Story Spotlight: Your Presence Still Lingers Here

Title: Your Presence Still Lingers Here
Author: Lara Kingsley
Fandom: TB/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: Canon
Complete? no

Summary: Who’s as devasted as me after Season 6 finale? I’ve been so down after watching it, especially the whole 6 months later thing after the Sweden scene, that I needed to write something. Think of it as some sort of therapy. And the result is this story. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So this is another TB fix….but after season 6. Remember how devastated we all were about Eric’s sunbathing mishap? She’s done a wonderful job of illustrating the aftermath from Sookie’s side and the subsequent quest she embarks on. And the new characters she introduces are absolutely awesome. How I wish these were real characters in the TB universe.

She’s woven a new and exciting chapter for the TB universe and I absolutely can’t wait for more. Seriously. I stayed up until like 3am finishing what she had and now I’m exhausted and frustrated because there isn’t anymore! Ugh. *pouts*

So yes, you should go read. And maybe…encourage her….to keep those updates coming. :) Hah hah, my minion, yes…go do my bidding *cackles*. I have issues. But go read and review and like and all that loveliness. FF links are here and here.

Author Spotlight: Lara Kingsley

Woo hoo! I have another awesome author for y’all to check out! I’ve been delving into the recesses of my fanfic.net favorites to get back into the TB/SVM/OUAT swing of things and this chick caught my eyes immediately and I was like “AH! YES!!!”. And thus began my descent into the madness of re-reading her Dead Briefs series. :)

She’s seriously so frickin’ sweet it’s like…ridiculous. And talented…if she hadn’t mentioned it, I would never have known English wasn’t her first language. Any of the very few mistakes I happened to notice I figured were autocorrect fuckups that she didn’t catch. And yeah, I’m the queen of ducking autocorrect. So yeah. Like I said, mega talent here .I’m gonna leave you to read what she has to say and I’ll see you at the bottom. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are? 
I’m Cynthia or better known on the web as Lara Kingsley.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
Well I’m a 29, nearly 30 year old eternal single girl from Quebec City in Canada. I’m a lifelong princess (I do live in a walled city with a castle after all!), the oldest of 3 kids. I’m very closed to my family (my parents live on the first floor of our building and I live on the third floor) especially my 18 year old baby brother and my dad (I’m a daddy’s little girl). Oh and I’m French Canadian.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Well I work (a girl’s gotta pay her rent, right?). I’m a memory maker or as most people usually call it a Front Desk clerk/Concierge at a hotel in my hometown. When I’m not behind the desk at the hotel, I’m either exploring my historical hometown (there’s always new stuffs to discover), reading romance novel, binge watching TV shows or playing Assassin’s Creed on my PS3.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My tab. That was the greatest gift to myself I ever bought. I’m not an iPhone or Android phone type of person (my cell phone is actually an older generation Samsung flip keyboard), so my tab is easier to carry around than a laptop.

What are some of your favorite books?
I gotta confess that I’m a huge romance novel reader. My bookcases are full with historical romance novels. Favourite books? There’s the classics, pretty much any Jane Austen books (especially Pride & Prejudice) and Jane Eyre. I also really love the Outlander series by Diana Gaballdon. Of course I loved the SVM (the early one of course, CH really f*cked things up in the end). These days I’m re-reading a vampire series by a Canadian author, Lynsay Sands, the Argeneau vampires.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
Even though in the end it disappointed me, I’m a Trubie at heart. I used to be a huge Stargate fan and a Lost fan when they were on the air. Right now I’m addicted to Outlander, Jane the Virgin, Reign (even though it’s historically inaccurate) and Game of Thrones. As for movies, I’m a geek… The Star Wars Original Trilogy is a favourite of mine. I also love comedy (Hot Fuzz, Robin Hood Men in Tights, just to name a few) and Disney princesses’ movies.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
This one is obvious! Alexander Skarsgärd, of course! Oh, I can bring three? Liam Hemsworth and Sam Heughan! These three are my yummy triumvirate ;) And the three of them are tall, strong men so they’d be able to protect me and help me survive.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
I’m a history buff so anywhere in Europe, but if I had to choose one… Great Britain would be my choice. Incorporate both England and Scotland ;)

Do you have any pet peeves?
People who argue even when they know they’re totally wrong.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
I’m French Canadian so… Poutine! For those not familiar with it it’s French fries with cheese curds and gravy. Oh and cheesecake! Lots and lots of cheesecake!

