Story Review for Dance with the Devil by Speklez

Name of Story: Dance with the Devil

Fandom: Twilight

Author: Speklez

Site: http://www.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/library/viewstory.php?sid=6964&ageconsent=ok&warning=3

Rating (If Applicable): NC-17

Pairing: Stefan/ Bella Swan

Description (Authors):A teenager on a class trip gets caught in the crossfire when an unrepentant vampire grows bored and decides a little mischief is in order to stir things up in the world.

Review:

Okay, biased here, I would so rec Speklez always, her work is truly amazing. THIS story though is dark and sticks to the true words of Vampires. The dark twisted side that is honest and truthful for a vampire sake.

It starts with Bella and Edward, her telling him where to shove it. She knew not of the knowledge of vampires at the time and goes on a tour of Mythical related places for her Folklore and Mythology class, even to the so called ‘Dracula’s Castle’ in Romania. First she goes to Volterra where she meets the kings, and effectively puts them in their place.

She has a crush, a fascination in Dracula, and the lore around her fascination. In Volterra is where Stefan sees Isabella and becomes interested, excpecially when they the group is to visit his home. It is then where they play a game, one you will have to see to read about it. It’s something new and refreshing to read, dark and honestly how I like to read vampires, not those who easily submit.

It is honestly well worth the read if you want something dark and refreshing. Everything she writes is amazing and sarcastic, dark and twisted…

But you’ll have to see for yourself then won’t you.

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Review for The Revealing of Andre by Meridian

Here is the first post of my Review series featuring Meridian.  This is one of those stories you end up reading and thump the screen, refresh and even go looking if she forgot to put the next button in it.

the Revealing of Andre

Name of Story: The Revealing of Andre

Fandom: SVM

Author: Meridian

Site: http://addicted2godric.wordpress.com/the-revealing-of-andre/ (Click the Banner above to go to the site)

Rating (If Applicable): M

Pairing: Andre/OC (Emma)

Description (Authors): Andre Paul, child of Sophie-Anne LeClerq, had a “distinct” reputation: fierce, vicious, cruel and conniving.  But…was that ALL there was to him?  Emma may find out for herself. (*Rated M…this IS vampire fanfic, ya know…) Non-canon, AU, OC


Review: While this is not the first one I have read of hers, it is one of the ones I love dearly. It is on an uncommon character that until I read this, I had not seen as a hero in any fashion.

The story introduces you to Andre, and you see the world through his eyes. He is the Master Torturer, but he generally does it to protect those he cares for. There are not many in that list, but his Maker is one of them.

Reading the first chapter tells you that it is past Rhodes, and that he (Obviously) didn’t die. He tells what is happening as well as his first meeting with Emma. A lot of action going on, but the telling is precise and to the point. You have a very clear idea of what he is thinking and get a large clue in his personal thoughts as well as a sense of who the character is pretty quickly.

She also seamlessly moves from POV from one to the other with a transition that makes sense. There is no backtracking to find out what they are thinking, no you get the little mysteries of trying to figure out each other from their POV.

There is some Eric and Sookie in the story, and they are true to the characters she mentions at the beginning of the story. This may not sound like much, but it is pretty far in the story when you meet them, and you have a clear idea of who they are from the beginning of the story.

Side characters are developed with the same attention to detail. By the time the confrontation happens, you are cheering for it. But at the same time, booing cause the interaction of Andre and Emma is halted for him to take care of it.

All in all, this is one story I had put off reading for awhile. Why? Because she makes me a whore for updates to the point I drop everything and go read. I needed the time to give her a chance to write more. And I bug her. A lot.

I highly recommend this, and for you to give it a try. Explore a character that everyone has their own ideas about, and see him in a new light. It’s highly Entertaining!!

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Review for Thirsty for Your Love by Bertie Bott

As I interview crossover authors I will also be pairing their interviews with a review for one of their stories – gives you an awesome place to start for a fic rec! As you know, a few days ago I interviewed myself and it doesn’t seem right to review one of my own stories, so my good friend Mommy4Thomas graciously reviewed one of my stories for me. Below is her review for Thirsty for Your Love, a Twilight/Vampire Diaries crossover. Please read and enjoy!

