Our interview is with Amy Leigh Strickland author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon (4.4 stars, 31 reviews, $0.00 – FREE). A brief book description before the interview: They say that lightning never strikes the same place twice, but for Zach Jacobs, that just isn’t true. It’s hard enough being seventeen– juggling school, football, friends, and teenage romance– but Zach’s about to find out just how complicated it can get when he begins to suspect that maybe he was the lightning. Teenage woes hardly seem significant when you’ve got lightning shooting from your fingertips and a couple of murderous Titans trying to settle an ancient score.
Author Interview with Amy Leigh Strickland
1. Give me the elevator pitch: what is your book about?
Olympia Heights: The Pantheon is the first book in the Olympia Heights series. It’s about a group of teenagers in Miami, Florida who find out that they are the Greek gods reborn into mortal bodies. They have to juggle their school work, their social lives, and attacks from vengeful titans all while figuring out who they are and why they’re here.
2. What makes this series special to Young Adult readers?
When teens reach out to me to tell me what they liked the most about Olympia Heights, it tends to be their connections to the characters. It’s a large cast, and every character was inspired by the traits of their Theoi identity, making them a very diverse group of personalities. There are lots of different characters to relate to. Different people latch on to different characters.
On the surface this is a series about teenagers shooting lightning, talking to animals, seeing ghosts, lifting cars, etc. Beneath that are the universal YA themes: discovery, responsibility, and identity.
3. Which of your characters do you most relate to? Read more »