Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring Countdown Blitz - Day 12

"Aislin is cursed. A regular college student at night and a swan during the day, Aislin can only break the curse by finding her true love. But when her beloved discovers the truth, will his fear override their love? This modern adaptation of Swan Lake will help you discover what love really means."


Kaki Olsen is always on the brink of another adventure. If she couldn't be a writer, she'd be a full-time musician or travel guide and she would take her lunch breaks at Fenway Park. Until that happens, she speaks both Spanish and English at her every-day office job, but she has vacationed enthusiastically in such places as Istanbul and Ireland. She has lived in five states, but will always refer to Boston as home.

She regularly contributes academic papers on zombies or wizards to Life, the Universe and Everything, a sci-fi/fantasy symposium originated at her alma mater, Brigham Young University. Her published works have appeared in such magazines as Voices and AuthorsPublish.

She is a doting aunt and librarian of two bulging bookshelves.

Q & A with the Author:

1.      Which did you find more difficult: writing the book or marketing it? Why?  The most difficult thing was not writing, but revising.  My editor and I disagreed on the ending and had to come to a compromise that was neither of our original intentions.  We both love the current ending, but it took several weeks of e-mails and rewriting a good chunk of the story to do it.

2.      What is the best advice you received growing up?  "Practice doesn't make perfect.  Practice makes permanent."
Connect with the Author:

Ten Facts about the Author
10.  My parents were told that I would never have the coordination to play a musical instrument because of a coordination disorder.  They didn't tell me this until I was 13 and an accomplished violinist and pianist.  I also play organ, viola, cello and handbells.
9.  I have been to 17 countries, first South Korea and most recently Portugal.  My favorite city was Istanbul, but my favorite country has been Spain.
8.  I grew up in Boston, but don't sound like it because you can't sing in as many choirs as I did and still mispronounce everything.  You can hear my accent most when I'm yelling at the Red Sox.
7.  My favorite place in the world is Foyles bookstore in London.  I went there to find as many Terry Pratchett books as I could and discovered that while my hometown bookstore had a half-shelf, they had an entire wall.
6.  With my very first paycheck as an author ($20 when I was 19), I bought my younger brother a copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  
5.  I am an infamous klutz who has broken a leg from having a bookshelf fall on top of me and breaking my kneecap by falling off a wrestling mat.  Nonetheless, I have spent many years doing musical theater as an actress and (one wild summer) a choreographer.  
4.  My two great loves in life are history and science-fiction.  The way my mother tells it, I once went to a friend's house to see Star Wars, but was given a copy of the Autobiography of Robert E. Lee.  I read the book by the light of Return of the Jedi and as a result, didn't see Star Wars until I was 13.
3.  I speak two languages fluently (English and Spanish), but can get around a country in Italian, Portuguese or French.  My most useless skill is being able to read Ancient Greek, since I studied it in high school.
2.  I currently work as a case manager at a law firm, but I'm working on certification to be a court interpreter for Spanish speakers.

1.  My favorite annual activity is my old university's sci-fi/fantasy symposium.  Over the years, I've written papers on leadership skills, Messianic undertones in Harry Potter, the reason why we shouldn't believe in God and the zombie apocalypse, and how the best characters are poor.

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