Author Spotlight: Kodabear18

Hey lovelies! Another brand spanking new author spotlight for ya today! *I’m in a weird mood, ignore me* Except, don’t ignore me cause you really need to hear about this chick.

She’s so frickin awesome. I absolutely LOVE her story The Fallen and drop everything whenever I see an update. Seriously. It ridiculous. I nearly overheated in the sauna the other day when I couldn’t stop reading. :/ That.good. So yeah, I still have yet to read her other two stories because I have had endless amounts of crap to do, but they are on my list and I absolutely cannot wait! Just like I’ll bet you can’t wait for me to shut up.

*zips lips*

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
My real name is Bekah, but I go by Kodabear18 on Fanfiction.net.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
Well, I am in High-school. I have three dogs –one of which my pen-name comes from. And I like to think that I’m awesome! (But my family may say otherwise…)

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I read most of my free-time –when I’m not writing, but I also like to sketch and paint with acrylics sometimes. :D

What are some things you never leave home without?
Whatever book I am currently reading, along with my IPhone (whom I have taken to naming Benny).

What are some of your favorite books?
Anything written by Cassandra Clare, Lord of the Rings, The entire LUX series, Star Wars, Little Women (I read this when I was little, and it just kind of stuck :}), Harry Potter… I could literally go on all day. I read A LOT.

Also, does Death Note count as a book? ‘Cause it’s a manga, but… *shrugs*

Favorite TV shows and movies?
I am currently obsessed with The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Doctor Who, Supernatural, The Office, and Game of Thrones TV-show wise. And I really like anything horror-related movie-wise –zombies, vampires, apocalyptic, etc. :D

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
David Boreanaz, because he is not only exceptionally delicious-looking, but he has played a ton of badass characters and would most likely know what to do. Also, I just really like him. Even if he is more than double my age… *sobs*

Jennifer Lawrence, because… why not? She’s just really awesome, and she would probably help keep everybody calm by cracking jokes about food every five minutes.

Bear Grylls. He’s the most sensible person, to me, to be on a deserted island with. He would probably be my only hope for living for more than three days, and he might actually know how to get OFF of the island. See? I can think rationally if I try…

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Prague!!! I’d actually love to live in Prague, but sadly I’m stuck in the U.S. for a few more years. I totally freaked out when Cassandra Clare mentioned Prague in City of Lost Souls though, I have to say… like, I had a total fangirl-attack, and started screaming. My parents were not only concerned for my mental health, but they feared that our neighbors might’ve called the police. They didn’t though, thankfully.

Do you have any pet peeves?
I CANNOT STAND it when people confuse ‘they’re’ with ‘their’. Or ‘your’ with ‘you’re’. Especially when said people are in high-school, and have been learning how to spell words correctly for YEARS!!! It makes me want to put my fist through a wall. But I usually don’t end up doing that, obviously… Also, I’m slightly OCD when it comes to correct grammar. Y’know, if you didn’t gather that already.

I also hate it when people mistreat books. My sister once threw away the dust-jacket of a really good book, and I just about murdered her. I slapped her numerous times on her arm, and she even had the nerve to laugh about it!

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
I could literally live off of pizza. It’s my favorite. And I’d have to say either ice-cream for my comfort food, or hot-Cheetos. It really depends on the mood I’m in.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
It’s a three-way tie between Sandalwood; the smell of evergreens in the springtime –I know, I’m weird; and Old Spice. I really like all three of those though, so…

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I like punk-rock and classic-rock. Really anything that’s loud and has a good drum solo somewhere in the mix. My favorites, though, are Sleeping with Sirens, Framing Hanley, Mayday Parade, and Green Day. But my list is far too long to actually list here.

I hate, LOATHE, country music. It just sounds tang-y, and annoying, and… *sigh* And a lot of people find me completely weird when I say this, because I live in a town that has tons of farms and country-people in it. Everybody else seems to like that tang-y stuff, but it makes me cringe!

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I could be classified as ‘anti-social’. And I would totally agree with that classification.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate for ice-cream, and vanilla for most everything else.
Silver or gold? Silver, all the way.
Apple or PC? Apple for phones and tablets; PC for computers. (Unless you’re into music-editing, then I’d pick Apple for computers)
White wine or red wine? I’ve never had either, but I guess that I’d choose red wine. It just gives me a good ‘vibe’.
Liquor or beer? Again, never had either. But if I had to choose, it’d be liquor. My best-friend’s dad used to drink beer every now and then, and it smelled disgusting.
Coffee or tea?  Coffee. I would be a complete zombie without it.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in during summer and fall; get up early during winter and spring. (I like to watch it snow in the mornings during the last two seasons so…)

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
The Mortal Instruments!!! I’ve never actually read anything besides TMI, and I’ve never written for anything else. :D

What kind of environment do you write in?
I turn on music and plop down onto my giant-beanbag. Simple, yet comfy.

Ever write in your PJs?
How else would I?

