Ah my darlings! And THIS is why you come and read my simple little blog. The author and story spotlights!
And now I’m back to it. As I said last week, I’m beginning a ‘Spotlight Saturday’ feature. This interview I did about 6 months ago, so the information may be slightly outdated. However, I wanted to get it posted and out there and then maybe I’ll go back and reinterview some of the authors I’ve already talked to. Gasp!
This author is so awesome….seriously. I have a few stories saved to my iPod (now an iPad since Christmas) just so that I can read them even if I don’t have wifi. I have to limit the stories I save because they take up valuable space. And yet, she’s earned herself a spot in there with her story Couples Therapy. She has a way of capturing the characters, and yet making them completely new. I can’t honestly really put into words what I’m trying to say. She gives the characters new spins that just take them to even greater depths. And the fact that she reinvents yet keeps the integrity of these characters for every single story is just amazing to me. But, enough from me, let’s hear from her!
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I suppose the basics to start, eh? Well, I am 34 years old, married for going on 12 years, and I have two children. I’ve lived in Arkansas for most of my life, aside from a few years in Louisiana and Texas. Mostly, I am a stay at home wife and mother, but I do work a few hours a week for my husbands company. Writing is sort of an escape, a hobby even, for me. I love to do it. Even when I can’t seem to find the time to sit and actually write, I’m usually thinking about it. I hope one day to be brave enough to write something all my own. Perhaps even publish it! If I’m lucky, that is.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Oh, man, what a loaded question. I clean house a lot. Like A LOT! I live in a veritable zoo, with 2 dogs, 2 cats, a ferret, and of course there’s the 2 children and my dear husband! So there’s always something on the floor, or put where it shouldn’t be, or dishes to wash, or laundry to fold… Well, you get the idea. Aside from that, I like to read and spend time outside, at the pool, or the playground with the kiddo’s. I’m sort of addicted to horror movies. I wish I could be more specific than that, but it seems as if any and all genre of horror movies are acceptable. The creepier the better!
Do you pull experiences from your real life into your writing?
Most definitely! I’m not going to lie and say everything I’ve ever written is from experience, (thank goodness for that!) but I’ve most certainly used real-life instances on more than a few occasions. I think it’s probably important to my writing to feel that connection to the characters.
How do you come up with your titles?
Sometimes it’s a moment of inspiration while I’m writing or planning the story. Other times I’ve had to knock around a few different titles to see which one felt right. To be honest, I mostly just pluck something out of thin air, lol. Same thing goes for chapter titles.
Ultimate girl question: chocolate or vanilla?
Both! A gal shouldn’t have to choose, right?
Besides SVM, do you have another series of books that you love or that you’d ever write fanfics for?
Well, I’ve written a few stories for the Twilight series. I love the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, the Night Huntress Series, The Signs of the Zodiac series as well as The Elemental Mysteries Series by our very own Elizabeth Hunter. I’ve read a lot of series over the years, so it would be impossible to name them all, but these are a few of my favorites.
What is the best compliment you’ve received on your writing?
So many compliments really. That anyone reads them at all is a huge compliment. That people faithfully take the time to encourage and review is a compliment. The fact that YOU wanted me to do this interview is a compliment. I suppose though, you may want something more specific, so I’ll try. It’s happened only once or twice, but I’ve had a few readers PM me or leave a review that said something along the lines of my story sticking with them for days. That I’ve written something out there that invoked such strong emotions or feelings to cause the reader to be unable to STOP thinking about it is a HUGE compliment. One of the best I think I could ever receive.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
To coin a popular phrase: Just Do It! You never know how good you are, or how good you could become, or what your potential may be if you never give it a try. So, give it a go.
What sort of Starbuck’s concoction would your characters order?
HAHA! That one is hard to answer. I’ve got 29 stories on my fanfiction profile. That’s a lot of characters. Couple’s Therapy Sookie would drink a caramel Frappuccino, and Eric would have espresso with cream. Instinct’s Sookie would probably go for an Iced Coffee or something. Failing In Love – another work in progress that I have not updated in a while – Sookie would have and Iced White Mocha, Eric a coffee, Stan doesn’t drink that nastiness, while Clancy would drink espresso black.
Tell us something random about yourself.
Random, you say? Alright’y then. I’m a HUGE Milla Jovovich fangirl. I love her. I also love rock music. All rock, soft, hard, metal, grunge. ALL of it! I’m addicted to Starbucks Iced White Mocha’s. Like, for real. I’m pretty sure they put crack in them because I can’t make it a day without one. I’m a huge klutz! I’m also addicted to hair color. I get so bored when it’s the same color for too long.
What kind of environment do you write in?
You remember me telling you about the zoo I live in, right? Well, that kind of environment. Seriously, it’s all kinds of crazy around my house. I think I’ve written in peace and quiet a total of five times, and usually that’s at around 2 in the morning while everyone is asleep. Lucky for me, it doesn’t seem to cause a problem. Yet.
Tell the truth. Do you ever write naked?
HAHA. Oh, great question. Sadly, no, I don’t think I’ve ever written completely naked before. Pantsless? Sure, probably more than you want to know. I’ve almost never got shoes on, though.
Where can you be found online?
I have a twitter @eevenflo78 and I’m also on Facebook, but that one is my real-life account. My stories, at this point, are only on Fanfic dot net.
(You can find her here!)
Anything else you’d like to tell?
Jeez, I’m really just a boring ole gal from the south. I have an accent and everything! So there’s not much to tell. Or at least nothing anyone would be interested to hear, I reckon. I started out with Fanfic about 3 years ago, and I cannot say enough about the fandom, the friends I’ve made online and in the community. Some fantastic ladies, to be sure. I’ve been welcomed from the beginning with open arms and hearts, and there are not enough thanks in the world for that.
Anything else you can think of?
I wish there were a way that I could express my gratitude properly. To the readers, to the reviewers, the friends and fellow writers that provide support and feedback, and offer to help at every turn. I guess it’s hard to put into words how much it means to a person. I say writing is a hobby, and I love it because I do, but there’s also a lot of work that goes into it. Knowing that someone appreciates that, and enjoys it, and seeing the response to something you’ve worked on, or created even… well, there’s no other feeling like it in the world. So, as inadequate as it may be, THANK YOU!
And there you have it folks! Another great author that you should definitely check out! Later!