Welcome Vamps, Witches, Wares and Doppelgänger! Please give a warm welcome to Akhkharu Kashshaptu to the Non Canon Awards!
1) For the record and the fans, what’s your name?
My real name is Sarah Munro.
Penname: Akhkharu Kashshaptu
2) How long have you been writing?
7 years…since I was in the 7th grade
3) What inspires you to write?
What inspires me is my unending imagination that just demands to have a more physical form, rather than just be left as thoughts and ideas flowing around in my head. I also get a lot of inspiration from random things – music, certain scenes from movies, dreams, and sometimes even from the strange feeling I might get walking down a street – and I just HAVE to write something from them.
4) I know some writers don’t really care if they receive reviews as long as they have readers, but how do you feel when you get a review?
I feel over the moon with joy! It makes me giddy enough to know people are even reading my story, but when I get to know their thoughts and feelings towards my writing, a feeling of elation overwhelms me and I tend to grin like a madman to myself.
5) Most writers have something playing in the background when they write, what is the one thing that you have playing while you write?
I usually have two types of music playing. 1) 90s club music for most scenes as it motivates me to physically type (and furiously too), but also for scenes heavy with danger or action, as it helps set the intensity, fast pace, and action. 2) Bands/singers like One Republic and Lana del Rey help me write out slower, more emotional scenes or chapters. I like my music to reflect the mood of my story as I write.
6) What pairings do you enjoy writing and why?
I absolutely adore pairings with Elijah, Klaus and/or Kol with an OC. I don’t think I’ll ever write them paired with another character from the show as the focus of the story, as I enjoy being able to play around with creating an OC far too much!
7) What pairings do you absolutely REFUSE to write and why?
I refuse to write more common pairings like Klaroline (though I love that ship), Delena, Stelena, Konnie/Kennett, Kalijah, Halijah and so on. I have nothing against most of those ships, I just personally don’t think I’d ever be able to write fanfics for them. Like I said, I enjoy getting to play around with OCs a lot.
8) Canon or Non Canon?
Non canon, of course!
9) Tell us about you and your writing…this is where you have the floor!
I’ve been writing since grade 7, so that’s 7 years! My mum also enjoys writing, so I guess you could say that I inherited it from her. I started by writing very short horror stories (which have over the years evolved into slightly longer short stories). I attempted to start writing a ‘real’ story in grade 8, and though I still love the idea, it was later pushed to the back of my mind in favour of more promising ideas. In 2011 I began writing a fantasy novel which I managed to finish last year, but I’m not sure if I like it all that much and plan to rewrite the whole thing. Since 2011, I’ve won a short story competition held by an indie author, and had another short story (under a penname) chosen to feature in a zombie anthology novel – A Thorn of Death. My Vampire Diaries fanfics are certainly not the first I’ve ever written, but I’d say that they’re by far my best.
Thank you Akhkharu Kashshaptu for taking time to answer our questions!