Author Spotlight: Hamsiidris

Hey all! I have a new author for you to check out. :) She writes for TMI and Percy Jackson and I’ve already spotlighted one of her fics. That story literally had me busting out laughing in the middle of IKEA one day-no joke. I got the weirdest looks.

Anyhoo, I’ll let her talk and of course check her out and leave her love. Thanks lovelies!

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Hamsiidris – well. that’s my pen name anyway. (Although my real is in there somewhere…)

So, tell me a little about yourself.
Hmm… Well, I’m a British teenager who spends way too much reading, fangirling over fictional characters and mindlessly browsing the internet. I’ve lived on 3 continents (and 4 countries), and I don’t like spiders, or enclosed spaces. Yup, that’s me.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Well, given that procrastinating (when I should be doing homework, or at least writing a new chapter for fanfiction) is one of my hobbies, I should have a lot of free time, but… Eh. Anyway, I spend what free time I do have reading, drawing, playing football… I love music, too, and I play flute and piano – and frequently get yelled at to play quieter.

What are some things you never leave home without?
Well, I’m generally really disorganised and forgetful, so there are many things that I do leave home without, but… I guess I’ve always got my phone on me, so I can a.) pretend to text in order to get out of awkward situations b.) listen to music so I’m not forced to engage in awkward situations and c.) generally be antisocial. I also often carry a pen, for no apparent reason, and multiple hair ties, as they always seem to be snapping on me.

What are some of your favorite books?
Well, if you hadn’t already guessed, the Mortal Instruments (and the Infernal Devices) happen to be my life, but other than that I like The Hunger Games, The Stormlight Archive, The Maze Runner, Cherub, Throne of Glass… Yeah. Harry Potter and Percy Jackson will always be old favourites, though (and I totally still have the biggest crush on Percy – I mean, honestly, who wouldn’t? That boy is perfect).

Favorite TV shows and movies?
Sherlock, obviously, because Benedict Cumberbatch is literally perfection, but I also love Teen Wolf (Stiles Stilinski is life). I also like Supernatural, but I’m such a wimp that I can’t watch it on my own at night, so I’m kind of tragically behind on that one. Favourite movie…? That changes pretty much every time I watch a new one; I can’t pick.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Um… I’d have to say Daniel James Howell, because he is my life, and I feel like I’d kind of have to bring Phil along too. I mean, we can’t separate them, can we? As for the third one, well… Ugh this is hard. Jennifer Lawrence, because a.) she’s awesome and b.) she can Katniss us out of the situation.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
For some reason, I’ve always loved the idea of going to Venice…

Do you have any pet peeves?
Oh, too many to count. In fact, I think I have an unnaturally extensive list of pet peeves, ranging from people who are too perfect for their own good and make me feel inadequate to people touching my knees. Don’t ask. Just don’t. Capellas are private, people.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Uh… Chocolate. On both accounts. (What do you mean it’s not a food? You eat it, don’t you?)

I guess in terms of meals I’d say pasta or pizza. I’m a boring person, what can I say?

What’s your favorite scent – one that says “home” to you?
Well, we’ve lived abroad loads, and one of the things I always loved about coming back to the UK was the smell of, I don’t know, dampness and…”freshness” in the morning after it had rained. I don’t know how to explain it, but it smells amazing, and it definitely reminds me of “home.”

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
The Arctic Monkeys and Fall Out Boy are some of my favourite bands, and ones that I listen to pretty much on repeat. I also like (somewhat more strangely) listening to Yiruma – a Korean composer – and attempting to play his songs on the piano. Oh, and Pentatonix – they’re so talented and just…incredible.

