Author Spotlight: Virala

Hallo darlins! I have another lovely lady for you guys! Not a la Les Mis (if you get that reference, I love you. Just fyi.) but she is just one of the sweetest chicks I’ve “met” through this blog. In fact, this morning I got an adorable slightly drunk email just checking in and seeing how I was. See, sweet.

Anyhoo-I absolutely fell in love with her story Finally. It’s so…different. And it’s got Appius AND Godric, which is rare. Usually it’s one or the other, or if there’s both then one is an unseen force. But she’s managed to weave a completely new incarnation of our favorite peeps.

Anyways, I’ll stop yapping and let her “talk”. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie. And you are?
My pen name is Virala

So, tell me a little about yourself.
Let’s see, I’m in my late 20’s and I work in accounting for a construction company in Maryland, about 20 minutes from D.C.. I live with my boyfriend who I’ve been with for almost 12 years and we’re proud owners of a tiny gray and white smushed faced cat. We live on the beach which is nice, but right now I’m hating it.  It’s too damn cold.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I read.  It’s kinda crazy how much I read, but if you don’t see me getting lost in the book then there’s a really good chance that I’m either cooking or baking. Sometimes both :)

What are some things you never leave home without?
Chapstick and my ipad mini.

What are some of your favorite books?
Okay.  Ready for this?

The Highlander Series
The Fever Series
BDB Series
Archer’s Voice < most books by Mia Sheridan
Acheron
Most of the Dark Hunter Series
Genome, A Million Little Pieces, Hell House, I Am Legend < I refused to watch the movie since I loved the book.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
I don’t watch a lot of tv since I prefer a book to the tube, but I do love me some Sherlock, Top Gear(BBC), Chopped, Modern Family & Firefly.

Some of my favorite movies are: The Lord of the Rings & Hobbit Trilogies, Hot Fuzz, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, The Princess Bride, Snatch, and most Disney/Pixar Movies

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Alexander Skarsgard, Karen Marie Moning and Neil deGrasse Tyson.  I don’t think I need to elaborate why I choose Alex ;)  Karen Moning is my favorite author and I think astrophysicists, Neil Tyson, is fascinating.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Currently, it’s anywhere that has a warm beach.  Hot sand, clear blue water and some sexy man who will gladly serve me a never ending supply of mai tais and pina coladas.

Do you have any pet peeves?
I have a TON, lol.  People who don’t say please or thank you.  People who talk just hear the sound of their own voice. Drivers who refuse to use their turn signals. People who talk with their mouth full or chew with their mouth open.  There’s a lot more but I think this is good :)

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Mmmm.  This is going to make me hungry.  Bulgogi, sushi, lamb curry with mango chutney.  My boyfriend make an amazing beef wellington that is to die for.

Comfort foods?  Homemade mac n cheese, twice baked potatoes and chili cheese fries.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Yankee Candle’s Macintosh Apple since that’s what my house smells like, lol. And the smell of a burning fire pit.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I like all music.  From Great Big Sea, Carbon Leaf and Gaelic Storm, to Evanescence, Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Maroon 5, Jay-Z, Rhianna, Digital Daggers, Lindsey Stirling, Kamelot, Big & Rich, Beckah Shae, Eagles, Eminem, Elton John.  See, I like a lot.  There isn’t anything that I can’t stand.  Well, maybe blue grass, lol

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I belly danced for 8 years.

Just for some insight into you ​pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Depends on my mood.  Right now I’d love some vanilla.
Silver or gold? Gold
Apple or PC?  Apple
White wine or red wine?  As long as it’s chilled I’ll drink either.  Though I’ve been on a pinot noir kick lately.
Liquor or beer?  Again, depends on my mood but most of the time I’ll pick liquor.  I love me some rum.
Coffee or tea? Mint tea please!
Sleep in or get up early?  Wait, people actually get up early?  Don’t they know they can sleep in?!

 

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
True Blood and SVM

What kind of environment do you write in?
As long as I can plug in my headphones and be left alone I can write anywhere. Most of the time I’m at my desk at home.

