This week we’re crushing on emerging author Landen Wakil!
Hailing from St. Catherines, Ontario, Landen Wakil is a multi-talented author and actor whose drive and talent belies his young age. He originally put himself forth to the world as an author through the popular site Wattpad (a platform for online storytelling). But the love he received on the site motivated him to release his first full length novel in the more traditional way. At only 23 years old Landen has released a novel, Some Place Better than Here and it’s already a hit.
Inspired by classic rock anthems and American teenage ethos, Some Place Better Than Here brings together revered emblems of nostalgia and everything music lovers, film buffs, and fans of literature remember, to capture the hearts and minds of today’s generation. With a modern look into small town middle America, Some Place Better Than Here is a gritty, unflinching look at how we define family and come to grips with loss. This novel maps out the uneven ground that often lays between love, friendship and sexual awakening.
Landen is now touring Ontario to showcase his book to new and already dedicated readers. You can check his website for upcoming dates and for how and where to buy his book here.
Considering Landen could star as a teen heartthrob in his own biopic, we figured we weren’t the only ones crushing on him. Take a read below
What is your ideal first date?
It may sound a bit cheesy but, I like dates like the ones in the movies – where the night never ends. I love spontaneity, beginning at one location and not knowing where you will head to next. Maybe doing something you don’t usually do – a glass of wine on the rooftop or lighting fireworks in the backyard. That sort of thing.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Someone who lacks intellectual curiosity. I enjoy spending time with someone who is willing to learn and can carry on a conversation.
I am also very picky when it comes to music. I enjoy being able to just hang out with someone and listen to music – so if we can’t decide on a song then it might be a deal breaker!
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
It has to be from the scene in Disney’s Aladdin when Genie tells Aladdin to just “Be Yourself”. Facades are impossible to uphold and they will be seen through sooner or later. For example, I can be a little quirky and unconventional at times. If someone doesn’t like those qualities than I’d rather be around someone who does.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
I gave a girl an early copy of my book Some Place Better Than Here. It may not sound that crazy – but it definitely took courage to share my work with someone and I think she saw that. That girl is now my beautiful, brilliant girlfriend so, I must have done something right. Great Valentine’s Day gift, guys!
If there was one piece of advice you could give to others out there, what would it be?
I could write a whole book on advice! The most important thing to remember is that everyone makes mistakes. Grant your partner some understanding but value your self-respect. Be able to talk things out but also be able to move on.