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Vanilla and lavender, they remind me of both my grandmothers who sadly aren’t with us anymore.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I’m a classically trained musician (I was in a music program in high school and played the trumpet) so I love classical music – my colleagues at work don’t and I bug them all the time by putting classical music on Songza in the hotel lobby. Otherwise I listen pretty much anything from Elvis to Lady Gaga.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I have four tattoos and one on my back says ‘We aim to please’. Yep it’s a quote from Fifty Shades of Grey, but that’s not why I have it.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate
Silver or gold?  Gold, Not yellow but either white or pink
Apple or PC? PC
White wine or red wine? Red
Liquor or beer?  I don’t drink a lot, but when I do I prefer liquor, hard one.
Coffee or tea?  Hi, my name is Cynthia and I’m a coffee addict
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
True Blood and SVM, of course. I also read lots of Veronica Mars fics, some Once Upon A Time (though for this fandom I stick with Gremma fic even if I’m also a Captain Swan fan) fics and Pride and Prejudice fics.

What kind of environment do you write in?
On my couch with music playing in the background.

Ever write in your PJs?
Mostly in my PJs. First thing I do when I come back from work is take off my uniform and put on comfy PJs

How bout naked?
I don’t think so! I have huge windows in my living room with very thin curtains. Wouldn’t want my neighbours to catch a peek ;)

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Most of it come from my need to fix thing. Dead Briefs came up because I wanted to rewrite True Blood with a smarter Sookie with a different upbringing. As for Your Presence Still Lingers Here I just wanted to fix the f*ckery that the writers made.

Do you put real life into your stories?
Not really, but my upcoming fic, Do Not Disturb, will be set in the hospitality industry and some of Sookie’s background will be based on myown past work experiences. Some of my former colleagues  will even make appearance as  True Blood characters.

Do you write on a schedule?
I try to get one chapter a week, but with real life and  work…

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I plan, a lot. For Dead Briefs I have what I call a Bible. Since every chapter is a Tome and everything is planned in advance.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Superstitions? Not really. As for rituals…. I always write with music. The type depend on what type of chapter I’m writing. For the chapter with action I go with classic rock, for scene that are more sensual I go with ballads or Moonlight Sonata

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Action scenes, I have a hard time writing those.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Even though I’ve read my fair share of bodice reapers, writing sex scenes still makes me nervous

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Not really. In fact Dead Briefs was known as True Blood Project for a couple of chapters until I asked my readers on fanfiction.net for help (I was so eager to write it that I didn’t even think of a title). As for YPSLH, the title comes from My Immortal by Evanescence

Which character do you identify with the most?
It’a a mix. For the longest time I’ve felt like an outsider, like I didn’t quite fit in  with both my friends and family, so I can identify with Sookie in that aspect. But I also have an old soul, as if I was born in a different era, so I can identify with Eric, Pam and even Bill (yeah, it hurt me to admit that).

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Dead Briefs Tome 1, since it was the beginning of the saga. But Tome 7 (yeah, it’s not  writen yet but I already know what will happen in it) will probably be one of my favourite.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
No. They know I write fanfic, but I don’t really talk about it.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
For True Blood I’ll say season 4 I Wish I Was The Moon. For Outlander (my new favourite show) it’s easy, The Wedding.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
Well being chosen for a fanfic spotlight by you ;) And just everytime someone says how much they like my stories.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I take it as constructive criticism.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
The rabid Bill fans that think that he can do no wrong.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t be afraid to publish your work. Don’t do what I did for a long time.

Have any recommendations?
Anything California Kat writes. Also the work of Gyllene, Meridian, Mistress Jessica and of course Kelpie!

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
There’s  my wordpress page, but I also have a fanfiction.net profile, a fictionpad page and a twcs page.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
The pleasure is all mine ;)

 

So there you have it lovelies! Like I said, super sweet girl and mega talented. I’m halfway through Dead Briefs Tome 2 (as of when I’m writing this) and I’m going to start on  some of her other stuff after that. So, follow the links above and leave her some love. You totally won’t regret anything you read of hers!

