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: City of Trouble

Title: City of Trouble
Author: hamsiidris
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: [ALL HUMAN] A Clace fanfic involving irritating older brothers, difficult roommates, mangoes and a duck or two… When Jonathan’s best friend, Jace, moves into their flat, Clary is horrified. As if putting up with one annoying boy wasn’t enough, now she has to handle two. Not to mention the fact that she can’t stand Jace any further than she can throw him. Which is not far. At all.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so fair warning-I’m not even finished with this fic yet. Or what’s written at least. So, for all I know, after chapter 20ish, she may just lose all talent and it’s going to suck.

However-I doubt it. So far, this has been such an awesome fun fic to read. I’ve been sick today and-as weird as this sounds-it made me laugh so hard that I threw up, which actually made me feel better. *shrug* Yeah. So I’m thinking it’s probably going to continue that way.

She written such real characters and I love the way they interact. Their issues are real and I can totally TOTALLY see myself doing all the crazy clumsy things Clary does. Seriously, it’s almost like she’s spying on my life. Anyways, it’s not done yet but there’s a good 27 chapters and she seems to have a pretty consistent posting schedule. So I’m totally excited for more, as you will be too when you go read what’s there.

Leave her love and encouragement cause I seriously want more :) Thanks 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!!

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!

Story Spotlight: Chasing the Sun

Title: Chasing the Sun
Author: Niknakz93
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: AU/AH: After a brutal tour in Afghanistan turns his life upside down, Jace is forced to battle a new war. This time, one of his own. Fortunately, he’s not alone. Can new next-door neighbor Clary help heal a wounded soldier’s heart? Vulgar language and lots of lemonade.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
I’m so excited!!! I’ve been wanting to spotlight this since she began it-I loved her fic Ascension sooooo much and this one is no different. I’ve been trying to make sure to wait for fics to be at least 10 chapters before I spotlight them and this one is at 15 and it’s a go!!!

Okay, so my insane ramblings aside, I usually don’t make a point of reading war fics. They tend to bum me out. And this one…did, but not in the same way most do. This is the *after effects* of the war…which is a key thing nowadays that nobody wants to talk about.

She’s written this in an awesomely real way. I actually kinda hated the story at first-you’ll see why when you get into it-but the progression and evolution of the characters is handled in such an organic way—it’s amazing. Truly. All their flaws and mistakes somehow make them more likable, at least to me.

The embarrassment, shame, horror, fear, panic, happiness…every emotion she’s managed to capture in such a way that I *feel* them. I mean, that’s what stories are supposed to do-evoke emotion-but this is somehow a little more extreme than most. So it’s definitely worth the read-I usually click and read asap whenever I get an update email-and I sincerely hope you’ll head on over right now to read and leave her love. :)

Story Spotlight: Be My Escape

Title: Be My Escape
Author: Sophie733
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: COMPLETE: All Mundane. Clary Morgenstern lives under the reign of her father who is also a crime boss. When a threat is made against the organization, Valentine moves Jace to be Clary’s personal security. Jace, while cocky and annoying, is the only one Clary doesn’t have to hold back the truth about the “family business” when she talks. M for violence and crime, some language

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So…this fic is so cool. I love crime-y, mob-by stories and this one delivered. She didn’t hold back anything and while it’s not graphic with violence or smut or anything, the entire fic is “painted” extremely well.

Even when she’s describing violence (cause let’s face it, it’s a crime fic) she does it in a discreet kinda way. Like, it’s violent, but not-if that makes sense. Almost like a smut scene when you know it’s smut, but there’s no graphic descriptions anywhere so you can use your imagination. I’ve never seen a violent scene written like that and it was truly amazing.

It’s a short fic, only 17 chapters, but I was intrigued from the get go. It doesn’t drag and it does draw things out just for the sake of drawing them out. She’s done a masterful job and I wish she had more fics for me to read! But y’all should definitely go check her out-she’s also got an HP fic up that looks kinda neat. :) So go, read and leave her some love!

