About the Author:
Lani Young is an award-winning writer, publisher and journalist. She is the 2018 ACP Pacific Laureate selected by the African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States. Born and raised in Samoa, she attended university in the USA and New Zealand. Storytelling is her passion. She’s the author of ten books and has won multiple awards for her short fiction. She’s worked as a scriptwriter for Disney, and her stories for children are published by the NZ School Journal.
Her work is described as witty, ironic and delicious, flavored with poetic descriptions; garnished with intense passion; coated in relaxed atmosphere of the Samoan archipelago (Tales from Pasifika, April 2015).
Ocean's Kiss - Lani Wendt Young
Ocean’s Kiss is a Telesa World novel, inspired by the warrior goddesses of Pasifika mythology.
A stranger from Daniel Tahi’s past appears bringing vital secrets and memories long thought lost. Now it appears that though Pele the fire goddess may have been defeated, there are others who still hold Leila Folger responsible for crimes of the past.
Young's romantic tale strikes the perfect balance of fantastical mythology and cold reality as it unpacks love, loyalty and the threat many Pasificka people face from rising sea levels. NZ Herald 17 November 2018