So, I was scrolling through random TMI searches one day on ff.net and I stumbled across this gem of an author. I read her fic Be My Escape and fell in love with how she wrote the characters. Seriously, she is pretty damn awesome. So, of course, I had to spotlight her for you lovelies.
She’s also got a Harry Potter fic published, which I haven’t read but I may be tempted by the summary. So yeah, let’s hear from her. :)
Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I have love writing since I was a kid and always wanted to be an author, that’s the one dream that never changed. I’m married to Vladric733 and if it’s a fandom he reads, he’ll sometimes beta for me. He’s the one who got me reading fan fics so I took his ‘last name’ when making my ID.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Thinking about writing mostly. I have a full time job as well as two dogs and two bunnies. I mainly spend time with them when I’m not writing or at work. I also do a lot of reading.
What are some things you never leave home without?
My cell phone, that’s about it. If I’m driving I have my purse with my wallet and a notebook. But for the most part I can read and make notes on my phone so it’s easiest.
What are some of your favorite books?
Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, Chronicles of Narnia and a lot more
Anna of Byzantium will always have a place in my heart because it was the book that got me hooked on reading again. I was a slow reader and as such it took a lot of dedication to a book to keep with it. That historical fiction hooked me and I just kept reading after that.
Favorite TV shows and movies?
Doctor Who (though I only just got into it and am still in the early seasons on Netflix), NCIS, The Blacklist, Arrow, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (though I haven’t finished that yet either)
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Famous people? Hmm, I don’t really know that many real names. Can I trade two of them to have my husband? He’s really handy and could make sure we all survive, plus he could cook anything. Then maybe Patrick Stewart? (Sorry, is that too mushy? He really is the best in a tight situation.)
What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Do you have any pet peeves?
Sure…Being mean to people, not being able to own up to your mistakes, driving like an idiot
What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Sushi, most italian food, steak and anything that’s made from potatoes. Comfort foods, well if I’m not feeling well I revert back to peanut butter and jelly on toasted bread. My mom would always make that when I was a kid.
What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
I have no idea…I don’t really pay attention
What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I like pretty much everything, pop to country to rap to classical. There isn’t really any kind of music I can’t stand, though there are certain songs I don’t care for. I’m not the biggest person into screaming music, maybe because I like to know the words and I like melodies.
Tell me one random thing about yourself.
While I’ve always loved visiting the beach, I am scared of the ocean and won’t go out deeper than waist high. I like to think I just have a healthy reverence for it’s massive power.
Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla (goes with anything)
Silver or gold? Silver
Apple or PC? PC
White wine or red wine? I don’t care for wine
Liquor or beer? Liquor, but I don’t drink anymore
Coffee or tea? Coffee I guess, but I don’t drink that either, but I love the smell
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in, but I usually end up getting early regardless of preference
Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
Harry Potter is a big one and I’ve gotten into Mortal Instruments in the last year. I write in the fandoms I read.
What kind of environment do you write in?
Sometimes music, but usually just quiet…me and my laptop anywhere
Ever write in your PJs?
How bout naked?
Isn’t that the same as PJ’s? JK yea
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Sometimes I’m reading a story and a thought comes in about the same fandom but a completely unrelated plot. Or I’m staring off while I’m listening to music and my mind wanders into the field of ‘what if’s.’ I put in some life experiences sometimes, nothing is really sticking out in my mind right now, but it’s really about them, the characters. I feel like they write the story, not me.
Do you write on a schedule?
Not really. I try to write something everyday, but that doesn’t always happen.
Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
So I get a general idea, sometimes nothing more than a scenario or a scene. I write a chapter or two to really get into the characters and then I sit down and write plot points I want to hit. It helps me to know where I’m going, but even then, I let changes come as I write.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
None. I’m the girl who opens umbrellas inside just say I don’t care about bad luck and I have broken at least two mirrors–though not on purpose.
Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Fiction, I only really write fiction. I dabble with writing non fiction about my own life, but I never share those. They are more therapeutic than actually for others. I like writing fantasy fiction, but any fiction works for me. Non Fiction is just not as much fun for me.
What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Worrying that it will never reach readers or disappointing readers.
Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I try to think of a phrase that sums of the content. Sometimes it’s something I hear or from a song (Ex: Be My Escape is the name of a Relient K song). I also try for a bit of humor in them or a way in which the title of a chapter has a different meaning once the chapter is completed.
Which character do you identify with the most?
Usually the protagonist. I write from a woman’s perspective because I find it hard knowing how a man thinks and I think it wouldn’t turn out right. However, usually there is a piece of each of the main characters that I identify with in one way or another.
Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
I don’t know. I am only writing my second fan fic. In some ways I’m having more fun with this one, but that’s because it’s the idea that I’m thinking about all the time, while the other has already ended. I tend not to stick with a concept that I don’t thoroughly enjoy. And what I enjoy writing can change based on my mood. Though I kind of have a rule not to take short cuts in my writing and that the characters don’t make stupid decisions just to move the plot along.
Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Yes I do. I talk to my husband thoroughly and bounce ideas off of him. Once, on a road trip to visit family, we spend hours going back and forth about a story and in the end it was way better. I also talk to my parents and siblings about it because I just get so excited I can’t not talk about it.
What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (though I am still reading this series)
Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
Someone was really excited that I actually had proper grammar. Their excitement was so evident, I had to smile when I read it. They went on to say that it just made the story that much more awesome. Really, when you can tell that the person genuinely loves the story, it’s the best thing in the world.
How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
If it’s constructive, then thank you. That is just people trying to help and I do my best to improve. If it’s mean, I try to ignore it. I just itch to say something back, but I know that won’t help so I do my best to resist.
What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
Favorite: there are so many awesome stories out there, I just want to read all the time. Least favorite: when stories never get finished (though I understand) and when people take short cuts in writing an otherwise amazing story
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Do not give up, ever. There was a time I walked away from writing because I felt I would never become a good writer. It was like tearing a piece of my soul off and putting it in a box. I couldn’t stay away, even if I was doomed to always be bad. For me, success wasn’t the number of people who liked it or if I ever got published. Success was finishing a story and loving writing it. The other thing is read! Be an avid reader of classic, of fan fic, of everything. Great writers are always first great readers.
Have any recommendations?
Harry Potter: Harry Crow by robst; Static by galfoy; Blood Red by Fluticorns
Mortal Instruments: Crossed Swords by Daedalic; Snowed In by SephCurrentDaughterofPoseidon
Twilight: The Consequences by M. Michelon (as well as the rest of the Twilight they write)
And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
Yeah. She’s awesome. Y’all should go check her out and read her stuff and leave her reviews and all that lovely stuff. :)