The Literary Vixen presents…
Joining us today is Yolanda Olson! Her book, Malediction Codex releases on July 7th 2020.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Probably when I was younger. (About 8ish) I had a habit of writing two paragraph horror stories and reading them to the kids in the neighborhood.
What about the horror genre interests you?
The freedom to write what I want. Horror has so many subgenres and you can get away with almost anything! Honestly, I just like being different. I’m not a big fan of standard romance or HEAs/HFNs, so I go the violent route and have fun with it.
What was the first horror/story you remember reading?
R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors as a child. So his Fear Street & Goosebumps books were something I always enjoyed to read.
Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?
BONES gave me insomnia. I could not get a decent night’s sleep until that book was over and done with.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so who? And what makes them so special.
Lakyn Meyer probably. He’s a sociopathic asshole that loves himself and nothing else. But he’s funny as hell too. And he loves Blondie lol
Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?
Nope. I go with whatever sits in my brain at the time. I’m sure every piece of fiction is influenced in one way or another by true events or a historical one, but I like to just go with the flow.
Do you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?
No, I can’t say I’ve written one based on my phobias, fears, or a nightmare yet. I don’t think I’d have as much fun with that as I do when I just wing it lol.
What is one stereotype about horror authors is absolutely wrong? What one stereotype is dead on?
That only men can be horror authors. (It grinds my gears, but whatever.) On point? I don’t know. I try not to pay attention to stereotypes.
Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?
None that I can remember. I love the holiday, but I don’t go all out for it.
What advice would you give to other authors?
Just write it. Seriously, for every one person that hates what you wrote, I promise you that there will be five more that love it.
What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?
I am not what I write. My imagination is wild and it’s fun to play there but don’t approach me at an event scared. I’m actually really quiet, shy and awkward in person.
Thank you Yolanda Olson for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Malediction Codex today!
Devil boys think they’re so smart.
Of course, when it comes to Lakyn Meyer, they think they’re so damn beautiful too.
I guess he has a point, but this was never about him. It was about me and he waltzed in and stole the show as he’s accustomed to.
Maybe one day I’ll get rid of him once and for all.
Even if it’s not anytime soon.
Holy babble balls, man.
Beatrix St. Germain thinks she’s some kind of superhero to her emo dark lord down below but all I hear is her flapping her gums like she’s the greatest thing on Earth.
We all know that’s a lie—especially since I’m here.
Trixie has tried to get rid of me but when I make a pact with someone, I stick to it.
Soul mates without benefits suits me just fine.
One day I’ll be able to stand on my own two feet.
I hate when Bea and Lakyn are together, but I hate it even more when the three of us are apart.
He promises me spare time with Bea and in return, I do whatever he tells me to.
I’m Ichabod Foster.
Maybe you’ve forgotten about me at this point too, and that’s okay.
Just try not to forget about me entirely because I’ll never forget about you.
This set includes the entire Malediction Saga: Scavengers, Vultures, and Carrion. Also included is Detritus which was only available for a very limited time and Sunder which has never been released.
Yolanda Olson is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author. Born and raised in Bridgeport, CT where she currently resides, she usually spends her time watching her favorite channel, Investigation Discovery. Occasionally, she takes a break to write books and test the limits of her mind. Also an avid horror movie fan, she likes to incorporate dark elements into the majority of her books.
You can keep in touch with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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