I missed my post Wednesday! Ah I’m horrible, I know. I am prostrate with grief at this gross error on my part…
*peeks out in shame*
Anyhow, I have found my mysteriously missing spotlights that were done back in like July. Fun times that. Anyhow, here is a spotlight from a wonderful author. She is one of my faves. I love her portrayal of Eric (in all his incarnations) especially, but her Sookie incarnations are also incredibly awesome and not as annoying as some Sookie’s that I have read. Somehow Sookie is just a very easy character to make incredibly annoying.
But enough from me, lets hear from her! (And these are the old questions, so forgive the lameness of them…her answers are awe inspiring, even with the less than stellar interviewer.)
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m Meg, in case you didn’t already know that. I live just outside of Chicago, single and childless (and no, I don’t envy my friends with kids. They’re more fun to borrow than to keep lol). I’m the oldest of 6 kids myself. I’ve been writing fanfiction for about five years now. Before I was writing for SVM and True Blood I was writing for One Tree Hill.
I’m a huge music fan, which is something I have in common with several fanfic authors. (As you read in Missy Dee’s interview we’re namestorming buddies. I’ve had a hand in naming most of her stories at this point. She hooked me with “The Surrogate” and I’ve been faithful to her ever since.) It’s hard to say what my favorite genre of music is because I love it all, but lately I’m very much into country. Music from the 90s will always have a special place in my heart since those were my teen years, and when I really started to realize how much I love music. Can’t sing worth a damn, though. I could maybe be a pretty good songwriter since I used to write a ton of poetry. I have somewhere around 5 notebooks full of it.
I collect quotes and cite them regularly in conversation. I love reading (and you’ll read more about that later in the interview). I have a fascination with Ireland that I don’t really understand. I collect Celtic crosses. They’re currently still packed away from when I moved last year. I miss having them on my walls. I collect them because they’re beautiful and they tell stories, not because of a religious connection to them. I’ve recently fallen in love with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show. I can’t stand FOX News, so really, it’s a perfect fit. I would totally have that man’s babies.
Ummm… I guess the most important thing I could tell you is that my internet personality isn’t different from what you get in real life, and Scribeninja can back this up. I get myself into trouble sometimes for being a little too blunt or saying exactly what I think. It comes off as being bitchy sometimes (which I’m more than okay with) but it comes from a good place most of the time. And I don’t really sit back and watch my friends get bullied. My Mama taught me to stand up for myself and what I believe in, and that includes not sitting back and watching someone else get picked on. So people can get pissy with me for being so loudmouthed if they want, but I don’t really care what they think. If I saw a friend on the street getting roughed up but a bunch of trolling harpies I would be just as vocal and aggressive in real life as I am on the internet. But I’d also like to think that I’m generally a nice person who only goes on the attack when it’s necessary or earned.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When am I not writing? That sounds pathetic. Ummm… when I’m not writing I can be found reading, (as of late) helping my bestie with the last minute wedding details that still need to be worked out/planned, babysitting my friend’s 18 month old or catching up with my sisters, one of which is living in Berlin now. I also enjoy throwing little baking parties with my cousin who is like a surrogate daughter to me.
Do you pull experiences from your real life into your writing?
Absolutely! I have a tendency to set my stories up here in my neck of the woods. Hot For Teacher is the best example of that since I used my high school and the house my best friend used to live in as settings for it. But I have also modeled some of my characters after people I know in real life. Funny things my friends randomly say find their way into my stories as well.
How do you come up with your titles?
I stalk the hell out of my iTunes library for titles. Just about everything I’ve ever written is named after a song, and the same goes for chapter titles. There’s a one shot called The Screaming Blue Viking that I wrote that came from the name of a drink. I was talking to a friend when I found the recipe on a website and she suggested I write a one shot, so that’s how that happened. I think I wrote the whole thing in less than an hour.
Ultimate girl question: chocolate or vanilla?
Chocolate. It makes my world a better place.
Besides SVM, do you have another series of books that you love or that you’d ever write fanfics for?
I am in love with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series but I could never write fic for it. Not just because J.R. Ward prohibits it, but because it’s just perfection the way it is. It’s like trying to write Buffy fic. I don’t feel like I could ever do those characters any justice so I refuse to mess with them.
What is the best compliment you’ve received on your writing?
Gosh, that’s hard. I think the best thing for me is when someone can identify with a situation that a character is in and they tell me they felt the exact same way but didn’t think anyone else did. It’s nice to feel like you’re not alone, even if it’s a fictional character that feels the same things you do. The other great thing is when someone says a chapter I’ve posted made their day better. If I can provide someone just a little bit of happy on any given day, then I’ve done my job.
