Monday, September 1, 2014

Meet the Characters: Awakening Foster Kelly


It's time for another Summer of Authors week! I can not believe tis is the second to last week.
Thank you to all the authors that joined me in my first summer long blog event.

Like this week's author: Cara Olsen author of Awakening Foster Kelly.
Whose name I still have trouble remembering after all these months.
Foster's not Cara's.


And who is Foster Kelly?

"For many children, I think it happens early on. Even if at that point they’re completely unaware of it, there’s that moment where everything changes: gray turns to black and white, open windows of opportunity slam shut and slogans such as, “You can be anyone you want to be, so long as you believe,” are recycled for the next generation. For me, that moment happened at age five, sitting crisscross applesauce on the carpet of Mrs. Pickleberry’s kindergarten class."
 
 
 
Dominic Kassells
 
My heart was instantly confused; in the same second it broke into a sprint, smashing against my ribs with blunt and forceful knocking, sounding alarms of all kinds deep within my eardrums, and defaulted to a nearly painful canter—sluggish and irregular. The eyes that stared back at mine were indisputably the bluest eyes I had ever seen, possessing so many varying shades of turquoise that, simply calling them blue was both obtuse and inaccurate. They were barrier reef and pale, cloudless sky, outfitted by a cluster of lashes thicker and darker than any hedge could afford. They were stunning.
 
 
Emily Donahue
           
The acerbic expression melted away the second she smiled up at me. Like her brother, it was a beautiful smile, white and straight, but somehow more polished and affecting. One side of her mouth lifted further than the other, exposing more teeth on that side. With only a couple feet between us, I noticed too, a sheer layer of freckles smattered over her nose and cheeks, as if someone had painstakingly taking the time to deposit each one in just the right place. And the lively brown eyes were no ordinary brown, but flecked with gold and ringed with a tawny sunburst around the large black pupil.
 
“I’m Emily.” She held out her hand, nails painted white and each finger embellished with a large silver ring in either turquoise, obsidian, or rose quartz. I shook it lightly, hoping she didn’t notice how grossly sweaty my palms were. “And this”—she thumbed down—“is my lowly manservant, Jacob Donahue.”
 
Her brother responded by reaching over and yanking on her second toe, pulling hard until the knuckle cracked. As he rose, I saw that he was even more handsome up close. Both Donahues had inherited the same high forehead and slender nose; but unlike his sister, Jake’s eyes were a deep midnight blue, shrouded with long white lashes.
 
 
 
And who is Cara Olsen?
CARA ROSALIE OLSEN resides in sunny Southern California, where she lives with her very patient husband, Michael, and their spoiled pooch, Annabella. A product of a relatively normal childhood - whatever that means - Olsen recalls "Life had this relentlessly boorish way of reminding me I was wonky and unapproved. Regardless of status or gene pool, there is nothing simple or easy about growing up. Life doesn't play favorites or carry biases; it's the pits for everyone. But rather than constantly falling into the pit, often I chose to climb down willingly, lining the bottom with a soft place to land. That place is where I became a reader, and today, a writer."

Throughout high school Olsen struggled with subjects Math and Science, but excelled at the arts, written and performed, often finding a kindred spirit in those teaching Creative Writing and English Literature. What began with an ardency for language soon developed into a burgeoning desire to create. This yearning took shape in the form of poetry and short story fiction, both of which have been featured in print and online publications. Olsen's debut novel, Awakening Foster Kelly is the result of a four-year project born on a whim and sustained by its characters' tenacity and their refusal to give the author a minute to herself. "In the beginning, getting them to talk was like trying to light a wet match. So, we had several long, sometimes combative conversations. I told them that unless they started holding up their end of the deal, I would have no choice but to fill in the blanks with whatever scraps came to mind. It wasn't very long before I started showing up to find that everyone was already seated and waiting for me. We talked. I drank coffee. It was bliss."

These days Olsen considers herself incredibly blessed to be able to do what she loves most. However . . . if she wasn’t a full-time writer, she would have liked to join the cast of Saturday Night Live, or, taken over as CEO of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

For more information, please visit CaraRosalieOlsen.com & AwakeningFosterKelly.com



More about Awakening Foster Kelly:
If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness is just the tip of it. It was only a mistake, but when at the age of five Foster is told “You don’t belong here” the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High School—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what Foster believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere – or with anyone. This reality would continue to suit her just fine, however . . .

Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.


Like a comet, an unexpected arrival knocks Foster out of the crowded, starry sky, sending her directly into the limelight. Exposed and afraid, she will attempt to regain anonymity; but it isn’t so easy now that someone is watching. He pursues this shy enigma, confronting Foster’s deepest fears head-on, and in the process falls wholly and completely in love with her. But there is something he is not saying; a secret capable of certain ruin. There are two probable outcomes: either he will break her heart once and for all, or he will heal it.

In the end, though, it is Foster who must decide if she is worth mending.

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