Howdy my lovely readers! And here we are with another author spotlight! Due to weird computer issues, the few others that I’ve had for months are missing in action, so I’m going to post a new one in the interim. Watch out Wednesday for one of those banked ones!
This gal…holy crap! She’s written 66 stories on ff.net AND she’s all over the Sookieverse. Mad props cause I have no idea how I would ever find the time or energy for all that. She’s not only limited to SVM either, which makes her somewhat of a rarity on this blog. Let’s read what she has to say, shall we?
Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
Hi Kelly! I’m Suki59, but my fanfiction friends just call me Suki.
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I live in a tiny town in North Carolina with my husband and rescued dogs. I grew up in North Carolina, but lived in Los Angeles for many years before returning here.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I kill a ton of time on Facebook, volunteer for animal causes, kiss my dogs and husband, and fail at keeping up with the laundry.
What are some things you never leave home without?
My phone, reading glasses, and Burt’s Bees lip stuff. I like Rhubarb, Fig, and Papaya.
Favorite (non-True Blood) TV shows and movies?
I’m a huge Downton Abbey addict, and I love Game of Thrones. I never tire of watching movies, even if they’re bad.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Eric Northman, Eric Northman, and Eric Northman, and you know perfectly well why. (Have you read A Guy with Skills?)
What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Merlotte’s, but only on a night Eric’s coming.
Do you have any pet peeves?
I hate when romance writers have their characters peering through their eyelashes. You try it. It can’t be done.
Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I spend too much time trying to peer through my eyelashes.
Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate, of course!
Okay, now for the good stuff.
Why and when did you start writing fanfics?
I was 49 years old, had always wanted to write, but had never tried. Great writers intimidated me, but when I discovered fanfiction, I thought maybe I could do this, and so I gave it a try. I loved that not all writers were experienced or perfect. I didn’t know anything like this existed, and it gave me the courage to start writing.
Besides SVM/True Blood, is there another book, TV show or movie that you would write for?
My very first little one shot was for the film, Eastern Promises, and more recently, I’ve written a couple for the Hunger Games series, but my other 63 stories are SVM.
What kind of environment do you write in? Do you prefer using a pen and paper, a computer or some sort of mobile device to write?
I write on the computer in my office at home, and I need silence except for the sounds of the birds chirping outside and our wind chimes.
Ever write in your PJs?
All the time.
How bout naked? :o)
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I find inspiration all around me—in music, other people, places. Some of my story ideas started as dreams, and yes, I use a lot of my own life experiences. I’m a big believer in writing what you know.
Do you write on a schedule? If you do, how do you keep to that schedule?
No, but I write every day. I’m at the computer every free moment.
Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I start with a vague plan, but find it’s best to just start writing even if the story isn’t well thought out. Once I get started, I can always go back and rewrite the beginning, and I often do. But if I waited until the story was complete in my head, I’d never get started. I’ve tried using an outline, but am a complete failure at it.
How do you deal with potential writers block?
I’ve been fortunate to have never had writers’ block. I have the opposite problem, actually, and feel like I have to constantly suppress story ideas. It’s as if I’m always putting my fingers in holes in the dam, but the water keeps coming out. Consequently, I have many unfinished projects and ideas for too many other stories to write.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Not really. I’ve stopped jumping up in the middle of the night to write things down. I was always worried that I’d lose a thought if I didn’t write it down, and that’s made for a lot of interrupted nights. Now I just let the idea go—if I lose it, it’s not the end of the world. There’ll be others.
Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I’m not sure if it’s easier, but I do enjoy writing comedy. I’ve never tried poetry, but I suspect it wouldn’t suit me.
What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Nothing. It’s pure pleasure.
Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I try to think of something clever, but sometimes, I just have to settle for the most obvious choice.
Which character do you identify with the most?
Sookie. I often want to throttle her, but I do truly love her.
Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
I don’t have a favorite, really. Drained is definitely my most popular and probably my best concept-wise, but I also loved writing Chihuahua Mountain, Dances with Werewolves, Let’s Talk About Sex—really anything that makes me laugh. I also love human Sookies like in Runway and Hair Makeup. And World War II Eric makes me swoon in A World Away. I can’t pick a favorite! They’re like my children, but I don’t have to feed or clothe them or pay their college tuition.
Do you talk to your family about your writing? How do they feel about it?
They know I write. I’d call them supportive, but fairly uninterested. That’s why my fanfiction family is so important to me. They get me.
Which is your favorite SVM book? Favorite True Blood episode?
Dead to the World, naturally! And I loved the whole first season of True Blood. That’s what inspired me to read the books (and meet Eric!). I loved the world the show created—Sookie’s small life with Gran, her house, the town, and then, the romance with Bill. I sound crazy, even to myself, saying this, but the dynamic between them was truly mesmerizing to me—one of the most romantic stories I’d ever seen. Of course, once I’d read the books, I quickly fell out of love with Bill. But the show impressed me.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
I’m always thrilled when someone is moved by my stories. Occasionally, a funny one will make someone wet her pants laughing, and that makes my day.
How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I give myself a little time to feel awful and then get back to work.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Go for it! I promise you won’t regret it. If you’re looking for a place to start, check out the Weekly One Shot Challenge at www.thesookieverse.com for story ideas. I post them, well, weekly. And feel free to send me your challenge ideas to add to the list.
Have any recommendations? What are you reading at the moment?
I don’t seem to ever have enough time to read, and consequently, have a huge stack of books waiting for me at all times. I love anything by Jane Austin. I think about Cold Mountain probably more than any book I’ve ever read. My favorite romance is Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale. I just started her novel, Shadowheart.
And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
I’m at http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1783896/Suki59 on fanfiction, and I post the Weekly One Shot Challenges every week at The Sookieverse, so come and write me a one shot!
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
You’re so welcome! And thank you for having me on your blog.
I kid you not, ever since she sent back these questions I have been super annoyed with the lashes thing as well. Seriously I spent maybe a half hour that first day trying to do it in the bathroom…didn’t work. And now it annoys me since I picture the characters making some of the ridiculous faces I was instead of the obviously sweet or sexy look the author was trying for. :o)
So, yeah. She’s awesome. I’ve read a ton of her stuff, so I honestly can’t even recommend only one. But check her out and leave her love!