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Name of Story: Thirsty For Your Love

Fandom: Twilight/the Vampire Diaries

Author: Bertie Bott

Site: http://bertiebottwrites.wordpress.com/

Rating (If Applicable): Mature

Pairing: Damon Salvatore & Bella Swan

Description (Authors): AU New Moon. Bella’s lost herself to despair after being abandoned by Edward and finds herself on the cusp of giving up. Meanwhile, Damon’s been drifting aimlessly since opening the tomb and discovering Katherine’s betrayal. One day Laurent corners Bella in the meadow, but it’s not Jake who appears to the rescue…

Review:

Thirsty For Your Love is a story that truly grabs your attention the moment you read the first sentence. Bertie writes Damon and Bella very much like their canon counter-parts, but yet, they are hers because she has tailored them to fit the world in which she has created for them. It can be difficult at times to fuse canon-like characters in a non-canon story. Bertie manages to do that seamlessly, almost as if there’s little effort to do so.

Damon Salvatore is a much loved character that has many layers and Bertie shows those layers in her writing through the dialogue and his actions. We see the Damon that we all know and love. Damon’s famous snark shines through in the biting humor and the snappy comebacks. I can’t count how many times I have laughed at his remarks while reading this story. His passionate and protective side is shown as well through the way he watches out for Bella and handles certain situations that they find themselves in.

At the beginning of the story, Bella is completely heartbroken over her breakup with Edward Cullen. Over time, with Damon’s influence the heartbreak dissolves away and a stronger, more confident Bella is shown. It’s not a change that is abrupt and sudden. It’s a change that is gradually done throughout the story. Bertie adds nuances to the character to supplement this. It’s not shown just in actions, but in the dialogue as well. Her choice of words and her inner thoughts reflect on the changes in her.

The plot itself is a woven tapestry of canon and the author’s own imagination. It leaves you constantly wondering what will happen next. On The Vampire Diaries t.v. show, Damon is known for saying “You want a love that consumes you, you want passion, adventure and maybe even a little danger.” That quote can basically sum up Thirsty For Your Love. It’s all there, in one amazingly well written tale. Damon and Bella both discover love, and passion while they are on an adventure together. An adventure that includes running from a deranged vampire, an ex, his family and whatever else may be lurking around the corner. It’s a story that will always left you ‘thirsty’ for more.

A special thanks to Mommy4Thomas for taking the time to review my story – be sure to give a click and check out her’s as well! Until next time…

Bertie-Bott

TB/SVM Interview: Meridian

The first author to respond back is Meridian.  She is the Queen of the Betas for my group, and an awesome author in her own right. 

She is nicknamed in my group as the Muse Whisperer, and she is easily responsible for a lot of the stories I have.  And she begs to have my brain when I am done with it.  Not to sure what she is going to do with it.

This week and until I am done, I will be doing reviews of her stories. Meet Meridian, and get to know her!

 Basic information.

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Can you please tell the people reading this your name?

Meridian – used to be InvertedMeridian, but we (myself and I) very quickly tired of being inverted.

Where do you like to post, and can you give us the site of your preferred medium?

I started my “fic career” posting over on FanFiction, but their spineless worship of rabid censor-nuns led me to WordPress (http://addicted2godric.wordpress.com) – my preferred posting site because I can spice up my site with lots of pics, gifs, and different menu headings. I also post on TWCS, AO3, and FictionPad.

What do you prefer, Tea or Coffee?

I am a coffee addict from way back when. I’ll drink some tea once in a while (Jasmine Green for health, Chai blends for taste), but coffee’s where it’s at, bay-be.

What is your favorite beverage of choice? And if alcoholic and mixed, what are the ingredients?

Frangelico, White Russian or Tom Collins depending on mood, and there have been quite a few LIITs in my past (and, srsly, how DO they end up tasting like tea?)

 What is your funny story about trying something to drink and it rocked your boat and/or sucked?

Long ago and far away, some friends and I were hanging around and trying not too very hard to become slowly inebriated. I’m not a huge fan of whisky or vodka (I know, but it CAN happen…), so I hauled my not-drunk butt to the ABC store and perused the 1-Shot sampler bottles, gathered up a few, and went back. During the course of the evening, I found the drink I will love forever, but damn if I can remember the name – all I remember is that it tasted like Juicy Fruit chewing gum.

What foods do you love?

I love American, Italian, Chinese, and Southern foods, and I freely admit to being particularly fond of salty grease. (Think bacon, y’all.)

What is your go to food for comfort?

The blood of my enemies. Or, since it’s usually handier, chicken noodle soup with too many crackers or a grilled cheese sandwich with triple extra cheese and ketchup.

What do you like to snack when writing?

