I found SOME QUIET PLACE on Goodreads way back when it was coverless, and instantly fell in love. When I helped reveal the cover a few months ago, my need for the book grew even more – I mean, just look at that cover! And today, I’m thrilled to be the opening stop in Kelsey Sutton’s blog tour for her stunning debut, SOME QUIET PLACE. Not only do I have an insightful interview with the author herself, but I’ve also got a character profile with Fear, one of the main characters. Read on!
Kelsey Sutton: Probably the question, “What would the world be like if emotions were people?” Fear was the first one to appear on the page, and it felt so natural and exciting. The story unfolded from there.
IceyBooks: Does the cover of SOME QUIET PLACE portray a scene from the book?
Kelsey Sutton: No, I don’t believe so. It’s very symbolic of elements within the book, though. The rural setting, the way the girl on the front is coming apart and her identity is hidden. I love it… even if it is a tad creepy!
IceyBooks: Do you have a favorite line that was removed from the original draft of SOME QUIET PLACE?
Kelsey Sutton: Hmmm, great question. I really don’t think so. Any line that I was attached to did manage to make it into the final version. An example of this would be a scene with Courage, when he said to Elizabeth, “Humanity is a choice, power or no power.” I really would love to give that guy more of a spotlight. Maybe someday!
IceyBooks: Tell us a little bit about how you signed with your agent.
Kelsey Sutton: My agent is Beth Miller, and she’s with Writers House. I was querying pretty early in life (at 16) and I actually sent a query to the agent she’s an assistant to, Robin Rue. Beth helps Robin with her inbox, and she came across it. This was for a different manuscript, but Beth immediately wanted to see more. In the end she passed on that particular story, however, she was so fun to work with that with the next book I queried her instead!
IceyBooks: Give us the three:
-Movies you can’t wait to see:
Kelsey Sutton: City of Bones, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars!
IceyBooks: -Snacks you’re craving right now:
Kelsey Sutton: Cheese, chocolate, or Top the Tater! (Not necessarily together…)
IceyBooks: -Books you can’t wait to read:
Kelsey Sutton: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth!
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for, a profile on one of the main characters from Kelsey’s debut, FEAR:
A Typical Summons: “Mom’s breathing quickens. Fear materializes, kneeling down beside her to clasp her in his freezing embrace. Mom shivers, eyes glazing over.”
Physical Traits: White-blond hair, black clothes, a hot-cold blue gaze.
A Little Known Fact: Fear has never driven a car.
Quote from Some Quiet Place: “What does your terror taste like, Elizabeth?” he asks, breathless now. “What would it feel like to see your eyes cloud over at my touch? To know you tremble at my will?”
Kelsey Sutton has done everything from training dogs, making cheeseburgers, selling yellow page ads, and cleaning hotel rooms. Now she divides her time between her college classes and her writing, though she can also sometimes be found pounding out horrible renditions of Beethoven on the piano and trying bizarre drinks at her local coffee shop. Kelsey lives in northern Minnesota with her dog and cat, Lewis and Clark.
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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?