Tanya! Here I am with the promised questions on both Mouse, Waltz and Forgettable Me?
Hey Curie! Woohoo for questions! Let's do this!
1. Where did u come up with the idea for waltz? There must have been a moment that made u go, 'imagine if someone started counting their life like that!'
So what happened is I was originally trying to write a rhyming Dr. Seuss-like Neville/Luna story for the Writer's Duel, and while I got pretty far in it, I kept getting stuck, and so maybe five days before the deadline, I decided I needed some backup plans in case I couldn't figure out the Neville/Luna story before the deadline. I asked myself what I thought might be an original idea for a Mistletoe story, and my first thought was 'What if it was a character who gets stuck beneath the mistletoe was germaphobic and really, really didn't want to be in that situation? Someone who's first reaction would be 'Ew!'" Germaphobic grew to encompass OCD as well, and a lot of OCD people have a particular number that feels right to them, that calms them and brings relief, so I chose the number three for the character and immediately was like, "Waltz. Her life is a waltz." So everything sort of stemmed form there! I hope that makes sense! ^.^
2. Are Rose and Scorpius, different? As in have a mental disorder?
Rose has OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and Germophobia. OCD is categorized as a mental illness, as it causes a person to put irrational faith in things like arbitrary routines (like how Rose thinks that pacing in three's to the exact beat of the second hand on her watch is necessary in order to have a good day) and it makes them extremely anxious when said routine is either interrupted or unable to be completed properly (so that if Rose had accidentally missed a second or a step or a number, she probably would have spent her whole day feeling stressed). There are a whole slew of different obsessions and compulsions that can effect a person with OCD; it's a very interesting disorder and I just picked a few for this one-shot. Germopobia is the fear of germs, dirt, mess, etc., and an obsession with sanitation (which is why Rose washes her hands - three times - and why her initial reaction to the mistletoe is "Ew!" It's also why getting glitter-bombed by vengeful mistletoe would probably ruin her week).
Scorpius, on the other hand, has a stutter/stammer, which is more of a speech disorder. Basically he just has a hard time forming words on the first try and will instead trip over letters so that instead of saying "What's up?" he might get stuck for a bit and say, "W-w-what's up?" Many people with stutters can learn how to overcome it with speech therapy, but tend to have more trouble controlling the impediment when they are nervous or stressed or in an uncomfortable situation. That's why we see Scorpius able to talk fine in the beginning of the story, but during the mistletoe part, when he's pretty severely flustered, it takes him three tries just to say Rose's name.
I just thought that after I decided Rose would be OCD and a germophobe, I wanted Scorpius to have something similar but different that would allow them to connect on another level.
3. Mouse was a very different concept. What made u want to write about Susan?
I actually wrote 'Mouse' for the 2012 House Cup. Each House had a canon character that acted as their House Champion and who had been sorted into their respective Houses in the books, and the first task was to write a one-shot based around a handful of prompts. One of the prompts was something about writing from your character's POV (or maybe it was just including them in the story? I can't remember perfectly) and since Susan was our Houses champion, I wrote 'Mouse' based around her! A lot of that story came about specifically because of the prompts (which are listed at the end of the fic in an Author's Note if you want to see exactly what they were), and really the most original things I did with it was to put her into a class where she was being trained on how to protect magical creatures, choosing to make her quiet and small, but fierce, and the choice to make it rhyme! But yeah, most of that story was inspired by the prompts and not my own idea! ^.^
4. Out of all your stories, which is your favourite?
Oh, it has to be 'Lying Josephine,' I think. It's my baby, really. Even though it's only on chapter three right now, I have so many plans for that novel that I cannot wait to get posted. The finale is probably going to be the funniest thing I'll ever write, which makes me laugh when I think about it because it's really much more of a romance and angst story than a humor one, but there are some moments that just crack me up when I think about them. Actually, chapter three of that story is by far the funniest thing I have yet to post on the site so far! Everything else I've written is in general a lot sadder, but that chapter makes me chuckle. I just really love writing about Fred and George, and I've also really fallen in love with the OC I created, and I just get generally excited about 'Lying Josephine.' It's probably the only one I feel that way about consistently.
