Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Release Date: July 8th, 2013
I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.
Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.
Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?
If you could travel in a time machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Oh, the past, easily. I’ve always said I was born in the wrong century. I wish I could live in Victorian England. Corsets, swoons, etiquette and all!
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
My first instinct was to answer with reading minds. But then I realized that I would eventually go crazy. So I’ll settle for flying. That would be unbelievably cool. I could finally take that trip to Europe.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
What an evil question! It really depends on my mood. I guess, since I usually go for ice cream when I’m sad, I’ll go with cookie dough.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I had so many when I was a child, but when I was a teen I absolutely adored – and still do – Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book?
Great question! One song I listened to over and over while I was writing was ‘Can’t Go Back’ by Rosi Golan. Very sad but appropriate and inspiring.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I always have a different answer to this, but today it’s probably that if you’re bored writing a scene, people will be bored reading it. I try to keep it in mind when I’m working on something.
What is your favorite Quote?
"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." -Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith. Because it’s so true.
How do you react to a bad review?
I go through the stages of grief, basically. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Lately I’ve just avoided those reviews entirely. They make me not want to write and I really don’t have time for that! But I do have to say that some sane part of me appreciates the bad reviews; those people took the time to read the book and gave their honest opinion. You can’t entirely hate that, no matter how much your instincts insist you should.
What do you do in your free time?
Eat way too much cheese and watch way too much TV. Work at a coffee shop and read. I’m also a student, so there’s some homework and studying in between there. Something your readers would never guess about you? Hmmm. That’s so hard to answer, since I pretty much blab about everything and anything on Twitter and Facebook. Oh, okay, my legal name for the first few years of my life was Abigail. I won’t tell you why, but my mom named me Kelsey and just didn’t change the birth certificate for a long, long time.
What do you find inspiration in?
Everything! But if I had to pick one thing, it would be music. Seriously, I can lay on my couch with something playing in the background and eventually a crazy story idea will pop in my head.
Are any of your characters a portrayal of you?
Each of them definitely has something of me in them. After all, I created them. But I won’t tell you what it is! Got to keep some sort of mystery about me.
Why do you write YA?
It’s the genre I’m the most obsessed with. I’ve read so many YA books and it was always a dream to see something I’d written among them.
About how long did it take to write your book?
This is such a difficult one to answer, because it went through so many revisions that I feel it was really finished about a month ago, when it went to the printers. But I finished the first draft within three months, so let’s go with that!
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
The moment you open the e-mail that says someone wants your book. It’s so mind-blowing and exhilarating.