I actually try not to snack when I’m writing because my elbow keeps bending, my waistline keeps expanding, and I don’t want my mouse/keyboard to get all gross, but if I do, I go for popcorn, Fritos, generic salty snacks…

Is there a scent that says home to you?

Animal farts. Srsly, I have 2 cats and a doggie. Lol, I’m a perfume aficionado – the good stuff, mind you – so my house always has a very light whiff of something nice in the air. There’s that blend of “woodsy”, “exotic”, and “floral” tones from my perfumes, then there’s coffee, Gain laundry detergent, cotton, bacon, toast, cigarette smoke, leather from jackets and shoes/boots, cat and dog treats (those things have a STRONG scent), the “fresh/dirt” scent from indoor plants, and cleaning products (Lysol – the stuff in the brown bottle and the spray, and bleach, usually, but sometimes Pine Sol, too).

Is there a scent you wish you never smelled ever?

Rye toast and Brussels’ sprouts – either/or…they make me want vomit. Or whatever it was that died, resurrected, reproduced, then died again in the back of my fridge last week.

If you could visit a place, anywhere, where would it be?

Right now, I would love to go back to Dinard, France, or Arad in the Negev Desert (either/or!) and sit on a rooftop with a pot of strong, hot coffee and a pitcher of milk, (and a cup because I’m picky like that) and watch the sun rise. I love watching a new day dawn over a sea of either water or sand.

If you could go at any point in time, which would it be?

I’d go back and tell Hitler’s mom to swallow.

What music do you like?

I mostly listen to different alternatives, some rock, and some instrumental.

Is there a genre or song you hate?

I fervently detest country, rap, and jazz.

Tell us something about yourself that you think your fans would love to know about you:

Fans? I have fans?? *glances around happily*

Huh, I can’t think of anything that anyone would want to know about me that I haven’t spoken about to the point that they’re sick of hearing it already. For a private person I’m amazingly vocal.

(climbs on soapbox) I’m violently opposed to the subjugation and degradation of women, well, of anyone really, but some fanfics and some fiction publishers seem determined to try to convince people that woman should be disrespected, demeaned, and debased. Unfortunately for my peace of mind, abuse is abuse no matter the excuse, whether it’s in real life or hidden in a fanfic. I also can’t stand when writers decide to make the “hero” of their fic some sort of Dom (if he has to order his “heroine” around in bed to get off, then maybe he needs a different lover) or have a “dominating” character (wow – his penis is THAT small?). It not only makes me roll my eyes and laugh, but also makes me wonder just how pathetic the guy’s ego really is. No penis, wallet, or pretty face is worth that kind of abuse. 50 Shades is over, y’all – LET IT DIE ALREADY. (/dismounts soapbox – you can start reading again)

 Thanks. That gives us some basic information. Now, about the writing –   I know you’re excited…

Why did you start writing?

Bluntly, I started writing to get over my mother’s death. I’d started reading fics as a way of wasting my time and losing myself in sometimes-good other universes, but I very quickly tired of it for several reasons. One, there was a sad lack of really good Godric stories (*flutters lashes* He’s my hero!). Two, there was a sad lack of stories where the hero wasn’t some sort of trite Dom or boring dominating character. I don’t read fics to ‘see’ the hero, or anyone else, abusing, disrespecting, coercing, or subjugating the heroine. Now, off and on I had envisioned what was to become the opening scene in Anticipating, but for some reason at this point I had yet to even think to just pick up a damn keyboard and start writing. So, I kept reading…and bitching…and reading… Then one day I quit my bitching, opened a Word .doc, and the rest is history (even if I still bitch mightily).

What do you enjoy the most about it?

I love the fact that when *I* am writing, I am in complete control of what my fingers type. (My muse just busted a gut laughing at me, btw…) I create the attributes of the hero and heroine, and I create the scenes and scenarios that surround the couple. If there’s a fight, it’s because I created it. If there’s a love scene, it’s because I created it. In my sweet little fantasy world, no one gets raped or abused by the ones who supposedly love them, and while the bad guys are bad, the good guys are always better, and there’s always an HEA because I say so.

And…I absolutely adore when I can change readers’ opinions about a character as I did with Andre. When I can believably re-spin his character using realistic reasoning to the point that convinced haters change their mind and begin loving him, I am full of win!

What do you like least about it?

It’s all on me. Everything from the inception of the idea to proofreading (I’m too bullheaded to use a beta) to posting to, well, everything – it’s all up to me.  As a self-described control freak, I love that it’s all up to me, but…yeah, it’s ALL up to me. Thankfully I was smart enough to state in all my profiles that updates will be on absolutely NO set schedule but, even so, there is still a push to update.

