Wow, so many questions! I didn't expect any so soon!
Hi Catherine! It's nice to meet you too!
1- Where do you find inspiration for your stories from?
I think my inspiration comes from everywhere - sometimes reading a book or watching a programme or film will spark something, and then at other times a word or phrase will just float into my head. But for some reason my inspiration always seems to be most active at night when I'm trying to sleep...
2- What is your writing style like?
I'm actually not really sure. Since I've started writing on HPFF, I've been trying to challenge myself to write in different genres and eras a lot more, and I think my writing style is different for each of those. My page is mostly filled with one-shots so hopefully when I finally get round to writing something longer, I'll develop a more individual writing style!
3- What is your favorite ship? Canon and non/ canon
I'm a massive fan of canon, and my OTP is James/Lily. For non-canon, the only one that I tend to read is Neville/Luna.
4- What made you start writing fanfiction?
I've been reading fanfiction since early last year and I eventually thought (like we all do) 'hey, maybe I can write as well'. Posting my first story was nerve-wracking but I love writing on this site and I feel like I'm really improving as a writer.
5- Who was your favorite Hogwarts professor?
Minerva McGonagall! She's such a strong woman and a powerful witch, plus I love how sassy she is to Umbridge in the fifth book.
6- If you could one character from Harry Potter who would it be and why?
That's a tough question! I think it would be fascinating to be McGonagall actually, because she was around for so many of the important events and always did her best to look after her students and do the right thing. She's a character I really admire, and who wouldn't want to be admired?
I'm with you all the way on Eoin Macken!
1. What was your inspiration for One Crazy Moment?
I remember thinking about some of the next gen characters who weren't written about very often and Molly and Lucy struck me as two of the least popular. Initially I actually had an idea for a story about Lucy, but when I tried to write it the story didn't work very well. But since I imagined Lucy as a more wild character, it followed that Molly was more Percy-ish. Molly's character was hanging around in my head for a while before I got an idea for the plot and started writing.
2. Were any of the characters inspired or based on anyone that you actually know?
There were elements of Molly's character that are very similar to mine. And I didn't actually realise at the time I was writing it, but Felicity is a mix of a few of my best friends.
3. Are you going to be starting another story soon?
Hopefully! I've been filling up my page with one-shots but I have some ideas for other longer stories that I'm hoping to start work on soon.
4. What's a plot that you want to write but you haven't written yet?
There are so many plots buzzing around in my head that I'll probably never get to write. I've had an idea for a next gen mystery and plenty more one-shots, so hopefully I'll get them written soon!
5. What are some of your favourite stories on HPFF?
There are far too many! I love most of the Best Of list and the Dobby winners. I'm currently reading Before They Fall by Jchrissy and The Seams by WeasleyTwins, and both are fantastic. On top of that, I'm guaranteed to enjoy anything written by Mistress, Beeezie, AC_rules.
6. Why do you write? (I know, I'm getting deep.)
I've written for as long as I've been able to, and I've always had story ideas floating round my brain. Writing's an escape, I suppose - I love creating stories and characters and seeing things happen the way I want them to when real life isn't like that.
1. What makes you a Gryffindor?
Loyalty, I think - I'm very protective of my friends. As I've got older I've grown in confidence and I've learnt to stand up for what's right.
2. What are some of your favorite books apart from HP?
I read a lot of the classics, and Wuthering Heights is one of my favourites. I also love all the books I've read by Victoria Hislop and Philippa Gregory.
3. What is your reviewing style?
Long and rambling I'm always certain that people are going to get bored reading my reviews but apparently I can't help myself from commenting on every single thing I notice in a chapter. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to start running out of characters soon...
4. What are some of your strengths as a writer? Weaknesses? Why?
Okay, this is a really difficult question, because I'm a real perfectionist and I feel like my writing is full of weaknesses and I'm not very good at anything! Maybe I'd say that the ability to turn a moment mentioned briefly in canon into a story is one of my strengths? And I think one of my weaknesses is the ability to persevere with a story and see something longer through to the end. I'm so self critical that often I get halfway through a story and then decide it's no good and give up. That's definitely something I have to work on!
5. What is your favorite thing about HPFF?
The sense of community. Everybody here is so friendly and I love the fact that even though members are from all over the world, we're all united by our love of HP.
6. Do you write original fiction? If so, what?
I've dabbled! Like I said earlier, I tend to decide what I've written is no good and give up on it. One of the things I'm hoping to improve on by writing fanfiction is the fact that I'm so self critical. The fact that I've received positive feedback from other people on my writing helps encourage me with that.