Story Spotlight: Morgenstern Pride

Title: Morgenstern Pride
Author: SailorVegeta13
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: They’re the popular kids in school, the Morgenstern-Wayland quartet: Jonathan Morgenstern, his twin Sebastian, their little sister Clary, and Sebastian’s best friend Jace Wayland. In Clary’s opinion, there isn’t a better group to grow up with; the twins are always there for her. The four can beat anything together — or so it seems until their bond is put to the test. AH

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So this one I started and was unsure if I was going to continue. It starts when they’re all really small and I was like “Ugh, this is gonna take forever!!!!” But yeah no. It picked up with time jumps that aren’t spastically done, which is a relief.

I love the character interaction, especially the friendships between the 4 main characters. They’re so real. And now that they’ve reached high school the drama is soooooo real! It’s heatbreaking because I can remember stuff like this happening and it just evokes those emotions all over again.

You remember the weird betrayal and the puppy love and the school jitters-she’s written it so well. So you should really go read it cause it rocks. Leave her comments and love! Thanks lovelies and enjoy!!

Author Interview: KoalaKaos

Hey lovelies! So I’m bringing you another awesome author that you need to check out. And she’s not strictly a TMI girl, either. She’s written for The Selection Trilogy as well. Not that I know what they is, but I skimmed her other stuff-and yeah it’s just as good as The Beauty is the Beast. I was intrigued when I was scrolling through ff when I caught sight of the summary and needless to say, I was not disappointed. So let’s hear from her, huh?

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
KoalaKaos

So, tell me a little about yourself.
Well, I’m a University student and am study to become a primary school teacher because I know I don’t have the ability to control a class full of teenagers. I can’t wait to be a teacher, but secretly I harbour the dream of throwing it all away and pursuing the life of an author. Who knows maybe I still might.

I have two brothers, one older and one younger and three dogs. Four if only my brother would work harder to convince my mum to get a chocolate Labrador.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
At the moment, I’m obsessed with watching ice hockey. I’m kind of a sports nut. I’m from Australia and we have some very irregular sports that I’m guessing a lot of people haven’t heard of before, but where I live, our country’s football is like a religion. Not to mention my love of cricket, trust me once you know what’s going on it’s definitely not boring, no matter what people try and tell you. I generally always have sports on in the background when I’m writing because I think I find the commentators soothing.

Of course I’m also trying to read all the books I can possibly get my hands on.

What are some things you never leave home without?
A book, never leave the house without a book. I need it for whenever I feel the world just isn’t living up to my expectations. I always have a pen and a notebook. I have quite the collection of both because I love to handwrite a lot of my stories because it feels more tangible and real to me than if I’m sitting at a computer all day. I’m notorious for forgetting my phone at home or just opting out of bringing it. I love to watch people and if I’m glued to my phone I feel like I’ve missed out on the world.

What are some of your favorite books?
Oh wow, the list is literally endless. I think thats every book lovers problem but I think I’m going to try and narrow it down to five. I think that’s manageable. In no particular order, lets start with one of my more recent loves. “The Rosie Project,’ and its sequel, ‘The Rosie Effect,’ by GraemeSimsion. This was a real cute love story that had me in stitches to the point where I had people on the train needing to know what I was reading because it was making me smile so much. I’m definitely counting that as one, it’s a series. Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors of all time and I love all of her books so I’m going to tell you two of my absolute favourites from her. ‘Where Rainbows end,’ which I think was recently made into a movie. I never saw it because I knew it could never do one of my all time favourite books justice. I adore it. A more recent one from her which I absolutely fell in love with was ‘How to fall in Love.’ Okay I think that counts as two so I guess I have only two left. So much pressure.  Okay, lets go Non-fiction for this one, ‘The Missing Ink,’ by Philip Hensher discusses a favourite topic of mine, the lost art of handwriting.

Finally, a book I supremely enjoy is ‘Sophie’s World,’ by Jostein Gardner. I believe it has everything to do with my love of everything Alice in Wonderland.

