I’m Lani, and I’m a writer, a teacher, and a mom. I live in Syracuse, NY with my husband and two daughters. My favorite color is yellow, and I have a thing for polka dots that borders on the ridiculous. Want to learn more? Really? Wow. You are thorough. I always liked that about you.
I wrote my first book, Time Off For Good Behavior during NaNoWriMo, and was the first previously-unpublished author to publish a NaNoWriMo manuscript. It’s a very specific niche, but it’s all mine. Time Off For Good Behavior won the Rita Award for Best First Book, and I went on to publish another seven solo novels, and one collaboration. So, apparently, it wasn’t a fluke. I find that comforting.
Besides writing, I spend a lot of time teaching writers how to tell better stories at StoryWonk, and recording podcasts. A lot of podcasts. From 2007 to 2010, I hosted Will Write For Wine with CJ Barry; since 2010, I’ve hosted Popcorn Dialogues with Jenny Crusie, and the StoryWonk Sunday podcast with Alastair Stephens, who happens to be my husband.
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