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What was your experience like writing a novel?
I didn't really treat it like writing a novel at first- just writing a longer story. My original outline was only 8 chapters. Weird, right? After I accepted that this was actually a novel (which was when I was over a quarter of the way done!) I just wrote one chapter at a time, over the course of two years. And then, it ended! It was as simple as that, really.
What do you like most about Albus Potter?
I like that you can interpret him in so many different ways. I could have made him like Voldemort if I wanted to. There's so many different ways I can write him.
Had you always planned to write the first chapter the way that you did?
No, the first chapter was a flshback sort of thing to the Battle of Hogwarts, because originally I planned that Voldemort's ghost would be helping out the men in what is now the first chapter. It turned out so horrendously that I put that document in the trash, and then I had to empty the trash so I could safely delete it forever!
What's your favourite part about writing a mystery novel?
I like writing little hints and things for future events, that readers will take just as a silly throaway line. And it's immensely satisfying knowing everything that's going to happen when nobody else knows.
What are your top tips for writing mystery?
Give enough clues for people to speculate, but not enough for people to figure out the right answer easily.
How difficult did you find it to write a sorting hat song?
Reasonably difficult- I'm not good at rhyme, so the rhymes took forever for me to figure out. I actually wrote it over the course of one day.
I noticed that the sequel has just been posted - were you excited to start writing it?
I treated it like it was just another chapter. I wasn't really planning to write it when I did, I just started because I needed to get the words out of my head. There's always ideas nagging at my head, saying, "Write me, write me!".
Who is your favourite character to write in Albus Potter and Slytherin's Office?
Probably David. His lines are awesome to write. I have fun coming up with those. Art comes in a close second. I suppose he's not my favorite character to write, but he's a great character in general. He'd jump off a cliff fir Albus.
Which of the Weasley cousins is your favourite?
Roxanne. Who else can traumatize everyone in Slytherin house?
When you were writing about the gifts that they give each other for Christmas, how did you choose them?
I decided Art should be an artist, so I had him give paintings to his friends. I actually didn't even notice the "Art painting art" thing until a reviewer pointed it out! I can be a bit stupid sometimes. For the rest of the presents- I made them up as I was writing.
Out of the little details that you've invented for the story and put in, are there any that you're really proud of? Are there any that you wish people had taken more notice of?
This is actually kind of a tough question. Hmmm... Okay, I have now deleted a lot of "hmms". I really like my idea for Mr. Filch naming his cats after teachers he loved, like Umbridge. I like my idea if having Albus be a reserve. But my greatest... it's a huge spoiler unless you've finished the first book. If you haven't finished the first book, don't read this or go finish the book. It is a HUGE spoiler.
Only read if you have read through Chapter 25 of Albus Potter and Slytherin's Office! If you haven't DON'T READ! SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER! SKIP THIS SECTION UNDERNEATH! I WISH I HAD A BETTER WAY OF CONCEALING THIS!
Okay, so I wanted to have Zajecfer be a new dark wizard, but my mind couldn't deal with the fact that two dark wizards were in such a close time period to each other. I like my explanation that Voldemort and Zajecfer had the same mentor: Salazar Slytherin. It explained how Voldemort became so brilliant, and where he disappeared for those ten years after he quit Borgin & Burkes. I even added a bit about rats- when Ron and Harry are in the Chamber of Secrets they saw tons of rat skeletons, which are all the rats Slytherin possessed when he had no body.
As for something I wish people had noticed... I had (a) character(s) do a few suspicious things, and nobody pointed it out. It's for the sequel.
Albus gets some experience of different Quidditch positions in the story; which position would you play, if you played Quidditch?
Well, it's a pretty big "if" since I am a non-sporty person, so I probably wouldn't be playing Quidditch in the first place. But if I was, I'd play keeper. Good question!
Which writers influence your writing the most?
J.K. Rowling, definitely. She's the author who caused me to write. But that's kind of the obvious choice. Others... Ann M. Martin or Margaret Peterson Haddix, maybe? I don't really think about who I'm influenced by. I read so many books by so many authors that I don't even realize when I pick things up.
What are your three favourite stories on the archives?
Albus Potter and Slytherin's Office, Albus Potter and the Chosen Four, and my one-shot A Beacon of Light.
Before you start writing a story, do you always know the end?
It depends what I'm writing. If I'm writing a novel, yes, since Inlike to provide little hints and things, and have it flow properly. If I'm writing a one-shot, no.
Did you feel that your writing improved through the time that you were writing Albus Potter and Slytherin's Office?
Yes, tremendously. I grew much more comfortable with writing it as time went on, that's for sure. And then I learned grammar rules and things I didn't know before.
Thank you for giving me all these questions!
Edited by Pheonix Potioneer, 08 January 2015 - 02:40 AM.