Story Spotlight: Dead Briefs Tome 1

Title: Dead Briefs Tome 1
Author: Lara Kingsley
Fandom: TB/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

Summary: AU – Shortly after her father’s death, recent law school graduate Sookie Stackhouse moves to Bon Temps, LA to be closer to her Gran and brother and to work at her family’s law practice that caters to supes, including VIP client Eric Northman.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
I read this story like-forever ago. And then the finale happened and I shunned anything that remotely reminded me of my misery. But yeah I’m revisiting this story and I remember how much I absolutely LOVED it!

It’s a new spin on the story, a true AU (at least in my eyes) and the story she’s woven while keeping true to the source material…yeah it’s brilliant. Truly brilliant. I love the interaction of Eric and Sookie (I mean, when DON’T I???) but this is different. I can’t even describe it without spoiling things, but needless to say, she rocks.

The links above will lead you to her wordpress and I’ll link her ff profile here and the story here since it sucks balls comparatively. AND…there is a sequel! Which I’m not actually sure I even started so as soon as I’m done with my re-read, you’ll probably be getting a spotlight for that as well.

So yeah, check out either site-or both-and leave her love. Cause I honestly can count on one hand the number of true AU’s that I’ve enjoyed quite this much. :) Thanks lovelies and enjoy!!!

Hola Lovelies

Hey my lovelies! It’s been a much better day here in my house, only a slight fat lip this morning from a well placed head butt. But that gave me time to fiddle a bit on the computer and actually write today.

So, here’s another reminder to get your votes in for the Get Inked Contest.

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Voting is open until Friday at midnight and you can vote as many times as you like. There are 3 fics in the running, all of which are awesome. Seriously. :)

And…surprise, surprise…I have a new one shot for you! It’s not the smutty one I’ve been hemming and hawing about but I *think* you’ll still be satisfied. In a flufferific kinda way that is. :)

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This was actually inspired by a Buzzfeed article (specifically #8). But I actually had a few brainstorms so there may possibly be more of these flufftastic little tidbits. Yeah this was *supposed* to be like 1 page, maybe 500 words….didn’t happen. This blossomed into a nice 1700+ word one shot. Ah well, what can ya do? :) I’m sure y’all are so upset. So click the banner and it’ll take you right there.

 

How Time Flies…

Hey y’all! So…I’m sorry this is coming to you so late. I was going to post your daily reminder to get your votes in for the Get Inked contest this morning…and then everything went to shit.

Ugh. The good thing about today is that my middle baby turned 4!!! Hence the title of the post…

Other than that everything went to absolute shit and therefore I haven’t done…much.

So yes, here is your reminder…voting end Friday at midnight (or whenever I close it after that, but just to be safe we’ll say midnight.) and there is not restriction on voting. You can vote as many times as you like. All three stories are absolutely awesome and I can’t wait to see who wins. :)

Next up is an update. I was *going* to have a smutty one shot for you, but again…nothing got done today. But thanks to MistressJessica1028, this chapter ended up beta’d and I decided to say ‘Fuck it!’ and post it. Whatever. So click the banner below to go to the story main page (if you’re like me and forgot what this story was all about and missed the last update) or the link below will take you right to the new chapter.

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Lucky // Chapter 4

I’ll post another reminder about voting tomorrow and hopefully something else…not sure what yet, but yeah. Oh and I’m also working on updating some of the pages here, so if you see changes (like the new spiffy navigation buttons..eh eh?? *wink*) that’s why. Hopefully y’all will like all the new changes.

And like always, if you have questions/comments/concerns/suggestions or anything else you need to let me know you can always email me or use the spiffy contact form up in the header somewhere. Or find me on any of the social media type sites (ff.net, ao3, tumblr, etc.) :) I always reply and answer cause…let’s face it…I love you guys! So yeah, I’m done for the night. Sleep tight and have Swede dreams lovelies!!

Author Spotlight-ish: MissRissa81

Hey lovelies!!! So this isn’t technically an author spotlight…BUT (and it’s a really big butt-like mine) this chick is the absolute BOMB and deserves some credit for all she does. She does tons and tons for the Kittyinaz beta group, is a prereader for a shit ton of us author, gives advice, is a wonderful sounding board and an amazing friend…shall I go on or do y’all get the idea?!? I mean, seriously I can go on and on and on for like ever cause she’s amazing!

She doesn’t write much-if I remember correctly she’s written a few one shots…but she’s incredibly active in the TB/SVM community.

