Kinsey Lane Sullivan is a writer, editor, marketer and artist from North Carolina. She spends her Saturdays exploring and her Sundays with the NYT.
For a combination of bad puns, current events and rosé, follow her on Twitter/Insta @misskinseylane.
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Where I live now: Charlotte, NC
Fave book of ALL time: What an impossible question! Let’s go with that incredible vignette narrative by Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams.
Person who inspires me the most: My momma. She always encouraged us to ask a lot of questions, to pursue new ideas, to be intellectually honest and curious.
What made me want to become a writer: Books were a huge part of my childhood; Nancy Drew was my idol. For me, becoming a writer was just a natural outgrowth of being an active reader. I kept writing because I love the freedom it gives me to learn about new ideas and people and places and cultures.
Music I listen to when I write: The music I listen to varies widely depending on the weather and time of day, but lately I have been really into jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus.
Fave place to work: I have a little studio in my apartment that looks out over the back yard, and it’s sunny and quiet. That little room is such a happy place. Otherwise, there are a couple of atmospheric local places that are conducive to productivity (i.e. Amelie’s).
Writers/artists I look up to: I love the way that Holland Cotter (NYT) writes about art, it’s so moving and so tangible. Padgett Powell is another writer who really ties you to a time and place, and lets you inside his brain as a reader. While they both are journalists in many ways, they seem to treat their work more like a short story than an article, and that is just phenomenal. Read Also: Yoko Ono’s Text Messages from the Edge and Tangled up in Indigo
Favorite GIF ever: This is how I feel at parties:
This is the best meme: I don’t know why I love this so much, but it always makes me laugh:
My favorite story I wrote/made for HelloGiggles is… A mother’s photo series of her daughters is out to prove “Strong is the New Pretty.” I loved the message behind that series of photographs, and was pleased to see that it got picked up by other outlets. Kate Parker (the photographer) is an inspiration. I am so thankful to Elena (my editor) for assigning it!