Random Things or a Damsel & a Friend?

Hello friends!

I’m so excited to be on the blog today talking about some things about me that you probably don’t know. Who am I? Well, I’m Kelsey Macke. I wrote the book Damsel Distressed—a story about sadness and self-harm and theatre and best friends and confidence and wanting to be okay.

I thought I would tell you THREE random things about me that might surprise you—in fact, I’m going to tell you three ways I’m a *little* like the main character in my book!

  1. Imogen is a theatre kid—I was too! I was involved in lots of productions as a kid, and continued all the way through high school. In fact, the musical in the story is one that we did when I was in 10th grade! It was so fun to think about all of the amazing traditions we had in the theatre and how we always stood up for each other and alongside each other. I have a soft spot for curtain calls. There are lots of things that make me cry, but a curtain call is a sure thing. There’s just something so special about when the artists come out at the end and stand, humbly, in the middle of a stage and hope for approval. It’s such an honest place to be. I love it.
  2. Imogen struggles with her body image. I do too! In fact, there are so many things that Imogen does and says about her body that definitely happened in my own head. It’s only recently that I’ve really started to understand how deep the wounds of negative self-image can go! Sometimes it seems like grown people have it all figured out, but I can assure you. We don’t. I have been a hot mess since I was in diapers, and I don’t see that stopping any time soon. It is so difficult to love who you are—not who you might be if you only… made that change. I wish I could go back and hug the little piece of me that shows up in those parts of the book and say, “it’s okay to love yourself right this minute.” You don’t have to wait for that Eventual You that always seems more deserving.
  3. Imogen had one true-blue-through-and-through best friend. A lot of the kids I knew had groups of friends. They always seemed to travel in packs. There were pockets of 3 to 6 kids who were always attached at the hips, at each other’s parties, and in every photo together. It wasn’t like that for me. I had several people that I loved spending time with, but in my heart, there were only one or two people who I really counted as my best friends. I think it must be a different sort of experience. Having one person who seems to know every single thing about you. It made me feel very loved and understood. I wouldn’t trade that for the world. What about you? Were you a “group of friends” or a “one BFF” kind of person?

So that’s it—a little about me that is a little bit like the main character in my book!

Thanks for stopping by the Spencer Hill blog today and hanging out with me! As always, you can find me all over the internet @KelsNotChels and on!