Hallo lovelies! I am back with another astoundingly amazing author you seriously need to check out. This chick is one of the most prolific OUAT authors…at least on my tumblr feed. That’s where I originally found her, as I was scrolling around for Captain Swan
smut fics…yeah. Anyhoo, I managed to get over to ff.net and I swear I think I have most of her stuff favorited. I went on quite the reading spree with her stuff.
So yeah, she’s awesome. And you should really read what she’s got to say… :)
Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Hey Kelly, thank you so much for asking me to do this, it’s a lot of fun and it’s always nice to be appreciated as a writer. My name is Lena, QuiteTheTrueLove on fanfiction.net and you can also find me on tumblr, there I’m Captainmcwho.
So, tell me a little about yourself.
There’s really not a lot to tell. I’m 23 yearls old, German and currently in my last semester of uni, which is why I barely have time to write anything at the moment. Or at least not as much as I used to.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
As I mentioned uni is keeping me pretty busy. I’m also an avid reader, I just had to get a new bookcase because I ran out of room for my books. I also love a bunch of TV shows and movies. If I’m not at home then I’m most likely out with my friends having a drink at my favorite pub.
What are some things you never leave home without?
My cell phone of course and lip balm.
What are some of your favorite books?
Oh boy, that reply could get long. I’ll try to narrow it down for you. For classics it’s Pride & Prejudice. John Green and Rainbow Rowell for contemporary, but I recently read It’s Not Me It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane, which was super adorable. A few of my all time favorites are The Night Circus, the Harry Potter series, The Lunar Chronicles, the Throne Of Glass series and so many more. One series that I can’t stop thinking about since reading it is the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
Favorite TV shows and movies?
Once Upon A Time of course. Apart from that I love The Walking Dead, Parks & Rec, New Girl, Orphan Black, House Of Cards and Sherlock. I’m watching way too many shows to be honest. My favorite movie is Pride & Prejudice (the one with Keira Knightley), I can watch that one again and again. I’m also a huge Disney fan since I’ve been a kid. Which is probably why I love OUAT so much.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Bear Grylls, because he could catch fish and make fire and do all the other survival stuff that I would need. Then maybe Dominic Monaghan, because he knows a lot about spiders and snakes and can catch them and tell me if they are poisonous or not. And Jennifer Lawrence, she seems like a lot of fun.
What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Amsterdam, it’s not actually that far from where I live but I never managed to go there.
Do you have any pet peeves?
I hate when people blow their nose beside me and loose wet hair is my nemesis.
What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Chocolate!! But I’m actually trying to go without it for a while.
What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
The smell of books probably. And vanilla.
What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I like rock music, especially alternative. But I listen to a lot of types of music. What I can’t stand is rap, that’s just not for me.
Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I have an orange tabby cat that is lying beside me right now.
Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Both
Silver or gold? Silver.
Apple or PC? PC
White wine or red wine? White wine!
Liquor or beer? Liquor
Coffee or tea? Tea, coffee makes me jumpy.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in!
Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
I mostly write Captain Swan fanfiction, but I did a few drabbles for Arrow, The Mindy Project and BBC’s Our Girl. I read Captain Swan and the occasional bookish fanfiction when I crave more than what the books gave me.
What kind of environment do you write in?
On my couch, with some music playing and a cup of tea at my side.
Ever write in your PJs?
Of course, that’s the best way to go!
How bout naked?
Hahaha, can’t say that I have. But I get a lot of ideas in the shower, does that count?
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I get inspiration from music, movies, TV shows, books and also real life. Not my own, but one of my current fics is loosely based on something a friend experienced.
Do you write on a schedule?
I tried to but it didn’t really work, real life gets in the way. Now I just write when I can find the inspiration.
Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I have a really rough outline for my stories and some scenes that are more detailed and I just go from there.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
No not really.
Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I think I’m best at writing modern alternative universes, I just like that the genre gives you more room to play with the characters. Because of that I’m not so good at writing canon universes.
What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Definitely smut. It’s so hard for me to know if what I’m writing is too cheesy or trashy. I always want it to be tasteful.
Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I don’t think that I have much of a method when it comes to coming up with story titles, but some of my stories have specific chapter titles. For example All The Voices In My Head, the chapter titles are mostly quotes from fairy tales.
Which character do you identify with the most?
When I write it’s Killian Jones We’re both romantics and fight for what we believe in. I think one thing we have in common is that we don’t give up on people we love.
Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
My favorite to write was You Keep Me Up All Night, it was also my most successful story. I still read some parts of it from time to time and can’t actually believe that I wrote that one.
Concept wise it’s All The Voices In My Head. A serial killer turning his victims into fairy tale characters was an idea that came to me really unexpectedly and I loves putting it into words.
Do you talk to your family about your writing?
No. I’m not sure if they would understand the concept of fanfiction. It’s just something I do for me.
What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
I’ll just stick to OUAT for your sake, because this could get really long otherwise. My favorite episode is probably Tallahassee. Watching it made me really fall in love with Killian and Emma.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
I got a lot of sweet compliments, but something I’ll never forget is someone telling me that they couldn’t stop thinking about one of my stories even when they were doing yoga. It was just too funny.
How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I usually ignore it. I once addressed it and it didn’t really make me feel any better. If it’s constructive criticism then I’ll try to listen to it and see if I can change something about it.
What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
I’m only an active member in the Captain Swan fandom. My favorite part about it are the people I met and became friends with. My least favorite part is that some people feel so high and mighty and think only their opinions are valid.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just write, write, write. Even if it’s utter shit (pardon my French). Just get it all out and try not think too much about what your readers would like, just write what you like. Don’t make it a chore.
Have any recommendations?
Under The Crimson Flag by You-drive-me-nuts-miller, but I’m sure most people in the fandom have already read it. Jill is a great friend of mine and I love her writing.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
Thank you!! It was so much fun!
So yeah. Like I said, she’s awesome and her fics have this perfect blend of fic-y-ness (yeah I totally made that up) and realism that I absolutely love. :) So go read and leave her comments and love!