Author Spotlight: VampQueenV

I stumbled onto this gal a while back for the story A Marriage of Inconvenience. I fell in love and then voraciously read every SVM/True Blood story she’d written. She also has stories from the X:Men and Harry Potter genres, which I’ve skimmed and are equally as good, if not quite my taste fandom wise. Let’s hear what she’s got to say, instead of my incessant ramblings.

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Penname: VampQueenV
Real name: Vickie

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m 32, live in the UK, and single.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing I’m either reading, watching TV, or doing the housework. Not an exciting life.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My handbag, it contains everything I need.

What are some of your favorite (non-SVM) books?
Harry Potter. The Elemental Mysteries.

Favorite (non-True Blood) TV shows and movies?
Movies: The Avengers. Iron Man 1&2. Thor. Captain America. Harry Potter series. Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Batman Trilogy. Sherlock Holmes 1&2.

TV series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (even though the series has finished.) Friends. Teen Wolf. Dexter.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Robert Downey Jr. There’s just something about the man that appeals to me, and I don’t just mean physically. He’s led an interesting life and I’m sure he would be good company.

Alexander Skarsgard. This one is kind of obvious. The man is gorgeous. Plus I’m sure he’d be able to build something for us to stay in.

JK Rowling. She would be able to tell us all amazing stories and we’d never be bored.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
New York.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Not really. Unless people standing in the middle of the aisle talking in supermarkets count. That really annoys me.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
Silver or gold? Silver
Apple or PC? Apple. Most of my stuff is Apple.
White wine or red wine? I don’t really drink either, but I’ll say, red.
Liquor or beer? Liquor.
Coffee or tea? Tea. I don’t actually like coffee.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
Why and when did you start writing fanfics?
I started writing fanfics around 2007. My first fandom was The X-Men. I was a big Wolverine/Rogue shipper. I watched the first X-Men movie and was hooked. At the time I didn’t even know what fan fiction was, but I was searching Wolverine and Rogue and stumbled upon ff.net and started reading some fics. I’d always made up my own stories in my head so I thought I’d give it ago. I starting writing my first fic and it got some good reviews when I posted it, so I wrote another, and then another.

I stayed in the X-Men fandom for about a year before I stumbled upon a Hermione Granger fan fiction site. She was always my favourite character, so then I started writing Harry Potter fan fiction. It was through that site I got interested in True Blood. And I’ve been in the SVM/TB fandom ever since.

Besides SVM/True Blood, is there another book, TV show or movie that you would write for?
At the moment the only fandom other than SVM/TB I would write for is, The Avengers.

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?
Truthfully? All three. I will usually write everything out with a pen and paper. But lately I’ve been using my mobile phone to write out half a chapter and then I will send it to my computer and finish it off.

Ever write in your PJs?
I have written in my PJs. Sometimes I will grab a pen and paper before I go to bed and write something out.

How bout naked? :o)
I’ve never written naked, but I have written little bits while only wearing a towel or bathrobe.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Honestly I find inspiration everywhere. I’ve not written anything based on a real life experience. But, I will often be listening to my iPod and a song will come on and it will inspire me. For example, the fic Fool No More came about from listening to a song of the same name.

Do you write on a schedule? If you do, how do you keep to that schedule?
I tried to write on a schedule, but truthfully it puts too much pressure on me and I end up doubting my writing once I’m done. I’m going back to writing when I feel like it.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
A little of both. I usually have a basic plan, but I will often divert from the tracks and go in a different direction. The only things I have set on any of my stories are the pairings and a basic ending.

How do you deal with potential writers block?
Not very well. I’ve gone months without writing due to writers block. It can be very frustrating.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
None.

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 really sure. I used to be good at writing humour. And I can certainly get the characters to go dark if I have to, but if I had to pick I’d say, angst. I’ve been told by more than one person I’ve made them cry during chapters.

I’m not very good at writing fluff. Or PWP. I need a plot to go with my story.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
The beginning. That is the part I struggle with most. Finding the right way to start of a new story, or a chapter can be a nightmare.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
No. I’m terrible at coming up with titles for my stories. Sometimes I will go through song titles and find one that fits.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Sookie. I just love her character. I know she can be stubborn and whatnot, but the truth of the matter is, everyone can be.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
My favourite story to write is probably, A Marriage of Inconvenience. It is such a fun story to write. There’s no angst to it. Eric and Sookie are in a secure relationship. There’s no misunderstandings, no childish behaviour, or no jealousy. The two of them are solid. It’s nice to write that. Most of my stories tend to have angst in the beginning, they need to work towards a relationship and go through all the messy stuff, but AMOI is just them in love facing outside threats together.

My favourite concept wise would have to be, Immortal Love. It has such a rich back-story. A 1000-year love story.

Do you talk to your family about your writing? How do they feel about it?
They know I write. They’ve not read any of my stories and I’m not sure they really understand it, but they are okay with it.

Which is your favorite SVM book? Favorite True Blood episode?
Favourite book: Dead to the World.

Favourite TB episode: I Will Rise Up

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
I think the best compliment I’ve received would have been for Torn to Shreds. I’ll copy and paste part of the review…

Wow! And you my dear, are getting so many reviews because you are a fucking fanstastic writer! I can’t tell you how long it has been since I’ve read something this good :)… I don’t think I’ve been this excited since I started reading AllAboutEric’s fic of “Immortal Beloved”, which started almost a year ago. I can also think of Morgain Swan’s “Late” and Texan Lady’s “The Arrangement”. THIS IS A STAND-OUT! From Charhamblin

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
It usually depends on the type of criticism. If it’s legit, constructive, I will reply to the person (if possible) politely and address their issue. If it’s someone being rude and basically a flame, I will either ignore it, or post an AN in the next chapter, but that is only if the person didn’t sign in. I’ve only ever done that once.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I would advise them to stay true to their own ideas. And also find a beta. It doesn’t matter how good your grammar and spelling is, mistakes are bound to happen. Having a second pair of eyes look over your work will only benefit you.

Have any recommendations? What are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently reading Lord of the Rings.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
They can find me at on ff.net under VampQueenV on wordpress http://queenofareafive.wordpress.com/about/

and I have a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/VampQueenV-fan-fiction/227540557330438?ref=hl

Hopefully those links work.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!

 

So, go check her out and leave her some love! Cause she seriously rocks my (nonexistent) socks!

 

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