The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Lani V. Cox

Lani V. Cox

LaniI was born in a pink hospital on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of O’ahu, a week after my mom landed from Thailand (‘cause she’s crazy). And even though I was lucky to be raised there, we moved to the middle of the Mojave Desert when I was 12 years old and did not return to Hawaii until about 2 years later.

At the time, I felt isolated and cursed because it was the first time I was a minority and had no friends. But now I can see it as a pivotal time in my life because it was when I started to read and write. I fell in love with reading and magically an old-fashioned green typewriter appeared in the kitchen one day – probably right around the time I decided I could write, too.

I’ve lived a rather nomadic life and I want to say this was not by choice, but on some level, it must have been. For my adult life, I’ve lived in Chico and Oceanside California, Durango Colorado, Eugene and Portland Oregon, Huntsville Alabama, Cuenca Ecuador and Chiang Mai Thailand. Currently, I teach English in Chiang Rai and have lived abroad for about 5 years.

And despite all of this wandering, I’m proud to say I just finished publishing my first book, the missing teacher.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

When I was about 13 years old, I remember buying a diary with a lock and key. On the cover it said “Crusin’” and it had a 1950s car, like a Studebaker on it, too. It was pink and silver and I loved the idea that I could lock it from prying parents or siblings.

For my first entry, I wrote about a family road trip we took from Barstow, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. I wrote about the passing desert landscape and my thoughts on the journey. I was writing from the backseat of the car.

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? Your least favorite?

What a question! Can I say my favorite aspect is writing? I suppose not. Hmmm. I like how writing forces me to be clear and creative in my thoughts.  I love how I get lost in the act of writing. I even like the challenges, but what I don’t like is all the other stuff that surrounds writers these days. The self-promotions, research on how to publish, or agents to pitch to, or the endless publications that you can submit your work to. It’s just a lot and I don’t think I’m the only person who wishes it was easier.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, what is your best tip for beating it? If not, why not?

No, I don’t.  I believe in making a writer’s mess though. Regardless, I do think that many problems can be solved by a good night’s sleep, and a willingness to fail, make mistakes and do everything over again. I believe we can learn a lot through the process or act of creating and sometimes it’s not as smooth as we’d like it to be and that’s okay. It’s going to be alright.

lani bookWhat is your current writing project? What is the most challenging aspect of your current writing project?

As I mentioned, I just finished self-publishing my first book the missing teacher. It was an incredibly challenging task from start to finish for many reasons. First, I didn’t really know how I wanted to outline or write my memoir. I tried different things and so I have very different versions and directions I tried out. Secondly, I carried this book with me for about 10 years. I lost motivation at times, but I stuck with it because I knew finishing this would be important. And lastly, getting the book ready for print, e-format and audio was a lot of work. I also had no idea creating a book cover would take so much trial and error, or that proofing for Amazon was going to be a test in patience and sanity.

What supports you in your writing?

I believe blogging supports my writing because it is through blogging that I can write what I want and attempt to reach an audience. I’ve also met people for coffee through my blog and it has been an interesting conversation starter at work or when I’m out being social. I’ve been surprised by how many people tell me, “I read your blog.” And for about a year, I did a learning Thai podcast with someone who upon first meeting me, gushed, “I love your blog.”

What are you currently reading?

I read a great deal online these days. But ever since I got my Kindle, I’ve been enjoying the free books available through great sites like Open Culture. So, I’m re-reading classic fairy tales and finally cracking into Jane Austin’s Emma.

Where can our readers find you and your books online?

If you are interested in continuing the conversation, I blog at Life, the Universe and Lani and my indie child the missing teacher can be found here. Thank you, Kate and Kate! 

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Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

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18 comments on “The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Lani V. Cox
  1. ofopinions says:

    Great interview! It is very interesting that most of the writers interviewed here do not believe in writer’s block. I suppose it is only an excuse that lazy or reluctant writers use. The ones who actually write and get it done don’t need it!

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  2. Reblogged this on Elizabeth Hein – Scribbling In The Storage Room and commented:
    Today we meet Lani V. Cox

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  3. […] Week three kicks off today and here’s today’s interview.  The original post can be found here and here. […]

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  4. Reblogged this on Reading Over People's Shoulders… and commented:
    Happy Monday! We’re starting off the week with another 2K International Writer’s Blog Tour guest- Lani. V. Cox.

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  5. Reblogged this on To Write With a Broken Pencil is Pointless and commented:
    Happy President’s Day! Here’s today’s installment of The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Lani V. Cox!

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  6. lightwalker1 says:

    Reblogged this on Lightwalkers Blog and commented:
    Meet Lani V Cox a nomadic individual who just self published her first book “the missing teacher” .

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  7. Lani says:

    Thanks for the reblogs. I’ve been enjoying getting to know all of you. Write on… 😉

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  8. Fia Essen says:

    Reblogged this on Fia Essen and commented:
    Introducing Lani V. Cox – a new gal pal on WordPress and already one of my favourite bloggers!

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  9. Thanks for this wonderful interview, Lani! I really appreciate your favorite and least favorite aspects of writing. It really is difficult to know how to go about getting your words in the world. I’m glad you found a way that worked for you! Also – can I just say, your biography starts beautifully. The pink hospital image is incredibly romantic AND memorable!

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  10. Lani says:

    Thank you. Hahahha. Yeah, the pink hospital is a bit of an eye-sore for some, but whenever I drive by it, I think, that’s where I was born!

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