I could go on forever with every book I have every read because each one of them had something that I loved, no matter how bad they were sometimes. I have two bookshelves which have exploded onto every surface of my room and find it almost impossible to walk out of a bookshop without buying two to three books. I would tell you which book I am reading right now but there are too many because I don’t like to limit myself to exploring only one world at a time. I’ll read anything and I’ll do anything to be reading.

Favorite TV shows and movies?  
Due to my aforementioned love of sport you will rarely find me sitting down and watching a tv show. Honestly I’m not sure I have the attention span. I’ll generally be reading a book or writing whilst watching it. But I do have a few favourites. I love, ‘Once upon a time,’ it’s about fairytales, how could I not? Peter Pan is my absolute favourite character. I can’t even explain the love I have for that character. He just makes evil so appealing. My all time favourite show is of course, ‘Friends,’ I just can’t get enough of Monica and Chandler. I love classics like ‘Bewitched,’ and the ‘Nanny.’ Currently, I’m making my way through ‘Modern Family’.

Movies, that’s easy, anything Disney. Currently, my favourite movie is ‘Big Hero Six,’ I cried because I laughed so hard. ‘How to train your dragon,’ one and two, ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ anything with Reese Whiterspoon really. ‘Easy A,’ or anything where Emma Stone in there and my all time favourite is more of a musical, ‘Annie,’ the older ones not the new one which I’m afraid to say was missable. Don’t even get me started on how unhappy I was with that movie.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
John Oliver because his humour would definitely help me to pass the time. He may be useless at everything pertaining to survival but at least I would die laughing. Chris Hemsworth, my countryman, because I’m sure he would be helpful for many, many things. The third is more fictional but I would love it if the Mad Hatter was there. No reason other than being his awesome self.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
I desperately want to go to Ireland and Scotland. I adore their accents and their culture. They both tell the most beautiful stories about love and I’m nothing if not a hopeless romantic.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Useless questions, those obvious ones your parents always ask you that you just really don’t want to answer or just pointing out the obvious just to start a conversation. Sometimes, silence is definitely preferred.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Cookies!!! I love cookies. I bake all kinds of cookies and whenever I don’t know what to eat I always turn to cookies. I make the cookie monster’s love for cookies look tame.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Eucalyptus. Obviously being from Australia almost everywhere you go there are Eucalyptus trees and there isn’t another scent that I love more. After a long trip all I want to do is go for a walk and soak up the Australian sun and smell the calming scent of eucalyptus. Never gets old.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I love Sara Barielles music, Gabrielle Aplin, Christina Grimmie, Melee, One Big World, One republic, Imagine Dragons, Bastille and Fun. My favourite Australian artists are Missy Higgins and Sheppard.

I’m sorry to all you One Direction lovers out there but I can’t stand anything they produce. I just can’t handle it. Same with you Beiber. I recently discovered a dislike for Taylor Swift whom I used to love before she changed her sound. I miss her old stuff. I can’t stand rap or hip hop or any of that really loud, thumping dance music that all sounds the same. Kind of makes me want to saw my ears off.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate
Silver or gold? Silver
Apple or PC? Apple
White wine or red wine? Neither, I’m not a big drinker (a more apt description of my drinking habits is non-existent.)
Liquor or beer? Neither
Coffee or tea? TEA!!!
Sleep in or get up early? I want to say get up early but generally I always sleep in.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?  
I do love reading and writing for The Selection trilogy but the Mortal Instruments comes in a close second.

What kind of environment do you write in?
Any kind, it doesn’t really matter for me. Just really depends on my mood. Sometimes I want loud and chaotic, or maybe writing outside. Sometimes, I opt to go to the library because I always feel more comfortable surrounded by books, although, sometimes that can be very distracting because all I want to do is read every book there.

Ever write in your PJs?
Always, most of the time I’m writing at two or three in the morning so the majority of my writing has been done in my PJ’s

How bout naked?
Nope, always clothed :)

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Everywhere, driving I often wonder how I have gotten places because I’ve been too busy think up another story. I watch people, listen to conversations, start insane ones whenever I can. A lot of my characters have traits I have seen in others or even myself. I believe the only way to make a character truly believable is to take something from yourself and expand from there. Then you have to put yourself in their mind. Sometimes I’ve been so deep in a character’s mind that I forget. I was writing a particularly angry scene once and stopped midway to got to work and couldn’t understand why I was so angry or even what I was angry at until I realised I had forgotten to leave that character’s emotions on the page.