That first time hitting publish, how did you feel?

ANGST-RIDDEN!! Will anyone like it? Does it suck? How badly does it suck? It sucks, doesn’t it… There was also a hefty dose of, “Ugh, I am so sick of looking at this fucking chapter – here – go! Be free!”

Where do you get your inspiration?

Usually from music – either from lilting tones or a driving bass, or alpine flights of fancy. I’d like to be able to thank my muse, but she’s a flighty little bitch.

What is your writing area like do you use computer or paper, or both? Or another medium?

Computer – my PC, actually, because I adore a full, real, keyboard. I don’t have the patience to sit and write out my ideas – my brain thinks too fast for me to keep up with a pen or pencil.

Do you use an outline, rough draft or just write?

All of the above. I’ll .txt the general idea, then fill it in a bit, then start a rough draft of a chapter outline, my muse will laugh her cute little ass off at me, then I’ll just start writing.

What do you do while you’re writing (listen to music, TV in the background, etc.)?

Usually I just have the tv on in the background, but sometimes music. My problem is that I tend to get lost in the music and come up with even MORE story ideas even while I’m trying to work on the one before me.

Yes, I am The Muse Whisperer, but I am NOT immune to my own self, dammit.

What annoys you the most when you are trying to write?

The main thing that annoys me is when I can’t find the exact word that I’m wanting – that’s why I have three thesauruses… Another thing I detest is being interrupted. When I’m in that zone there’s nothing in the world between me and my screen as the words flow. Interrupt me and walk away limping. And on a completely related note, humans CAN snarl…

If you have finished a fic, what was your feeling about it?

Whew!! Srsly, I was so glad to have it done…even if it is just a “Part 1”. Lol, it was like an old friend that you were glad visited for a while but that you’re also glad to send on home, too.

What are your favorite fandoms to write?

TB (True Blood), and SVM (Southern Vampire Mysteries) to a lesser degree.

Who are your favorite characters to write?

Godric and my O/C for him, Cara.

Why?

I adore Godric. When TB killed him off, they lost an awesome chance to explore and expand upon a brilliant character. Godric has no real back-story and very little canon, so, to me, he’s “fair game”. I can make him into anyone or anything I want, I can give him all the history I want him to have, or none, and I can give him any future I envision for him. He has infinite possibilities, and for some reason, I seem to hear his voice best. I also love the O/C Cara that I invented for him. Neither she nor Godric are perfect, but they fit together with imperfect perfection.

Who are your least favorite characters to write?

My least favorite characters to write are ‘the bad guys’.

Why?

I really don’t enjoy bringing angst or drama into any of my stories, and honestly wonder about any writer who does! But – I can’t write a good torture/come-uppance scene without a bad guy to plant in it, now can I? 😀

What is your favorite scene or story you have written and why?

I wish I could list a favorite, but like parents with kids, I don’t have a favorite. Each story thus far has had its own challenges and rewards.

Now, if you’re talking sex scenes, I absolutely adore the first one I ever wrote – Godric masturbating in a nice, warm bubble-bath! I still smile when I think of writing that scene.

What is the most difficult story or scene you have written, and why?

I don’t generally write things that are hard to write because if it’s that hard to write it probably doesn’t belong in a story since I actually like my lead characters.

But, to answer the question, thus far the most difficult scene has been the fight between Andre and Co versus BeauChamps and minions. It was more annoying than anything because I detest writing/choreographing fight scenes.

Do you see any characteristics of yourself in the characters you write?

Yes!! It’s only natural that a writer would write what they’re most familiar with, and I know me best, lol.

Which ones and whom?

My Caras for the most part, but there are parts of me in all my Godrics, too, as well as in Andre and Emma. There’s probably some of me in my Erics, too, but the Erics told me not to be looking that close…

What do you like most about your preferred fandom?

For one thing, I love how very supportive most members of the TB/SVM fandom tend to be. While there is inherently a bit of competition, it’s generally of the healthy kind where you end up challenging yourself to write better, and that’s always a good thing. Also, most members of the TB/SVM fandom are very forgiving when a writer chooses to dump canon and go AU with their fic.

Also, I love the idea of vampires and I’m most familiar with the TB/SVM fandoms, so they’re the ones I write about the most. I love the vamps in TVD, but I’m not all that knowledgeable about their version of canon.

