Interview with Kelsey Kingsley, Author of Scars & Silver Linings

02 Mar 2021

What can you tell us about your new release, Scars & Silver Linings?

This book is about Kendall Wright, a woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and eventually gives birth to a premature baby. There is a love story here between Kenny and a bartender she meets at the beginning of her pregnancy, but the majority of the book focuses on her pregnancy and then her journey through the NICU with her baby boy. It was a very therapeutic book for me to write, as I also experienced an unexpected pregnancy and the premature birth of my son last year.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve wanted to be an author since I could hold a pencil. But I didn’t decide to publish until Diana Gabaldon (of Outlander fame) told me to “just finish the book” I was writing at the time.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Lisey’s Story by Stephen King, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Stephen King. I’d ask how he copes with being consumed by the stories he works on and if he struggles to separate the real world from his work. But let’s be honest – I think I’d be too star struck to actually speak.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The immersion. It can become a challenge, being a method writer, but when I’m fully consumed by a story, it’s a surreal feeling but it’s the best.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up whenever my one-year-old son decides I’ve slept long enough. Then, I take care of him until he naps, when I decide whether I should nap with him, write for a while on my phone, or play some video games. Usually, I opt to write on my phone, but lately, I’ve been pretty into Animal Crossing. My husband comes home in the evening, and that’s when I get the majority of my writing done, until he goes to bed. Then, my son and I hang out, watching TV, until we’re ready for bed. Lather, rinse, repeat!

What scene from Scars & Silver Linings was your favorite to write?

Any relationship-building scene with Kenny and Goose. They are hands down my favorite couple I’ve ever written (so far).

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“It can’t rain all the time.” (from James O’Barr’s The Crow

Kelsey Kingsley is the author of the new book Scars & Silver Linings

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