Hi! Thank you so much for these awesome questions!
1. If you had to compare yourself to a Quidditch ball, which would you be and why?
Haha, I love this question. Hmm, I'm probably most like the snitch. I can be quite solitary and like my alone time on occasion, and I'm pretty all over the place like the snitch is during the match.
2. The Wandering One (M) is one of my five favorite stories on the archives. It seems like it would be immensely challenging to write. Do you have a method that helps you manage balancing all the historical and realistic elements of the various locales with the magical elements and character development?
Thank you! That's so lovely to hear. The story is generally based off of places which I visited last year when I was traveling, and so most of the locations which Victoire visits are ones I've experienced firsthand. The legends and stories which she learns about while traveling are usually taken from the local history or lore, like the giant at the Giant's Causeway, or the golem in Prague. In that way, the story is quite easy to write, because the inspiration is already there. My method for each chapter has been to make a list of the things which stood out to me most when I was in those locations, and then to think about how the local stories could fit into the wizarding world. A big part of it is finding the more mystical aspects of a place: like with the Flanders Fields chapter, for example, we know that many people would have died there, and that ghosts exist in the wizarding world, so it would fit that the ghosts of soldiers might still be lingering about. So it's this weird mixture of finding the most interesting thing about a location and tying it into the HP world.
I'm not sure if this answers your question, haha. But the story is far easier to write because I've actually been to those locations. The hardest chapter so far was the Romania chapter, as the characters needed to go there and sort out some loose ends, but I've never been to a dragon sanctuary or to the wilderness in east-central Europe, for that matter. So writing the setting was far more difficult in that chapter than in the others.
3. Same story - Victoire's characterization is very unique and absolutely excellent. What parts (if any) of yourself you see in her and what parts (if not all) you crafted solely using your creative abilities?
I'm so glad you like her! I would say that Victoire is quite like myself because we react similarly to situations. Victoire is a good listener and she usually keeps her sass and talking about herself down to a minimum when she's meeting somebody interesting - I wouldn't say she's shy, as traveling by herself and meeting these questionable characters requires a certain amount of boldness, but she's not an intrusive character which makes her good at letting the cities and other characters tell their stories. For example, she doesn't tell Alexander to go away and leave her alone in the first chapter - she's too polite for that, but she's privately very irritated and runs off from him instead of being honest. That's definitely something I would do.
Victoire is also a bit of a free spirit and her love for traveling and need for independence - like her feelings about breaking up with Teddy - was definitely inspired by myself. Wow, now that I look at it closely, she is very much like me!
4. You have participated in an immense number of challenges. What do you like so much about them? Which was your favorite?
Yes! I really like the aspect of working on a deadline, and it helps a lot with actually getting the story written and posted. I can actually get things done when there's a deadline involved, and a challenge deadline is even more effective than a personal one. I also love the feeling of participating in a challenge and knowing that at least one other person wants to read the story, it's very encouraging. And of course, challenges give me all kinds of fun ideas which I might not have thought of.
Picking a favourite is so hard! I'm going to cheat and say two. I really loved the 'Fairly Magical Fables' challenge, as it gave me the chance to try out a more fairytale-esque writing style and era, and I ended up producing a mini-novella out of it which I really enjoyed. The concept of the challenge was so cool and it was fun tying in the story of the Pied Piper to the wizarding world. My other favourite was the 'Art Tells Stories' challenge where I wrote a short story about the Fat Lady. It just flowed so well when I was working on it and I thought the challenge idea was amazing since it was all about Hogwarts lore, and that story is one of my favourites which I've written.
5. If you could ask one question of one canon character, who would it be and what would you ask them?
I would love to meet Hagrid and ask him about his life: how it felt to be different from the other children, his emotions and reactions when he was expelled, and what it has been like to be victimized and targeted by the Ministry and other institutions his whole life and yet still stay such a positive and loving person who, despite being very physically strong and powerful, is very gentle and not bitter or vengeful. For the one question, I suppose I would ask him, "How have you negotiated your place in this world, and what would you say to other children who are different?" And to meet Hagrid regardless would be so wonderful - I'm working on a story about him now so that might have inspired this response.
Thanks again for all the lovely questions, they were so fun to answer!