Book: Aivan: The One Truth
Author: Kayla E. Green
Genre: Young Adult Christian Fantasy
Release Date: July 23, 2022
Two young people from opposite sides of the Great Continent must make sense of their life.
Rune has grown up all of her life in the mountainous northern nation of Kansanai. As granddaughter of the Senior Elder, she has been a devout believer of the Vihishki gods her whole life. Yet, when a prophet challenges the Vihishki gods against his Aivan, the One Truth, everything she thought she knew is turned upside down. Will she be able to let go of the life she thought she deserved for something far greater than what she could have ever imagined?
Rolf goes through the motions of everyday life in the southern nation of Etalentin. Yet, his routine is disrupted when a voice claiming to be the one true God speaks to him. Listening to his heart, he follows Aivan, but he is thrown temptation after temptation on his journey. Will Rolf be able to resist the temptations in order to fulfill Aivan’s plan for him?
Aivan: The One Truth is a story about self-discovery, identity, and faith.
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About the Author
Kayla E. Green is a school librarian, speculative fiction author, and poet who adores her husband and their furbabies. 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. Her award-winning YA fantasy novella, Aivan: The One Truth, and her inspirational poetry collection, Metamorphosis, are now available through book retailers. Kayla also has stories and poems featured in various anthologies, contest-winning stories published with Clean Fiction Magazine, and several flash fiction stories available online through Havok Publishing.
More from Kayla
Working in education, it often is disheartening to see how much darkness bombards today’s youth. With Aivan: The One Truth, the forthcoming Chronicles of the One Truth series, and all my writing, my primary goal is to offer young readers a beacon of hope in this dark world. Alluding to many stories and lessons found in the Old Testament, Aivan is a fast-paced novella designed to capture young readers and pull them into the world of the Great Continent. It is my biggest prayer with this book that Rune and Rolf’s journey in this fantasy narrative will serve as a guiding light to lead readers of all ages to seek truth in our reality—the truth that can only be found through our one true God.
One of my current projects is developing a companion devotional for Aivan: The One Truth as well as the full-length novels that will be part of the complete Chronicles of the One Truth series (which will be released at a later date). The devotional would be a tool for parents, teachers, and pastors to use along with the book to help young readers understand the themes and biblical parallels.
Two major themes within the novella center around identity and purpose. Rune’s struggles with disappointment with shattered dreams and the heartache of feeling lost, alone, and unfulfilled are struggles that are arguably universal. In looking at Rune’s journey, young readers as well as adult readers can recognize the real-world challenges of identity: Who exactly are we? In today’s world, there is a constant battle between God and society. How can one embrace their identity as a child of God when the world demands us to rage and rebel against that title?
In Exodus 3:11 (NIV) Moses asks God, “Who am I?” after he is told to go to the Pharaoh to rescue the Israelites. God tells Moses, “I am with you,” (Exodus 3:12, NIV). Similar to Moses’ walk of faith, Rune, like us all, must learn to accept the truth. Like Aivan in the fantasy novella, our God, the one true God, is always with us. We may not immediately—or ever—understand His plan; however, through Him we are whole, redeemed, and loved. And in that, we have great purpose.
I pray that whoever reads Aivan: The One Truth finds parallels to our own world and finds solace knowing that we are because God is the great “I Am.”
In my upcoming companion devotional, I will explore the concepts of identity and purpose from a biblical perspective. Anyone who wants updates on this, should follow my blog and subscribe to my newsletter to be the first to know!
- What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
This is a fantastic question! I could list several, especially as a reader of indie authors; however, my first favorite under-appreciated novel is Matilda by Roald Dahl. I’m amazed how many people have not read it because it is, oh, just so wonderful! Dahl does an excellent job balancing hard elements of the real-world with humor that both young readers and young at heart can appreciate. I loved leading a novel study on the book when I taught middle school English language arts. It is most definitely a comfort read of mine as I have lost count of the times I have read it, yet I never get tired of it (same with the movie version—it’s my favorite comfort film).
- What comes first, the plot or characters?
For my stories, the main character usually comes first, along with a general concept of a story world. I fall under the category of “pantser” because the story unfolds as I write. A few times I have planned outlines but the characters tend to make major edits to my outline as we travel the world together—it saves time to focus on the characters and let them help me tell the plot then trying to plot first. With Aivan: The One Truth, Rolf was absent from early drafts. Rune kept insisting that someone was missing and so Rolf was born. Again, his character was made prior to the plot being tweaked and revised to include chapters with his POV.
- Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
Tabitha Caplinger. She has a trilogy and a standalone novel that is YA fantasy with heavy Christian influences. Her most recent release is a new adult dystopian, but the two elements that I most love about her writing are present in that book as well: deep, multi-faceted characters dealing with complex and relatable emotions paired with biblical truth woven in a fictional world. Every time I read Tab’s work, I am inspired. As a reader, author, and Christian, Tab’s words inspire me to continue to seek God as I pursue my craft and to keep Him at the center of my creative endeavors. Tab has such amazing writing talent and her projects are kingdom-focused. She is who I want to be when I “grow up.”
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing, I enjoy reading for fun, napping (when there’s time to spare), and spending time with my husband and our furbabies. We have a cat and three dogs, and they are my heart! I also love spending time with and talking to other family members and friends, singing loudly and off-key to KLove Radio, and browsing stores for sugar skulls to add to my growing collection. Additionally, I like to paint, go on walks, and binge audiobooks while doing housework.
- If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
I would invite Hannah Carter, fellow author and buddy-adventurer extraordinaire. Most likely, we would set out to cook something new but get so tired after planning the meal and making the grocery list (because of conversational tangents and laughter making it a long-winded activity) that we would most likely get take-out. 🙂
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To celebrate her tour, Kayla is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback of Aivan: The One Truth, a paperback of Metamorphosis, an Aivan inspired booksleeve, Rune and Rolf character art cards, and a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card!!
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