Here is officially my last banked spotlight from last year. I think. I’ve scoured my computer so hopefully everything is A-OK.
This wonderful gal is another one that just gives me warm fuzzies when I re-read her stuff. Don’t know why. It speaks to me, shall we say. So let’s hear from her, shall we?
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m a 24 year old working in a restaurant with a bunch of guys, which is probably why I also curse like a sailor. I didn’t go to college, but I’d love to study something someday. I love movies, marathoning TV shows, and finding new music.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m working, sleeping, or in the middle of a marathon of a TV series. ChanelAddict just got me into Fringe, so that’s what I’m watching right now. The last thing I finished was How I Met Your Mother.
Do you pull experiences from your real life into your writing?
Definitely! Every single story or one-shot I’ve written myself has been inspired by something from real life. It could be something big, or it could be something tiny that I built around, but everything comes from something real. A surprising amount of stuff actually comes from conversations I have with the guys at work.
How do you come up with your titles?
I’m AWFUL at coming up with titles, and more often than not, I have help. Going with a song title is usually a safe bet though. Most of the time I beg makesmyheadspin to put on Jethro, her magical iPod, and find me a title.
Ultimate girl question: chocolate or vanilla?
Besides SVM, do you have another series of books that you love or that you’d ever write fanfics for?
I’ve honestly never had the urge to write fic for any other book series. With SVM, I only wrote one canon fic, and it was BAD. Please don’t go look for it and read it. The only reason it’s still up is that I’m too lazy to delete it. Writing All Human is such a different animal. You can do it in a very clever way that parallels the storylines in the books, or you can go totally off in your own little world and essentially play Barbies with Eric and Sookie (or whichever characters you ship.)
So I guess it just depends on what you want to do with the characters. I’ve never wanted to play with the characters from any other series, because I’ve just never gotten that inspiration or feeling that I need to add to what’s there.
What is the best compliment you’ve received on your writing?
I used to think it was if I made someone cry, and not in a mean way! Simply because it’s amazing knowing you can get that kind of emotion out of people. Now I think it’s when someone tells me they’d buy my stories if I published. To think that anyone would spend their hard earned money on something I wrote makes me want to cry.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write. Write whenever you can. You really only get better with practice, and a good beta. And write whatever’s in your head. If you have an idea speaking to you that’s been done before, who cares? It’s in you, so you write it. Make it your own! And definitely, definitely find a good, honest beta. Learn from your mistakes.
What sort of Starbuck’s concoction would your characters order?
Gah! I can’t answer this because I don’t drink coffee, and have no idea what you can get at Starbucks. Though usually my Sookies love coffee, so I’ll just say coffee, haha.
Tell us something random about yourself.
I cry. All the time. At everything. If I’m too happy, I cry. If I’m too sad, I cry. If I’m telling someone about something sad or happy, I’ll cry. Basically, I should always have tissues on me.
What kind of environment do you write in?
My bedroom, where I’m most comfortable, and I prefer it to be clean. If I have a super messy room I can’t concentrate.
Tell the truth. Do you ever write naked?
Ha! Never naked, but I have written in a robe.
Where can you be found online?
Mostly I’m on twitter and tumblr.
I have a wordpress, and most of my stories are there, but I hardly ever post.
Anything else you’d like to tell?
I just want to thank you for even wanting to do this spotlight on me. I want to thank every single person in the fandom for simply being here. This fandom has grown so much in the five years I’ve been in it, and so much good has come from it. Personally, I’ve made lifelong friends and been given the chance to experience things I wouldn’t have without these people.
Also, be kind to each other. That is all :)
There ya go. Another awesome author to go check out!