Wow, so many questions! This is so exciting, thank you all!
1. What effects do you think that writing fanfiction has had on your writing?
I think I've improved a LOT, first of all. Writing is one of those things where the more I do, the more confident I feel and I think my stories have improved significantly. I've also developed an ability to just pump out words and more words, which I think is very useful! If I'm working on a 1500 word essay for example, I remind myself that's only a third of a chapter, and it feels a lot more feasible.
2. Which of your shorter stories has been the one you've enjoyed the most?
How to choose?! Well, I really loved writing The Enchanted Ground, and keep wanting to return to it. In fact, I wrote a companion one-shot for it, so I must enjoy it! But I was also really happy with A Chronicle of Wasted Time, it was a lot of fun to imagine.
3. Have any of your stories surprised you, in that they've changed as you were writing them?
The Wandering One has a little, partly because I didn't plan it as being longer than a one-shot. I wasn't planning on making romance a focus at all, and then things just sort of happened and now there are all these little details which I never planned.
4. In The Enchanted Ground, what was your favourite part about writing a character that didn't have a specific gender identity?
I liked how by the end, it felt totally natural to write Thackeray without a gender. I think it helped the quality of my writing as well, as I had to find other ways of saying certain sentences. Also, I loved the message that gender doesn't matter, only love does, and it was really cool to see how people reacted to it.
5. You seem to write a lot of historical fiction. What is your favourite part about writing fanfiction set against an historical backdrop?
Hehe yes! Hmm, I really like interpreting JKR's magical world and interpreting what it might have been like. I also really like history in general, and tying in little details and ideas that I never thought of before. Having another era to play in is a really fun way to challenge myself.
1. You've written so many stories! Where do you get your inspiration from?
Oh dear, everywhere really! Sometimes from challenge prompts, or from thinking about random minor characters, or sometimes a line from a poem or song will get into my head. One example is my story The Sea Serpent of Cromer, which was a hybrid inspiration coming from a mention on the HP lexicon of the sea serpent, and from wanting to write a story about Nicholas Flamel in Ireland. I combined the two plunnies to write the story.
2. You also seem to write so many different era's and pairings! Do you have a favourite?
Ahh, this is quite hard to decide! I quite like writing historical eras, especially the 15th century in my story Play the Devil. It's a fascinating time but with enough mystery to make room for creativity.
3. I see you have a Bellatrix story on your AP! How was it writing her? She's such an interesting character
It was tricky! Honestly I was quite terrified to write her, but the hardest part was probably finding the balance between her sanity and her thirst for blood. I think of her as being very aristocratic and self-centered, and I really wanted to capture that. She's not just running around killing people for no reason, it makes sense to her and she enjoys it. I think I would have felt more comfortable writing her as a minor character, but I did enjoy her!
4. Which one of your characters do you think you're most like? Which one of your characters is your favourite?
I think I'm a lot like all of my main characters in different ways, and at this point, especially Rose from Play the Devil. I have her impulsiveness and we react in similar ways. Verity from Magpie is quite similar to me as well - she's a little quieter, and very curious and always trying to learn new things. As for my favourite... hmm, probably Rose. She's just so much fun and she comes so naturally.
5. Which of your stories did you find hardest to write? Which one was easiest?
The hardest story would probably be Magpie, I think. I didn't plan it as well as I should have before writing, and the plot has changed a bit. There are so many characters and sub-plots, and I find the chapters end up so long with so much detail because it takes a while to get to the plot of the story. The easiest is probably The Girl from Slytherin, as I've written so much of it and it flows quite easily now.
1. Wow, so you have a lot of stories! How do you stay motivated to write and how much, on average, do you write a week?
Hehe, yes! Hmm, I usually try to write every day, at minimum a thousand words or more I would say when it all adds up. *pulls out calculator* Okay, so I wrote about 50k in February, so about 1,700 every day! Eek! I stay motivated by just being really into my stories and wanting to write them, and also by making lists. I'm trying to update all my stories once a month and meet each challenge deadline, so having those dates to finish the stories by helps a lot.
2. You also have left a highly admirable amount of reviews what is your reviewing process? Do you write as you read, or write it all at the end?
Thank you! It depends on the story and the type of review. I usually read the story first and then pick through it, sometimes making notes as I go about lines I liked and things to comment on and what not. With one that is requested or where the author has asked for feedback, I'll go through more thoroughly and usually read it one day and come back to it in a little bit. My reviewing depends a lot on how tired or energetic I am at the time as well, which is why the lengths of my reviews tend to vary quite a bit.
