So, here’s another spotlight that has been sitting in my google drive…since September 2013. *hangs head in shame* Let’s get right to it…it’s been long enough!!!
Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
My real name is Ashley but you folks know me as Middaydark: the previously M.I.A fanfiction writer of Slept Like the Dead.
So, tell me a little about yourself.
Well, I’m 29 and married to a wonderful man. No children yet but hoping soon. We have a dog, live near the Canadian Rockies, and are avid outdoor types. I have recently completed an original novel, called Superstition, which is now in agents’ and publishers’ hands. Just last week I completed a promotional plan for a small press and hoping for a contract!
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I love to read, obviously the SVM are at the top of that list though I’m firmly in the not-too-happy with CH camp. I also enjoy cooking, camping, travel when I can afford it, and I play the piano to relax.
What are some things you never leave home without?
My phone (particularly now that I’m getting reviews again lol) lip gloss, wallet, keys, and hair elastics. The usual stuff.
What are some of your favorite (non-SVM) books?
I love the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series by George R.R. Martin. I also love ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ by Patrick Rothfuss, ‘The Magicians’ series by Lev Grossman, and the ‘All Souls’ trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I still love the Harry Potter books too.
Favorite (non-True Blood) TV shows and movies?
Game of Thrones, Modern Family, The Borgias. I used to love Deadwood and Rome back when they aired. Spartacus is fun too. I will always have a special love for Charmed.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
I think I would be slapped if I didn’t say Skarsgaard so yeah, Alexander for looking at. Actually, after five years of having a fangirl crush on Eric I had my first ever dream about him last night. It must be because of the fact that I’m writing again. Too much information?
Patrick Rothfuss (the aforementioned writer) just to know what happens in the last book and to tell me other stories. That guy is talented.
As for the third, I really had to think eventually came up with Dustin Clare. He played Gannicus on Spartacus. Go see a picture of him (as Gannicus) for yourself.
What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Do you have any pet peeves?
I really can’t tolerate unnecessary rudeness.
Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I am originally from Newfoundland. There is a very cool Viking settlement there!
Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? I’ll take both.
Silver or gold? I’ve always been a silver girl. I was a bit of a gypsy growing up with tons of silver rings on all my fingers.
Apple or PC? I’m a PC
White wine or red wine? Red red red
Liquor or beer? Beer if I’m at a pub, rum otherwise.
Coffee or tea? Coffee. In fact, I’m going to go pour another right now.
Sleep in or get up early? I used to always get up early before I met my husband. Now we are both night owls who sleep in.
Okay, now for the good stuff.
Why and when did you start writing fanfics?
I started writing fanfiction back in 2008. I was waiting for book 9 to come out, True Blood had just started airing…thoughts of Bon Temps were definitely on my mind. I was infatuated with the entire concept of the series. I remember the actual day I started Slept Like the Dead. I had been reading someone else’s fic, Terri Botta’s Let Love In I think (a classic!) when I decided to try my hand at it as well.
Besides SVM/True Blood, is there another book, TV show or movie that you would write for?
No I don’t think so.
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 take notes but mainly I write on the laptop.
Ever write in your PJs?
All the time.
How bout naked?
Yes, I’m ashamed to admit that I do.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I think it’s inevitable that you find a little inspiration from real life, but the majority is pure imagination. I think for me, I have to be really interested in something to write about it. So I guess you could say I pull on my interests.
Do you write on a schedule? If you do, how do you keep to that schedule?
I’ve proven that I don’t write on a schedule. Ha-ha sorry for the huge three year gap! I’m trying to change that, though. I was much better at writing consistently when I was working on my novel.
Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I’m a pantser through and through. I like to have a general idea of where the story is going but otherwise I let myself get caught up in the story as it unfolds.
How do you deal with potential writers block?
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Not especially, though maybe I should look into that. The only thing I can do as a writer is write. I’ve tried many different things but it all comes down to just sitting at the computer and typing until something interesting happens.
Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I have difficulty with conflict. Worldbuilding is easy for me; concept is pretty easy as well. But I really have to force myself to write conflict (especially where Sookie and Eric are concerned because I just want them to be happy!)
What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Writing chapters that are long enough to satisfy readers and writing frequently enough.
Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I don’t give my chapters titles. It is something I would consider for a future fanfic though if I ever wrote another one.
Which character do you identify with the most?
Obviously I love Sookie, and Eric. I also have a soft spot for Pam. I think I identify with some of Sookie’s beliefs but I think she should work on her stubbornness.
Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
I’ve only written one fanfic so far. There are things I love about it and things that I would like to go back and change. It’s been five years since I started writing it; I was only 24 when I published the first chapter! I don’t think I would have them fall into bed with each other so easily at the very beginning. But then, I was starved for some Sookie and Eric resolution which is why I wrote it in the first place. I do enjoy the occasional humor of Slept Like the Dead. It’s hard to say what I like because honestly I’m pretty critical of my own work.
Do you talk to your family about your writing? How do they feel about it?
I certainly do. My husband is very supportive and has been telling me for years to finish the story. My parents and friends know I write fanfiction but don’t know my online name, thankfully, because I would probably die of embarrassment if my mother read Slept Like the Dead.
As for my novel, my family and friends have been invaluable in providing me with emotional support and getting me out of the house during the difficult chapters. I feel pretty lucky that way. It wasn’t always so, but once everyone knew that I was serious about writing it got easier.
Which is your favorite SVM book? Favorite True Blood episode?
My favorite books in the SVM series are Dead to the World and All Together Dead. My favorite True Blood episode is I Wish I Was the Moon.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
It’s a compliment every time someone says they enjoy the story! In terms of standout reviews, I recently had a very flattering review which stated that they see more growth in my rendition of Sookie than in Charlaine Harris’ after 13 years. That was pretty incredible. I think it was largely because of the upheaval surrounding the final book but it made my day.
How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Most of the criticism I receive (and rightly so!) is due to the gap between chapters. All other criticism I try to take in stride. If someone has a legitimate suggestion for improving the story then I’m happy to hear about it. If they are complaining just to complain, well, that’s different.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
My advice would be to read anything you can get your hands on! Try to read different genres too, not just your favorites. That way, when you sit down to write you’ll have much more to draw on. If you find it hard writing the steamy scenes, read a romance novel. I promise it will help!
Also, regardless of whether you are writing fanfic, a blog, a newspaper article, or even a book to be published, believe in yourself! Sit down and write. And never listen to people who think you are crazy for doing something you are passionate about.
Have any recommendations? What are you reading at the moment?
In the fanfiction world? I’m an unabashed fan of Morgaine Swann’s Late. I like Addicted to Love, and The Arrangement, too. Death Eating a Cracker was an all-time favorite but that’s long since completed. So was Let Love In. To be honest I’m not that current on what’s good right now. Do you have any suggestions for me?
And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
I keep a pretty low profile online. You can toss me a line on fanfiction if you like! I’d be glad to hear from you!
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
So, forgive the sparse linking, but again…this is seriously old. Follow to her ff profile if ya like though and leave her some love!!!!