Kelsey is one of the Wheels taking over Read.Write.Repeat! They are the graduating cohort in OSUC’s MFA program. You don’t want to miss what they have planned for their episode, which will air May 13th. In the meantime, check out what Kelsey has to say about some of her favorite books. You can read more about their project and the upcoming episodes here. Each of the Wheels responded to our Proustish Questionnaire, which will post every day between now and the 13th.
The Proustish Questionnaire
Q. If not yourself, which fictional character would you be?
- So we did an episode on this back in April, and I’m trying to remember what I said. I have a feeling my answers will be totally different than they were. If I could be any fictional character, I think I would want to be Del from Dean Koontz’s Tick Tock. She kicks ass, can paint, and never has to sleep. Other contenders would be Jo, from Little Women, and Bilbo from The Hobbit.
Q. Who are your favorite heroine and hero from fiction?
- This is a tough one because I have so many. I really loved all the women in The Dovekeepers. Each woman was strong and unique. I also absolutely love Karigan in The Green Rider. My favorite hero of all time is Odd Thomas. His is so beautifully human that he always sweeps me up into his plight. I’m also in love with Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.
Q. If you could have dinner with any three authors, dead or alive, whom would you dine with?
- Hmmm, let’s do both! For dead, I would love to have dinner with Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, and Marcel Proust. These are the authors I find myself going back to over and over. Alive would have to be Jonathan Lethem, because he is a fascinating person, Margaret Atwood because I would just love to explore her imagination, and Stephen King because he could tell a good spooky story after dinner was finished.
Q. Do you have a current or “forever” favorite book?
- That would have to be the book I have read more than anything else, The Hobbit.
Q. Which fictional character would you want to befriend?
- Again, there are so many. My first choice would be Hermione Granger from Harry Potter because she could cast spells on anyone who gave me a bad book review.
Q. What villain from fiction do you love to hate?
- Voldemort is an obvious one. On a more serious note, Jason Compson from The Sound and the Fury because of the level of his selfishness and complete lack of empathy.
Q. Tell us about the books in your life that have fed your soul, brought you solace, pleasure, or joy, or eased your mind.
- Hands down, this has to be Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust. This book takes me to a spiritual place and I always feel refreshed after reading it.
Q. If you could exist in any story world, which would you choose, and why?
- The Shire in Middle Earth would be amazing. Food, beer, hairy feet. Need I say more?
Meet Kelsey Stone:
Before launching her writing career, Kelsey dabbled in law enforcement and teaching, finding both simultaneously rewarding and devastating and she continues to be passionate about both. At 0200 hours on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, she woke up in the midst of a panic attack because she realized she wasn’t getting any younger. The fear that she would never realize her dreams drove her into a frenzy of creation that has lead to countless paper cuts, one concussion, the loss of her beloved Spock necklace, and her husband nearly declaring her missing.
Since that moment, Kelsey has been on a journey of discovery. After a flurry of rejection letters told her that her manuscript might not be quite ready, she realized she needed more tools, and turned in a new direction. Kelsey applied to OSU-Cascades and is now working through their Low Residency Masters of Fine Art program as the seventh member of the Wheels cohort. Unable to decide which lane she wanted to drive in, she declared her focus as hybrid and thrills at writing both fiction and creative nonfiction. She’s even trying her wheels out in poetry. Her writing keeps rolling forward and that manuscript that wasn’t quite ready is now being reviewed by two agents.
Connect with Kelsey:
Check out Kelsey’s website, www.tibetanlemon.com, for writing tips, articles on the writer’s life, and original creative pieces from her and a slew of guest authors.
You can also connect with her on your favorite social media platform:
- Facebook: @authorkelseystone
- Twitter: @scifistone
- Instagram: @scifistone