Hallo lovelies! So I’m hideously late on your spotlight today, which is inexcusable, yet unavoidable. I’m seriously slacking. Ugh.
Anyhoo-this chick is the frickin bomb, alright? She’s written 30-THIRTY-Clace/TMI fics and I totally found her by accident. I read…something else (can’t remember what) and when I went to that author’s page to find more fics, my finger accidentally hit their favorite authors. I was intrigued because Mina was the only one. And so I clicked and the rest is history.
She’s awesome and I’m gonna shut up and let you read. :)
Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
I am Mina Lisly, though it is my pen name.
So, tell me a little about yourself.
My life isn’t very interesting, you know. I am French and from a patchwork family, and have a total of six (step)sisters, and one (step)brother. I love them all, and we Lucky have a very deep connection. Otherwise, I am plain me, with miss everybody’s life. Subway, work and sleep (it’s a French saying to explain boring and uneventful life)
What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I think about writing. I dream about writing. I think 99,99% of my time I do something writing-related. It’s obsessive. I think people close to me might kill me about that. Haha.
What are some things you never leave home without?
My music player (because music is life), and my tablet, because I write everywhere. Even while walking sometimes. I used to write on paper, but then I switched to tablet.
What are some of your favourite books?
Mu favourite books of all times are from a series called the Earth Children. I absolutely love this series. It has everything in it. Romance, drama, angst, history, lemon, medicinal knowledge, and it’s just a wonderful series. I’ve read it in French and in English a zillion times, at least. You should really check it out.
Otherwise, I am pretty open. I love as much Agatha Christie’s work, as Tolkien’s, as Rowling’s, as Stephen King’s, as Zola’s. Give me a book, and I’ll read it if I have time.
Favorite TV shows and movies?
I am a big fan of Supernatural. Though I haven’t watched it for over a season (I’m being such a lazy fan, lately). I absolutely fangirl about Once Upon A Time with my sisters. I am the one who got them addicted to this show, haha. I used to watch Veronica Mars, because that chick rocked! And back in the days (geez, is wore to myself to never use that expression), I was also into Charmed and the X-Files.
And, of course, I am into Game of Thrones. Haha. Valar Morgulis.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Why only three? It’s such a small choice! I’d definitely have an Irish in the lot, because I am a big sucker for Irish people. I’d probably have Dwayne Johnson the Rock. You know, so he could be my bodyguard against all kind of evils (like crazy monkeys or something). And I’d have another Irish, just in case I get bored. Probably Collin O’Donoghue, or Jonathan Rhys Meyer. (Not Sean Bean, he’ll die within seconds with his legendary ‘luck’, haha)
What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
If I could, I’d go all around the world. Though lately, my sister and I are drooling over pictures of Japan. (And when I say lately, I mean it as I since we’re born.)
Do you have any pet peeves?
People doing rude things. Like speaking with a full mouth. Or saying swear words (which is funny, because my characters can be really vulgar, sometimes.)
What are some of your favourite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
My favourite food is ratatouille. It’s just so delicious. And just to kill that urban myth, real ratatouille doesn’t have any meat in it. There I said it, it’s vegan.
As for comfort food, it will be broccoli. If I feel blue and you give me a broccoli flower, I’ll definitely smile.
What’s your favourite scent-one that says “home” to you?
I’d probably say the one you have when you open a new book. I just love that smell.
What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I am very eclectic. I listen to everything. From Mozart to Disney. From Eminem to Nightwish. From the Rolling Stones to Skrillex. But I have to admit that I have a slight preference to everything that is rock, metal, hard rock and symphonic metal. And I do have a little problem with electro music. I don’t really mind when it’s on the radio, but it’s definitely not in my music player.
Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I love broccoli.
Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla. Because chocolate ain’t really my thing.
Silver or gold? None. I’m allergic to both. I know, my life sucks.
Apple or PC? In between. But I’m converting to Apple more and more. I’m such a sellout. Hahah.
White wine or red wine? Neither. I don’t drink alcohol.
Liquor or beer? Well, same here.
Coffee or tea? Tea. I don’t like coffee (I’m such a complicated person)
Sleep in or get up early? It depends. Usually, I get up early, but since I started working in this new restaurant, I sleep as much as I can. Because I go to bed at godforsaken hours.
Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
Well, I’ll be very quick. It’s the Mortal Instruments. I discovered Fanfiction through it, and though I tried, I never managed to write for something else.
What kind of environment do you write in?
Everywhere. I just need to have my music in my ears, and then I’m lost into the world I’m creating.
Ever write in your PJs?
How bout naked?
Nah. I’m too prudish. Which is funny when you know what I write. Pffff. I make no sense.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I mostly find inspiration out of nowhere. But my sisters are always supporting me when I have a writer’s block. And sometimes I put little personal experiences in the lives of my characters, or in their actions or attitudes.
Do you write on a schedule?
I write whenever I have time. If I could, I’d write all day long. All night long. In my grave. Haha.
Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
Usually, when I think of a story, the whole story comes to me. The big lines are already drawn, and then, as I write, I fill up the little things. But the ending is already decided, the big twists are already thought of and so, I just have to follow them.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Not really. But when I’m in a frenzy of writing, I don’t read a lot, because I don’t want to be influenced by other’s writing.
Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I love writing about angst. And action. But when I have to write lemons or really fluffy/cheesy stuffs, I do struggle. But that doesn’t mean I don’t do it.
What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Not writing too much, so I can have a real life. It’s really obsessive.
Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Nooooo. If you ever hear of one, let me know. Because this is the biggest struggle I have. Titles. There will be the end of me.
Which character do you identify with the most?
None. Usually, I tend to be very annoyed with my characters at some point. I want to take them by the shoulders and shake them so hard. But I like strong characters, especially women. I’m a bit tired of weak poor damsels in distress that I read almost everywhere.
Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Haaaa. That question is too hard. They’re all my babies. From different father’s. Haha. I can’t choose.
Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Haha. I talk so much about it that I think they’re plotting to get me killed.
What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
It’s the Mammoth Hunters. Definitely my favourite boon in the Earth Children.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
That I should try and get it published.
How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Honestly, I really don’t mind. Everything is good to hear. Everything criticism is a way to help me get better, weather they are mean or friendly.
What is your favourite/least favourite part about your preferred fandoms?
I really don’t like the Clace happily ever after. And I don’t like that Valentine died so easily. I really liked him.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I don’t know. Just do as you feel. Don’t force it, because it will show, and you won’t be satisfied by your work.
Have any recommendations?
Don’t get discouraged. The Force is with you.
And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Everywhere. Haha. On Snapchat (mina.lisly), Twitter (@MinaLisly), Instagram (mina_lisly).
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
So yeah. That’s that and I really think you should go check her out. I’m including her ff.net link here since it’s not above and I definitely want you to find her. :) I’m linking what I can but otherwise you’re on your own. Thanks lovelies and happy reading!