by Kelly Pawlik
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.”
About the Author
Q&A With the Author
When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?
I thought I was a writer a long time ago, but I didn’t share my writing with very many people. I think I’ve been a writer since high school, or perhaps even long before that when I tried to write stories and couldn’t spell half the words so I’d beg my older half-brother to write it out for me. I think anyone can be a writer, but I loved the thrill of taking the big step of publishing this novella as it means I can call myself a published author!
What advice do you have for a new writer?
Write. Read. Edit. Practice.
Read books in your genre, read books outside your genre, read books on writing.
And just write.
What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
I love writing the dialogue and I find it often flows very well. The kids have these strong personalities and they feel very real to me, so their interactions with the world, and with each other, are often easy to write. It’s like having a conversation with a good friend!
What is your favorite part of this story?
My favourite parts are how Darius handles the strange news. It isn’t just his excitement when he hears about the haunted house and his eagerness to go inside it, but the way he interacts with his new friends when they find trouble. There is this great scene around the middle of the book where some of the friends are scrambling to come to terms with something they encounter, and Darius’ reaction always makes me laugh.
Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?
Darius! He is so enthusiastic and eager. I love his passion for adventure, his excitement about Olympic Vista, and his love for Adelaide.
Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?
Kurt can be hard to write about. He is a great character, and I love him for so many reasons, but he has his own trouble in his homelife. I want to do them justice and handle those issues carefully.
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