Yea!! Lots of questions!!! To avoid a double posting I am putting both of y'alls questions/answers in one post. Hope neither minds!
1. How did you get into reading and writing fanfiction?
∗ I kinda stumbled across fanfiction accidently. After reading DH I was desperate for more information about what happened to everyone. I guess I didn’t feel like it ended well and I was left wanting more. I knew that JKR had done interviews and things where she went more in-depth about things so I started googling and one of the first things that came up was HPFF. I began reading a story and it was so good I thought for sure JKR had written it herself. I was hooked almost immediately. I couldn’t get enough and began reading through stories like crazy. Eventually, despite how much I loved the stories I read, I kept thinking about how it didn’t fit with what I think should have or would have happened. So…I began writing my own stories.
2. Are your favorite genres, eras, pairings, and ratings the same for both reading or writing? Or do you like to read certain things and write other kinds pf stories?
∗ Hmmm….I never really thought about it, but I suppose I tend to stick to the same general genres. I’ve never been into fluff and excessive romance stories and can’t seem to get into parodies. I think drama, angst and dark are my general favorites because they seem to be the most believable and realistic.
3. Who is your favorite ship to read and write?
∗ This may sound kinda weird, but I am pretty attracted to pairs like Molly/Arthur, James/Lily, Lucius/Narcissa and Frank/Alice. I think the main reason for this is because there are still so many places to go with them. Their stories weren’t told as deeply which leaves an air of intrigue that seems to need to be explored.
4. Do you find it easier to write characters that are already created for you (Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna) or would you rather make up your own characters?
∗ Definitely not! I actually get VERY nervous when writing cannon characters because I feel that there is more pressure on me to get them “right”. Some of the minor characters that aren’t as fully developed are a little easier, but I still find myself rewriting and changing things a lot. While I do tend to write a lot of AU I realize that some characters will change in response to those new situations, but I do try to keep things as close to cannon as possible.
5. Have you ever written anything that wasn't fanfiction before? If not, have you ever wanted to?
∗ It’s funny you ask because I am currently writing an OF which I hope to begin posting on the OF sister site that is set up. It’s actually a dark/angsty drama that will (hopefully) end with some majors feel goods.
6. Do you have any stories/plots coming up that you're excited to write?
∗ As a matter of fact I do. ☺ (Although I will probably end up kicking myself trying to keep three novels going) I am interested in trying to explore an AU in which Sirius is able to convince Dumbledore of his innocence and is granted custody of Harry at a very young age. I know that this has been done probably to death, but I think I have a fresh take on it all. We’ll see I guess.
1.) Do you listen to music to help you carry out your writing?
∗ When I write I usually am watching television, (usually when the husband has one of his weird Ancient Alien shows, or his classic car rebuilding or auction shows just to keep myself awake LOL) but I get most of my inspiration while listening to my music. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Skillet and other rock bands. Honestly I just put my Pandora on the Skillet channel I made so it is a lot of those types of bands. I find they help get me into a darker place to write some of the more emotional stuff.
2.) Which of your favorite authors inspire you the most besides JKR?
∗ This is pretty sad, but lately the only books I have been reading have been kid oriented. LOL! I did just finish reading the Hunger Games which resparked the post-war “doom and gloom” frame of mind so maybe that. Then I have been trying to read through Game of Thrones, but have spent more time reading textbooks than any thing else.
3.) Do you prefer to write original fiction or fan fiction?
∗ This is a toss-up because I WANT to write more OF but I get too easily frustrated with that, so I always end up switching back and forth. In all honesty I usually have at least 2 HPFF stories open on my laptop and one of my OFs. It’s all a pretty disorganized mess. Sometimes I am absolutely amazed that I get anything accomplished at all.
4.) Do you ever have those nights where you stay up until you lose all the hours of your sleep and you have wait till you can find time to get some rest? I know I do.
∗ I regularly am up until 2 or 3 AM either writing or doing homework since most of the day is spent either in classes or trying to balance all of my RL stuffs. (BLECH!) I usually try to sleep in on the weekends. Unfortunately with my husband gone with army stuffs for weeks, Months or years at a time, this isn’t always possible. Luckily with my son getting older I can usually try to feed him breakfast and head back to catnap for a bit or catch a nap during the day. He’s a super awesome kid way wise beyond his years and I definitely very lucky. When the husband is home, he is the early rises and usually, unless we have something happening won’t come and bother me until after 10AM or so. (I have everyone trained well! LOL!)
5.) Did you like Severus Snape in the very first movie/book before the other books of the series came out?
∗ I don’t think I can say that I liked him like I do now, but I had felt for certain that there was something different about him besides what Harry saw him as. Especially after it was discovered that Quirrell was the bad guy. After then, whenever Harry got all accusatory towards him I became immediately defensive. I have to admit I was mildly devastated from the end of HBP to the end of DH where I literally shouted at my book, “HA!!! I KNEW IT!” Lol! (Yea, I’m one of THOSE people that get WAY too into my reading that I forget where I am and what I am doing.) Lucky for me, by the time I got around to discovering the books all of them were out and DHP2 was only several weeks away from being released in theaters so I did not suffer for long years as others probably had done by waiting for the books to be released.
6.) How do you get past writer's block?
∗ Heh….Funny you ask since I just had to ask for help with that one myself. Currently I am re-reading one of mine I am stuck on (I won’t scare you by saying which one, lol) and plan on having a HP movie marathon with my son over Spring Break which should ignite some things. (And no fears…I know where I want to be going, just a little stuck on how to get there. If that makes sense.)
Thanks SOOO much to both of you for making me feel special with your questions!! Lots of loves & hugs!