As for stuff that I hate… Justin Bieber? Yeah. I also don’t particularly like Iggy Azalea; I don’t hate her, but… Let’s just say I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate all the way.
Silver or gold? Silver. I don’t know why, I’ve just always preferred it.
Apple or PC? Apple, I guess…
White wine or red wine? I don’t drink…
Liquor or beer? …yet. I’m not old enough.
Coffee or tea?  Coffee. I don’t dislike tea, but… Meh.
Sleep in or get up early? Two years ago, I definitely would have said get up early, but now… Well. That’s a different story. LET ME SLEEP.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices obviously. I’ve been kind of too terrified of descending into the deep dark hole of Phanfictions, so I’ve generally steered clear of the Phandom.

What kind of environment do you write in?
Um, comfy, I guess (aka my bed or the sofa, usually bundled in a blanket).

Ever write in your PJs?
Yeah, most of the time. I don’t actually write that late, because I normally just can’t be bothered and end up writing nonsensically, but on weekends I’ll happily spend all day in my PJs, just writing.

How bout naked?
Nope, haven’t tried that one. Who knows. Maybe someday.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I do – like, if something funny happens, I’ll make a (mental) note of it, so I can use it in my writing. I also get inspiration from other writers, mostly unintentionally. I mean, a couple years ago, I planned out this “great” story, before realising that I literally just written down the plot for Legend. I mean, I usually try to steer clear of that kind of thing, but it often ends up happening by accident.

Do you write on a schedule?
No.

*cringe*

I know I definitely should, as I ALWAYS procrastinate, but I feel like schedules end up pressuring me, so I feel like I’m just writing for the sake of it, instead of actually trying to write something good. I mean, I’ll always make sure that it’s decent enough to post, but I feel like I write a lot better without the stress.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
Noo, I’m not really a planner in that sense at all, which is odd considering that, in real life, I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to planning. But yeah. I normally have a basic idea, and then just kind of go with it, but it usually ends up changing so much from what I had originally sketched out that I just kind of give up trying to plan and just let things happen. I mean, I have an idea of the beginning and the end, but very little planning goes into individual chapters.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
No, not really. Well, other than the “ritual” that involves ceremoniously reading each of my works to my little sister before determining whether they’re good enough to continue with/post or not.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I enjoy writing kind of humorous realistic fiction, I used to love writing kind of trashy fantasy and sci fi, so I guess those are a lot easier for me. I feel like Romance is kind of my weakness, as I…*cough* haven’t had much *cough* experience with it, but…yeah. I also always kind of feel weird writing it, but I also feel weird not writing it, so… It just happens, and I hope for the best.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Again, definitely the romance.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
No. Some of my chapter titles are really stupid too, as I came up with them at one in the morning when I was desperately trying to post my chapter before I could finally fall asleep. Yeah, I just kind of summarise the events of the chapter in a couple of words… It’s not a great system, and if you want advice on that kind of thing, I’d turn to Queen Smim, who always has flawless chapter titles (along with everything else).

Which character do you identify with the most?
Hmm… I feel like, in terms of personality, I’m quite similar to Simon, in that I’m kind of nerdy and fairly nice, and I also love and totally get his sense of humour. The only thing about him that I really disagree with is the fact that he likes cats.

My favourite character, however, is Will Herondale. But that’s another story.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
I guess City of Trouble (another stupid name. Nice one, H) is the only one that I’ve really stuck with so far, so I guess that, by default, makes it my favourite. I have other ideas that I’m toying with at the moment, some of which I actually like more than CoT, but I guess it’s hard to judge that until I’ve actually started writing it.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
My little sister is my mini editor. Other than her, no way. My parents haven’t read anything that I’ve written since about Year 8.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
City of Glass…I think. As for the Infernal Devices, their all too incredible for me to choose.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
Hands down, the best review I’ve ever gotten was from a certain unnamed person, who told me that my fanfic was the “best thing they’d ever written.” My friends and I had a good laugh about that one.

