Valentine Countdown Blitz - Day 1, Swan and shadow by Kaki Olsen #Giveaway
-->Kathryn Olsen (aka Kaki) has been to 17 countries on five continents.
After an illustrious upbringing in Massachusetts, she studied English at Brigham Young University. As a result, she's been known to find theological flaws in zombie lore and Peruvian sacrifice metaphors in Superman movies.
When not working a desk job or overanalyzing media, she enjoys writing about anything from possessed iPhones to dragon-smuggling androids and has been called upon to lecture on writing by various organizations.
Her debut novel, Swan and Shadow, was published in March, 2016.
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10. I was a
fanfiction writer long before I thought to write a novel. In fact, one
reader complained that my 300-page book was too short and I realized that she
had last read a Star Wars story that reached 365,000 words.
9. I live in a
small apartment with thrift store furniture and my major splurges are all on
trips. This is how I’ve been to seventeen countries across five
8. I am useless
without a deadline and a reward, so every time I set a goal, I get excited for
what I’ll earn by accomplishing it. For my last manuscript, I got
Moroccan food. If I meet this year’s goal, I’m buying a new laptop.
octogenarian friend bought my fairy tale for her husband’s birthday. I
was worried he wouldn’t like it until he threatened to kill me if I never wrote
6. One summer,
I was the choreographer for a musical revue. One of my soloists was a
girl who worked for a publisher and when it came to publish my book, I
discovered that she had been asked to do the cover.
5. I first
realized that i wanted to be a novelist while shelving books in high school.
I fantasized about having people check my book out and I have pictures of
my book in libraries.
4. I did work
with an editor at Cedar Fort, but my first reader is always my roommate.
She has a minor in editing and returns my manuscripts with edits,
suggestions and plenty of inside jokes. She also does this for fun, not
3. I have a
goal to learn ten instruments. So far I play five well (violin, viola,
piano, handbells, organ) and one very badly (I haven’t found a cello teacher
yet, but have my own instrument).
2. In middle
school, I learned Latin. In high school, they wouldn’t let me take Latin,
so I learned Greek for two years. Then I transferred to a school with
more language options and they told me I had too many foreign language credits.
Then I became a missionary and express myself better in Spanish than
English at times. Currently, I’m learning German.
1. I have yet to write
something I’m embarrassed by, but I have a short story about a tyrannical
theocracy that four people have ever read because very few people would get the
spirit it’s intended in.