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Why I deserve a Gold Medal

So if you’re a hermit introvert (with the added plus of an anxiety disorder) like me, then you will already know about the incredible amount of energy and angst that can go into leaving the house for a social gathering. It doesn’t matter if it’s an event you’re really looking forward to, with people you… Continue reading Why I deserve a Gold Medal

Warriors from Weavers

The coastal village of Matala prided itself on being a community that worked together. United to carry out village projects. Their village had won first place in the Teuila Festival National Dance competition, for the last five years running. Their cricket team was unbeatable in Upolu. And they were awarded certificates every year in the… Continue reading Warriors from Weavers

Auoi, ou te fia ola

She couldn’t sleep. So when the cry came, she heard it immediately. “Help me! Please.” A man’s voice. Calling from the road. “Auoi, ou te fia ola.” The Samoan’s universal cry for survival. I want to live. Iva leapt up with her torch, raced down the stairs and peered out the window beside the front… Continue reading Auoi, ou te fia ola

Zombies in Samoa?

Iva wondered a lot about the woman who had bitten her. Did Dora wake up that morning and feel sick? Dizzy? Breathless? Did she make breakfast for her husband and feel the gnawing of a hunger for human flesh? Was she walking past him and then lose it in an instant, leap and bite? Or… Continue reading Zombies in Samoa?

Some fia-show, fiapoto news!

I’m thrilled to have FIRE’S CARESS shortlisted alongside some brilliant books in the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Congratulations to all the authors! FIRE’S CARESS is the sixth book in the Telesa world. The judges said of Teuila and Keahi’s story – “Lani Wendt Young brings her characteristic linguistic flair… Continue reading Some fia-show, fiapoto news!

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