How bout naked?
No… unless you count under my clothes, then yes. Yes, I have.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I just write what I feel, really. If I’m happy, sad, slightly depressed… it all ends up somehow in my writing. And no, I don’t normally bring my life into my writing. My life is really boring, so… there’s not a lot to write about.

Do you write on a schedule?
I try to, but I usually just end up writing whenever I feel inspired.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I usually have an idea in mind as of what I want the main plot to be, but then I just end up winging it. I’m really bad at conforming to one single idea, and if I try to follow a plan I’ll usually end up changing everything, so… yeah. I just normally end up writing what I feel like, and then adding things when I edit my stories at the end.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Not really. I do like to listen to music or a movie while I write, though. So, I guess that counts, right?

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I’d like to think that I’m good at writing humor and comedy, but I don’t really know. I do know though, that I’m not very great at writing romance. I just normally feel awkward writing it, but my readers seem to enjoy it, so… What can you do? *shrugs*

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Updating on time. I always feel like I’m letting down the people who’ve reviewed and followed my stories when I can’t update as often as I would like. It makes me feel icky, and I don’t like feeling icky.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I usually pick a random word for the titles that I think would fit the story best, and then try to mold it into the story later on. I don’t really know how I come up with most of the things I write, so… It’s mostly all just random puns and references jotted down when I think of them.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Probably Clary. She’s really artsy and clumsy, I guess, but then she kind of comes out of her shell and becomes a badass throughout the series. I, though, am everything but the badass part. I did take Karate for twelve years though…

Also Jace. I’m known to be overly-sarcastic in everyday life, and I have a lack of friends to prove it. I probably come off as slightly hostile sometimes, so…

And Simon, because I’m just the slightest bit of a complete and total nerd!

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
I’d have to say Stained is my favorite. It is written differently than my other stories, and I really enjoy writing from the narrator’s perspective, instead of first-person. It’s just a lot more fun to me, writing about characters, instead of writing as if I am them. I don’t know.

My favorite story concept-wise would have to be one that I am currently working on. I am going to write it completely before I post it on Fanfiction.net, though. It’s called ‘The Promotion’. :D

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
They know that I write fanfics, but I have never told them what fandom I’m writing for or anything. I have various passwords set on my laptop and all of the rest of my electronics, so there’s really no way that they could find out what I’m writing. It’s not that I’m embarrassed about what I write or anything like that. I just… want this to be MINE, I guess.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
City of Heavenly Fire, hands down! Is there really any competition? Really?

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
Probably this interview, actually.  This, and that ‘Story Spotlight’ thing that you did a while ago. I think that it’s really cool that I’m being recognized as an actual ‘author’, so… It just makes me feel accomplished, I guess. :)

But I do really enjoy all of the compliments that I get on my writing. They all end up making me smile in the end. :D

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I don’t allow anything anybody may say affect my life. Opinions are opinions, and everybody is entitled to their own, but that doesn’t mean that I have to take anything to heart. If somebody tells me something that is constructive and helpful to improve my writing, then yes, I will try out their advice and see if it helps me in any way while I write. But if somebody may tell me something that is just rude, or completely unhelpful in any way to my writing, I will just forget about it and move on with my life. Words are just words, and I don’t have to read them if I don’t feel like it. :D

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
I love how so many people appreciate the poetry and references that are used in this fandom. There’s just so much intelligence that kind of floats around within us, and the inside-jokes are endless. Like, if I talked to my sister how I do to some of the people of Fanfiction. net, she would just stare at me like I was crazy. I can’t talk about all of these awesome things with normal people, and I love that I can actually communicate with other fan-people within this fandom. It’s very welcoming, and so far everybody is really nice so… yeah

What I hate about this fandom though, is that I can’t actually find other people in the fandom outside of the internet. I’ve never actually met anyone in real-life that has read these books. I might if I ever actually get to go tone of those reading conventions, but for now… *shrugs* It might just be because I live in a relatively small town though…

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I am probably one of the worst people to ask for advice from… I’m what people would call a pessimist, so… But I guess that if I had to give someone advice, I would just tell them to keep writing. And reading. The more you read, the more writing tips that your mind picks up. You won’t even notice it, until you try writing and you notice just how much you’ve improved. I don’t actually know if this works for anyone else, but this is what happened to me. I just recently started to get into reading a couple of years ago, and now that I look back on my earlier stories I notice all of the mistakes that I made.

Long story short, just keep trying. Keep writing. :D

(Wow, that advice sucked…)

Have any recommendations?
Ascension by Niknakz93, this is one of my all-time favorite fics. It’s just so awesome and hilarious to read, and it is written really well, too.

Also anything by ddpjclaf. She’s amazing.

Really, there are just too many for me to list them all. :D

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
On Fanfiction.net, but of course you already knew that. I have also been thinking about making an Instagram or a Tumblr account for my fanfics. I don’t really know yet, but we’ll see!

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
Thank you, it was really fun to do!!!

 

So yeah, you need to go read her stuff. She’s adorably awesome and I can’t wait to read her other fics. *squeal* So yeah, go read and leave her some love!

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