Hi Linn! And wow, thanks for all the lovely questions.
I’ll try to answer them all as best I can.What inspires you for each of your fics? And I do mean all seven of them!
Hmm, well it really varies from story to story. Often, my oneshots are written for story challenges, so that gives me a bit of something to go on. But then, I try to find moments in time in the lives of certain canon characters that I want to explore. My one-shots tend towards minimalism, with lots of description on a single scene. For Je Souhaite, my oldest story, I was inspired by wanting to write a Victoire/Teddy story. But I didn't really have any real inspiration for the story, which is why it lost momentum. As for Failure, one of my current WIPs, I wanted to write about a Ravenclaw girl who wasn't perfect. It always seems weird to me when I read about stories where people are so perfect in school. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle from time to time, even if they work hard. So, I wanted to explore that idea in a Hogwarts setting. In Vital, I really wanted to write a mystery. I can’t say what my inspiration was when I started- I just don’t remember.
As I’m writing, I listen to a lot of music. So for Vital, when I’m writing action scenes, I tend to listen to movie soundtracks, or the like. For “Adagio in D” I got the title from the music I listened to while writing it.Do you ever base your characters on real live people you know?
Not directly, no. I mean that there’s no one character who I can say corresponds directly to someone I know. I have taken elements of people I know, maybe a catch phrase, and given it to characters before, but not in every story. In Failure, I did the most of this, because it’s the story that could potentially correspond most to my life. But I try to make characters their own people—if one has a personality trait similar to a real life person, their physical appearance is totally different, and vice-versa.Your favourite pairing to write and/or read about? (Wow, I am so original!)
Hmm, I have a lot of favorites. I like to read Oliver/OC, or Percy/Audrey, or Teddy/Victoire. Also, Remus/Tonks and Tom/Minerva. While I may like some ships more than others, it matters more to me that the story/ship is well written. I don’t really have a favorite ship to write.
When are you going to update your stories? *cough* Ignore that question, please. Here's another one - your favourite minor character from the HP books?
I’m working on the updates
My favorite minor character might be Percy, or Tonks, or Oliver Wood. But these are mostly because I’ve read fanfiction that I loved with them as main characters.How did you discover the archive and the forums?
Through TDA. I found TDA through other graphics sites, and once I’d been on TDA for a few months, I headed over to the archives.Your favourite HPFF author?
I have too many! I love Gina (justonemorefic). Her stories are the perfect combination of comedy and epicness. And Celestie’s one-shots are to die for. To list a few more: Violet Gryffindor, RonsGirlFriday, Ilyralen, MajiKat.What makes a good character? (Blee - not strange enough, though it might make you think!)
A good character, I would say, has flaws and intentions. A good character is a realistic character. While there are obvious improvements from a Mary Sue to a non-cliché character, being non-cliché doesn’t make a character good. A good character is well developed, and acts as a real person might. There is a certain believability in their actions, where readers begin to be able to predict how they will act—most
of the time. Characters that are truly wonderful need to have humanity. They can be comic, or romantic, or tragic, but there needs to be something there that is below the superficial. They need to have some force that drives their actions. I’m having a hard time saying this concisely, but hopefully you get my point.Now this is really the last question - your favourite books to read when you were 11/12ish?
Hmm, I don’t know if I can remember back that far xD. Well, I think at that point I liked reading Garth Nix’s books (Sabriel, Lirael, etc.). And some of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books as well. At that point in my life, I was all quantity over quality when it came to reading. I just read so many books.
Hopefully I answered all your questions in a semi-coherent way. This was fun actually. I haven't had a post in this MTA thread in ages, so seeing that you'd posted tons of questions here was a nice surprise!
Edited by Aderyn, 04 March 2012 - 08:05 PM.