Swan and Shadow by Kaki Olsen
“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.”
~ AMAZON ~
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.
What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
When I have a meaning to a specific story, I stick with it and it’s very hard to depart from that. I wrote this story to illustrate the bravery of the main character in choosing a less-than-ideal life, but wound up writing a different choice for her that showed her to be brave in a different way. It’s what my interpreter trainer would call intra-lingual interpretation, where you have to look for different meanings or definitions to express the same word when you can’t identify what you need to say.
Which of your personality traits did you write into you characters? (Deliberately or accidentally)
One of the few things that I’m very good at in personal interaction is giving advice while listening well. Both of my main characters have that trait, but for one of them, it doesn’t manifest until she has to befriend someone she thought of as her antagonist. I also turned one character into a fashion enthusiast, which is another one of my hobbies.
I’d cleverly invented a summer job at a day camp to explain my sister’s long absences. The fictional employer even had Fourth of July festivities and was something of a slave-driver.
“You know,” Aislin joked, “running around like a chicken with its head cut off.”
Everyone laughed at that and Sosi paused in mid-shuffle to respond. “I’m surprised you had to work.”
“I get holiday pay to kid-herd,” Ash said with a wave of her hand. “We made patriotic lanyards, listened to one of the counselors do his George Washington impression…”
“Torture with benefits,” Avril chuckled. “I’m jealous.”
“Why?” I teased. “We had that lady who called the fly-overs alien invasions.”
“Are we sure they’re not?” Ethan countered. “They’re probably waiting for the 1812 Overture.”
“What about the scavenger hunt?”
Aislin dug her list out of her shorts pocket and scanned it for effect. “I got everything. The guy wearing a flag as a skirt was the hardest one, but he was at the Charles/MGH stop.”
“No fair,” Ethan protested. “We couldn’t use the T.”
“You had the whole Esplanade and worked in teams,” my sister pointed out. “How did the petition go?”
“Ask the boys,” I suggested. “We were trying to find a World War II veteran.”
“One hundred and thirty-seven signatures and an offer to post on an animal rights website,” Darren announced. “I bet we could have gotten more if we hadn’t stopped for lunch.”
“And just what are we saving the Pacific narwhal from?” I asked.
Darren and Ethan exchanged looks and said, in unison, “Surfers.”
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