Hey darlins! So, here’s another amazing author for you to check out.. She’s a relative newcomer to my fandoms, although she’s been writing for Twilight for a few years. But yeah, she’s…yeah. Awesome. She’s not afraid to take risks with her characters, which is hugely refreshing. I mean, I hate what actually happened in the story (she mentions it below so you’ll know what I mean) but it’s the way the story went…and it made sense. And I was so totally stoked that she took the chance. So yeah. Anyways, I’ll let you hear from her and I’ll see you below.
Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
My pen name is Malmo722 but my real name is Julia.
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m Canadian, 27 and I work in architecture. I’m not married and I have no kids but I do have a boyfriend that I love very much. We’ve been together for almost 5 years. That’s about it, I’m not exciting.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I read, watch TV, got to the movies, listen to music, cross stitch, hang out with friends, family and my boyfriend. My life is pretty basic.
What are some things you never leave home without?
My phone, headphones and money. Those are pretty much the only things I need. Sometimes a book if I don’t plan on writing.
What are some of your favorite books?
My favorite book is East of Eden by George Steinbeck. I’m also a big fan of all the works of Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk and Kurt Vonnegut.
Favorite TV shows and movies?
Movies: I love all the movies directed by David Fincher, I think he’s a perfect director and makes some of the best movies today. I also love Lost In Translation, American Beauty, The Cell, Reality Bites and That Thing You Do! There are more but we’d be here for days if I listed them all.
TV: I love Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Rec, Archer, True Blood, Breaking Bad, Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, Brooklyn 99, Friends – there are so many. I watch way too much TV.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Chris Evans because he’s stupid handsome and I feel like he would know how to build shelter.
Jennifer Lawrence to entertain me.
Bear Grylls because he knows how to survive in the wilderness.
What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
I’d love to go to Iceland. I’m very interested in all the Nordic countries and would to go to any of them.
Do you have any pet peeves?
People who chew with their mouths open, it makes my skin crawl.
What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
I love burgers, bacon, cherries and chocolate. I don’t really have a comfort food, I just love all food equally.
What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
I love the smell of freshly cut grass, clean laundry and lemons.
What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I love all kinds of rock, 90’s hip-hop and rap, boy bands, 90’s girl bands and electronica. I hate, hate, hate country music.
Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I am petrified of the shark from Finding Nemo. Like panic attack inducing afraid of him and sharks in general.
Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate because it’s delicious and vanilla is the worst.
Silver or gold? Silver because it looks better on my pale skin.
Apple or PC? I don’t really care as long as the computer works.
White wine or red wine? White wine.
Liquor or beer? Beer.
Coffee or tea? Tea – I come from an English background so tea.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep and I have never gotten along. I go to bed late and wake up early.
Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
It depends on what I’m in love with at the time. I started in the Twilight fandom but now I switch back and forth from True Blood and Sherlock.
What kind of environment do you write in?
I write in all environments, I write at home, on the subway, at work, everywhere. If I have a free moment I’m usually writing. I usually write better if I can listen to music.
Ever write in your PJs?
How bout naked?
Probably, I love being naked so I’ve probably written naked.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Usually they are fantasies, something I wish was true but isn’t. Summer Nights was inspired by a dream. One of my Twilight fics, Not Dark Yet, was inspired by a Snow Patrol song. Music inspires almost everything I write.
I do pull from real life, people always say to write what you know, so I write what I know. Of course, not huge events but tiny nuances.
Do you write on a schedule?
No, I find if I’m pressured to write I won’t produce a quality product.
Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I try plan out my stories but it never really turns out the way I want it to. Summer Nights is not going to end the way I originally planned. I hope it all turns out for the best.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
I always thank my readers in my A/N.
Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I like romance but I also like writing science fiction and horror. I also love writing about people who are famous and their lives behind the scenes. I love dialogue, I think banter is my strength.
I suck at writing smut. At least I think I do.
What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
It sucks when something in your story changes but it conflicts with something that’s already been posted, you can’t go back and change it to create a more fluid story.
Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I usually use song titles unless something comes to me. I find titling my stories and chapters incredibly difficult. Usually if a song influences a chapter that becomes the chapters name.
Which character do you identify with the most?
A little bit of myself is in all the characters I write so I find it easy to identify with all of them. Usually whatever POV I’m writing from is the character I identify with most.
Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
I love writing romance but I also enjoy sci-fi, horror, angst and drama. My favorite story concept wise is Not Dark Yet. I wrote it in the Twilight fandom and its about the last survivors of the zombie apocalypse, all the characters have abilities and it’s about them trying to find a safe haven. If I was ever to write original fiction, I would create a series based off of this.
Do you talk to your family about your writing?
I don’t go into details because I’m still rather embarrassed by my writing but yes I talk to them all the time about it. My mom used to actually read some of it. They are very supportive and love that I have found something I love so much.
What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
Like most in the True Blood fandom I love book four/season 4. I am an Eric lover and this highlights him in a way that I like. I think they really dropped the ball with Eric, I think he was one of the most interesting characters and they just kind of wrote him off because, you know, Bill and Sookie just had to be together in the show. I never finished the books to be honest.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
I’ve received many but I always like when people tell me I’m a good enough writer to write actual fiction. It actually makes me really want to try to write original works.
How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
It depends on what it is. If it’s actually constructive criticism I listen. Usually people tell me that my grammar and spelling isn’t very good, it’s my most common criticism, but I try very hard to be better. I know I’ll never be flawless at it but I improve with every chapter I write.
If its just non-sense or people being mean for the sake of being mean, I ignore it.
What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
In the True Blood fandom, I hate how much everyone hate Bill. I hate him, I do but I had Sookie sleep with him in a story because it made sense for her to and I lost readers. I just think it’s crazy. In the Twilight fandom I hate how the most popular stories always feature the most weak version of Bella and in the Sherlock fandom I hate the lack of AU. They are always detective stories and I wish people would write outside of that more. In general, I prefer fan fiction that is nothing like the actual canon.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
It doesn’t matter how many reviews you have, it doesn’t matter if someone doesn’t like it, it doesn’t matter if you aren’t an amazing writer, if you love it, just keep writing. When it comes down to it you are the most important part of your writing and when you stop writing for yourself and start writing for reviews or what others will think is when it stops being fun and you’ll start to hate it.
Have any recommendations?
In the True Blood fandom I’m finding it hard to find stories I actually like. I started reading one call Sweet Home Louisiana by Melodious Nocturn and Sookie the Vampire Slayer by Sleepy Lotus. In the Sherlock fandom there is a story called Performance in a Leading Role by Mad Lori is probably the best fan fiction I have ever read.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
Thanks so much for asking! I had a lot of fun doing this.
So yeah. She’s awesome and you should really go read her stuff. Leave her some love cause everyone loves to be loved! :) Enjoy lovelies!