Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are? (Real name optional, pen name for sure, thanks!)
Hello, Kelpie! I’m SephCurrentDaughterofPoseidon, but you can call me Kaitlyn, it’s much easier.
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m a 17 year old high-school senior. I love to read write, though most people (including myself) think that I’m dyslexic. I am ADD, and way to easily distracted. I plan on going to college and majoring in Biology and going to medical school afterward. I actually feel very awkward telling people things about myself, which is why this probably seems kind of choppy.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I study a lot, work with my grandmother, spend time with my family, text my friends (though, I do this when I’m writing too), I read a lot, and, depending on the time of year, I might watch a little TV.
What are some things you never leave home without?
My phone, my glasses (sadly), my trusty Daryl Dixon wallet, a pair of Skull Candy headphones, and my clothes, of course.
What are some of your favorite books?
Harry Potter will always be #1 in my heart. Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Divergent Trilogy, Hunger Games (excluding Mockingjay) Trilogy, The Maze Runner Trilogy, The Inheritance Cycle, Fallen series by Lauren Kate (so waiting eagerly for this movie!), Uglies series, Leviathan, The Lord of the Rings, Undead, and Unfed.
Favorite TV shows and movies?
TV Shows: The Walking Dead, all the way. I just love it so much! The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Teen Wolf, and Tosh Point-O.
Movies: The Maze Runner (current obsession), Divergent, The Mortal Instruments, Avengers, Thor, Thor II, Red Dawn, Clash of the Titians, Immortals, The Mummy series, Iron Man I-III, Captain America I and II, Percy Jackson I and II, The A-Team, Grown Ups,
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
I would have Chris Hemsworth, because he would keep me entertained by walking around without a shirt. Then I would have JK Rowling, so she could use the time that we were stranded to start a prequel to the Harry Potter series. And lastly, I would have Cassandra Clare because I need her advice on character development with people like Jace! So, yeah, the food is going to have to magically appear on its own, and so is shelter.
What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
France, because I want to see all of the huge cathedrals that were put up during the different periods throughout history. (Slight architect junkie at the moment)
Do you have any pet peeves?
When people do something stupid and then act offended or confused when you get angry at them. It makes me angry enough to want to start throwing things around. Other than that, obnoxiously loud noises and ringtones that people make for no reason.
What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
I love noodles. They are like the best thing ever…noodles and bread are just unbeatable. In any combination. I don’t really care how. I am a sweets person for comfort food, but shockingly, I don’t really do ice cream much, I’ll take brownies, I guess…chocolate brownies.
What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
The smell of my vanilla cupcake candle that I got like a year ago. It is just so amazing.
What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I am partial to rock, but I can listen to just about anything that isn’t rap or country. I don’t like either genre, which is really strange, considering that my family tilts either way, and I’m standing in the middle with the rocker vibe, like a weirdo.
Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I hate the feeling of chalk.
Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
Silver or gold? Silver
Apple or PC? PC
White wine or red wine? White wine (though, I’ve never had either)
Liquor or beer? Liquor
Coffee or tea? Coffee (I live off this stuff like air)
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in!
Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
At the moment it’s TMI/TID, but I normal drift around a lot. I went from Percy Jackson to The Walking Dead, to Harry Potter, to TMI, sometimes I go to Resident Evil, and Divergent, and I’ve been looking into the Maze Runner a bit too.
What kind of environment do you write in?
Normally in my room. I like writing when I’m by myself, no matter what I’m working on. Though, if I have to, I can write just about anywhere. I’ve written on my phone in a full car with everyone talking without any headphones to take away from the noise. Yes, it was painful.
Ever write in your PJs?
All the time. Actually, it’s preferred.
How bout naked?
Never done it, and I don’t think I ever will.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I find inspiration through everything, actually. It’s hard to explain, I don’t pull inspiration for a story from just one source. That would be impossible. I have gotten them from music, from tid-bits of conversation that I’ve heard, a random thought that has appeared into my head, from how someone that I know has acted before. I’ve have gotten them from pictures, daydreams, dreams, shows, movies, I’m pretty sure one time I even got a bit from a glare that I saw someone give.
Do I put real life into my stories?
No, everything that I put into stories comes from my head. It may have been inspired by something that came from real life, but it never comes out as anything close. I don’t think that real life should be put into a fanfiction.
Do you write on a schedule?
No. Sadly, I don’t. I want to…like really bad, but I can’t. If I don’t write whenever I think of something, I’ll end up forgetting it. I don’t know how many times I’ve been stumped on a chapter because I forgot what I was supposed to be writing.
Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
It really does depend on the story. On Snowed In, it’s definitely been me just writing whatever has come to my head. With “What are Friends For?” it was like that at first, but around ten chapters or so in, I started getting a feel for the story and I knew what I wanted to happen.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Not really, though I have noticed that when I play music when I write, my writing seems to reflect the songs that I’m listening to.
Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I’m sucky at writing anything overly sad, like tragedy or angst. I’ve never really written for the genre, I’m much more centered on writing something more upbeat and fun.
What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
I’m a pretty disorganized person, so I’m going to say getting everything together in my head before it all starts. It’s the hardest to do, even if getting the ideas for everything is pretty easy.
Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Somewhat, but not really. Sometimes, it involves reading over everything that I have and trying to summarize it all in a few words. But other times I am talking to my friends, asking them to help with the names on the chapters.
Which character do you identify with the most?
At the moment, I think I might identify the most with Clary when I write with her. She’s awesome. And I just love her, and I can so understand why she loves Jace so much.
Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
My favorite to write has probably been my Percy Jackson Fic, Electrifying Currents It’s been my favorite action-wise, but I do have a new TMI Fic that I’m starting to write that might be my favorite concept wise. It’s about Zombies, which are always fun!
Do you talk to your family about your writing?
No, I don’t.
What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
At the moment, I would say that the City of Heavenly Fire was my favorite, but I might change my mind as soon as I get my hands on the Bane Chronicles.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
I had someone review and tell me that I was their absolute favorite author that they loved all of my stories, and if I didn’t update soon, they would die. Slightly concerning, but altogether very sweet.
How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Depending on the level, I either take it to heart and listen to what they said, because they’re most likely right. If it’s harsh, just to be harsh, I roll my eyes, laugh and keep writing. If it’s amusing enough, I might even share it with some of my friends.
What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
My favorite part would have to be the fact that there are so many stories in the fandoms. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have so many good choices to pick from. I don’t really know what my least favorite part would be, I don’t really have one.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just keep writing. It’s the only way that anyone ever gets better. I guess that’s all I can really say: Practice makes perfect.
Have any recommendations?
Definitely A tale of Two by Simplymoshingintomorodor…actually anything by her would be amazing, and Project Marriage by Thalia Marie Grace. They’re both amazing.
And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Sadly, I’m pretty nonexistent when it comes to any kind of social media, so if you want to stalk or talk to me, just send me a PM.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!