In all seriousness, though, I love all of my followers/reviewers, and it’s a huge compliment that they’re even reading my stuff. The best compliments, though, are the detailed, thoughtful ones that actually compliment my writing on its own, in a way. I mean, stealing Cassie Clare’s characters and putting them through some funny scenarios doesn’t take much, and the writing is the hard part, so it really makes my day/month/year when people actually compliment my writing.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Honestly, I’m a pretty sensitive person, so my general strategy is to just ignore it and hope it goes away – which isn’t good, I know. I mean, if it’s positive, constructive criticism, I don’t mind, and I’ll take it in my stride and try to work with it. If it’s just negative, or kind of mean, then it affects me more. I mean, I’ve even deleted a story because of a piece of particularly harsh criticism – although it was more to do with the fact that I realised that they were right, and I’d only written a couple of chapters anyway. I did start to rewrite the story, though, bearing what they’d said in mind. As I’ve probably mentioned, I tend to get worked up over little things, which I probably shouldn’t.

On the whole, though, I really haven’t had to deal with a lot of criticism, especially not with City of Trouble, and what criticism I have had has actually been really helpful and constructive, so… Thanks guys!

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
My favourite part is definitely the characters. I mean, what with Will and Jace… There’s just too much hotness to deal with. I also really love how much the fandom loves them. I mean, they can start mini wars, but it’s all good fun. The variety of the characters is also amazing, and I love how creative people are (in fanfictions) with the characters and backstories.

Unlike some fandoms, I actually think that the Mortal Instruments fans are really nice, supportive and…united? It’s pretty amazing.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yeah, just, um… Write, I guess. And believe in yourself (ultimate cheesiness, I know). That sounds stupid, but sometimes you’ll work hard on a story or idea, and just not have the confidence to actually post it, or even start writing it. Just go for it – you can always change it later, or just abandon it if you don’t think the idea works for you. But don’t let that story go unwritten.

Also GRAMMAR. This may sound kind of odd, and a little obvious, but I’ve read so many fanfictions that would have been incredible if the authors had used better grammar or spelling. I mean, as long as it looks neat and reads well, you should be fine, but you don’t want to have a fantastic idea, and ruin it for your readers by not using quotation marks.

Have any recommendations?
Just any of the books that I said were my favourites, I guess. Also Sherlock. If you haven’t watched Sherlock, you haven’t lived.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Well,

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
No problem. Thanks for having me!

 

I’m linking her ff.net profile here since it’s not above. But otherwise, yeah…bout it. She’s really sweet and funny and her writing is incredibly real. I just love it. So go check her out. Thanks darlins!

Story Spotlight: Safe Haven

Title: Safe Haven
Author: SereneCalamity
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: Clary’s in trouble. And it seems like the best person to help her is the man who broke her heart at seventeen. Clace.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This is probably the best TMI fic I’ve found in the last few weeks-seriously, I can’t even tell you how many I clicked out of. But in this, I have found something worth reading. :)

This one is slow to develop, while still giving you lots of information. It’s very odd. Like, I was reading and really feeling like I had a good grasp of things, and the chapters were interesting and informative…and then when I tried to articulate what was going on in the story I could give the bare minimum. There’s a ton of unexplored backstory that’s only hinted at so far.

But the way she’s weaving it together is awesome. Seriously. So go and read and leave her some love. Thanks lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Three Million

Title: Three Million
Author: Beach50
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: Clary never expected that a three million dollar bid on a rock star would change her life so much. Growing up in a wealthy family, she has always followed the rules and behaved like a proper lady, but now everything is changing because of a golden beauty.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This fic is one that’s been in my ‘to read’ bookmarks for a few weeks and I just got around to it. And I’m so happy that I did. It’s so sweet and simple.

I love the contrast between Clary and Jace-the way she writes them is so perfect and understated. The sweetness that’s woven throughout the fic that is sooooo simple, but so compelling.

