An award-winning voice in Pacific literature, Lani Wendt Young is the 2018 Pacific Laureate.
Lani speaks to Lynn Freeman about pursuing her love of writing stories in the face of publishers' initial reluctance and weathering ugly on-line abuse.
Lani's young adult fiction, and a large selection of short stories and essays enjoy a worldwide readership.
Lani's Young Adult Telesā Series is a core text in university Pacific Literature papers throughout the world, ranked number one on the Top Rated World Literature listing and hers are the most borrowed books by any Pasifika writer in Auckland's Libraries.
Lani's ninth book Ocean's Kiss was published earlier this year.