I love your questions!
1. Where did you get the inspiration for Stand Tall? Did you do a lot of research to be able to write such amazing descriptions of Alba's struggle with her disability?
Stand Tall was inspired by a combination of the "Wicked" song Challenge, and a very dear cousin of mine with CP. The lyrics I got were "I wasn't born for the rose and pearls, he could be that boy, I'm not that girl." So I gave a lot of that about what "that girl" would be like, and the women in my life who were wonderful without fitting that category. My cousin is such a beautiful, vibrant, talented, smart, kind young woman, and I think that a lot of people would benefit from looking past the way she walks to really get to know her. So I created a character, original in personality, but with similar conflicts that I was familiar with. I did extra research to get a more diverse feel for everything, as no two cases are the same. I got online and read a lot of articles on support groups. I felt like reading things from people who had experienced it to people who were experiencing it would give me a better look into the perspective. I then looked at articles meant for spouses of people with CP, to get a good idea of deep conflicts and everyday matters that would just be different. I think it paid off!
2. Where did you get the inspiration for The Brothers Three? (I know its the same question.)
Haha! I bought a very nice, decorative copy of The Brother's Grimm Fairytails the same day I bought The Tales of Beetle the Bard, and I decided that I wanted to create a 'behind the scenes' of one of the stories, but I didn't know which one. Then, I was reading one of my favorite classical books (not saying which one) and found a very nice quote (not telling that one either, it's a surprise) that gave me the idea for Death as a character, and I decided to do my behind the scenes on the Peverell Brothers, but I was scared. Then I came upon a lot of time and two Challenges (the Seven Deadly Sins and Never Have I Ever) and decided to go ahead and give it a shot! I'm rather pleased with the way it turned out, so far.
3. Since those two stories are so different, do you have a hard time writing and up dating both at the same time?
Absolutely! They're both consuming! Stand Tall because of the vastness of tackling the Triwizard Tournament while tackling issues I can only hope to empathize with with, and The Brothers Three because I am really, really bad at the time period. Not to mention how stylistic it's become with the personified characters and whatnot. (Though after I get Chapter 6 of Stand Tall out, hopefully I'll be able to dive into the Brothers again. I'm beginning to miss them.)
And then there are the other... 3 WIPs I have right now... oops. Needless to say, I have forbidden myself from the Challenges thread.
4. I love your graphics for both of those stories. Do you prefer graphic making to writing?
I have only just started making graphics, honestly, so I do prefer writing. The banners up right now are from two amazing artists on TDA, though I did fiddle around with a few chapter images for Stand Tall.
5. What is your favorite of the books? Movies?
I love OotP the book. (SUCKER FOR TRAGEDY) and the first movie was my favorite. I felt it got the mood right more than the others.
Thank you so much for these questions!