I can’t even tell you how grateful I am that she’s in my life. And y’all should be eternally grateful as well because she’s the reason I’ve started getting back into the TB/SVM universe. :) Okay, I’ll stop rambling and just let her do the talking.

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are? 
Lets see, I’m Charissa and I’m most commonly known as Rissa, or MissRissa81.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
Well I’m a nurse, and a crazy cat lady, well maybe not crazy…yeah I can’t even type that with a straight face!! I work as a care giver for Grandma, who all my friends simply know as Grandma! I’m almost always reading, cause let’s face it, I’m a bit of an update whore!!

What do you do with yourself when you’re not pre-reading and being the generally awesomeness that is you? What is a day in your life like?
Well I pretty much am always reading! I keep pretty busy between being grandma’s chauffeur and getting “emergency” calls from my 13 yr old niece! LOL! I I spend the rest of my time begging my writer friends to give me more!!!

What are some things you never leave home without?
Well the most obvious would be my phone, as im currently at the salon with Grandma and answering on my phone LOL!! I also have my Kindle within reach ALWAYS!! And I am never without my Burt’s Bees lip balm!

What are some of your favorite books?
I adore the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the first 9 books from SVM, Immortals After Dark series, Harry Potter, The Dark Tower Series, and pretty much anything written for me!! ;)

Favorite TV shows and movies?  
As much as the last few seasons of TB killed a little bit of my soul, I still love it, OUaT is a serious addiction for me, I love TVD and The Originals, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and I’m currently binge watching Sons of Anarchy!!! And it rocks my socks!!

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Alex of course!!! Colin!!!! Charlie Hunnam!!! I think the why is beyond obvious!!

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Only one?? Well I want to see lots of places, I need to see more of the world!! I want to see the oceans, and Europe and Australia, and Florida!!!

Do you have any pet peeves?
It’s not so much a pet peeve, but it is a little OCD of me, but my foods can’t touch!! And I just hate it when people are rude for no reason!

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
I love food in general, but I do not do fish and seafood!! I am a huge fan of Chinese, and Mexican, and Italian, oh and creole, but I can’t handle spicy foods, so I’m a walking contradiction!! And my mom’s meatloaf is the best!!

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Hmmm, probably vanilla or cinnamon spice

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I love most alternative music, and almost all mid to late 90’s music makes me sing a long without me even realizing it, and I have to admit that Taylor Swift is one of my guilty pleasures!! I’m not a huge fan of death metal, and some rap I cou do without!!

What are some of your hobbies?
I knit poorly, I am working on improving my cooking skills, with my odyssey thru cooking!!!

What makes you tick? What motivates you on any given day?
Most days my whole goal is to get thru the day without falling on my ass!! But for me it’s always my family, both the one I was born into, and the one that I’ve created with friends!!

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I’ve been hit by two cars while walking, but have never broken a bone, I swear it’s a super power, I’ve been told it’s not! LOL

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? seeing as I live on my phone, Apple but my laptop is a PC
White wine or red wine? White
Liquor or beer? Liquor
Coffee or tea?  coffee, but it’s got to be flavored
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in!!!!!!

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for reading?  
My fave fandoms are OUaT and SVM/TB and I really love when new updates arrive in my inbox, then I get really sad when I’ve finished it. I do enjoy a good crossover too, so I’m pretty easy to please!

What kind of environment do you read and work your beta/group leader/facebook group magic in?
Well for me I do everything on my phone, so as long as I can sit down for a few mins I’m golden!!

Ever work in your PJs?
Only every day!! ;)

How bout naked?
it’s been known to happen!!

What are some of the jobs you do in the Facebook groups you’re a part of?
Really I just consider myself a big update whore and throw myself into whatever needs to be done so I get more updates!! LOL! No but seriously, I am the Continuity Beta for my dear Kittyinaz, I stharted betaing for her amazing Tin Man story and then found that I was too focused on all the stories, so she asked if I would take over as her CB, that just means I get to play with all the stories!!!!! I make timelines, and make sure that any question that is asked has an answer, or a way of finding one!! I try and make myself available when I’m needed! I also jumped right into being the groups welcome wagon, as I feel everyone should get a full greeting!! I pride myself on basically being a cheerleader and a sounding board for all my friends, and a prereader extraordinaire!!

