Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Kelsey Day is the teen novelist of two full length novels. She has won multiple awards on her writing, has participated in many interviews, and her first book, “Pintus,” is currently being sold in eight local book stores. Day has also appeared on the Mountain Television Network for an interview on her writing.
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I’ve been writing ever since second grade. I remember my teacher used to hand out this crinkled little green journals and gave us writing prompts, and then we would write in the journals for a certain amount of time. One day I became so enveloped in the story I had begun in class that I went home and began to continue it. I knew from the moment I began writing that day that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
How do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is a tricky thing. On one hand, there are times when I feel that if I wait around for this concept called “inspiration” then I might be waiting my entire life. Yet there are so many beautiful and penetrating things in life that can trigger inspiration that it can honestly go either way. I find most of my inspiration in the actions and characteristics of others.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
There are no set rules for writing a novel. I personally find it easiest to get the whole idea out, write a very rough draft, and then go back to it and totally reconstruct it in the editing process. Once I get it to that point I clean it up to the best of my abilities and ship it off to my wonderful editor.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
I feel like I can strongly relate to many realistic fiction novels, which makes me feel very drawn towards them, but in addition to this I absolutely love “The Hunger Games,” and “Harry Potter.” J.K. Rowling is easily my biggest role model in the world of writing as well as my favorite author.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m participating in an incredible challenge called National Novel Writing Month (commonly known as NaNoWriMo.) This is a challenge to write an entire novel in just one month!