I GOT QUESTIONS! I'm so excited, I never get questions.
1. Stand Tall has a diverse cast of characters. Do you plan to add any more characters that aren't represented often in literature as the story progresses?
No. While new information about characters will be revealed, there are no more 'diverse' people hiding in the plot-work. Though I do have some underdone topics I plan on writing fics about over the next couple months.
2. Do you have any advice for a writer wanting to include more diversity in their work?
Never ever ever ever ever forget that 'diverse' people are normal individuals with extraordinary circumstances. If all you know about your character is their disease or religion, no one will fall in love with them. Everything will seem flat. Before you start assigning people diversities, give them a birthday, a favorite color, hobbies. The first thing I knew about Alba was that she liked crosswords. The second was her house. I knew she would be the underdog, I knew she wasn't going to be like everyone else, but I didn't start off saying, 'ok character with cerebral palsy, your name is....' Your characters need to be people before they can be diverse people. Read forums for parents, spouses, siblings, and children, (basically the outsiders) and you will get all the information about social issues they face. But remember, to your character diverse is normal. Most likely they've been that way for their whole lives.
3. Is there a character in Stand Tall (last one I promise) that you connect to personally?
There's a little of me in a couple people, actually. I was quite sick when I was younger, so a little of Alba's attitude about healthcare is from me. However, I have a family member with CP so I'm pretty close to James/Ben as well with the whole 'yeah you're awesome but I'm still going to help you'.
4. You seem to write about a variety of things, where do you get your inspiration?
Life. Haha! I have a million and one ideas for things to write about, it's the ones that won't leave me alone that end up on paper/screen. Usually I pick through the challenge thread until one of my ideas is jump started by something I see. Stand Tall was helped along by a Wicked the musical challenge. Now that I think about it, all my best work was brought about in part or whole by Challenges.
5. What is your least favorite genre to write?
Comedy. I tried it once, got about three chapters in, realized it was destined to become a Noir-esque mystery and gave up.
6. Are there any characters you are intimidated or worried about writing?
I always worry about writing Hogwarts Professors. I can't get McGonogall right if I'm going for Hogwarts time period, and my only attempt at Dumbledore was a pre-Hogwarts AU so the pressure to get it just right wasn't there. I have never written anything from Voldemort, I wouldn't even know where to start.
7. When is Stand Tall (oops I lied. Sorry!) going to be updated (take your time, don't rush! I just want to know)?
Ok... I know I was doing pretty good there for a bit, but then this thing happened and I ended up working on an adaptation/expansion of Lucky Penny which completely took over after I realized it needed to be first person, simple present tense, alternating POV, with only a semi-choronological timeline. Moral of the story: I know exactly what is going to happen over the next two chapters, but only one sentence is written. And my Beta caught up (just about) so even after I write it, I'll probably wait for Sara to give it a once over before post.... and I need to get the +8,000 words of Lucky Penny vaildated. I'm gonna say.... February. Possibly...