Which character from your fandoms do you identify with the most?
Probably my fave character to read is Eric Northman, not because I’m even remotely capable of relating to a 1000 yr old Viking vampire, but because he’s such a dynamic character and CH really let the ball drop in how she dealt with him!!

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?  
Let’s see, for OUaT I love any episode where we get to see Captain Swan together, the season 3 finale is still one of my faves!! For SVM/TB I liked watching/reading the developing relationship between Eric and Sookie, the easy way they were with each other was refreshing, until she-who-must-not-be-named decided to kill everything good she created!!

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
Right now it’s the lack of updates!! I’m super greedy and can never get enough, I always want more!!!

Which authors do you absolutely need more of? And how do you go about…inspiring them?
Well this list is long…you, Mistress Jessica, Meridian, Bertie Bott, Kittyinaz, California Kat, Queen of Area Five!!! Some of them I outright beg for updates and lovely little presents!!!

Uh…what would we do without you?!?!?!
Probably hear the word MORE a lot less!! ;)

How do you always stay so nice and positive and friendly and just generally awesome?
It must be the awesome booster I take daily!! I try to find the positives in everything I can, and hope others do too!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
If you have an idea and it won’t let you go, you clearly should be writing!!

Have any recommendations?
Again this one is a long list so basically I find/stalk an author, then I read everything they’ve written, I beg for updates and find my next victim!! Bwahahahaha!!!

And lastly, where can all your rabid stalkers find you?  
Well I do have a WordPress site, not that there’s much there, but feel free to stalk me at www.missrissa81.wordpress.com

Anything else you want to tell us? Anything at all??
Let’s see, I hate fish and seafood (sorry darlin but it’s true) and I’ve been hit by a few cars while walking, but have never broken a bone!! I personally think it’s like a super power, you know like I’m invincible!!! I’ve been told however that I just can’t walk!! LOL!!

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

 

Yeah, so there ya go! Like I said, she’s amazing at everything she does…and I  have no idea how she does everything she does. Absolute amazeballs! So go leave her love and tell her if you have a story you want updated—she’s like magic at getting authors to write! :)

Reminder and New Chapter

So, first off-reminder!!! The Get Inked contest is almost over! I have 3 entries so far and would looooooove more! Tattooing or tattoos have to be a prominent fixture of the story, but other than that the sky’s the limit.

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Check out the Get Inked page for specifics and the general Contest page for other info. Entries are due by Jan 31 at midnight EST unless other arrangements are made. Come on lovelies-isn’t a tattooed Eric or Killian or Jace like the epitome of sexy?!?

*drool* I thought about it a little too much. Hum, yeah okay…*gathers thoughts*

And in other news…I have another new chapter of Behind the Camera for you! Shocking I know. But I’m actually kind of on a roll with this, which you can thank MissRissa81 for. And you can also thank MistressJessica1028 for cleaning this chapter up…apparently I’ve been out of the “writing headspace” long enough that the google doc looked like a massacre with all the edits she had to make. *head desk*

So yeah, thank both of them for their help and encrouagement and talent. Cause otherwise y’all would be getting nothing!!! As always, banner takes you to the story home page and link takes you to the chapter. As someone pointed out, this fic is pretty fluffy. There WILL be angst, but not *IN* the E/S relationship. I’m not quite secure enough in the E/S fandom to write angst again yet. Getting there though. But yeah, go read. I’ll stop yapping. Love you wonderful peeps and enjoy!

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Behind the Camera // Chapter 5: Red, Black, or Blue

Author Interview: Carroll E. Stewart

September 2013 was a huge month for spotlights….that never got published. Ugh. But we’re trucking though them and we’re almost at the end. :) This lovely lady is awesome and she’s actually published her own original fiction. You can follow the links on her wordpress, which is linked below. :) Have at it lovelies!

 

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

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing? 
I work part time.  I cook all the time. Baking is a favorite all though I also grill.   I like to travel. I photo journal cemeteries.   I write when I can get some time in.

What are some things you never leave home without?
I always have on perfume.  Either Angel or Womanity by Theirry Mulger.

What are some of your favorite (non-SVM) books?  
Dracula, Stoker; The Egyptian, Waltari;  Cleopatra A Birgraphy, Roller; Roots of Home, Versaci; and The Queen Anne House, Foster.  Any cookbook, just trot it on out there.

