Again, an interview from September 2013. Le sigh. Just go read. :)
Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Im2xshy, but you can also call me Anne Marie.
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m 38 years old. I’ve been married for 14 years and my husband and I have a 9-year old son. When I graduated from high school, I went to college for a little while and majored in journalism. Eager to get on with my life, I dropped out of college and went to work for lawyers. I’ve been doing that ever since. I got back into writing, wow, 8 years ago when The West Wing ended and I started writing fan fiction. Last year, I enrolled in college again on line and am pursuing a Creative Writing – Fiction degree.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Well, as a creative writing major, I don’t get a lot of time nowadays to creatively write! LOL! Work, school, school, family, read, school…
What are some things you never leave home without?
My Kindle. I don’t go ANYWHERE without it! When I have some downtime, I read a lot. One of the best ways to learn to write is read, read, read!
What are some of your favorite (non-SVM) books?
Anything by Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Heather Graham. I’ve also started reading some Indie authors too.
Favorite (non-True Blood) TV shows and movies?
Once Upon a Time!!
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Alexander Skaarsgaard because in my boredom, I’ll need someone pretty to look at; Justin Timberlake, because well, he’s Justin Timberlake and doesn’t take himself seriously, so someone’s got to be around to keep things light, and the guy that played MacGuyver because hopefully he picked stuff up along the way and can figure out how to get us OFF the island!
What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Do you have any pet peeves?
Those jerks on the highway that cut in front of the line of traffic at the last possible second, making 30 cars behind them slam on their brakes and cause accidents. I hate those people! You don’t have made Ninja driving skills, a**hole! You’re reckless and you just crashed a mini-van with kids in it!
Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I’m totally afraid of the dark.
Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla.
Silver or gold? Silver. I’m obsessed with Tiffany & Co.
Apple or PC? Apple. I just bought a MacBook Pro for school and publishing and this thing
is totally off the chain!
White wine or red wine? I’m an oenophile. Both!!
Liquor or beer? Beer.
Coffee or tea? Both. I’ll start off my day with coffee and then recharge with tea.
Sleep in or get up early? Well, I’m an insomniac so I’m usually up early. Given the choice, I’d prefer sleeping in.
Okay, now for the good stuff.
Why and when did you start writing fanfics?
When The West Wing ended because I was totally heartbroken. It’s the only show that I watched from the pilot through the series finale religiously. It’s the first show that ever left me.
Besides SVM/True Blood, is there another book, TV show or movie that you would write for?
Write for as in professionally? Once Upon a Time.
What kind of environment do you write in?
Well, I’ll write when I have downtime at work, so that’s not that quiet of an environment. At home, I write in my den and my kid is usually in here with me watching a movie or playing with his Legos or on his computer. He’s not all that quiet! Do you prefer using a pen and paper, a computer or some sort of mobile device to write? Computer, always!
Ever write in your PJs?
How bout naked? :o)
Ha! Can’t say I’ve tried that one!
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I find inspiration everywhere! It could be in song lyrics, a small part of a book that didn’t get expanded upon and I thought it should, life experiences. Usually one scene of a story just pops in my head and I build the entire fic around that one idea.
Do you write on a schedule? If you do, how do you keep to that schedule?
Well, it used to be that I wrote when inspiration hit and I’d be totally consumed by the story. Lately, I’ve been trying to keep myself on something of a schedule to at least write 2,000 words a week. I can do it all in one sitting on a weekend, or work on it a little at a time throughout the week. I’m currently working on my first novel. It’s 21,000 words so far and I’m about half way through the story, which will be the first in a four book series. So, I’m doing my damndest to keep with a schedule.
Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I am SO jealous of writers that can draft up an outline and stick with them, but that’s never been for me. I just write. Sometimes, the characters take your story in a new and better direction than you intended, so I write whatever comes to me in that moment.
How do you deal with potential writers block?
Depends on what I’m blocked on. If the thought is there and I’m just trying to work out the dialog or wording, I might open solitaire and do something brainless for a while. Reading helps a lot too, usually stuff in the genre I’m writing, also wine does wonders for the creative juices! Usually drinking wine puts me in a smutty mood.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Nope. Unless you count rereading what I wrote in my last writing session before writing the next part.
Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Oh definitely! Writing vampire fanfiction was much easier than writing political stuff! I’m not that great at writing things that required science, which is rough because my original series contains eternal youth, and well, I have to explain how that is possible. So technical writing doesn’t come all that easy to me.
What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
The fact that I don’t own them! That didn’t come up with the idea.
Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I’m terrible at titles generally speaking, but it was a little easier in the SVM/True Blood world because CH used ‘dead’ in all her book titles, so I stuck with that. Usually, I try to get the title from the text of the story somewhere. They often don’t make sense.
Which character do you identify with the most?
Pam is the first character that pops into my mind. She’s loyal. In my personal life, I do my best to never screw anyone over. Also, True Blood Pam has the mouth of a druken sailor. As an original Jersey Girl, I can get very unladylike when mad. When she said “fucktarded,” I laughed so hard I cried!
Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why?
As Good As Dead. I’m really proud of how that came out. I hit a certain stride with that right from chapter one and it’s probably my best writing to date.
Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Dead On. I liked the idea that since Sookie is part fairy, she’d have a longer life span and thus, get to be with Eric longer.
Do you talk to your family about your writing? How do they feel about it?
I don’t talk to my family about the fanfiction. I don’t think they would understand why I would write about other people’s characters, but I think it’s a great way to hone writing skills, working with characters and stories you know well. I do talk to my family about my original writing and they’re supportive. I have friends in the fanfiction world that I talk about that writing with.
Which is your favorite SVM book?
All Together Dead. <<gasp>> Scandal! I know, it’s not Dead to the World.
Favorite True Blood episode?
Just one??? Hmmm…the season 4 premiere. We saw right up close and in Technicolor how loyal Eric was. That’s one of the main reasons why I love All Together Dead best.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
When somebody tells me they’ve read it more than once!
How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Criticism? There’s people who don’t like my stuff??? Just kidding. When someone is overly critical, I think it just means that they weren’t in my target audience and stumbled on my story. You will never please everybody.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Do NOT give up! Read all you can. If you like writing vampire fiction, then read all the vampire fiction you can and see what other authors are doing in your genre. Do not let anybody tell you not to pursue your passion because the field is too competitive. There is no way to know what story will take off, when, and why. Why shouldn’t the next Charlaine Harris be you? I mean, hell, look at the Fifty Shades of Grey series (which I haven’t read), who in the world would have thought that would be so popular? Most important: WRITE THE STORY YOU WOULD WANT TO READ! Your writing is guided by you. You shouldn’t forget your readers because they brought you to the party, but don’t betray the story you wanted to tell because popular reader opinion tries to sway you in a specific direction.
Have any recommendations? What are you reading at the moment?
I am currently reading a book called The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. When I’m done with that, I was thinking I’d either start on Charlaine Harris’ Shakespeare series or J.D. Robb’s In Death series.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
Thanks for thinking of me! This was a lot of fun!
So there you have it lovelies! Go check out her stuff…it’s all complete so that’s a plus. :)