How do you describe your art?
I write books. Usually stories that are dark, suspenseful, and a little bit twisted. So far I’ve focused on the young adult genre, and I’m having so much fun with it I probably won’t branch out for a long, long time.
How long have you been making it?
I’ve always been a writer, but it wasn’t until June of this year that I found out I would be a published one.
Everyone always wants to know this: where do you get your ideas?
It’s different for each book, really, but I always begin with a half-formed concept. With Some Quiet Place, it was emotions as physical beings. I’d typed something totally cliché, like, “Fear rooted me in place.” I sat back, frowning, and wondered how I could make this utterly unique from other moments consumed by fear. Somehow, that fear became a tall, blonde, snarky creature that roams the earth and instills terror into every human being simply by touch. It became Fear, who is now one of my favorite characters.
How do you know you are on the right track with a new work?
When I can’t stop writing it. If I’m working on an idea that I lose my enthusiasm for, or if I’m forcing myself to open that Word document, I know it’s not the right one.
What do you do to encourage your own creativity?
I think it’s really important to read if you consider yourself a writer. There are so many amazing authors, and each one has their own specific voice and style. I’m always learning.
What is your artistic motto? Or what do you tell yourself when the going gets tough?
Hmmm. I’ve never thought about this. Great question. I guess when I’m struggling with inspiration—or just plain laziness—I daydream about my book being in print one day, or inspiring others with my stories. After that, it’s pretty easy to get back to work on the manuscript.
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Kelsey Sutton divides her time between being a student at Bemidji State University and her writing. She lives in Minnesota with her dog and cat, Lewis and Clark. She is represented by Beth Miller of Writer’s House, and her debut YA novel Some Quiet Place is forthcoming from Flux in 2013. You can pre-order her book here from Amazon. Go to kelseysutton.blogspot.com to learn more.