Oh, and as of just this morning, I need to add that when I follow someone on tumblr and they reblog all fangirling, that totally makes my day. The fact that anyone even cares what I think or enjoys the stories I write still mystifies me. It’s the same as when I favorite a relatively new author on FFN and they PM with a fangirling message of humbleness. Like I don’t feel like I’ve done anything that special. I just write stories. *le shrug*
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I’ve been approached by newbies before and I always tell them to find their own voice. Don’t try to sound like anyone but themselves. Your personality is going to come through in your writing anyway, so it’s useless to try and stifle that. I always think it’s a mistake to try to sound like you’re Charlaine Harris writing fanfic. I’m never going to get in her brain and see the characters the way she does, and they’re her babies. I’m just lucky I’m not being sued for playing with them.
I would also recommend, if you’re unsure of whether or not you have something worth publishing online, talking to one of the veteran writers. I love helping new people find their feet because the fandom always needs new voices, and it’s fascinating to me to see the progression of a person’s work from the time they start. A beta can also be a fantastic thing if it’s someone you trust, and is willing to not just fix your errors, but help you stay on track with your plots and the little details.
This fandom is pretty awesome about helping others out when they need it, and the best way to get to know someone (from my experience) is to review their work or talk through PMs. I’ve made some pretty great friends that way.
What sort of Starbuck’s concoction would your characters order?
Hmmm… good question. I think Eric would be a double shot kind of guy. Sookie I see as a mocha, coconut frappuccino kind of girl when she’s feeling fancy. Straight up black coffee first thing in the morning, though. I’d personally wrestle any one of them for a peppermint mocha. That drink has been responsible for a great many things I’ve written lol.
Tell us something random about yourself.
I like embroidering. I used to do a lot more of than before the internet became a staple in my life, and I’ve been meaning to get back into it. I imagine when my bestie finds out she’s preggers with her first kid I’ll probably make it a point to get on it so I can make a blanket or something. I also love baking. Last Christmas I think I baked somewhere around 20 batches of cookies (and like 4 batches of peanut butter bars) just because I could. Not all in one day, though lol. You know, because that would be insane. Oh, and I also love making soup! A lot of the things I cook end up being used in stories I write so chances are if something sounds yummy, I have a recipe for it.
What kind of environment do you write in?
When I’m at home I’m either on my Mom’s laptop on my bed, or at my desk in my bedroom where my desktop is. I’ve also taken to writing on my Blackberry or my sister’s old iPhone quite a bit. My poor thumbs have callouses on them from writing on the Blackberry because of the keyboard (my manicurist hates my phone because of it). But I prefer to be in my own space with limited distractions when I write because otherwise my focus goes out the window.
Tell the truth. Do you ever write naked?
I can’t say I’ve ever done that lol. Does everyone else write naked? Am I missing something?
Where can you be found online?
Gdocs, mostly haha. All of my fanfiction is posted in one of two places: fanfiction.net or on livejournal under the name makesmyheadspin. I also have several tumblr accounts, but there is one I’ve set up just for my writing called makesmyheadspinfanfic. My regular tumblr for everyday (and SkarsStalking purposes) is just plain ole makesmyheadspin.
I’m also on twitter @makesmyheadspin. I do have a Facebook, but I prefer to keep that relatively private since I don’t share my fanfiction life with my family and friends. It’d just be too weird to try and explain (especially to my aunts and 14 & 17 year old cousins) that I spend a good deal of my time writing vampire porn. Not to mention, there are pictures of family members and the like on there that I don’t really want getting released to the public for privacy reasons. There are plenty of other ways to contact me without going through Facebook.
Anything else you’d like to tell?
I feel like I’ve been really lucky with this fandom. The readers have been really kind to me, and I love writing. My brain never turns off (which makes sleeping difficult sometimes), and it goes into overdrive whenever I’m in the car for more than five minutes. I’ve done some of my best plotting while driving. It’s crazy. I’ve also made some really great friends that have not only been wonderful resources where my writing is concerned, but in my personal life as well. I don’t know if I’ll be writing fanfiction for this fandom forever, or if I’ll someday get burnt out on it, but I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I can.
And there you have it, another awesome author that you just HAVE to go check out. Like now. Seriously. Go. Goooooooooooo……
UPDATE: as you can see in the comment below, she’s moved to WordPress! Which I have to say is like the BEST SITE EVER for all us fanfic weirdos. :o) so check her out here.