J!!! You are just the sweetest EVER, and thank you SO much for the MTA questions and for reading my stories. (Although I'm not sure I can accept the title of Ravenclaw Batman because most of the heavy lifting for riddles was done by you guys after I went to sleep.)
1. It seems like you've written James and Lily very differently from chapter to chapter in the Multiverse Theory. Which one is your favorite interpretation of the characters? Which one is closest to your headcanon of the two?
This is actually the silliest thing ever, but I really like the fake dating version of them. It's quite close to my headcanon, because I imagine that Potterverse Lily and James would eventually become friends or kind-of-friends before adding romance into the equation (though they probably wouldn't fake date). Also, I love the possibilities that sprang into being when I wrote the Fake Dating AU. I seriously want to turn it into a short story or novella at some point, but right now I'm juggling a longer WIP novel (Playing for Keeps) and a new WIP semi-crack!fic novella (Body Builders).
2. If you could have dinner with one HP character, which would it be? (Which I think is different than who's your favorite character, but maybe you'll still pick Luna!)
I think it would be super cool to have dinner with Luna, but Ultimate Dinner Date would be Minerva McGonagall. I feel like she would simultaneously strike fear into my heart and give me brilliant career advice (which I need desperately at this point in my life). Also, I love cats and I want to find out how one becomes a cat (although my Animagus form would most likely be a bird, whoops).
3. I see from your profile that you're an English Major! What's your favorite (published) novel? Who's your favorite author?
Yes indeed, I am an English Major! XD Right now, my current fave is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Or Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. And Cinder by Marissa Meyer was just...omg. And I LOVE Fear of Flying by Erica Jong, though that one is...a little more adult than the others I've listed. (So in short, I really don't know, but I've been reading a lot of YA lit this summer, yay!) My favorite author is...oh my, depending on how I'm feeling, either Jane Austen, Stephen King, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, or JK Rowling (of course!). (Seriously, there are TOO MANY BOOKS THAT I LIKE!!)
4. Favorite book you've read for a class? Which class was it?
Definitely Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. The book explores female sexuality in ways that are interesting and still relevant to today, even though it was written in the seventies. It even coined a term that is not forum-friendly that encapsulates the phenomenon of hookup culture in two words. And it was for a class that I took for my second minor, which is a special liberal arts program at my university. The class was called The Dirty Parts: Banned Books, and it was all about the nitty gritty stuff that people don't like to talk about. Absolutely brilliant. (I also loved The Color Purple by Alice Walker and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood from my AP Lit class in high school. Again, so hard to pick a favorite, but I recommend alllll of those books.)
5. How'd you end up playing the oboe? I feel like that's a slightly less common instrument! (Says the trumpet player haha )
Yasss, a fellow band geek! The way I started playing the oboe was because when I was in fifth grade, the middle school band came to our school to give us an instrument demonstration. I had never heard of the oboe, but when I heard the person play it, I fell in love. It was wacky, it was an underground kind of instrument, it was unique, and I just had to get my hands on one. Now I'm living the Reed Life as a Music Minor, and I love it. (Although I've only played about six times this summer because I am a Bad Musician.)
6. I have tons of friends who are English Majors, and I feel like they divide along the line of those who are really interested in pursuing writing, and those who love lit crit/reading more than the writing. Which camp are you in?
HARD QUESTION!!! I would like to say that I'm in both camps, but that's just not true. I love to write and to create new characters, although I'm not pursuing an English degree with the end goal of being a Published Author (though I dream about it sometimes). I have actually (sort of) figured out that I'm going to go to law school after I graduate to further hone my legal and technical writing skills so that I can edit things and write things for law firms (maybe). But I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading. It was my first love, and nothing will ever replace it. The only thing that I'm not-so-good at is crit, because I don't read a whole bunch of it at this stage (I ought to start, really) and whenever I write reviews for people I forget about the concrit and just squee all over the place. (Sorry for the rambly answer, but you ask such good questions!)
7. Finally: favorite musical?
ANOTHER HARD QUESTION! Theatre is like, my third love after books and music. It really depends on my mood, though--I am a HUGE fan of anything the Starkid company has ever done, but lately I've gotten into the music of Heathers: The Musical (though I've never had the chance to see it). I also LOVE The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie, so there's that as well. (OH WAIT AND WICKED! AND PHANTOM!! AND BASICALLY EVERY SINGLE ONE except for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which is SO SEXIST and South Pacific, which has good music but a hella boring storyline.)
Thank you so, so much for these lovely questions, and thanks for being so epic in TAR Round 6! Do stick around for a good long while, because as I mentioned yesterday, your username brings good luck to our House.