When I was a kid growing up in Samoa, there were no Samoan or Oceania fantasy novels, no Young Adult series set in Samoa or anywhere in Pasifika, no Samoan speculative fiction, no Samoa/Pasifika zombie apocalypse stories, no Samoa chick lit /romance.
And now there are. 😉😍
I am glad and #blessed to be a part of making that change. We need heaps more books from us though. Of all genres. Stories of many kinds, from many different Oceania storytellers.
Which is why I’m extra excited for this anthology Va. From Samoa, to Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, Vanuatu, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait Islands, to Aotearoa, Guam, and many more…I am so honored to have a few of my stories stand alongside those of my sister-writers of the Moana.
As one of the editors, alongside Sisilia Eteuati, I got to read their stories before you do, and it’s been a richly satisfying and often quite moving experience.
I’m excited for this book and I hope you are too.
Just 5 more days!!!
Pre Order VA: Stories by Women of the Moana – today.
Stories that tell Covid how we really feel, where a Centipede God watches on with wry humour and wrath, where a sexy Samoan goes on a hot Tinder date in Honolulu, where a New Zealand doctor is horrified to be stuck at her cousin’s kava drink up in Fiji, where Moana people travel the stars and navigate planets, stories where Ancestors and Atua live and breathe. Stories that defy colonial boundaries, and draw on the storytelling and oratory that is our inheritance. Immerse yourself in the intrigue, fantasy, humour and magic of beautiful strong stories by 38 writers from across the Moana.
In this book you will travel across oceans and meet diverse and deep characters in over 50 rich stories from Cook Island, Chamorro, Erub Island (Torres Strait), Fijian, Hawaiian, Māori, Ni-Vanuatu, Papua New Guinean, Rotuman, Samoan and Tongan writers.