3. Referring to question 2, what are your favourite stories to R&R? What draws you to a story and makes you decide to read it?
I like historical stories especially, and stories about mysteries and time travel and riddles. Ones that involve some guesswork are so fun to review because then I get to read the author's responses, and can even look back on my reviews later and wonder how I did with analyzing each chapter and guessing the mystery! I usually look for really well-written summaries when choosing stories, or look for ones that have been recommended.
4. What makes you a Slytherin and how did you know you belonged in that house?
When I picked Slytherin, my main story was about a girl in Slytherin and I wanted to show some solidarity with her! Haha, but also I have some Slytherin traits - I'm ambitious and hardworking, and have pride and strive for greatness (I guess. Whatever greatness is ). And Slytherin just felt right - I've never regretted it since!
5. If you were in the Potterverse and you were in the same year as Harry, who would your best friends be?
Ooh, well Terry Boot and I would probably be dating (he's a main character in one of my stories and he's a lot of fun so I think we'd get along!). Haha, and so then our best friends would be Anthony Goldstein and Michael Corner. I also have a soft spot for Susan Bones and the other Hufflepuffs so perhaps them as well. I feel like Penelope Clearwater would be a sort of older mentor, and Hermione and I would probably hang out in the class we shared where none of our friends were and have boy-talk, although we'd rarely hang out otherwise. Haha, this was such a fun question!
1. I just read Noble a while ago and I have to say it was nothing short of awesome. What would you say was the hardest part of writing it?
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it. I think that as I pretty much spent an hour and twenty minutes writing it, I was a little worried about whether I actually was happy with it or whether it was rubbish and I just hadn't had enough time to sit on it. Also the story turned out quite violent so I wasn't sure if that was too much or if it suited the story.
2. Holly and the Mistletoe was also a very sweet one-shot. How did you get the inspiration to write the house-elf pairing, especially a Dobby/Holly one?
I was originally going to write about a lonely wizard who worked in the greenhouse, but I couldn't think of a way to tie it into canon. I'd only read a couple house elf stories before and wanted to try it - I quite like writing stories from non-human perspectives as well. Dobby was the natural house elf to tie into the prompt, and the themes of freedom and being trapped and enslaved fit well with his message.
3. Is there a "writing ritual" that you follow before you can write? For example, being in a certain room, listening to music, pre-planned notes, etc.?
Hmm, sometimes! I'll often write out ideas and a plan in my notebook first, sometimes make some graphs and lists and things. I also really like writing in coffee shops so I'm a lot more productive there than at my house! For each chapter, I usually make a list of things I want to touch on and then refer back to that as I write each chapter, so making a list is really helpful.
4. Out of all the stories you've written, if you had to recommend one of them to someone, which would you recommend and why?
Hmm, probably Play the Devil, as it's the story I'm most proud of and I think it probably displays some of my best writing and what I really want to be writing. If I were a reader approaching my page, that’s the story I would choose to read.
5. Would you say you write "for yourself" or "your readers/reviewers"?
For myself, I think. I do believe that if I didn't love to write, I just wouldn't bother, so it's really important for me to keep interested in each story. I think I used to long for more readers and reviewers a lot more, but now I'm a lot happier to just post the story and see what happens and to be happy I wrote it, instead of thinking about the readers and worrying if anybody likes. It's a funny transition but one I'm quite happy about.
1: In case you haven't noticed, you've posted 22 stories on the archives. Do you have a favorite story? Which is it? Why?
Hehe, and it’s soon to be 24! I love most of them equally, and for different reasons, but I'd have to say maybe Play the Devil, because I think it's my most creative and well-written story relative to my other ones, and then The Girl from Slytherin, because writing it flows so naturally and I worry a lot less about the quality of the writing there - I just have fun with it.
2: I've read Enchanted Ground (in which I'm surprised by the amount of different updates you've made since then to other stories!) and I must say, it was truly beautiful! What did you like best about writing such a modern relationship while still trying to keep it quiet on why it was so very modern?
Aw, thank you! It was a really interesting challenge to keep Thackeray gender neutral, but I wanted to focus less on the gender and more on their relationship. It was a lot of fun especially coming up with all the schemes they had for the environmental projects, so writing the story in general was really exciting.
3: How do you come up with ideas? And how do you keep up with all your ideas for all of your constantly updated stories?
