Kayla Howarth


Kayla was born and raised on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. She still resides there with her husband and son.
Her love of reading and movies inspired her to start something she never dreamed possible: writing her first novel.
When she's not looking after her son, or writing, you'll most likely find her hosting her own dance party in the kitchen while she does the dishes (where her husband will argue that more dancing is achieved than clean plates.)

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Write, keep writing, and keep writing. Even when the words aren't flowing or I'm struggling to get past a scene, I force myself to at least try and remind myself I can fix it later in the editing process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when the characters take over and the words practically type themselves. I get lost in the story and feel accomplished when I'm done. Then, of course, I go back and re-read it and have to edit most of the drivel that had fallen out. But it feels good when scenes come together naturally.
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Where to find Kayla Howarth online


The Institute Series
Living in constant fear. Leaving your home at a moment’s notice never to return. The source of your fear? The Institute. Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute, but perhaps he isn't the one she should be worried about. Allira must find strength within herself to discover hidden truths not only about The Institute but about herself. Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.
The Institute
Price: Free!


The Institute
Series: The Institute Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 80,730. Language: Australian English. Published: January 7, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.14 from 7 reviews)
Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear? The Institute. Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kayla Howarth

  • The Last Sanctuary on Jan. 19, 2015

    I'll start off by saying that I don't usually like to compare books, but with 'The Last Sanctuary' it's hard not to notice similarities between it and Harry Potter. The major ones: Three twelve years olds are sent to a new school where magical type things start happening (although in this book, the students are unaware that magic exists). There's the shy one, the smart one and the hopelessly dumb yet hilarious one. Giant spider. Suspected evil teachers. But there is one big difference between Harry Potter and The Last Sactuary: I actually enjoyed this book. (Yes, you read correctly, I didn't like Harry Potter. We're a rare breed, but we do exist.) There was action from beginning to end, twists around every corner, I spent most of the book accusing every single character of being the bad guy. But my favourite of all would have to be the character of Olivia. Her puns and dimwitted humour had me giggling a few times and most of the time I didn't know whether to hug her, pat her on the head, or slap her. At times I wanted to do all three. If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that it did seem to run long (especially for a YA book aimed for the preteens). Oh, that and the giant freakin' spider who I was sure to have nightmares of, but thankfully did not. It was so well written that the nursery rhyme 'hush little baby' will haunt me forever.