Hi Emily! ♥
1. Where do you get the ideas for your most ridiculous parodies, like the Lockhart and the Barty Crouch Jr ones?
Usually they come out of nowhere with little prior planning I think I had been re-reading Chamber of Secrets and Lockhart's antics just cracked me up, and I wondered, what does he possibly think while he's doing this? and decided to write a story about him. I set it in his school days so I could have fun with other characters I like writing
As for Death Eater's Kitchen... well. That one was mostly written during a layover in an airport at about 4 in the morning, and I just let my sleep deprived brain go wild. I was hungry, so I wrote about food. And I'm a biologist, so Barty tries to save the world from pollution. Most of the silly things in that story were added in at a spur of the moment. I wish I could say there was some amount of intelligent planning that went into it, but...
2. What's your favourite genre to write?
Humour, probably! I'm not very good at planning out plots, or being philosophical, but I can cobble together a bunch of weirdness and have it turn out relatively well!
3. Is there one genre you like readng but would never attempt to write?
Actually no - I like to step outside my comfort zone and try writing things to challenge myself, so I think I'd give a try at writing any genre. That said, I like mysteries but I'm not sure if any attempt of mine to write one would be spectacular. I'd probably give away the mystery in the first chapter!
4. How do you approach writing Marauders era stories?
Hm. Well, I guess it's different depending on the story. The era as a whole, at least to me, is distinctive because of the abundance of fun and silliness that would come from the four Marauders being at Hogwarts, but also a lot of sadness because of the first wizarding war that was going on outside the school. At-school Marauders would be really different to post-school Marauders for that reason. Of my two one-shots set in that era, one (Haunted) is solely about the war and not fun, and the Lockhart one is about fun, not the war. My novel includes both silliness and war stuff. I'm not sure if that answers your question, but I hope so.
5. Your one-shot Haunted focuses on Peter - how dis you get inside his head, so to speak?
It was quite hard to do so actually, because Peter is such a dislikeable character and hard to identify with. I attempted to figure out what circumstances might have made him the way he was, and then, given what he did, what he would be feeling. I used the little things we know from canon too, like in OotP how Peter was the type who never felt like he fit in, and how he pleaded to Harry in PoA about how Voldemort would have killed him, and just went from there.
6. What word would you choose to describe your writing style?
Eclectic, maybe? Variable? Depending on the genre and the character who's narrating, I tend to write in different styles, so it's hard to say. Like the way I write from Luna's POV is entirely different to Peter Pettigrew's - I try to keep the writing style in the personality of the character. wow I'm really failing at the one-word thing....
Thanks for the lovely questions, I had fun responding!