Apart from any of your lovely Marauders - who is your favourite character from the series and why?
To write, Bellatrix. I really, really love playing in her creepy little mind. But my favorite character in general. Ugh. That's hard. I love Fleur, but more writing her than her in the books. I really, really love McGonagall because she's so strong yet caring at the same time. I think she is an incredibly admirable woman. But I also love Ron... because he's Ron. Ahh I can't decide
If you could save any ONE character from death in the series who would it be and why?
Sirius or Fred. It's tough for me, but I think that Sirius would have rather died than let a young adult die... so I'd probably save Fred. His family didn't deserve that
When did you start reading the HP books? How did you get into them?
I started sometime before 11.... because I was said when I didn't get my letter . My cousins, who lived about a thirteen hour's drive away from me, came to visit for the summer and they were reading the first, and introduced me to them
Are there any characters you wanted to read more about when reading the HP books?
Charlie or Bill. It always drove me crazy how little they were in the books. And McGonagall.
What are your favourite and least favourite bits in the books?
My favorite book in general is the third. When we learn Sirius is innocent, when they save Buckbeak, when Harry blows up his aunt... there were a ton of awesome parts . I really, really disliked when Hedwig died. I think it felt so unnecessary.
What's your opinion on the HP films? Actors/Actresses, good bits/bad bits etc etc
I want to know why on earth two people who died as 21 year old parents were made to look like they were in their forties :|. I really liked most of their casting. Harry, the Weasleys, Sirius, Remus... and I think they stayed to the books a close as possible. I didn't like the weird feeling they created between Harry and Hermione in the last book, but that's Hollywood for you
Which relationships do you love reading most in FF, apart from Lily/James?
I actually don't really like reading Lily and James in fan fiction. I try really hard to avoid reading Marauders while writing them. I really love Bill/Fleur, I'm actually starting to like next gen relationships quite a bit. I'd love to read a really good Teddy Victoire! I also like Hermione and Ron when they're done well. I have lotsa likes
If Snape hadn't been obessessed with Lily (totally agree with you there) and actually loved her, in other words given up the dark arts for her and not called her a Mudblood etc, do you think they could have had a relationship or do you think it would still have been James?
I think she would have always ended up with James. Her and Severus may have been able to keep a frienship longer, but he'd still always have the controlling sort of nature and would always be more on the possessive side, and I don't think she'd ever want that in a relationship. The face that he can do what he did, shows that his moral compass is really messed up. I think that would have come out no matter what, and that would have eventually ended their friendship even if the mudblood incident didn't.
Was it scary trying to bring two exchange students into your story?
The scariest part was just hoping people would kind of give them a chance and see that they do have a purpose for being their and for being exchanges, and not just because I wanted them too. And Belle's accent is a pain. Haha!
Where did your idea for each of them come from? Particularly Belle as I love her as an OC!
Awww thank you Belle's biggest reason for becoming a part of it all isn't out in the open yet, but as far as how I wanted to make her character, I really stole quite about of Fleur parts from her. I love Fleur, as you know, and I added some of my favorite parts of her personalty into Belle .
Now that I have an idea where your going with Peter leading up to his betrayal, I was wondering what made you go down that route with him? Is that how you always imagined the story went? (I understand if you
don't want to say too much if it's going to ruin anything)
hahah shhh! Jk. I need a reason for all of it and how his betrayal. I can't believe, even fear, would be enough alone for him to turn his back, so I started thinking of what could have made him even agree to pass any information in the first place. No, I've always just imagined him as a slimy jerk. But when I started to write about them, I realized I had to make peace with Peter to give him a real part in this. And now that it's in my head, it's totally stuck in there as canon
Do you struggle to find the time to write a chapter every week for BTF?
I more struggle not to do other things. I have a handful of downtime at work every day, but then I'll start procrastinating and I'll chat on skype, and review, and play on the forums... haha. Usually I end up finishing the chapter Friday and begging Dan not to hate me for giving him less than a day to beta read it I swear, that man is insanely patient with me. He deserves candy or something.
Do many people know you write FF?
Yeah, quite a few people know, actually. My fiance knows, and my parents and sisters. But I've always written OF, so I kind of just explain that this is helping me improve as a writer. They don't really understand the draw to writing fan fiction. It's addicting, though!
Who are you favourite authors to read in OF?
I really like Tamora Pierce, Jodi Picoult, Tana French (she writes such amazing psychological mysteries) and I'm sucker for Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts .
What are your favourite movies?
Apart from the HP, of course... I love the Fast and Furious movies, haha. And I'm a huge fan of Romantic Comedies. I think my all time favorite movie is probably Wedding Crashers.
Okay - might have got a tad carried away there Sorry
No way, you made my night with your awesome questions! Thank you ♥
How intensely have you studied all the family trees, the back story for each Marauder, and dates when writing Before They Fall?
I can just imagine you facing a white wall full of dates, pictures, family trees and yarn while putting together all the information. XD
Actually I didn't do too much on the family trees. Sirius, mainly. I know the idea for James's relation to him, but I'm not really sold on that, so I didn't try and tie that together. I did a TON of studying on what we know about their time lines, though. And about their canon information and adding that into my outline. Stuff like, why Harry ends up with only Petunia, why Neville ends up with only Augusta, all has to get incorporated so that kind of stuff is more of what I have to really work to plan out. I do have a file for each character though, so that I keep everything straight
--If JKR were to give out more information that would contradict your story line, would you try to accommodate to go with that new piece of canon or would you just continue on with your own ideas?
Seriously, cross your fingers for me that this NEVER HAPPENS . I don't know... I think it would depend on what the information was. If it was just something little, I would try and accommodate it... but if it was anything that would mess with the bigger plot points I have planned and my characters, I don't think I'd accommodate it. Pretty please cross your fingers that this never happens, for me?
Thank you for stopping by with your awesome questions, both of you
I just submitted this then saw your questions, Amanda! Hi!
(1.) How do you fit time for writing into your busy schedule?
I usually have an hour or so during the work day, and I TRY and write during that. Sometimes it doesn't happen and I just play on the forums. But on a good weeknight, we can eat and have the kitchen cleaned by seven, then Ben will do his homework and I write . Or, you know, answer MTA questions . I haven't actually been too busy lately. And I can't wait until it's summer already so you get a break <3
(2.) Is there someone you'd love to tell about your writing but can't, for whatever reason?
This sounds silly, but my aunt. She's the one that got me and my cousins all into HP, but she's also really.... scary. Haha. So I'm just not brave enough to
(3.) What do you do to feel better after a bad day?
Whine. That sounds terrible, huh? I'm not one of those person that can deal with my feelings by writing, though. If I feel bad, my writings bad. Usually I'll vent to Ben, or call my mommy or one of my sisters. Sometimes I take the puppy for a run, if there isn't snow everywhere. Usually I just vent, though
(4.) Are there other fandoms besides Harry Potter that you'd like to/do write for?
I don't write any other fandoms, and I can't think of any that I love enough to want to write. Thank goodness, because i don't know if I could handle more than HP
(5.) Tell me the worst published novel you've ever read, and why you disliked it.
The Red Badge of Courage. Yes. Over Twilight, over 50 Shades of Grey, every every other corny weird book. I hated The Red Badge of Courage SO much. It as so boring that I wanted to cry. At least you can joke about Twilight, you can't even joke about this book because it's SO BORING.
Thanks for your questions, Amanda
Edited by Jchrissy, 26 February 2013 - 12:56 AM.