I keep lists! Sometimes ideas come from experiences or people I know, or I'll see a cool name or poem and want to write about it. I have so many word documents with plans for stories as well, but just no time to work on them!
1. You've written a lot of stories. What was your favorite to write and why?
I really loved writing Play the Devil, because it came together so nicely over NaNo and despite having a really complicated plot, it sort of wrote itself. But since NaNo ended I’ve been focusing on my other stories and kind of neglecting it. In the past few months I especially loved writing ‘A Chronicle of Wasted Time’ because it was such a nice break and was quite fun.
2. On the flip side, what was your least favorite or hardest to write and why?
Hmm, well off the top of my head I find working on Magpie to be tricky sometimes. It’s such a complicated plot and tends to ramble and go off on tangents, and the mystery is a little confusing since I’ve changed it around quite a bit.
3. Do you prefer darker stories or lighter stories (to read and to read). Why?
It really depends on my mood. I think as a writer I’m better at darker stories than lighter ones, but recently I tried my hand at writing a more fluffy story and it was actually quite fun. Reading is completely mood-based, sometimes all I want to read is a silly, fluffy story if I’m having a rough day.
4. What's your favorite era?
I quite like Next Generation because there’s a lot of freedom and so many directions to take the story and the characters. I especially appreciate when Next Gen stories tie in really smoothly with canon and do justice to the canon characters.
5. You say you love history. Me too. Is there a period in time you'd love to write about or you have written about? What do you like about it?
Ah, well my story Play the Devil takes place partly in the fifteenth century during the War of the Roses, and I really love writing that period. It’s so dark and dangerous, but there are so many fun details and scenes to write – like jousting, or feasts, or even just the process of getting dressed in a fancy gown or the awkwardness of having to use a chamber pot. And then I really like tying in the wizarding world with that era as well.
1. Your stories all have a ton of very intricate and well-thought out little details and things. Do you write these in as you go or do you find yourself having to come back and add details later?
Thank you! It's a bit of both. Usually I come up with the "twists" and the little secrets which will reveal themselves in the stories, but sometimes things will come to me during the writing process. Sometimes I'll have a list of stories I want to tie in, and other times random ideas will just fit in perfectly - for example, with my story Shadow there's a big twist at the end which is, in some ways, the most important part of the story, but I hadn't decided on that twist until I'd already written the first draft.
2. What time of day do you find you are the most productive for writing? Does the mood of your story affect when you write?
Interesting question! I tend to do more writing in the evenings, I think because that's my usual homework time and I'd rather write than study. But I'll often squeeze in some writing between classes during the day, or more accurately during class because I seem to get a lot of ideas then. I'm not very good at writing in the mornings for some reason. Funny thing about the second part of the question - I tend to scare myself when writing really creepy, dark stories in the night, so I try to avoid those stories in the evenings!
3. Do you have any HP characters that you absolutely would never want to write?
I'm pretty terrified of Snape, just because I would want to do his biting sarcasm justice and it would be very tricky. He's so distinctive that he intimidates me. Also the Golden Trio - I think they're just impossible for anybody to write other than JKR because they're such complex characters. With minor characters there's more room for freedom but I'd be so worried about every action and word with the Trio that the story would definitely flop if I had them as a major character.
4. How do you overcome writer's block?
I try to challenge myself and set deadlines by which time I want to have the story written, and that's been working quite well. I also really like doing rat races where I have no choice but to write really and it usually yields decent results. If I have writer's block for a new story, I might go work on one I'm more familiar with for a while and then sit down to write the new one, just to get words on paper and in the mood for writing.
5. While I like almost all of my stories I have one that is the least polished that I cringe at when people read & review them. Do you have any stories like that?
Haha, well all of my older stuff basically! The earliest 10 or so chapters of my first novel, The Girl from Slytherin, are pretty brutal so I do cringe a little bit when people choose that story out of all the other more-decent ones on my page to read. I think the story's later chapters are okay, it's just the early ones which were me trying out the story and seeing how it felt to be writing again. I thought about editing them, but other than adding a couple of things and fixing typos I quite like keeping the bad chapters up as testament to how much I've improved in a year - it makes me happy, because if improved this much in one year, I'll be so much happier and a smoother writer in another year! (well, hopefully!) So I think in a way everybody needs those less-polished stories.
Thank you for all the wonderful questions, everybody! I'm sorry for taking so long to respond!