Here we are with another spotlight. And let me tell you…this lady is epic. Epic, I tell you! She’s singlehandedly started her own following…and she’s built something of an empire. Seriously. She’s written one of my all time favorites (Saints and Sinners) and she’s come up with a pretty unique concept with her Multiverse. Okay, lets hear from her before I babble too long. I’ll babble more at the bottom-promise!
Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Angela Mulcahy/EricIzMine…. I’m very open about my real identity, so it’s not a secret. :)
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in south-eastern Virginia. Specifically Chesapeake, but the area is known as Hampton Roads. My mother stayed at home with me and my two younger brothers and my father was a firefighter who only retired last year. I have a varied education. I’ve been referred to as Van Wilder because I couldn’t stick with a major. I concentrated on psychology, criminology, history, and drafting. I’m a stay at home mom and have six children. I live in King George, VA with my family now that my husband has left the US Navy.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I’m always writing.
What are some things you never leave home without?
The smart-ass answer is ‘car keys’, but I assume you meant travel… If I’m ever not home overnight, my computer goes with me.
What are some of your favorite (non-SVM) books?
I’m a whore for classics. My library consists mostly of older books. My children laugh at me for reading ‘dead people stuff’, and that doesn’t count the Vampire genre.
Favorite (non-True Blood) TV shows and movies?
Supernatural, Lost Girl (thanks to an evil friend), Tudors, Sopranos, How I Met Your Mother… The list goes on and on, but I rarely watch anything.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
If I have to find a way off the island, I’m picking Bear Grylls, John Locke (the character from Lost), and James Wesley Rawles.
If the plan is to make the best of things, I’m picking Alexander Skarsgard, Russell Brand, and Brad Pitt.
What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
My bucket list is a mile long, but I live 157 miles away from my family. Home is always at the top of my list.
Do you have any pet peeves?
I have plenty of them… to shorten the list, I’ll just say that I’m a bit of a loner, so most of my peeves fall under the heading of ‘social retardation’.
Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I’m a devout Belieber… as in Justin Bieber… at the age of 36.
Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Not into sweets.
Silver or gold? Silver, because I prefer the simplicity.
Apple or PC? PC.
White wine or red wine? Neither. I don’t drink.
Liquor or beer? .
Coffee or tea? Iced tea, extra lemon, please.
Sleep in or get up early? It doesn’t matter what time I wake up, or how much sleep I’ve gotten, I don’t come to life until sunset.
Okay, now for the good stuff.
Why and when did you start writing fanfics?
I started writing my first story after devouring the first eight SVM stories in a spree, then reading all the fanfic available on a Trubie wiki… then the ninth book came out and I medicated my upset from that book by writing.
Besides SVM/True Blood, is there another book, TV show or movie that you would write for?
I’ve considered playing with Supernatural fanfics, but I’m struggling to keep my AH and Canon characters separate.
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 live at my desk with my computer.
Ever write in your PJs?
All the time.
How bout naked? :o)
Not recently, but yes. I’ve been known to.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I’m not sure. Things just happen in my mind, but yes, there are a lot of little pieces of me peppered into my writing.
Do you write on a schedule? If you do, how do you keep to that schedule?
My schedule is 24/7… I write until I can’t keep my eyes open.
Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
Planned. Always planned, organized chaos. There are aspects that I don’t plan, but the bones are always set.
How do you deal with potential writers block?
I scream and yell. Conniptions and hissies! I mope and sulk. I turn to my betas. I mope some more. Then yell a little extra… Eventually, once I get past it, I feel like I’ve given birth.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
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 at all confident about my lemons. Those are the usual reason for writers’ block.
What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Having readers confuse how I’ve written a character for how another writer has written them. It’s epically frustrating to have someone hate one of ‘my’ characters based on things he hasn’t done in the scope of any of my stories.
Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Yes and no…. more thought/planning goes into some.
Which character do you identify with the most?
Eric. Hands down. I’ve been in his head (my version of it) for years now. I’m not sure I could get out of it if tried.
Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
The only one I’m really writing right now is the MultiVerse. I do consider the series to be one story, rather than 16 (so far). I really enjoyed writing Bored To Death, but I had to force myself away from Meanwhile while I wrote it. I wanted to get to the skip between versions so badly… Now I switch back and forth really often. It really is just one story.
Do you talk to your family about your writing? How do they feel about it?
My family knows I write fanfic. My mother is afraid to read my lemons though. I managed to talk her into reading It Can’t Be because it’s very PG, but now she’s angry that I left her hanging. She threatens to join the BratPack to start an uprising.
Which is your favorite SVM book? Favorite True Blood episode?
My favorite SVM book was Club Dead… And my fave True Blood episode is still Escape From Dragon House. Our first meeting with Eric. Skarsgard’s personification of the aloof and beautiful Eric Northman is just phenomenal and in my opinion, the execution of his introduction was perfect.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
My ego might as well have a battery operated pump when someone tells me that they love the MultiVerse more than the original SVM, but to be perfectly honest, I get really sappy about hearing that one of my readers was going through something difficult and escaped into my writing. That, to me, is the ultimate compliment because that’s exactly what a well-told story should do, take you into that world.
How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Privately, I scream and rant and throw things and type out really long ‘fuck you and your opinion’ replies… and then… I grow up, delete my juvenile rant/reply, and realize everyone has the right to their opinion. Hopefully, most people think I handle criticism in stride.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Betas. A Beta can make or break a story. An amazing story can be lost in a sea of common mistakes. On average, there are no less that 20 typos in every chapter that I put out. It’s nt because I’m stupid or uneducated. It’s because my brain and fingers don’t work at the same speed. And it’s vital to have someone else read the material before it’s posted because the story developing in the writer’s mind might not translate for mass consumption. I have amazing Betas, but that hasn’t always been the case. You can see a marked difference between chapters written before and after I found the lovely ladies who keep me on my toes. In fact, one of my betas found several typos in this interview.
Have any recommendations? What are you reading at the moment?
I actually stopped reading fanfic for the time being. I haven’t read a new story in over a year (but I have a mountain of stories I’ll read eventually). I most recently read Fahrenheit 451 again.
And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
The BratPack on FaceBook is the best place to find news about what I’m up to and when to expect new chapters, but my WP, ericizmine.com, is where I post everything.
I’m a brat and I love interacting with all the other brats. It’s an awesome place to be! I can’t say enough good things about this lady! I have no idea how she does all that she does…it’s astounding. So go check her out!