Since I’m sick today-ugh-I haven’t even gotten through the 14 chapters that are published. I think I’m up to 11. But I plan on finishing tonight (provided I don’t pass out) and I’m definitely gonna be waiting for more. So head on over and leave her some love cause I want updates!!! :)

Story Spotlight: We Could Love

Title: We Could Love
Author: WeAllBreakTheSame
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

Summary: AU: Clary has been sent from institute to institute her whole life to keep her away from Valentine. The newest institute is in New York City and she is happy to be re-united with the Lightwoods and another familiar face that she’d never thought she’d see again. **WARNING: ALL THE SPOILERS* NOW COMPLETE!

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Of all the AU’s I’ve read, this is quite possibly one of my fave TMI ones. I’ve read it like five times and I’ve been meaning to spotlight it for a few months.

The concept behind this is awesome-Clary knew about the Shadowhunter world all along, which honestly I love. I love how not clueless she is. She’s strong and confident, even in the face of a variety of issues. And Jace-ah I love Jace and her Jace is pretty adorable.

It’s short ish-16 chapters total including the epilogue-so it won’t take long. I can usually bang it out in like a half a day. So it’s worth the small time investment. :) So go, read and enjoy and then leave her some reviews and love. Thanks darlins!

Story Spotlight: Crossed Swords

Title: Crossed Swords
Author: Daedalic
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: K+
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? no

Summary: “I am glad to announce the betrothal between my daughter and Prince Jonathon Herondale,” King Valentine announced. Clary almost screamed. Jace. Jace the most obnoxious man she had ever met. Jace the pompous idiot. Jace the man she beat up. Jace the arrogant. Jace…her husband.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
I cannot even begin to tell you how very glad I am that I found this fic and gave it a chance (I don’t usually read K rateds.). I am very nearly at the end of my rope with the lack of good TMI fics and this one has restored my faith. :)

It’s cute. But with an edge. This Clary is ballsy and this Jace is cocky enough to be an annoying little shit, but still maintain an innocent boyish quality that has me ‘awwwww’ing’ all over the place. Seriously, it takes talent to do that.

It’s only like 10 chapters in, but there’s a good substantial plot and nice twists and turns all throughout. I can’t wait for more, though apparently the author has exams. Dammit. So it may be a few weeks til she gets around to it. But leaving her love certainly wouldn’t hurt I’d imagine, so go read and leave her comments. :) Enjoy lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Undefined Darkness

Title: Undefined Darkness
Author: Wherondale
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

Summary: What would the world be like if Valentine never interfered in Jace Herondale’s life. Instead, after the Uprising, he ran away with his only daughter Clarissa Morgenstern. Leaving a distressed Jocelyn to believe both are dead. AU/OOC Dark!Clary / Clace NOW COMPLETE!

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so. This sorry-gah! So good. I read it awhile ago and then she finished it without me knowing (??? Come on ff.net!!!) So I just recently reread it. And yeah-still awesome. :)

This whole reimagined TMI story is pretty original in my opinion. And it’s very true to character, or at least the characters that I’m familiar with. Remember, I haven’t finished the source books. (Oops) But yeah, this is a completely new and extremely unique perspective.

I especially love Clary’s…story, I guess you could say. I can totally feel where she’s coming from. And the twist, holy crap! I love that she included Max and she even have Jace a sibling. Both of the littles (who aren’t actually that little…13 I think) are just awesome.

So it worth a read and she definitive needs some reviews, ie love cause she wrote a freaking awesome food that totally deserves some attention. :) so happy reading lovelies!!

Story Spotlight: Starting Over

Title: Starting Over
Author: Ractre1127
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: After a personal tragedy, Clary Garroway moves in with her brother, Jon to start a new life when she meets the cocky next door neighbor. Will he be what she needs to move on, or is he just a player that will mess with her already fragile heart? ALL CHARACTERS BELONG TO CASSANDRA CLARE! Characters are OOC

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay, so I’m slacking on the TMI stuff. Like seriously. And I’m only about halfway through this story. But so far it’s pretty damn awesome.