Ever write in your PJs?
Of course

How bout naked?
Right now. Just kidding! lol.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
My inspiration tends to hit me at the most inconvenient moments.  Like when I’m driving, running or in the shower.  OR when it’s three in the morning and I have to get up in a couple of hours to go to work.  My muse can be a real bitch sometimes, lol.  Music tends to help.  If I’m in the right mood and the right song comes on, the words just seem to flow onto the computer screen.

Do you write on a schedule?
HA!  I try.  I really do but real life has the tendency to laugh at my plans then shove me new ones without warning.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I have to plan my stories or I can’t write them. At the very least I have to know how it’s going to end. If it’s a multiple chapter story, each chapter is broken down with bullet points of things that I want to happen.  I must have drove Gyllene crazy with all the outlines I made for Finally. That woman is a friggin trooper.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Nope.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I find that it’s easier for me to write angst than anything else. Sex scene are the most nerve wracking, especially since Missy Dee, who is one of the queens of writing sex scenes, is one of my betas.  I’m so very thankful that she’s so sweet and supportive.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Making sure everything flows.  Whether it’s the plot or conversation, I don’t want things to seem forced.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I don’t label my chapters but when I first started writing it was a goal of mine to have the title of the story somewhere in the end of the story.  Strange, I know :)

Which character do you identify with the most?
The most?  I dunno, it’s different with every story.  There’s a little of me in each character so I can identify with all of them. I may not agree with their decisions, but I understand.  Did I just come off as a crazy person right now?

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Had to Know was my favorite to write and I think it was because it was my first all human fic.  That and it was first posted anonymously for a contest so there wasn’t any pressure with expectation

Finally is my favorite story concept wise since it’s just so different from my other stories. It’s a dystopian alternative universe where love is found in an uncommon place.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Hell.  No.  My parents would try to dunk me in a vat of holy water if they knew I was writing stories involving vampires, fairies and sex.  lol

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
All Together Dead is my favorite book of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series.  I just get goose bumps when I think about the scene with the bomb outside the suite at Rhodes:

“Ha,” I said. “Oh, ha-ha. Yeah, ’cause they love me. You see how many vampires are up here? Zero, right?”

“One,” said Eric, stepping out of the stairwell.”

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
I’ve received so many wonderful comments but there are two that I will remember till the day I die. The first one was from California Kat when she said she enjoyed my first story Remember Us, and the other was when Missy Dee offered to be my beta for Finally.  I fan girl’d big time with both of them.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Constructive criticism is always welcomed since I’m always looking for way to improve my stories and writing technique. If I don’t know and people don’t tell me, how can I improve?

The criticism that’s just plain hateful, thoughtless bashing?  Once in a while I do get a kick out of them. I laugh and laugh before I delete the comment because 10 out of 10 times it’s from an anonymous reviewer. I’ve gotten a lot for Finally from people who assume things just from reading the first chapter. It’s amazing how quick people are to judge without really knowing anything.

However, sometimes there are reviews that just hurt.  I just have to remember that I’ll never be able to make everyone happy, but as long as I am and proud of my work then that’s the only thing that matters.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
My favorite part of the TB/SVM fandom are the so many wonderful people that I’ve met from all over the world.  It’s incredible to know that these books/tv show connects us all together.

My least favorite?  Aside from the trolls?  I think it’s waiting for stories to update. lol.  I know, I know.  I’m one of those people that take forever and a day to update.  I seriously need to work on that.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write what you would like to read and don’t give up!

Have any recommendations?
Fanfiction wise?  Anything and everything from Gyllene, Missy Dee, California Kat, All About Eric, Kjwrit, wannabewriter25 and Texanlady.

Books – I highly recommend Karen Moning’s Fever Series.  They are more fantasy than romance but I love the hell out of those books.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Stalkers? lol.  Riiight
viralafanfiction.wordpress.com

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!

 

So yeah. That’s it. Her imagination is amazingly unique and I highly recommend you click on over to her blog. She’s got some awesomeness all up in there and you need to read and leave her love. Thanks lovelies and happy reading!!!

 

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11 thoughts on “Author Spotlight: Virala

  1. How I managed to miss this jewel of a lady\writer for so long bums me out! I’ve been reading fanfic for over five yrs and just found her two weeks ago, the tragedy!!! If you haven’t read her work you are missing out on some of the best out there! Finally is perfection!

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