Kelsey Macke

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Dallas, The United States



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Kelsey B. Toney has been creative for as long as she can remember. Her formative years were a swirl of bad poetry, journals full of songs, and absolutely TONS of jazz hands. DAMSEL DISTRESSED, (published under the name Kelsey Macke) gold medal winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Award for YA, was released with its own soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, a full album of original songs inspired by the book. Kelsey, a Dallas native, is a public speaker who regularly gives talks about writing craft, publishing, and mental health awareness and destigmatization. In addition to writing and teaching, Kelsey watches Gilmore Girls on a near-endless cycle, shows videos of her orange cat to everyone who stands still long enough, and is among the first 1% of all twitt ...more

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If I’ve learned one thing about being a creative person, it’s that sometimes you’re feeling it…

And sometimes you’re not.

I’ve certainly had my ups and downs for these past four years. (Which… wow. FOUR YEARS since Damsel Distressed debuted. So weird.)

There have been periods of great creative productivity and inspiration. Like, in the past calendar year,

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“The End" is just the beginning.”
Kelsey Macke, Damsel Distressed

“They’ve been lying from the start. From the first time we read the words ‘once upon a time,’ we’re fed the idea that these girls—these gorgeous, demure, singing-with-the-wildlife girls—get a happy ending. And I get it. Poor thing had to do some chores around the house, fine. But the idea that she needs a magic old lady to come down and skim off the dirt so the prince will see her beauty? That’s ridiculous. Maybe she should have been working on her lockpicking skills instead of serenading squirrels. She could have busted out, hitched a ride to the castle, and impressed the prince with her safe-cracking prowess. Sorry, magic-fairy lady. She didn’t need your help.”
Kelsey Macke, Damsel Distressed

“I guess that,when it's done and you're done and everything has happened,that's when it's time to get up and start making things happen for yourself.”
Kelsey Macke, Damsel Distressed

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“The End" is just the beginning.”
Kelsey Macke, Damsel Distressed

“Twenty-five minutes ago, I was blissfully invisible. No laughing. No evil grins. No drama. And now? It couldn’t be more dramatic. I’ve got a stepsister masquerading as Cinderella, the chauvinistic villagers think I’m the ugly stepsister, and the boy coming to my side is more likely to snag a prince than I am.”
Kelsey Macke, Damsel Distressed

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