Songs from the Wood – Blog Tour and Guest Post

Songs From the Wood

Olympic Vista Chronicles Book 2

by Kelly Pawlik

Genre: YA Horror, SciFi


Delve into the mystery of the strange, small town of Olympic Vista, WA.


In the days following a foray into a dilapidated house, twelve-year-old Darius Belcouer becomes desperate to find another unexplained phenomenon to investigate.

When animal attacks around town are reported in the news, Darius and Adelaide band together to solve the mystery. The trail leads them into the forest beyond Adelaide’s house where the pair discover that much like the small town itself, nothing in the woods is as it seems.

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.

Songs from the Wood is the sequel to Yesterday’s Gone, and the second novella in the Olympic Vista Chornicles.

Praise for the author:
Pawlik has a flare for writing about this period and I could truly visualize the eighties vibes through her description of music, fashion and even food.”

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Yesterday’s Gone

Olympic Vista Chronicles Book 1

Delve into the mystery of the strange, small town of Olympic Vista, WA.

Pawlik has a flare for writing about this period and I could truly visualize the eighties vibes through her description of music, fashion and even food.”

Book one of the Olympic Vista Chronicles follows Darius and Adelaide as they explore a house rumoured to be haunted. What they find is so much worse.

Darius Belcouer, a rich kid from Boston, moves to the strange, small town of Olympic Vista, Washington at the end of the summer of 1986.

Here he meets Adelaide and her friends. Eager to embrace his new life, Darius encourages them to help him explore a haunted house.

When the children discover government agents tasked with maintaining order in the chaos created by local scientists, they realize the house is only the beginning of the strange happenings.

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.

Yesterday’s Gone is the perfect quick read for those with a nostalgia for the 80s or who love a good kids-on-bikes story.

Praise for Yesterday’s Gone:

Nostalgic and highly readable.”

Yesterday’s Gone is fast paced and the perfect weekend read!”

“It evokes the feeling of the eighties, bringing back some fond memories”

“A great poolside read that’s impossible to put down”

“A throwback to the 80’s”

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ABOUT OLYMPIC VISTA CHRONICLES

Everything twelve-year-old Adelaide Winter knows about her Washington state hometown is turned on its head when Darius Belcouer moves to Olympic Vista at the end of summer 1986.

The two become fast friends as they bond over the mystery of a local haunted house Darius wants to explore. The house, it turns out, is only the tip of the iceberg. They quickly discover the more they dig, the more they uncover, and the trail leads back to The Link, a research and development facility in town. Together, Adelaide and her friends delve into the strange occurrences around Olympic Vista.

A tale of horror, friendship, and coming of age in the late 1980s.



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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 favourite cartoon as a child was Jem and she is proud to own the full box set of DVDs. Her childhood dream was to be an author and she is proud to be bringing characters to life with the Olympic Vista Chronicles.

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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Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I’m not a fan of music on while I write. I find it distracting. I like to write in near silence but silence is impossible to find and almost eerie! But my husband is usually tapping away on his computer when I’m writing. There might be a fan going. I can often hear my kids in the background with the low murmur of a television or them squealing in the backyard while they chase each other with homemade lightsabers. As long as the sounds remains consistent, I’m usually good. It’s the sudden silence that scares me!

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

Several for sure! Books one, two and three were the start of a novel originally, but my editor suggested I pull them apart into novellas. I did, but it meant I had three books in various stages and then as soon as the first one was done, I was starting book four. And, between you and me, I actually have another book in the early stages of a draft. It takes place long after all of this. The before story started to really intrigues me though, so I set it aside for now. I want the readers to get to know this motley crew as kids before we see how they turn out. Of course, I might change my mind and resume working on both again at some point.

Pen or type writer or computer?

I love type writers. My nana had one and whenever I’d visit her, I’d beg to use it, even if I had nothing to write. She’d always let me and I’d smile at the thudding sound the letters made as they hit the paper. When it comes to writing though, it’s a computer for sure. My penmanship is so horrible I can barely read it, and I can type faster than I can print. Plus, I often end up rearranging my words and sentences far too much to feel productive on a piece of paper. A computer is more forgiving.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?

I think on some level I was always an author; it was just about how serious I was about it, how much time I spent doing it. Now I’m a published author, but I was still writing before that. I liked telling stories from a really young age. Over the years I spent more or less time working on my writing craft, but that desire was still always there.

In school I was always asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said writer for awhile, but teachers and counselors always pointed out how few people could be successful at that. Of course, it also used to be more difficult to get your book into the world as self-publishing wasn’t as much of an option. Amazon, among other things, has certainly made that easier.

I had a fear of rejection that really stopped me from pushing at the path of being an author. It took years to come back around to it, and I absolutely think it was the right decision. If you want to do something, you should do it. If writing doesn’t work out in the big scheme of things for me, I can’t imagine regretting I tried. I’ve had some great feedback from people who loved the characters. Even if not everyone likes the book or the characters (and they won’t), getting to share that world with people, creating something strangers have picked up and read, that’s an amazing thing.

 

 

 

 

 

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