Like I said, I’m slacking-so I’m only on like chapter 16 (out of 34 I believe) as I write this. I will probably finish tonight if I don’t pass out. But so far I’m loving it. It’s got drama and angst, but it’s not heavy. And the angst isn’t overpowering and it’s almost like…how can I put this…side angst. Like it’s there, but it’s not…ugh. I can’t describe it. It’s extremely well done though.

The characters are OOC, but I don’t find it off putting like with some fics. It’s still believable to me, ya know? I can’t wait to finish this fic. *squeal* So how bout you hop on over and read it with me and leave her some love. Yeah, that’s a great idea! :)

Author Spotlight: Livybug

Hey lovelies! So I have a new author for you to check out. Yippee!!!

Anyways, this chick has written a few (read:4) Mortal Instruments fics. I actually found her by accident. I had a TMI fic pulled up on my phone and my finger managed to press…something-which somehow navigated me to her. Seriously, I struggled for a few minutes randomly pressing things even though my fingers were nowhere near any links. Apparently my phone knows what I like.

So yeah, I’m gonna leave you to see what she’s got to say cause she’s pretty frickin’ sweet!

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I am a mother of 3. I have a slight (huge) addiction to the written word whether it be reading or writing, it doesn’t seem to matter to me. However, my passion before that was music. I love to sing as well.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, first and foremost I am Mom. I also work part time for the State I live in with individuals that have mental disabilities. After those two priorities comes reading and writing…and sleeping. I love to sleep!

What are some things you never leave home without?
Keys, phone, Kindle.

What are some of your favorite books?
That is a dangerous question. I have a few…

The Lux series, Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Arcana Chronicles, Kresley Cole.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, Laini Taylor
Shadow Hunter Chronicles, Cassandra Clare

There are so many more but these are the top…in no specific order.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
Vikings on the History Channel is my addiction right now, but I also watch, The Originals, Grey’s Anatomoy, and Empire. Movies are tough, too. Like books there are so many good ones, but Dirty Dancing is my all-time favorite.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Laini Taylor, because they way she spins words amazes me.

MacGyver, because he would know what to do with a hair tie, bobby pin and a leaf.

Chuck Norris, because…really he can do everything.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
I have two; Venice and New Orleans.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Yup, when people cut their toe nails anywhere BUT the bathroom. That’s just gross.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
All time favorite is my Grandpa’s meatballs, yum. But I also love tacos. Comfort food is my Mom’s tator-tot hotdish.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Vanilla and lilac.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I can really enjoy all kinds of music. I don’t discriminate when it comes to music, although I’m not a HUGE fan of classical or heavy metal-I’m going to scream in the mic- music.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I used to sing in a band.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate, because plain vanilla is boring.
Silver or gold? Silver
Apple or PC? PC, Apple is overrated.
White wine or red wine? Red, I like sweet wine.
Liquor or beer? Liquor, Beer is nasty! Ew!
Coffee or tea?  Coffee…with LOTS and LOTS of creamer…French vanilla from Wal-mart.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
I’ve only written Fanfics using characters from the Mortal Instruments, but I could see myself using the Lux series as well. Characters have to talk, if they don’t, there’s no story to tell.

What kind of environment do you write in?
In my living room with screaming kids, crazy cats and my Chihuahua.

Ever write in your PJs?
99% of the time

How bout naked?
Nope, I live in the state of Snow and mosquitos, clothes are good.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Inspiration is all over the place, if you’re paying attention. It could be something as small as a smile from my kids or a grand gesture from my husband or just staring out my window. And yes, I do pull real life experiences into my stories. It ties me to them, makes them part of me and if I’m invested, my readers will be, too.