Favorite (non-True Blood) TV shows and movies?
I watch very little TV.  NCIS, Elementary, and Sherlock Holmes when it pops up on BBC.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why? 
Wow….I have questions about that.  How long am I there?  If it is for the long haul, he may not be famous but my husband.  And not just because he is a stud…lolololol…you need shelter, food, and smarts to survive.  He is the total package.  Airborne Ranger!  Hoooo-aaaah!

If I’m just there for the afternoon, no offense to the famous, (or my friends and family)  but I’d take my lap top. Enjoy the view, the quiet, and write.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
I have not seen the fjords of Norway.  That is on my list.

Do you have any pet peeves? 
Drive your f***ing car and put the f***ing phone, down!  Nor do I wish to hear your conversation and I think I can speak for the rest of the  restaurant, while I am at dinner.

Tell me one random thing about yourself. 
I am a shoe whore.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Vanilla…more versatile
Silver or gold?  Actually platinum…
Apple or PC?  Apple
White wine or red wine?  Tequila…because you can not say Ole after you do a shooter of wine.
Liquor or beer?  Scotch, because it taste better than beer.
Coffee or tea?  Both
Sleep in or get up early? Early

Okay, now for the good stuff.
Why and when did you start writing fanfics?
I started writing fan fics after I read Dracula back in the late 60’s.  That was my first one.  Only toyed with it afterwards because I was raised to believe that was plagiarism…. still do…

After I read Book Ten in the SVM series I stopped reading that series and decided to write my own HEA for Eric and Sookie.

Besides SVM/True Blood, is there another book, TV show or movie that you would write for? 
No.

What kind of environment do you write in?
If I am at home, during the winter, in front of the fireplace.  During the summer, my little library.  If traveling…just where ever it is quiet.

Do you prefer using a pen and paper, a computer or some sort of mobile device to write?
I write on my laptop….put down ideas so I don’t forget them with pen and paper.  Will also jot down notes on my iPhone.

Ever write in your PJs?
Yes…am doing so now.

How bout naked? :o)
LOLOLOLOL….I guess I have been in bed with only a bed  jacket on…does that count as naked?

Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
My life.

Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing? 
Absolutely.

Do you write on a schedule?
I write whenever I have the time.  I write every night starting at eight.

If you do, how do you keep to that schedule?
I just turn everything off and sit down and write.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
There is no planning…I just write.

How do you deal with potential writers block?
I have not had that yet.  I dance first thing every morning for an hour. (I get up at five.)  I work through ideas at that time.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions? 
No

Is one genre easier for you to write than another?
No.

Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Depends on what you define as great.  All of it comes easily to me…I don’t think that makes it great. lolololololol

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Not having enough time to sit down and write it from the beginning to end without being interrupted.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Yes.  I pick one line out of the story and that becomes the title and I know what that line is going to be before I start the story.

Which character do you identify with the most? 
I like Dr. Watson.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why?
Actually I have two…..Victory Runs Deep…you get the first part of Eric’s back story which helps you to understand who he is.

And then Tall Tellings and Truths.  You get Eric’s life from King Eric’s point of view.  King Eric has been with him the longest.  He knows stuff…

Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise? 
I like them all.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
No

How do they feel about it? 
Writing makes me happy…therefore…please write.

Which is your favorite SVM book? 
Hmmmm….I don’t think I have a favorite.  I like them all.

Favorite True Blood episode?
Season Two….when Eric tricks Sookie into sucking the bullets out of him  and having his blood.  His smirking…not to be missed.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
That would be for IANAA….a reader said it was the best example of fan fiction she had read due to the fact that it did not rehash all the old plot lines.  That was my goal…not to rehash…but to explain the missing pieces from Miss Harris’ books and then write mythos for vampires and my own story line.  I live for the backstory.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I turn sixty this year and have been around the world  a couple of times, literally.  I have had a miscarriage, raised our daughter, house broke two dogs and buried my twin with my husband’s twenty seven year Army career tossed in there. I don’t mean to sound arrogant but…you can take your criticism and go someplace else and read.  It’s fan fiction, it’s free…or better yet, all of you with a better idea, write your own.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 
Write what you know.  I only write what I like…what I want to read.  That would be the place to start.

Have any recommendations?
I just finished a biography about Jimmy Stewart.

