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.”
Pick up your copy today and join this motley group of friends as they journey into the strange!
Olympic Vista Chronicles Book 1
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.