Yay! First questions!
1. What gives you inspiration to write about such minor characters, such as Boderick Bode or the basilisk?
Um... I like writing minor characters because there's so much more freedom - there are events we know happened but know next to nothing about. All kinds of things spark plunnies - sometimes I'm just doing research for other stories and spot a name, sometimes a comment in a review gets me thinking. Often it's for challenges, and I think of someone who fits - Broderick Bode I found because I saw two challenges (last 24 hours and St Mungo's) and thought "they would go well together", then realised that we had one person who definitely DID die in St Mungo's - Bode (otherwise I'd have found another minor character and had them have an accident). So he just fitted the situation beautifully. The basilisk I wrote because I'd just been writing a bit in True Lion about Voldemort returning to the Chamber of Secrets and finding the remains of Slytherin's basilisk, so she was on my mind when I saw the non-human challenge. My most obscure character was probably Nobby Leach for the History of the Wizarding World challenge. Finding him was something like: history - minister for magic (that was a suggestion in the topic) - HP wiki list of ministers - nice obscure one - ooh, he looks interesting! I then proceeded to write five chapters of wizarding politics based around him!
2. Do you prefer writing oneshots or multi-chaptered works?
One-shots! Short stories are OK, but whenever I do anything longer I get halfway then realise it has next to no plot and get stuck. I also get a bit bored, I'm sorry to say. I like one-shots because I can take a moment from canon and I have all the plot I need to develop. What I always want to do is make people really feel the character, and I can't keep up the real intensity I like for multiple chapters
3. How would you describe your writing style in one word?
Impulsive (I get an idea, I start writing and the words appear on the page. Plunnies can come from anything, at any moment.)
4. Is there one genre/character/era/etc. you can't see yourself writing?
I've thought so before, but I always seem to end up writing it (certainly considering next-gen). Right now, romance is a no. At least not straight romance - a little bit on the side, maybe. I've always thought no golden trio, but then they feature quite strongly in my next-gen plan. Oh! No The head boy and girl do NOT share a dormitory (sorry Dramione fans). And if there are thousands of it already out there I'm unlikely to write my own version.
5. In Rite of Spring, what inspired you to make it creepy and supernatural instead of a fluffy Easter oneshot?
Fluffy? Have you READ my work? I stared at all the prompts for a few minutes and considered each. Well, I had no ideas for the first two prompts but the last one was just begging to be written - and honestly, how is that quote not creepy? So either supernatural or psychological thriller. Limit too short for psychological, so straight supernatural horror. It was a bit of an experiment, my first foray out of third person past tense, but I was going to play to my strengths and make it dark. Plus I hadn't done horror like this, just angst, and I decided it would be fun. I keep trying new things, but I can't think of ideas for fluff. Personally, I want to really affect people, whether that's by creeping them out or making them cry (I'm evil like that ). I also like being different. The plot itself? Inspired by Stravinsky's ballet of the same name.
6. You have a short story collection about the worst memories of four women and the best memories - what got you to write such complete opposites?
Of course I wrote Patronus first because of - you guessed it - a challenge. Then something made me think it would be quite fun to write a collection. I think it was actually right back writing Umbridge's chapter I came up with the idea of doing the other side - I was thinking about how she ended up as she did and came up with the idea that she was bullied. Well perhaps what I like the most is taking an unpopular character or what seems like an unjustifiable reaction and making the reader sympathise. Then because the collection was called Patronus I decided to make another collection of the opposites - Dementor. Writing each "happiest memory", being me I started thinking about the worst memory - Luna and Dolores especially as their happiest memories actually hinted at their worst memories. When I write something about a character, it often sparks all kinds of other ideas in my head. Dementor began as me wanting to make people relate to Dolores, then I thought it would be neat to do the other side of the whole collection. I realised the context would be kind of similar to Bitten, my first ever one-shot (Remus Lupin), which I still consider my best work and which just came naturally to me - I liked the idea of doing more like that.
7. Tea or coffee? (Yes, there is a correct answer for this.)
Neither. *ducks* I don't like the taste of tea at all and I've seen studies on what caffeine does to your brain, plus I've never really had a reason to try coffee. Hot chocolate occasionally, if I'm really cold, but mostly just water.
Thanks Emily! Having great fun answering questions, if it is a bit difficult to figure out what to say. Keep them coming!
Edited by Leonore, 18 April 2014 - 02:01 PM.