Author Spotlight: Queen of Area Five

Hey lovelies! So, who would like to hear about yet another amazing author?!? Hmmmm…..

This chick is so sweet and so involved and so talented….the list goes on really. I absolutely cannot get enough of her fics-I was seriously mad when she ended A Marriage of Inconvenience because I just wanted mooooooooore. Blah. But I’ve been working my way through her other fics and I can’t say I’m disappointed even the teeniest bit. So yeah, let’s hear from her and I’ll blab some more at the bottom.

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Vickie, aka The Queen of Area Five

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I never know what to put… Let’s see I’m the youngest of four children, somewhat of a dreamer, and surprising to some people quite shy.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Think about writing, read, watch TV, sleep. I lead a very exciting life, LOL.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My handbag, everything I need is in there.

What are some of your favorite books?
I would say Southern Vampire Mysteries, but that series went to Hell, and not the fun kind. I love Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, and the occasional autobiography. 

Favorite TV shows and movies?
TV shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Friends, Golden Girls, Star Trek. I like the old shows.

Movies: Anything Marvel. I am a total Marvel whore. Lord of the Rings, Batman, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Les Miserables, Harry Potter, Superman…

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Alexander Skarsgard… Do I really need to give a reason for him?

Chris Evan. I think he would be a fun and very hot guy to have a round.

Scarlett Johansson. She seems like such a fun woman to hang out with.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
New York. I don’t know why, it’s just somewhere I have always wanted to go.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Does getting pissed off when the phone rings and I’m trying to write count?

I have a few fan fic pet peeves, the main being when certain people try to impose their desires on your work.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Chocolate… Which I’m not allowed to eat a lot of.

Ice Cream.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
I don’t really have one.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I listen to most types, country, rap, rock, pop, indy.

I don’t hate any, but I’m not really a fan of classical or opera.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I can’t swim.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Vanilla. I don’t actually like chocolate ice-cream.
Silver or gold? Silver. I’m not a fan of gold, at least not yellow gold.
Apple or PC? Apple all the way.
White wine or red wine? Neither.
Liquor or beer? Liquor.
Coffee or tea?  Tea. I don’t like coffee at all.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in. I always used to say I was allergic to mornings.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
True Blood/Southern Vampire Mysteries. I’ve dabbled in other fandoms, both for writing and reading, but I always come home to TB/SVM.

What kind of environment do you write in?
I’ll write anywhere. I prefer either at my desk or in bed late at night on my iPad. However, I’ve been known to start writing at other people’s houses with a pen and paper.

Ever write in your PJs?
Every single night.

How bout naked?
Probably, but not recently. 

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Everywhere. I’ll be listening to a song and a line and I will get a new idea, watching a movie, TV show. I have even gotten a new idea for a story while writing another one of my own. And, of course there is my many late night chats with MistressJessica1028, those you inspire an idea or twenty.

Do you write on a schedule?
I’ve tried to in the past, but I’ve found it’s better to just let it come to me now. When I wrote on a schedule I got frustrated and started to dislike my stories. 

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
A little of both to be honest. Some stories are planned out, and I try to stick to that plan. Other times I will just have a basic idea and start writing and see where it goes. 

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
No, none what so ever.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Angst is probably the easiest for me to write, which is funny as I don’t actually like it. I’m not too good at writing fluff.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
The beginning. It doesn’t matter how good I think the idea is, or how much I have plotted out, finding the right words to open the story always gives me trouble.

 Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
No. I actually hate coming up with titles. I sometimes look up different song titles and see if they fit. The title is usually one of the last things I come up with.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Sookie. There’s just something about her that draws me in. I think she often gets a rough time from other authors/readers. She’s blamed for a lot of things that weren’t completely her fault, so I have a special place for her in my heart.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
My favourite story to write was probably Behind the Public Masks. I had so much fun writing that as I got to play with a smarter and stronger Sookie. I got to explore, or maybe invent would be a better word, a new part of her personality.

Favourite concept? Definitely Lifting the Veil/Veiled Blood. It’s an idea I’ve never seen anyone else attempt. I love coming up with all the twists and turns for it.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
They know about it, but I don’t talk to them about it.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
I still love Dead to the World in SVM.

Episode wise for True Blood that would have to be I Will Rise Up. As much as I hate the way that show went out, I will say when they got it right it was bloody good.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
That I made them cry. When my words move my readers like that I always get a feeling of accomplishment.

I have to say it always puts a smile on my face when I’m told I should have written for the show. I couldn’t have done any worse than the actual writers, right?

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Depends on the criticism. If it’s constructive I will listen to it, I might not agree with it, but I will take it on board. 

If it a flame, I will mock the fuck out of the person, and bitch to Ashensunset and MistressJessica1028. I have been lucky in that I have only received a few comments that would be considered claim. It does piss me off, and at times I’ve been hurt by them, but after a while I forget all about them and continue writing like I want.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
My favourite thing is how close many of the writers/readers are. I can honestly say I have made some great friends in the fandom.

 My least favourite is how some writers/readers think they have the right to dictate what everyone else should like or hate. I am of the opinion that if you don’t like something, don’t read it. Don’t try and stop anyone else reading it though.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just write. Write what you like, it doesn’t have to be good at the start as you will improve with practice. I would strongly suggest getting a beta though. A good beta will help you improve your writing and have your back if trouble arises. 

Have any recommendations?
Anything by MistressJessica1028 or VictoryinTrouble. Or, and Swimming For the Light by Natsgirl01. 

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
queenofareafive.wordpress.com

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

 

So yeah there ya have it. She is brilliant at the keyboard and her brain-the things she comes up with are just…ugh. It’s mind porn. Hah hah did I just invent that? Hum. Anyways, go check her out and leave her some love. :) Enjoy lovelies!

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