The Valley Roundup: Abbotsford based novelist releases 11th novel since 2020 pandemic

A press photo of Jay Lang leaning against a brick wall in a white shirt and black leather jacket.
Author Jay Lang has released a new novel that is set in Abbotsford and on UFV campus. Photo courtesy of Jay Lang
Stephen Munga - CIVL - AbbotsfordBC | 10-03-2023
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Author Jay Lang has released Snake Oil, a new novel based in Abbotsford and on the University of the Fraser Valley Campus.

Since the beginning of the 2020 pandemic, Lang has completed 11 novels and is a two-time winner of the Books We Love (BWL) Bestseller award. Born and raised in Comox, Lang said her novels are all set in B.C. because she was always outside growing up and also moved and lived in different areas in the province.

The novels invite the reader into her take on topics that communities face, whether it’s drugs, abuse, or mental illness,  Lang said, and she is proud to feature main characters from the LGBTQIA2S+ community frequently.

Lang will be presenting her newest novel, Snake Oil, at the Chilliwack Library from 12-2 p.m. on March 18 and at the Clearbrook Library on April 1 from 12-2 p.m.

She spoke with CIVL about her untraditional start in writing, the reason her books take place in B.C., and advice for writers. Listen below for the full interview: