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Author Interview: Kelly Pawlik
1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
I think my genre picked me! I read more YA than anything else, for a lot of reasons, so it only makes sense that my first series fits in that genre as well. I had this story in my head of these characters and their adventures, and I wanted to share them with people. I think they are really compelling characters with a fun story.
2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?
It depends who you ask! I consider myself a firstborn, but my older half-siblings would disagree. I was raised by my mum with my younger sister, but we have a few older half-siblings on my dad’s side. I think that’s given me the ability to see that is all about perspective. How I view something may be different than how someone else views it, but both ways could be legitimate.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I always write in my office. I don’t love it there because it gets too messy from my other work, but it’s a relatively quiet space and I prefer using a desktop computer.
4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
It can be very difficult to cut pieces out of your work. When I have to, I save them and use them as “deleted scenes” where possible. That said, I’ve come to realize my writing style is such that I tend to write less, and then I go in and add more. That is to say, I start by under-writing rather than over-writing.
5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
There are so many incredible authors out there! I had the opportunity to meet Neil Gaiman once though and it was an amazing experience. I listened to him read a passage out of Anansi Boys and I just marveled at his voice. I could listen to him for hours. As a kid, I also met Robert Munsch. That was very memorable as well. Authors who can read their books aloud in a way people want to listen to them are my heroes. I hate listening to myself!
6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
I often keep a bar of chocolate in my desk drawer. Sometimes I don’t want to go find a snack, but I want a quick pick me up. I love dark chocolate the best.
7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
No! I’ve always hated these questions. Okay, if I had to pick three items to survive on an island with, I’d go for a multi-tool, a tarp, and a piece of glass. I’d cross my fingers I could use the glass to start a fire, but also to send signals for help by reflecting sunlight.
8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?
There are so many great ones, but I’ll go with stopping time. I could take super long naps, catch up on chores, and enjoy a peaceful silence now and then!
9. Favorite snack?
There are so many great snacks. Oh Henry bars are amazing, but there is something very satisfying about slices of crisp apple served with cheese. Yum!
10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?
I usually go the speed limit. I’m horrible with directions. Almost hopeless really. Sometimes, I have to go from Point A to Point C, then to Point B because I can’t figure out how to get from Point A to Point B directly. It’s quite sad really. It’s a good thing GPS exists or I’d likely never go anywhere!
by Kelly Pawlik
GENRE: young adult horror sci-fi
Book one of the Olympic Vista Chronicles novella series follows Darius and Adelaide as they explore a house rumoured to be haunted. What they find is so much worse.
An eager new kid, a deadpan music-lover, a fast-talking troublemaker, an anxious bookworm and a girl torn between popularity and adventure. Follow this group of friends as they delve into the mysteries of their small town while juggling the trials and tribulations of their home lives.
A tale of friendship, love, and coming of age (with a healthy dose of horror) in the late 1980s.
Darius glanced over at Adelaide. She looked out toward the playground. “So, I heard this place is weird,” he said. “Because of The Link.”
Adelaide’s gaze was still on the playground. Tetsu shrugged. Sophie flicked her hair over her shoulder and smiled.
“They do a lot of experiments there, I guess,” Kurt said. “They say it doesn’t affect us and there’s a lot of safety protocols in place. Between you and me, though,” Kurt said, leaning in, “it’s full of commies. They are the real threat.”
“Come on, Kurt,” Sophie said as she rolled her eyes.
Kurt pursed his lips and looked at the ground. “That’s what my dad says.”
“No one believes that. And the other stuff is just rumours,” Tetsu said. “Got nothin’ to do with commies or Nazis. It’s just some stupid science building and observatory.”
“What about the haunted house?” Darius had thought about it nonstop since he’d heard about it yesterday. He wanted to ask Dillon or the twin boys more about it, but he hadn’t seen them at the school. “Have you guys ever gone there?”
“What haunted house?” Adelaide’s eyes flicked back to him.
“The one on Hyacinth Street. It isn’t far from where I live.” Darius liked her eyes on him.
“That’s a really nice area,” Sophie cooed.
Darius shuffled a step away from Sophie. Unlike with Adelaide, he didn’t like how she looked at him.
“I was going to check it out.” Darius ran his hand through his hair, and looked back at Adelaide. “Tonight.”
Adelaide cocked her head and looked at him. “I’m in.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kelly Pawlik dabbled with story writing from a young age. She spent her childhood reading, dressing her beloved cat, Midnight, up in doll clothes and hunting garter snakes in the backyard. Her childhood dream was to be an author and she is proud to have made her fiction debut with the Olympic Vista Chronicles novellas.
Kelly is a tabletop roleplaying game (TTRPG) writer and has released multiple RPG supplements with her husband under their micro-publishing company, Dire Rugrat Publishing. She has also contributed to several best-selling works with Kobold Press.
Kelly lives on Vancouver Island, BC with her husband, their three inquisitive children, and two lazy cats.
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Yesterday’s Gone is available on Amazon.com