Author Of The Week: Chat with Kayla Olson (This Splintered Silence), Plus Giveaway!
Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!
Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!
We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!
Introducing Kayla Olson, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Kayla Olson lives in Texas with her family. She loves the beach but would hate to be stranded on one. If she were, however, her essential survival items would be black coffee from a French press, the darkest chocolate, and an army of Sharpie highlighters. THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE is her first book.
Meet This Splintered Silence!
Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.
Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.
When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. The disease was supposed to be over; the second generation was supposed to be immune. But as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality that either the virus has mutated or something worse is happening: one of their own is a killer.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The idea for This Splintered Silence was born during a time of high stress for me when I was still a new mother—it felt like there was always a lot at stake, and like I had too much on my plate and never enough time. I started thinking, well, what would it be like for a character who has the odds completely stacked against her: life or death at stake in more ways than one, for an entire station full of young people—all while having limited expertise and training with which to deal with everything!
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love Lindley, my main character, because I relate so much with her in a lot of ways. I also loved writing my two main guy characters, Leo and Heath, because they are equally compelling to me for totally different reasons.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first, though I had a title for it pretty shortly after I started writing it—and surprisingly, that title stuck all the way to the finished version! I called it "space virus book" for the longest time…for years! I didn't start calling it by its name until my editor was officially on board with This Splintered Silence as its title!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I think the most important thing I've learned as a writer is to embrace the process: to do it because I love doing it, not because I want people to love me for doing it. Also, to be grateful for everything!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
When my editor asked me what I had in mind for the cover, I said I'd love something with pink or purple on it—and was blown away when they sent the cover my way! I love that it's mostly black, and I love the pink-orange of the title (and the unsettling jaggedness of Splintered), and I love that ominous vibe of the stars fading to blackness underneath the title! I'm really thrilled with this cover, and thankful to the designers who made it!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
I can't wait to read If I'm Being Honest by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley! I adored their debut, Always Never Yours, and I think they're both wonderful (and very smart) people on top of being an excellent writing team.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
As I just mentioned, I loved Always Never Yours! I thought it was such a smart read with super refreshing characters. I also finally read Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and loved it, too!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I really love both for different reasons! I love the discovery of drafting, when so many things feel possible and the story doesn't feel quite so nailed down just yet—but I'm a pretty slow writer, so I do wish I could go faster sometimes. With revision, there are headaches involved, but even so, I love the feeling of my work getting stronger! I truly love both parts of the process.
This Splintered Silence
By: Kayla Olson
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: November 13th, 2018
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The cover is simple but attractive. The synopsis sounds thrilling and seems to provide a lot of opportunity for unique and rich character and thematic development. Thanks, Kara S
I love love love this beautiful pink cover and the synopsis sounds epic! I loved The Sandcastle Empire so I have faith that Miss Olson's new book will be amazing!
I like both the cover and synopsis, but am trying to tie the title with the synopsis. I would enjoy reading it though as I like the genre.