We are thrilled to have Seth King featured for our first time ever “Schmexy’s New Found Faves” post!!! We are thrilled to feature Seth King, author of The Summer Remains, The Goode Fight and Mrs. Robinson (Mrs. Robinson #1)!
We got to ask Seth some questions and are so looking forward to having him join us for an author takeover on Tuesday, April 7th from 8 to 9 p.m. EST in our group, All Things Schmexy! Make sure you join the party to learn all about Seth and for some great giveaways!
So here we go! Read what Seth had to say!
Our Q & A With Seth
Schmexy: So why writing? How did you get started and was this something you always wanted to do?
I don’t really know how to answer that question, because my future was never a question at all to me. I just knew from the age of four or five that I was going to write, and that was it. There was never another option. I just felt fate pulling me forward, and that was that.
Schmexy: How long did it take you to write The Summer Remains?
I wrote this book very sporadically. Because of the nature of the subject matter (I was writing about my brother’s life and death as they had happened in front of me), this was extremely difficult to work on, to say the least. For about a year I picked it up for a few weeks at a time until it became too much and I had to set it aside again. I didn’t get super serious about it until December, and I released it in February. So all in all I’d say it took about 3 ½ months.
Schmexy: Where did you get the idea?
My brother lived one of the most remarkable lives I’ve ever known, and I knew I wanted to write about it – I just didn’t know how to go about it without seeming exploitative. I knew I’d have to do it from a sideways angle, and while I was walking on the beach in Atlantis in the Bahamas last March, The Summer Remains just exploded into my head. As I wandered down the beach and stared out at the aquamarine waves, a girl named Summer started speaking to me, and soon I learned she was headed for a serious operation (like my brother) and was considering throwing caution to the wind and downloading a dating app to find love before then. She still hasn’t shut up, really.
Schmexy: Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?
My favorite author is Ernest Hemingway, and also any other author who lived on their own terms and made their own rules. My favorite books of Hemingway’s are A Moveable Feast and The Old Man and the Sea. You could study that man’s words every day and still find new lessons. Anyone can open a thesaurus and impress you with their dazzling intelligence, but to reveal profound human truths using simple themes and sparse language – that is the mark of a true genius, in my opinion.
Schmexy: What inspires you?
The world and everyone in it and everyone who used to be in it and everyone who might be in it one day. Also: hangovers. Those really get the creative juices flowing. I’m sure much of Summer and Cooper’s story was written on a pounding beer headache. But hey, what can you do?
Thanks for having me!
5 Reasons you should read The Summer Remains
1. Life changing.
2. Soul inspiring.
4. Ugly tears.
Books by Seth King
About Seth King
Seth King is a twenty-five-year-old author and artist.