What are you reading at the moment? 
Just writing and editing my own stuff…lolololol…..

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?LOLOLOLOL…..Carrollestewart.wordpress.com

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

Author Spotlight: Im2xshy

Again, an interview from September 2013. Le sigh. Just go read. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Im2xshy, but you can also call me Anne Marie.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m 38 years old. I’ve been married for 14 years and my husband and I have a 9-year old son. When I graduated from high school, I went to college for a little while and majored in journalism. Eager to get on with my life, I dropped out of college and went to work for lawyers. I’ve been doing that ever since. I got back into writing, wow, 8 years ago when The West Wing ended and I started writing fan fiction. Last year, I enrolled in college again on line and am pursuing a Creative Writing – Fiction degree.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Well, as a creative writing major, I don’t get a lot of time nowadays to creatively write! LOL! Work, school, school, family, read, school…

What are some things you never leave home without?
My Kindle. I don’t go ANYWHERE without it! When I have some downtime, I read a lot. One of the best ways to learn to write is read, read, read!

What are some of your favorite (non-SVM) books?
Anything by Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Heather Graham. I’ve also started reading some Indie authors too.

Favorite (non-True Blood) TV shows and movies?
Once Upon a Time!!

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Alexander Skaarsgaard because in my boredom, I’ll need someone pretty to look at; Justin Timberlake, because well, he’s Justin Timberlake and doesn’t take himself seriously, so someone’s got to be around to keep things light, and the guy that played MacGuyver because hopefully he picked stuff up along the way and can figure out how to get us OFF the island!

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Tuscany.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Those jerks on the highway that cut in front of the line of traffic at the last possible second, making 30 cars behind them slam on their brakes and cause accidents. I hate those people! You don’t have made Ninja driving skills, a**hole! You’re reckless and you just crashed a mini-van with kids in it!

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I’m totally afraid of the dark.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla.
Silver or gold? Silver. I’m obsessed with Tiffany & Co.
Apple or PC? Apple. I just bought a MacBook Pro for school and publishing and this thing
is totally off the chain!
White wine or red wine? I’m an oenophile. Both!!
Liquor or beer? Beer.
Coffee or tea? Both. I’ll start off my day with coffee and then recharge with tea.
Sleep in or get up early? Well, I’m an insomniac so I’m usually up early. Given the choice, I’d prefer sleeping in.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
Why and when did you start writing fanfics?
When The West Wing ended because I was totally heartbroken. It’s the only show that I watched from the pilot through the series finale religiously. It’s the first show that ever left me.

Besides SVM/True Blood, is there another book, TV show or movie that you would write for?
Write for as in professionally? Once Upon a Time.

What kind of environment do you write in?
Well, I’ll write when I have downtime at work, so that’s not that quiet of an environment. At home, I write in my den and my kid is usually in here with me watching a movie or playing with his Legos or on his computer. He’s not all that quiet! Do you prefer using a pen and paper, a computer or some sort of mobile device to write? Computer, always!

Ever write in your PJs?
Absolutely!

How bout naked? :o)
Ha! Can’t say I’ve tried that one!

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I find inspiration everywhere! It could be in song lyrics, a small part of a book that didn’t get expanded upon and I thought it should, life experiences. Usually one scene of a story just pops in my head and I build the entire fic around that one idea.

Do you write on a schedule? If you do, how do you keep to that schedule?
Well, it used to be that I wrote when inspiration hit and I’d be totally consumed by the story. Lately, I’ve been trying to keep myself on something of a schedule to at least write 2,000 words a week. I can do it all in one sitting on a weekend, or work on it a little at a time throughout the week. I’m currently working on my first novel. It’s 21,000 words so far and I’m about half way through the story, which will be the first in a four book series. So, I’m doing my damndest to keep with a schedule.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I am SO jealous of writers that can draft up an outline and stick with them, but that’s never been for me. I just write. Sometimes, the characters take your story in a new and better direction than you intended, so I write whatever comes to me in that moment.