5. Out of all the characters you've written, which is the easiest to write? Most fun to write? Hardest to write?
This is going to sound really bizarre, but thus far I've found Fred to be the easiest character to write... and George to be the hardest. LOL Really, really weird thing to say at first glance, I know, but bear with me! Because of the way that 'Lying Josephine' is structured, the scenes with Fred happen before the war (obviously, seeing as he has to be alive for those scenes), while almost every scene with George happens after. It doesn't surprise me that I'm struggling to write a mourning George, because it's really hard to find that balance between him clearly being changed and sad and lost without his twin, but to also make sure he hasn't just completely become unrecognizable as a character, because he's still George and I still want him to be like the pre-war George when he can, but it's tricky to juggle it all. What constantly surprises me, however, is how easy Fred has been to write! Cause I get to write him in the funny scenario's with the wit and the jokes and the pranks, and before I always would have thought I'd struggle with his character, but I've not had a problem with him yet! And according to my reviews I write him really well, so I don't think I'm completely delusional to think I'm doing all right? hehehe *keeps fingers crossed*
6. Forgettable me, very interesting! What gave u that idea?
Thank you! 'Forgettable Me' actually started as a non-fanfiction! It was just something I had written about a girl experiencing unrequited love. It all happened very quickly; I wrote the entire story in only twenty minutes before I stuck it into the queue. The first ten minutes was writing the non-fanfiction version, and then after it was finished, I was like 'Man, I'd really love to post a story on this site!', cause at the time I was a new member who hadn't written anything yet but really wanted to, and so I listed a handful of characters who I thought would be fitting for the role of the guy this girl is pining after, and Sirius just sort of fit pretty easily, so I added his name, threw in a few lines about Hogwarts, and that was it!
7. Who are your favourite authors on the archives?
I love 1917farmgirl. She writes the twins fantastically and has a lot of Weasley-centric stories where every character is perfectly in canon. Her story 'Healing' is one of my favorites on the site. She's a beautiful writer of both drama and comedy. I love Pixileanin, particularly for her humor. She is one of the wittiest people I know. But she also has some fantastic dramatic, action/adventure stories too. Very versatile! RonsGirlFriday is phenomenal. She can do anything and everything. Her story 'Like Coming Home' was the first story I read on the site that just completely blew my mind because it was so beautiful and sad and ugh! And theelderwand is another! He can write some epic adventures! Very intense and dramatic and thrilling and suspenseful! The last one I'll list is Toujours Padfoot. She can write the most intensely heartbreaking story followed by the most hilarious story with no trouble at all. She's so versatile that it's actually ridiculous. She can write any character, and genre, any... anything, really. She's just great. They all are! I highly recommend each of them! ^.^
8. Authors in real life?
J. K. Rowling, of cooooourse! Not just Harry Potter, but her other stories as well. She writes the most distinct characters, I love it. I've always loved Agatha Christie and her mystery books; 'And Then There Were None' is probably my favorite. I love Edgar Allen Poe, too, and George R.R. Martin... Um... I'm sure there are more, but that's all I can think of right now! haha
9. You also write songs (I have to thank u for that! Squeee!) whats your inspiration for those?
Awww, thank you!!! I think my inspiration for songs comes in a similar way as my inspiration for stories, where it just sort of happens! Every once in a while I'll try to write about a specific person or event, but usually I just come up with a random lyric that I happen to enjoy and then try to base a song around that lyric! haha The song I'm working on right now, though, I'm actually writing for a specific purpose (a potential movie deal) and therefore trying to write the song so that it captures the theme of movie. I'm still a few lyrics short, but it's not been too difficult! Hopefully it turns out all right.
10. Favourite artists?
Ingrid Michaelson will always be at the top of this list. It saddens me that she isn't hugely popular, because she's just phenomenally talented and deserves success more than anyone. Her voice, her lyrics, her melodies: they just blow me away every time. She's got generally a very simplistic style, but it makes her music memorable and poignant. I love her. Some other favorites are Fun. (Nate Ruess <3), Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, Delta Rae, Queen... a ton others, I'm sure, but I'll leave it there. ^.^
These were such great questions, Curie! I hope I answered them adequately! Thank you so much for visiting my MTA! ^.^