the school’s prize-winning newspaper, The Daily Northwestern. During her senior year, she received national attention for pioneering one of the first authentic “sex columns,” a weekly he-said/she-said column called “Bungalations.”
After college, Cynthia moved to the New York area, where she continued to write for a wide variety of publications, including a stint as a film critic for Film Journal International. While in New York, she began a side career in advertising and eventually launched her own successful market research company, Consumer Dig.
In 2001, Cynthia moved herself, her company and her two cats to Los Angeles, where she now lives in the gorgeous Hollywood Hills with her husband and brand new baby boy.
Currently, Cynthia is re-launching Bicoastal Babe to coincide with the development of Katherine Heigl’s “Trending,” a new drama series in development on the CW network (which is based on BB).
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