Ask Kelsey

Over in my Facebook group, Kelsey Kingsley’s Dear Readers, I asked my members to give me some questions to answer, and like good little minions, they did.

Does River Canyon exist? Where is it?

Yes, River Canyon, Connecticut exists…in my head. It was born years ago, originating in a story I haven’t released yet. Being a long time Stephen King fan, it’s always been a dream of mine to create a fictional world that makes an appearance in all (or most) of my stories, much like his Castle Rock or Derry. So, that’s what I did.

What inspired you to become a writer?

I wish I had a really nice answer to this question, but I don’t. Nothing inspired me to be a writer. I was born with the need to tell stories, which in turn brought me to the overpowering need to write. I didn’t choose it; it chose me. And I fought it for a long time and made myself miserable. Obviously, I stopped fighting.

Who are your favorite authors?

My taste in reading material is very eclectic, so brace yourself: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ransom Riggs, Tarryn Fisher, LJ Evans, Jack Ketchum, Amy Harmon, AM Johnson, Emma Scott, Jessica Park, and Jewel E. Ann. You know, just to name a few.

In what order should we read your books?

Honestly, in any way you want!

All of my standalones can be read as just that – standalones. That being said, Daisies & Devin, The Life We Wanted, and Tell Me Goodnight are interconnected. However, they are not a series and can be read in any order.

My Kinney Brothers series can also be read as standalones, but it does help to understand them better if you read them in order.

Where can we buy your books?

Right now, my books are only available on Amazon (and in Kindle Unlimited). Eventually, I plan to open up an online store, to sell signed paperbacks. Stay tuned for that awesomeness (I say this like it won’t be the lamest online shop you’ll ever see).

How’d you get to be so awesome?

I don’t know, but I think it happened sometime between being born and typing out the answer to this question.

What are your favorite bands/songs?

This is a dangerous question to ask me, because anybody who knows me will know that I could potetially sit here all damn day and night, writing a list as long as The Oxford Dictionary. But because I do have a life and other things to do, I’ll try to narrow this down as much as I possibly can.

My top favorite bands and singers would be: Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Needtobreathe, Hozier, Matt Nathanson, Walk The Moon, John Mayer, Jon McLaughlin, Seether, Matt Wertz, Dave Matthews Band, Ed Sheeran, Hanson, One Direction … among others.

My top favorite songs would be: “A Long December” by Counting Crows, “Lightning Crashes” by Live, “Everlong” by Foo Fighters, “Better Man” by Pearl Jam, “Arsonist’s Lullaby” by Hozier, “Lido Shuffle” by Boz Scaggs, “Keep Your Eyes Open” by Needtobreathe, “If Only I” by Jon McLaughlin, “Sympathetic” by Seether, “Story Of My Life” by One Direction, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” by Moody Blues, “Edge Of Desire” by John Mayer, “Surrender” by Walk The Moon … among others.

What are your favorite movies?

An easy one! The Crow, Shawshank Redemption, and Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

What are your favorite books?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Lisey’s Story by Stephen King, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and My Life as a Country Album by LJ Evans.