Author Spotlight: Princess Brigant

Okay here’s another one from September 2013. Again with the absurdly appropriate head hanging…

*Edit: I was reminded a few dozen times this morning that Princess Brigant sadly passed away awhile back. She lost her battle with cancer, which leaves our fandom short a truly great writer. My condolences go out to her family and friends.

I AM leaving this spotlight up though. She deserves the recognition, even posthumously. So still read her stuff-it won’t be finished, but it’s still entirely worth the read. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Hi Kelly, you may address me as her majesty, the princess Brigant. ;-)

So, tell me a little about yourself.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Apart from being treated like a servant girl, rather than like a lady worthy of my title, I love to read FanFiction and going to the cinema.  I’m not sure I should admit to the shopping addiction as well as spending inordinate amounts of time trawling for Skarsporn.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My iPhone, mini- first aid kit (I hate being unprepared) and my wits.

What are some of your favorite (non-SVM) books?
I used to be a huge fan of both Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwells books. I enjoy the detailed medical/psychological aspects.  My first proper read as a teenager was actually a series of books that really got me hooked on reading. It’s not very intellectual but Virginia Andrews ‘Flowers in the attic’ got my imagination going. Recently though I got into J.R.Ward and The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Favorite (non-True Blood) TV shows and movies?
TV – Sherlock, Bones, Silent Witness (like Bones but not funny), The Amazing World of Gumball and The Inbetweeners

Movies – anything involving the Marvel Avengers – they’re just yummy!  Most period dramas like P&P, S&S, Emma, The Pianist and far too many more to list.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Bear Grylls (he’s ‘the survival man’), Alex Skarsgard (do I need a reason?), Stephen Fry ((he’s super witty and knows about everything).

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Iceland – I’m fascinated by Earth science and would love to see a volcano in action.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Bad manners, bad spelling (when the option to electronically spellcheck is there) and auto text.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
My hair hasn’t been its natural colour for 27yrs (yes, I’m older than that…considerably). I’ve been all sorts but black. It once went green – Sun-In and chlorine water don’t mix well.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? both – cant decide
Silver or gold?  Silver – even though my wedding ring is gold
Apple or PC? Apple
White wine or red wine? Neither – I’m pretty much tee-total
Liquor or beer? – ditto
Coffee or tea? – am/pm
Sleep in or get up early? would love to sleep in but am forced to get up early

Okay, now for the good stuff.
Why and when did you start writing fanfics?
I first started reading Twilight fanfics in FF.net and then discovered True Blood on tv, which then got me started on the books and FF simultaneously. I love being able to read different versions of a story, or in Twilights case; a more mature version where Edward actually isn’t such a virgin pussy. (That might have been my hormones). My own imagination just fired up and from then on I thought I’d give it a go. It’s much harder than I expected.

Besides SVM/True Blood, is there another book, TV show or movie that you would write for?
I’ve done Twilight, but that was just because I wanted a sexier story. I’m thinking of writing some original supernatural fiction. I only write my own FF if the original is broken.

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 make notes on my iPhone or iPad but tend to write on a pc (at work – naughty girl), or a laptop.

Ever write in your PJs?
I’ve been known to get up in the night if I can’t sleep, so yes pj’s or nightshirt.

How bout naked? :o)
Never naked – I wouldn’t want to frighten the kids or neighbours!

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I have to say that apart from the books or show, my inspiration comes from a need to change things to suit me or an ideal I have. A teensy bit in the beginning was reading too many stories that had great plots but the spelling was so awful, I had to stop. I’d like to think that my age plays a part in the maturity of the characters (even though I’m young at heart). Also, the whole romance genre is a way for me to get some romance in my life. The husband has never been good at that.  (Violins at the ready).

Do you write on a schedule? If you do, how do you keep to that schedule?
As my readers are well aware, there’s no schedule. I have quite a few personal commitments and only write when fate allows time and mood to cross over. I could go weeks, then only a few days. I’m unreliable!

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
A bit of both but mostly write as it comes. I have an idea of the story in my head, make some notes, dream about scenes, make more notes, then sit down and bash it out.

How do you deal with potential writers block?
I do suffer from it occasionally, time is the only way I can deal with it. The conditions for writing have to be just so. I suffer with depression and I’m sure that and the meds have a huge part to play in that.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
I have to have absolute quiet when I write and usually a cuppa at my side. I’m not sure if its a superstition but I believe in not forcing myself to sit down and write. It’s likely it’ll be crap. I just go with the flow and write when the mood is right.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I think I have a pretty good sense of humour, but find comedy hard. I like writing romance but do struggle with sex scenes. I don’t always want to write the details (even though I like reading them in other FF). There’s just such a chasm between twee and porn you know? Her flower/her cunt, for example. I’m not one for writing ‘her sex’ it’s too Barbs Cartland for me!

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
See above! And just finding the time. Occasionally I can be a bit over sensitive and let a harsh review stall me.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I don’t tend to give the chapters names, but when I do it’s always at the end of writing. I let the tone of the chapter inspire me.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Even though I don’t write her much, I love Pam. She’s tough and determined to get her way. She escaped a repressive era where women were chattel and had no rights. I get why she is the way she is. Sookie is always more mature and level headed in my stories. Book and tv Sookie is immature and judgemental.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
At the moment I’m focussing on WBOTBH as I want my own HEA after the bullshit that’s emerged about DEA recently. I’m putting DVL  on the back burner til I’m in the mood again. I prefer to write AU non human. To that end, I think my next project will be The Hunted (first chapter in WP site) as I’m just chock full of ideas for that.

Do you talk to your family about your writing? How do they feel about it?
My family and friends know I write, but only a couple of friends have read my stuff. They are very complementary. My other half doesn’t like vampire books/movies so him reading my stuff is pointless. Plus I’d have to put pictures and shit about cars/footie/lesbians to get him interested (think a British version of Jason).

Which is your favorite SVM book? Favorite True Blood episode?
I can’t say honestly that any of the books are my fave. I read them out if necessity to aid my story writing. It was the TV show that inspired me. I would say that seasons 1-4 were my fave but if I had to pick one episode it would be when Eric and Sookie make love in the woods. Seasons 5 was diabolical and I can’t see 6 being any better.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
All of them are fantastic, but generally the one liners are the best. They’re normally saying how much they loved the chapter and can’t wait to read more. Exactly the same as I would put for a story review. So, that makes me chuffed to bits.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
It’s a difficult area. I’m quite a sensitive person in the sense that I hate unkindness and confrontation. Everyone has an opinion but am not sure that giving a negative review can be at all helpful to the writer. Even if it does contain constructive criticism. Not everyone words their CC well so it doesn’t always have the effect they intended. Some readers are downright bitches, but put that down to immaturity. I don’t mind, but I’ve had a couple of comments for my last chapter that say they don’t like the change of direction. They need to be patient as it will all come back around. I do hate it though, when readers tell you what they’d like to happen! It doesn’t work like that!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Only work on publishing one story at a time unless you don’t have any other commitments. Make notes if you have an idea for another story and bank it. Make skeleton notes for the whole story. Write what you want, don’t be dictated to. Don’t demand reviews, that’s just rude. SPELLCHECK!

Have any recommendations? What are you reading at the moment?
I read loads online when I have the time and am not in the mood to write. See my faves on WordPress and FF.net. I live Texanlady and all the biggies like Missy Dee/allabouteric etc. I read whatever alerted chapter pops into my mailbox.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
I’m on FanFiction.net and have a WordPress blog under the author name Princess Brigant.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
You’re very welcome. I feel honoured to be asked.

 

So yeah, again go find her with the links and leave her some love! :)

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