The Ideal Writing Condition by Kelsey Quick – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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The Ideal Writing Conditions

There’s something odd about my human nature that I have never been able to quite understand. The longing for the nostalgic, and a strange fascination for the simple. Sometimes, a genuine love for the mundane.

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to wake up to the pitter-patter of rain on the pane, to the tip-tapping of Husky claws down the hallway, to the chirup-chirping of our neighbor cardinal stressing to stay dry. The tree in the backyard was swaying delicately along our roof, the vent on top of our house was chiming with each revolution of its fans.

Soon, honey-almond espresso would be brewing, toasted apple-raisin bread would be topped with fig cocoa preserves, and I would be sitting in my Legend of Zelda robe, eating my modest breakfast, and watching the world pour its heart out in absolute silence.

A dash of red and green from the plant on the coffee table. The idle stretches of furry paws on the living room rug. The knowledge that the love of my life is resting peacefully upstairs. These are the ideal writing conditions, of which stem faithfully and purely from muse—the heart and soul of inspiration—and oftentimes, it can be so hard to find something this passionate; something this ideal.

Humans (or maybe it’s just me) seem to tie themselves to a handful of moments along the timeline of their lives that illustrate a more perfect reality than what originally was, and what currently is. This past Sunday was one of them for me, and when I experience these moments, I recognize that they have no real importance. There is nothing visibly great about them. But they serve a purpose. They bring a small, faraway smile to my face; they help me create.

“A vampire tale with a heady mix of defiance and doubt, rebellion and romance.” — Kirkus Reviews

“There is not a single dull moment in this book… A Violet Fire has all the ingredients to become the next Hollywood movie about vampires.” — Readers’ Favorite

“In the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain, human blood is scarce. For centuries, councils have sought to assuage the blood shortage by enslaving and breeding humans, turning them into profitable supply units for the rich and the abled.

Today, eighteen-year-old Wavorly Sterling is officially a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life. One of only few humans that was not bred in Cain, Wavorly knows freedom better than anyone, and she is determined to escape the clutches of her oppressors—despite the allure of forbidden love.”

Enjoy an Excerpt

The weight of their presence grows heavier, bringing with it the animosity of a plague; a terror that I take all the way down to the marrow of my bones; a seeping cold that is bristled with thousands of tiny needle-head points, sending fire along my spent arms and shoulders. It blasts its way down into my soul, threatening to obliterate every ounce of resolve that has landed me here, along these steadfast bricks, amidst my escape from the Stratocracy of Cain—amidst my escape from the vampires.

About the Author:
Kelsey Quick is a novelist, artist, and businesswoman who loves her husband, huskies, and video games. Since the age of two, Kelsey has been bound and determined to create. From traditional impressionist paintings, to digital comic creation; from fanfiction to full-length novels… her desire for crisp and prime escapism is never-ending. A Violet Fire is her debut novel, harboring the idea she’s had and held dear to her heart for over a decade.

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