Author Spotlight: ddpjclaf

I have another author for y’all to check out….*ahhhhhhhhh*. Forgive me, I’m in an extremely odd mood. And I have to admit I am so completely intimidated by the girl…like seriously. I read her story Covert Casanova first (and spotlighted it like THE second I finished) and then I read Rogue (expect a spotlight for that any day), and now I’m reading Turbulence (again, expect a spotlight when I’m done). And my frickin’ lord! She develops her characters so incredibly well and I absolutely get lost in her stories. Seriously I nearly forgot I had children around me tonight (Turbulence) and I was completely startled when they started demanding things….ya know those pesky demands for food and water and diaper changes…sigh.

Anyhoo, I’ll stop rambling. Read on and find out more about this absolutely amazing chica!

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
For fanfiction I go by my penname ddpjclaf or just A. I’m kind of weird about giving out my real name there, even just my first name!

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m a stay-at-home mom to 4 kids. Which seems to surprise many people when they find that out. Probably because they think a mom of 4 would have better things to do than write stories about teenagers. Maybe? Lol.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Mostly I spend time with my family. But I also love to read—a lot.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My phone and lip balm. Seriously, I would die without both.

What are some of your favorite books?
Well, obviously I’m in love with The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare—but just the first three books. As excited as I was about the addition of the last three, they ended up not impressing me at all, so I kind of ignore their existence.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Easy by Tammara Webber

Favorite TV shows and movies?
Lord, so many…

Dawson’s Creek (long off the air) is still my go-to favorite. All that teen angst and drama? Are you kidding me? ADDICTED. Love, love that show!

Scrubs (off the air too but is totally on replay for me on Netflix).

Supernatural (hot brothers fighting demons and other monsters? Yes and please.)

Grey’s Anatomy


Teen Wolf (more hotness to admire)

Pretty Little Liars

Criminal Minds


(see, told you there were a lot)

As for movies…

I love The Notebook, Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite, 21 Jump Street, etc… It really just depends what I’m in the mood for.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t want anyone. I’m a loner, Dottie, a rebel. (Come on, you know Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, right? No? Of not, you need to get on that ASAP. ;))

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Italy. When my husband was stationed in Germany, Italy was our #1 desired vacation destination. Alas, life happened and we never made it there. I’d still like to go.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Incorrect usage of your/you’re, their/there/they’re, to/two/too, and then/than. It. Drives. Me. Crazy. Bad grammar in general makes me insane, but that especially.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Chinese! I looooooooove Chinese food.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Cinnamon and vanilla. Right now I have plug-ins that smell like Cinnabuns in my house and O.M.G. They’re fabulous.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I like pretty much everything except rap. Country is so-so—it really depends on the song as to whether or not I like it, but I don’t like any rap at all.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I wish I could wear yoga pants every second of every day.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  For ice cream or pudding: vanilla, for everything else: chocolate.
Silver or gold?  Silver
White wine or red wine? I don’t drink alcohol, so, neither?
Liquor or beer? Again, don’t drink. ;)
Coffee or tea?  Tea—must be the English in me!
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
For writing I prefer The Mortal Instruments. I have written one story for Twilight which is a Jasper/Bella (because southern gentlemen are WAY better than whiney, possessive boys ;)) AU, which I love. But I definitely prefer Jace and Clary.

For reading: Twilight. Mostly because there are SO MANY stories available in that fandom, and it is relatively easy to find a well written one. Though not so much Bella/Jasper fics, which is my true ship there.

What kind of environment do you write in?
Normally just my house. Sometimes I’ll go outside, but I’ve never written anywhere else. I might try some coffee shops or Barnes and Noble during NanoWriMo, just to shake things up, though.

Ever write in your PJs?
Every time!

How bout naked?
Nope. Never.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
Everywhere. It could be a song, an inspirational quote, a TV show, a movie, something someone says, an old memory, a photo. Anything. And it’s usually something really small. My fic Turbulence was inspired by the song Storm by Lifehouse.

Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Sure, doesn’t everyone?

Do you write on a schedule?
No way. I write whenever.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I always have a general idea of where a story starts, peaks, and ends. But that’s pretty much it. I wing the rest of it. I’ve tried outlining before, but if I get too much beyond the very vague plot arc it saps my creativity like a snap of the fingers. I need to “discover” much of the story as I go.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
No, not really. Unless you count my belief that outlining causes writer’s block, then yes. Lol.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another?
Angsty romance. I mean, is there any other kind?

Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Action. I think I suck at writing action scenes. (And I just don’t really think they’re very fun.)

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
I don’t think there’s anything specific about writing fanfics that’s hard. Maybe the expectation from readers? Sometimes fandom is very specific about how they think stories, characters, and plots should go. Even if you write AU they expect the characters to be those they already know. I get that. I just don’t follow that rule. ;)

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
It depends. The titles for my stories usually come to me before anything else. I have a title and that’s it. I remember when I thought up The Nine Consequences of One Night and a Door. I totally had that title before I even had the story! I was like: that’s a weird title. *Shrug* Let’s do this! For Shouldn’t, I went with chapter titles that started with “Re”. No idea why.

Which character do you identify with the most?
For TMI: Jace. Actually, I almost always identify with the male character most. I can’t tell you why. I just seem to connect with them more.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why?
Turbulence. I have a soft spot for this story and probably always will. I think maybe it’s because it was my very first time writing a contemporary story. Before that I’d always written paranormal or fantasy—both in original fiction and fanfiction. When I got the idea for Turbulence it was a giant leap from what I’d written before, and I just fell in love with those characters and that storyline. They are my babies.

Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Covert Casanova was really fun (and really hard). It was my first foray into suspense, and I’m not kidding when I say it was hard. All of those tiny clues… Toward the end I was nearly pulling my hair out, trying to connect everything and tie everything up. My poor beta had to talk me off the ledge several times. It is the one story I really wish I’d written as an original fiction instead of a fanfiction.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
I do. Mostly just my husband. Sometimes my dad asks about it too, but that’s about it.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
City of Ashes. Is it any wonder? That’s the most angsty of them all, in my opinion.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
When people tell me something made them cry. I love when they tell me they were moved to tears. It makes me feel like I’ve truly done my job getting the characters across.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Sigh. I don’t like it. I mean, who does? Honestly, I do feel bad every time. It’s like this tiny pang in my heart. But I just brush it aside and move on. You kind of have to.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
My favorite part of the TMI fandom is how enthusiastic the fans are. My least favorite part is probably the immaturity on the part of some people.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot. Write more. Ignore writing manuals and write what you want, HOW you want, because if you don’t love what you write no one else will either. Write for you first.

Have any recommendations?
:/ Not really. (Confession: I don’t read fics in the TMI fandom. Haha!)

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Twitter! @ddpjclaf

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
Thank you for having me!
Xoxo, ddpjclaf


Okay, so I *think* I’ve linked her twitter correctly. I just kinda maybe sorted started trying to almost use Twitter…and I’m still hopelessly lost on how to work it. I mainly scope my fave people pages for pics *shrug*. I’m also linking her account cause you seriously need to drop absolutely everything and go read her stories. Now. Stop reading this and go. Just go. :) Leave her love-cause she gives us Jace’s underwear…and towel Jace…and towelless Jace…so yeah. I want more so you gotta help a girl out!!! Thanks lovelies and happy reading!

One thought on “Author Spotlight: ddpjclaf

  1. By the angel!! I really love her stories too…and actually she can submit Covert Casanova to even though it’s a fanfic, just maybe she has to change the names?


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