Book Nerd Interview
Lani Woodland has been an avid reader since elementary school when she first discovered the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins series. In sixth grade she began writing plays and recruiting (with force when necessary) her friends to act them out. Most of these early works were inspired by She-Ra, the epitome of girl power to her young self.
She graduated from BYU with a BS in Family Science. Lani has always loved scary stories, and has a hard time enjoying any book without at least a little romance in it. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their two children and a large collection of board games. She has worked as a spot-welder, babysitter, janitor, photographer, gymnastics coach, and movie extra. She enjoys bonfires at the beach, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, speed talking, chocolate as a cure-all, and the word "precisely".
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
That I really enjoyed writing. In sixth grade we were asked to write some descriptive sentences. That one assignment helped me discover my love of writing.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be an interior decorator but that dream changed in high school. That was when I started dreaming of becoming an author.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Enthusiastic, determined, dreamer.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Staying motivated. Sometimes editing or figuring out how to weave different parts of the plot can be hard, but once you move past that, writing is such a wonderful and fun thing to do! There is nothing like reading a scene you wrote and loving it. ☺
What part of Indelible did you enjoy writing the most?
I really enjoyed writing the scene between Yara’s dad and Brent.
What was your inspiration for the series?
I got the idea for the series when I visited the Queen Mary. It’s an old Ocean Liner in Long Beach that is now a hotel/museum. It was rumored to be haunted and the first idea of Yara’s story was planted when I saw the creepy first class pool.
Aside from Yara, which of your characters do you feel has grown the most since Intrinsical?
I think Cherie has grown. She is still really into the paranormal but has learned to temper that enthusiasm with some good old-fashioned caution.
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about Yara?
That her Brazilian heritage and name were changed really late in
the editing process. Her name was originally Abigail.
Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
Yara’s story really spoke to me, as did the storyline. We all have things we wished we didn’t inherit from our parents; hers was a supernatural ability. Also, I love ghost stories.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
If I answer that, won’t I be lying? ☺ I don’t mean to lie but I can never truly answer the question about which is my favorite book. I don’t have one. I have loads of books I love but not one favorite.
What is the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?
I had a pretty big plot twist in Intrinsical. I kept thinking, “How am I going to top that?” I finally decided that I wasn’t going to. With that decided, I worked as hard as I could to simply make Indelible the best book I could.
If you could have written one book in history, what book would that be?
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. I’m not exactly sure what it is about that book, but I love it.
What's the loveliest thing you have ever seen?
Watching my children sleep when they were babies.
Mexican food. Yum!
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I don’t have a laptop so my favorite place is at the computer in my living room.
My favorite cartoon is probably Beauty and the Beast. When I was a kid it was probably the Smurfs. It used to bug me though that Smurfette only had one dress.
Where can readers stalk you?
I’m on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/LaniWoodland and Facebook
Yara is beginning to understand just how much her life will change now that her Waker abilities have emerged. She has come to terms with the fact that seeing ghosts is part of her life, but she isn’t ready to let being a Waker dictate her choices. All she wants is a ghost-free senior year with her boyfriend, Brent, and her best friend, Cherie. But Yara soon discovers that there are more dark secrets in her school’s history than just the curse she broke. While an angry ghost makes Yara question everything she thought she knew about spirits, she and Brent learn that there are long reaching consequences to last year’s adventures. As new enemies emerge and old ghosts resurface, Yara finds herself in the center of another deadly mystery, and this time she has to contend with the living as well as the dead.
Lani Woodland’s Indelible is a wonderful sequel to Intrinsical of The Yara Silva Trilogy. This YA paranormal romance is packed with mystery, suspense, and ghostly action. The second book takes us back with Yara and Brent who have returned at Pendrell Academy for their senior year. With the capture of Thomas and the curse broken, this year will be different for them. However, that did not last long as Yara discovers more about herself and her abilities. Coming back from the dead entails her to tackle new fears and meet head-on with new enemies. It ultimately leads to Yara making a life or death choice that will change her life.
The pace of this incredible adventure is just right and enough to have my interest levels reach new heights. It seemed like each mysterious clue just lead to another clue. Lani’s brilliant writing style will have readers guessing through its entirety. The plot is flourishing and elaborately interlaced to make a very unique story. The development strategy thatLani uses on her characters is remarkable. They felt legit and their relationships were just as real. Lani has moved the notch on this trilogy way up high with Indelible and it prepared itself for the third and final installment.
The Yara Silva Trilogy is forming to be an amazing series. Indelible is just as good as Intrinsical and is definitely a must read. The reader is exposed to more action, mystery, and character development. Lani’s writing style is gripping and instantly hooks the reader. When the last page is turned, a feeling of wanting more naturally comes and readers will have a hard time waiting for what is next for Yara and her friends.
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