How do you deal with potential writers block?
Depends on what I’m blocked on. If the thought is there and I’m just trying to work out the dialog or wording, I might open solitaire and do something brainless for a while. Reading helps a lot too, usually stuff in the genre I’m writing, also wine does wonders for the creative juices! Usually drinking wine puts me in a smutty mood.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Nope. Unless you count rereading what I wrote in my last writing session before writing the next part.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Oh definitely! Writing vampire fanfiction was much easier than writing political stuff! I’m not that great at writing things that required science, which is rough because my original series contains eternal youth, and well, I have to explain how that is possible. So technical writing doesn’t come all that easy to me.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
The fact that I don’t own them! That didn’t come up with the idea.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I’m terrible at titles generally speaking, but it was a little easier in the SVM/True Blood world because CH used ‘dead’ in all her book titles, so I stuck with that. Usually, I try to get the title from the text of the story somewhere. They often don’t make sense.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Pam is the first character that pops into my mind. She’s loyal. In my personal life, I do my best to never screw anyone over. Also, True Blood Pam has the mouth of a druken sailor. As an original Jersey Girl, I can get very unladylike when mad. When she said “fucktarded,” I laughed so hard I cried!

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why?
As Good As Dead. I’m really proud of how that came out. I hit a certain stride with that right from chapter one and it’s probably my best writing to date.

Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Dead On. I liked the idea that since Sookie is part fairy, she’d have a longer life span and thus, get to be with Eric longer.

Do you talk to your family about your writing? How do they feel about it?
I don’t talk to my family about the fanfiction. I don’t think they would understand why I would write about other people’s characters, but I think it’s a great way to hone writing skills, working with characters and stories you know well. I do talk to my family about my original writing and they’re supportive. I have friends in the fanfiction world that I talk about that writing with.

Which is your favorite SVM book?
All Together Dead. <<gasp>> Scandal! I know, it’s not Dead to the World.

Favorite True Blood episode?
Just one??? Hmmm…the season 4 premiere. We saw right up close and in Technicolor how loyal Eric was. That’s one of the main reasons why I love All Together Dead best.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
When somebody tells me they’ve read it more than once!

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Criticism? There’s people who don’t like my stuff??? Just kidding. When someone is overly critical, I think it just means that they weren’t in my target audience and stumbled on my story. You will never please everybody.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Do NOT give up! Read all you can. If you like writing vampire fiction, then read all the vampire fiction you can and see what other authors are doing in your genre. Do not let anybody tell you not to pursue your passion because the field is too competitive. There is no way to know what story will take off, when, and why. Why shouldn’t the next Charlaine Harris be you? I mean, hell, look at the Fifty Shades of Grey series (which I haven’t read), who in the world would have thought that would be so popular? Most important: WRITE THE STORY YOU WOULD WANT TO READ! Your writing is guided by you. You shouldn’t forget your readers because they brought you to the party, but don’t betray the story you wanted to tell because popular reader opinion tries to sway you in a specific direction.

Have any recommendations? What are you reading at the moment?
I am currently reading a book called The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. When I’m done with that, I was thinking I’d either start on Charlaine Harris’ Shakespeare series or J.D. Robb’s In Death series.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
www.fanfiction.net. I’m also on Twitter at @AMMahler3206. Not that I Tweet anything earth-shattering.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
Thanks for thinking of me! This was a lot of fun!

So there you have it lovelies! Go check out her stuff…it’s all complete so that’s a plus. :)

Story Spotlight: Northman’s Nanny

Title: Northman’s Nanny
Author: Victory in Trouble
Fandom: True Blood / SVM
Rating: MA
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: He- gorgeous, successful, lonely single father. She- smart, friendly, awkward college senior. When they meet, there’s an instant attraction but their working relationship should prevent anything from happening. However, good intentions are sometimes not good enough. Funny, sometimes heavy, but often joyful and sweet. Take a look! MA for strong language and sexual content. AU/AH

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so I started reading this waaaaaaaaaaay back when she first started it and I was so in love with it. And then the TB finale happened and they absolutely shat all over the E/S fandom. And I lost all my love for all things TB. But I noticed all the update emails from ff.net and I’ve been steadily wondering what’s been going on in her little Nanny universe.

So I’m reading it for the second time and damn it’s just as good as I remember. She’s woven these characters in a completely believable way…just wait until you see how she integrates Sookie’s telepathy without actually GIVING her telepathy. Brilliant-genius-absolutely wonderful…all those and more.

She’s not done with it and neither am I, but I totally can’t wait for more of this completely awesome story! Go read…this links to her blog and not ff so it’s even better. Leave her love too cause she’s incredibly talented and deserves it…plus she’s an absolute sweetheart.