Saturday, February 22, 2020

Lani Forbes

Lani Forbes is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug-smuggling surfer, which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest, where she stubbornly wears flip-flops no matter how cold it gets. She teaches middle school math and science and proudly calls herself a nerd and a Gryffindor. She is also an award-winning member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Forbes's new novel is The Seventh Sun.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
I recently started reading The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd. I had the opportunity to travel to South Carolina last fall and being a huge history nerd, I delved into some of the local history. One of the historians I spoke to highly recommended this book and I immediately recognized it as one of Blackstone Publishing’s books. I love when historical fiction addresses lesser known stories, and I was really curious to learn more about sixteen-year-old Eliza Lucas and how her actions rippled across history.

My favorite genre both to read and to write historical fantasy. I recently finished Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin and thoroughly enjoyed it. The basic premise is a witch hunter that is forced to marry a witch, but I loved the way Mahurin used such a unique magic system (where magic leaves a literal scent behind) and pulled in elements of religion. Of course, because I am a romantic at heart, I also loved the tense development of the romance between the two main characters.

Next, I am hoping to dive into Fireborne by Rosaria Munda. I have heard so many good things about this book from many different sources. Plus, if anything is ever pitched as “WW2 dogfights but with dragons” then sign me up immediately.
Visit Lani Fobes's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Seventh Sun.

--Marshal Zeringue