Why are you so awesome? Tell me something about you - an obsession or favorite food or something
I have a bit of an obsession with family history. Apparently it's not normal for someone my age (or so my friends tell me) but I love tracing back through generations and finding out where I've come from!
Hi Dan! Thank you for that advice, I really appreciate it!
1 - If you had to pick a favorite genre to write, what would it be? Is it different from your favorite genre to read?
Hmm, I actually love writing angst. I don't know why, because I'm not a very angsty person, but I really enjoy writing it. My favourite genre to read changes according to my mood, but it's normally different - romance or drama or even mystery sometimes!
2 - Rubber Ducks and Eckeltricity - Where did you get the inspiration for that one? It was so adorable and a really unique idea!
Thank you! There was actually a challenge about lessons up on the forums, but it got locked. I'd already had the idea for writing a story about Arthur in his Muggle Studies class, and it was so fun to write about that I went ahead and put it on the archives even though the challenge ended.
3 - Who is your favorite character to write?
Minor characters! There's so much to explore with them and even if they're not as popular to read about. Out of the characters I've written, I think Bertha Jorkins has been my favourite. I think it's the only story on the archives about her so far so I had a lot of freedom, but I grew oddly attached to her writing the HC story.
4 - Which character would you be terrified to try to write?
You can probably already guess this answer, but any major character! I'd get annoyed at myself if there was one tiny fact in my story that wasn't consistent with canon. Plus there are so many authors on this site who already write them brilliantly that my writing would just have to curl up in a ball and cry in comparison!
5 - Do you set aside a specific time to write each day or do you just write whenever the muse is upon you?
I really should set aside a specific time to write, but normally it's just when I have the inspiration. Maybe that's part of the reason that I don't have anything longer than a short story on my AP...
6 - You meet Professor McGonagall on a cruise ship and she takes pity on you, poor Muggle that you are, and offers to teach you three magical spells. Which ones and why?
Oh, this is a great question! Okay I'm going to go with the Hermione in me and say the Shield Charm, because then I could avoid people being nasty to me. Similarly the Patronus Charm, because I hate the idea of being near a Dementor and I'd also be really interested to see my Patronus, because I have no idea what it would be. Then I think I'd go for something fun like Rictusempra because I'd have a lot of fun annoying my friends with something like that!
7 - Do you spend a lot of time doing crosswords, brain teasers and other puzzles? Because you're pretty awesome at them.
I'm actually generally awful at any crossword I find in a paper! But I used to do a lot of sudokus and wordsearches when I was younger, and I still enjoy them when I get the chance to do them.
8 - If you could convince JKR to spare one character who died in the books, but she required you to select a replacement -- blood for blood -- who would live and who would die? No easy answers like, "save Fred and kill Lucius Malfoy", please.
You're too good at asking these questions, Dan! Okay, I'm going to say that I would save Fred and then kill off... Slughorn in his place. (Is that allowed? Slughorn's technically on the good side!)
1. Have you ever had a moment that you were in the middle of something and just HAD TO GET AN IDEA OUT RIGHT THEN AND THERE?
Yes! This happens all the time, normally when I'm falling asleep or in the middle of a lecture or out with friends and nothing to write on. The last one-shot I wrote was one of those times when I just had to get the idea out - luckily I had my laptop nearby and I actually got it written, but I'm sure I've lost loads of stories by not being able to write them when I have the inspiration!
2. What's the weirdest thing that has inspired a story idea?
That's a difficult question! I'm not exactly sure what would be considered weird - I tend to get my inspiration from all over. But weird things in real life tend to inspire characters - there's an old man where I go to uni who seems to talk at me every time I go shopping with some completely random statement that makes no sense at all. I'm determined that he'll find a way into one of my stories one day!
3. Do you have writing rituals?
I'm not sure if they're actually rituals - I always have my ipod or some sort of music with me, even if I don't always play it when I write. Then whenever I start a new story, even if I don't have a title or summary for the story yet, I have to prepare my document with some centre-aligning and bold text.
4. Where is your favorite spot to write?
If it's sunny (which doesn't happen very often in England) I love sitting outside with a notebook and pen and scribbling away. Otherwise I like to curl up on my bed with my laptop and sit tapping away.
5. Do you understand just how wonderfully awesome you are?
I don't think I am, but thank you very much!
Thank you so much for your questions, everyone! I had a lot of fun answering them!