Do you write on a schedule?
HA HA!…NO

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I am horrible at plotting. I just can’t do it. I have a general idea, but I always know the ending so as long as everything leads to that, I’m good with it.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Writing on Sundays makes the hair on my legs grow faster…no JK, I don’t. LOL

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I tend to be good at fluff and HEA’s. I’d have a hard time with Sci-Fi I think. Love to read them and watch shows in that genre, but I just don’t think I could come up with some of that crazy stuff.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Staying true to the character that the author has created while making them your own.  In Fanfics your using another person’s creation. The reader has to be able to see that character in what they are reading as well as sense the difference. It’s tough.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Not really, whatever conveys the story the best. Don’t cry was called that because Jace told Clary, “Don’t cry,” repeatedly throughout the story. Last Words was named that because the whole story was based on the last words of a dying woman. My other two stories were named after songs.

Which character do you identify with the most?
From my fics, probably Izzy. She is all tough on the outside, but mushy on the inside. That’s me.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Don’t Cry was my favorite concept wise. Using memories to tell the backstory for my characters was fun. My favorite to write was probably Wide Awake. I got to delve into 9/11 and really put myself into a situation that was not only emotional for the US, but also for the world. It was a challenge, as was Don’t Cry being that Jace was a tortured soldier thought to have died, but 9/11 really touched the whole world in a way and I wanted to write about it. For those who weren’t here to live it and for those that were to remember it.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
LOL! Nope.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
The Lux series, was OPAL. The Mortal Instruments was the Clockwork books. There are so many, it’s hard to remember them all off the top of my head.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
It was for Wide Awake when multiple readers told me that I’d captured the feelings they felt when 9/11 happened perfectly. It was a good feeling to know I’d accomplished what I set out to do when I wrote the story.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Grain of salt. Harsh words do hurt, but not everyone will like my stories and they don’t have to. Don’t like them? Don’t read them!

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
Remembering names to lesser characters when I need to fill a spot! LOL! There are SO many characters in the Mortal Instruments series, It’s hard to keep track of them all.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
If you want to do it, sit down and do it. Don’t just think about it. Books don’t write themselves and they take time and devotion. They are like a child that you have to nurture and love and then send it out in the world and see if others will love it, too. It’s not easy. It’s very frustrating and when that first bad review comes in, it will rip your heart out. But for every one of those, there are 10 good ones that make you smile and make you want to write more.

Have any recommendations?
If you’re into reading fics…DDPJCLAF if an AMAZING writer. She is also on Fanfiction.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Fanficion: www.fanfiction.net/u/3772573/Livybug
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/Livybug01
Tumblr: www.livybugg.tumblr.com

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

So yeah. You should really go check her out cause she’s pretty damn awesome! Leave her some love and let her know how much you adore her too cause,  ya know, we all love to hear that. Alright, thanks lovelies!!!

 

Story Spotlight: In The Welfare of War

Title: In The Welfare of War
Author: Mina Lisly
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? no

Summary: General Jace Wayland had been captured by mercenaries for a month while he was on an important mission for his King. But what happens when one of his soldiers save him in the middle of the night? OOC. AH. AU.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so. I found this lovely chick a while back and I’m pretty sure I was about to start reading a fic of hers when my lovely kidlets hid my other phone. But I just found her again and duuuuuuude!!

I love this fic. It’s such an abrupt start, but completely compelling. I’m not even done with what’s published yet (24 ish chapters as of when I’m writing this).

It’s a war story, but not modern war-like knights and kingdoms and all that loveliness kinda war. And-see I’m trying not to give to much away-the story behind everything is just awesome. The way she’s woven flashbacks into the story, revealing little bits and peices is masterful. She doesn’t go too slow and she doesn’t rush-it’s juuuuuuuuust right. *smirk*

There are a few grammatical and word choice oddities (NOT errors!!!), but she’s French. My first thought was that she wasn’t American and that was totally right. *shrug* I just know some of your are slightly fanatical about grammar so I wanted to warn you. :P

It’s an awesome story that really deserves your attention and I think you should go read. Now. :) Thanks lovelies!

Author Spotlight: Sophie733

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?
Sophie733

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?
Italy

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?
yep

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?
https://www.fanfiction.net/~sophie733

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. :)