Do I put real life into my stories?  
Sure, I think it’s almost impossible not to allow real life to sneak into a piece otherwise it could never be relatable for the reader.

Do you write on a schedule?  
I have no schedule, generally I can’t get through the day without writing something otherwise it feels like my mind might overload. I’m not always writing something worthy to be read but sometimes I just need to get the words out there before they start to drive me insane.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
Generally, I get an idea for a story and I just need to put a scene down on paper. It’s usually the middle of the story that I get hit with and then I build the story from there. I work my way back to the beginning and might have a vague idea of how it will end but its fluid and always changing as the story progresses

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Nope, I write whenever and wherever I can. My only habit is more of a general one, but I drink gallons of tea. I have three tea pots and well over twenty mugs, most from Disneyland and Disney world.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?  
I cannot write any sort of murder mysteries. I remember I had to write one in year nine but I don’t ever remember writing it and I have no idea what it was about. I think I got a pretty awesome grade for it but it was not an enjoyable experience for me. I love writing about love and overcoming insurmountable obstacles because that’s what I like to read about.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
I hate disappointing my readers by not being able to update frequently.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Titles for stories generally hit as I’m writing it or sometimes the title comes first and then the story.

Which character do you identify with the most?
I have no idea, I guess they all have a little bit of something which I can identify with.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
‘Altered Dreams,’ in The Selection Fandom because I have invested so much in it. As those who have read it will know it is a sequel to the original story I wrote whilst waiting for, at the time, the final book in the series, ‘The One.’ I enjoy writing it so much because most of the characters are my own. There are of course those from the original books but they are much older as I’m writing about their children. I also love it because it is based off another story’s themes, my favourite, Cinderella. I do love fairytales.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
No, never. I’d feel ridiculous talking to my family because I don’t really trust that I’m any good. I talk to one friend about my writing but I never let anyone I know read it.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?  
My favourite book in a series is generally the first because it sets everything up. So, I love the first book in the selection trilogy. I must have read it ten times before the second came out. Same with the Mortal Instruments, until that ending and I wondered what kind of book I had stumbled across. That had me going insane until I could read the next book.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
That’s a hard one because there are so many supportive and beautiful people out there who give me awesome encouragement but I’ve got to say whenever people tell me they’ve been discussing it with their friends I almost lose my mind. It’s unreal to think that there are people out there actually discussing what I’ve written.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I think I definitely need the criticism, I need to know what I’m doing wrong. As much as I appreciate the beautiful reviews about the piece I think I may appreciate getting the more constructive negatives ones more because they stop me from becoming a lazy author which is a really easy mode to slip into. If the people reading my story are constantly asking me questions about why I’ve done something or why a character has acted a certain way or flat out telling me that something doesn’t make sense I take it on board and try and figure out how to either fix my mistake by reworking something or sometimes I have been known to justify myself. However, at that point I know I’ve already made a mistake because if I need to justify something it means I haven’t written it well enough to let the words speak for themselves.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
In general, I just love that people are brave enough to post their stories in any fandom.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write! Pick up a pen, boot up your computer and write anything, everything and all that comes in between. Dream, I can’t tell you the amount of hours in a single day I spend daydreaming about alternate stories and far off places. I lose hours staring out my window lost in a world completely of my own making. Never dismiss a story because you think it’s too unreal or no one wants to read it. Who cares, write it for yourself then, write because you want to read it. Take inspiration from everything and then let your mind run wild. There are no limits. This isn’t maths, there are no rules to the worlds you can create other than the ones you choose. Never stop writing and more importantly never stop dreaming. I’m just like all of you, I’m not published but maybe one day with the right story I could be. At least I can dream it anyway :)

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?  
Umm, I’m not really into social media. I have no idea what tumblr is or any of the other things, so the only real place to see me is on Fanfiction, where my stories are.

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

 

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