Yolanda was the mistress of the second most powerful man in the military, Admiral Vincent Epperson. She thought by becoming pregnant with Epperson's child her lover would fall for her and they would become a family. Instead, it turned him away and into the arms of other women. Yolanda decided to research the Admiral's other lovers and found out that the other two mistresses who became pregnant vanished mysteriously. She knew the dangers of making Epperson angry with her but she pursued her course of action, regardless.
It was at this point that Yolanda was knocked out and woke up in an unfamiliar place, wearing a Navy uniform. Yolanda didn't realize where she was until Chief of Security Sgt Major Sands informed her she was a new recruit on the P.U.V. James Keeling
In episode 5, the author alludes to the fact that Yolanda had stolen an info dot of sensitive information from Admiral Epperson as an insurance policy for her and her baby. She had paid for a body mod (body modification) to be able to hide the info dot in her right molar. It is unclear what information this dot holds, however it is clear Yolanda means to use it as blackmail against the Admiral.
Smith is a young and attractive woman.
Yolanda is a resourceful woman who is trying to claw her way out of her low roots to a higher class of society. However, she is a bit out of her league.
Continuing in his innovative writing style, the character of Yolanda Smith was the result of a collaboration between authors Scott Sigler and Tabitha "Tabz" Smith. The character carries the surname of co-author Tabitha Smith in order to easily track the character through the story progression.
- See more works by Tabitha "Tabz" Smith at the Buffy Between the Lines website