GUYS. I just forgot that this page existed there for a while, but what a great surprise to see questions! Thank y'all so much for coming by, even if I'm shamefully slow in replying. But better late than never, right?
Kay marauderfan, you first :
1.) I love this question! Probably because I have such a hard time answering it. There are so many things I love about the era, but if I had to pick my absolute favorite thing, I'd say I like the nuances of description and dialogue. Whether you go the historical route or the fairy-tale fantasy route, there is so much room for gorgeous description in this era. I love playing with figurative language, and I feel like Founders just lends itself well to flowery narrative And dialogue has been a fun challenge. I want my characters to be relatable for modern readers, and yet I want them to be firmly rooted in the medieval era. That's been difficult sometimes, but I'm learning!
2.) I struggle most with imagery, I've discovered. I find myself just forgetting about physical details when I write, and focusing only on characterization. I have to go back and make myself set a scene. Haha, it's terrible! I'll write a whole chapter and realize that my characters might as well be floating in thin air In DCtN, I went five chapters before I said anything about Helga's appearance, and she's the main character! Haha, definitely something I need to work on.
As far as the easiest thing, I'm pretty good at feeling my way through the pace and flow of a chapter. I can instinctively tell when it's time to start dialogue, or when I should back away and have some reflection from the narrator. It comes in really handy, especially with stories that shift in focus a lot.
3.) Ugh, it's been so long since I've found a book series I really like outside of HP. It's so sad :/ But my two favorite authors are Juliet Marillier and Sarah Addison Allen, because they are great at weaving fantasy and realism together seamlessly. I reread Marillier's Sevenwaters Trilogy at least once a year
4.) Hagrid, without a doubt! He's so sweet and he never fails to make me laugh. Every time he makes an appearance in the books I just want to hug him! And I would love for him to teach me about magical creatures...I've always thought I would want to take that class all the way up to NEWT level if I was at Hogwarts.
5.) Hm. I'd probably say cats are my favorite because they're so sassy. And no two cats are alike. We have a farm cat that loves to cuddle and sit on your lap And then we have another cat that just doesn't have the patience for human foolishness. Whenever I try to pet him, he just looks at me like "Ain't nobody got time for that." They're both hilarious and awesome in their own way (as are all cats in general.)
Now, on to Nadia:
1.) I'm open to just about any pairing people can think of, really. Snape/Lily is one of my favorite pairings ever, and I'm pretty sure they count as non-canon. So even though I don't really make a habit of it, I would definitely read them
2.) Oh wow, I've never been asked this! I think the Hufflepuff CR is probably my favorite place, and then the Help Needed section as well. I love to see the HPFF community coming together to help each other out. Just warms my heart
3.) I like a lot of fantasy-oriented fiction, but I'm not really a fan of the dystopian Hunger Games-ish stuff that's popular now. Not sure why *shrugs* I'm American and Southern, so I love to pick up a good novel set in the South. There's just something about that type of narrative that feels like home to me. I'd recommend Sarah Addison Allen or Billie Letts if you're interested in seeing what I mean
Thank you both so much for coming by, and I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to answer these! I had so much fun with them!