Author Kayla E. Green’s debut novella, Aivan: The One Truth, releases on July 26th!
This week, I’m so excited to be hosting author Kayla E. Green for an author interview! Kayla’s Christian YA Fantasy novella, Aivan: The One Truth releases on July 26th ! In her own words, Aivan is a story of self-discovery, identity, and faith. You can find it on Amazon here.
Q: Welcome, Kayla! I believe you’re a teacher like myself! Can you tell us a bit about your life outside of writing?
A: I’m actually transitioning into a new position this August. I’m going to be an elementary school librarian! I’m very excited about this new adventure.
Outside of writing and work, I love spending time with my husband and my furbabies. We have three dogs and a cat. I also enjoy reading, knitting, and taking walks. The beach is my favorite place (after my Mama’s house), but I don’t get to visit the shore as often as I would like.
Q: What drew you to writing fantasy?
A: I’ve always been an avid reader and writer. In middle school, I read Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede for Battle of the Books. I fell in love with the book, and knew I wanted to write fantasy stories, too.
Q: Which authors inspire you?
A: Some authors that inspire me include Nadine Brandes, Maggie Platt, and Hannah Carter. I aspire to be more like these wonderfully talented and God-fearing writers in more ways than one!
Q: You have two main characters in Aivan: The One Truth, Rune and Rolf. Without too many spoilers, did you write in each of their point of views? If so, which POV was more challenging? How are their journeys different, and how do they compliment one another?
A: The concept of the book originally began with Rune (who is from the northern nation of the Great Continent). I really struggled with the story until I introduced the character Rolf (who is from the southern nation of the Great Continent). Once I added Rolf’s POV, the story really began to “work” like I wanted. Rune and Rolf are very different and experience different journeys though both must discover who they are and what they believe. Rune struggles more with listening to Aivan than does Rolf, but Rolf faces much more temptation to go astray from the One Truth.
Q: When I read your description for Aivan, I can’t help remembering the Biblical story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal, from the book of 1 Kings! What, if any, Biblical and/or Christian inspiration did you draw upon when writing this story?
A: I love that you thought of the Biblical story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal! In fact, listening to a church sermon on that same story inspired an important scene in the novella. Many of the scenes in the book stem from Biblical scenes.
Q: What was your favorite part of writing a fantasy story? I know some people live for the worldbuilding, which is something I tend to struggle with!
A: My favorite part of writing the fantasy story was getting to know my characters and telling their story; however, I also loved being able to weave truth within the fantasy story. I hope readers walk away with an understanding that though life has many uncertainties, we can all take solace in one constant—God’s love for us.
Q: It’s been such a pleasure to have you, Kayla. Before we go, can we know – are there more stories to be told in the world of Aivan?
A: There is a full-length novel that takes place sixteen years after the novella ends. Readers can find a teaser for it at the end of Aivan: The One Truth.
Thank you so much for having me! 😊
Kayla E. Green is a speculative fiction author and poet in eastern North Carolina where she resides with her husband and furbabies. A daydreamer at heart, Kayla loves creating new stories and building new worlds. When she isn’t writing, reading, or taking photos for her bookstagram, she loves singing loudly and off-key to KLove Radio, napping, and pretending she’s a unicorn. Kayla also enjoys watching anime, collecting sugar skulls, and knitting. Her debut poetry collection, Metamorphosis, is available now from book retailers. Her YA fantasy novella, Aivan: The One Truth, will be released on July 26, 2022. Kayla has work featured in the anthologies The Depths We’ll Go To, The Heights We’ll Fly To, Aphotic Love, and Finding God in Anime Vol. 2. Find her on Instagram @theunicornwriter93!