The vampires in the Black Dagger Brotherhood are the ones I adore the most, but JR Ward doesn’t allow writers to write fanfics about her stories and I will definitely honor that.

I like how passionate and protective my preferred TB/SVM vamps are, and how intelligent and crafty they can be.   They’re sexy as all fuck, and can be heartbreakingly sweet, too. You can’t beat that!

How would you describe your fics?

I see my stories as a refreshing break from the rigors of life.

While I want to bring a sense of realism to my fics (even if they DO involve vampires and fairies and shifters OH MY!), I want them to be fun, easy, somewhat involving reads that showcase romance and passion, some humor, with lots of respect and consideration shown between the characters. I like my heroes and heroines, and I want to show them being treated well (even if sometimes ineptly) by each other even if by no one else.

In my stories the good guys may wear suits and ties or ass-stompers and leather, but no matter their background or current occupation, in my fics the good guys are definitely good, and good always wins and bad always pays.

I want realistic actions and reactions, but I will always keep in mind that “real life” is sometimes TOO realistic, and that fiction can best be used as an escape from dark, dirty, and depressing. So, I try to write light and airy, but with (I hope!) an interesting plot. While I can’t promise unicorns pooping rainbows, I can say they’ll usually be farting sunshine.

Life is often dark and gritty enough for my readers, and I see no reason to bring even more drama and angst to them even if (or especially because) it’s fictional in nature.

What story would you recommend of your own for a new fan to start first?

Anticipating was the first story I wrote, therefore it’s by far not the best, but it’s complete and that Godric is more in tune with the Godric of perceived TB canon. If you’re new to the TB/SVM fandom, you might not get the inherent irony of The Revealing of Andre since he was a rightfully hated character in SVM – but I did take glorious liberties with his character in the most delicious of non-canon ways. Decisions might be a good one to start with, but that Godric is not in line with perceived TB canon.

*elegant shrug* Jump in where ya want – the water’s not TOO very deep…

Now the HARD questions:

If you could offer a suggestion to someone who is thinking of publishing their first story, what would it be?

Bluntly? Just shut up and do it. Talking your story to death will NOT get it done, and the only way to get over the pre-publishing nerves is to go over your story two more times then just hit that damn Publish button.

If you’re not shy, have a good HONEST friend – not a “yes man” too timid about hurting your feelings, but someone who you KNOW will tell you if it sucks or if you need to go back to English classes – go over your work. Once that part is over, don’t whine…don’t cry…don’t talk it to death…don’t waste time – just publish the damn thing and be done with it.

You can always go back later and fix all the things you will have inevitably missed or forgot to add to those first chapters. Don’t ask me how I know this.

 If you could go back in time, and give yourself one word of advice, what would you say? (No Lottery numbers or anything like that!!!)

Just shut the fuck up and do it – but consider a chapter outline BEFORE publishing that first chapter…even if the muse will laugh her (or his) flighty li’l ass off at you. Also, write your character as YOU hear them, not as they might seem from a tv show, book, or movie. Call your story “AU” and you can get away with anything.

What 5 stories would you recommend someone read? Please list fandom, sites and name with pairing.

I tend to not recommend stories because my preferences are generally different from what most readers seem to like. I refuse to read trite Dom/”dominating character” fics or fics that espouse or glorify some sort of abuse, so there goes most of my oddly-preferred fandom.

That being said, I am lucky enough to have some awesome writers I can trust to provide brilliant stories:

Kittyinaz’s (http://kittyinaz.com): True Blood, True Blood/Twilight, Twilight/Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time fics (and many more).

Bertie Bott’s (https://bertiebottwrites.wordpress.com): Twilight/Avengers and Twilight/Vampire Diaries fics.

EricIsMine (http://ericizmine.com) – SVM/TB, but beware – sadly, many of this writer’s amazing works will never be finished.

AlphaEN (http://alphafang.wordpress.com) – SVM, awesome writer, intricate plots, but beware the angst and slower updates.

MySecretOFanFiction (http://mysecretofanfiction.wordpress.com): Great SVM non-angsty smutty porn – great for a quick read

Is there something you wished I asked, and if so, what as well as the answer.

Do you have a writing motto?

Why yes, yes, I do, thank you for asking! This is the motto I created to sum up the entire writing experience as I see it:

“But, in the end, writers are going to write what writers want to write, and readers are going to read what readers want to read, and sometimes the twain should not meet, and that is perfectly fine.” ~Meridian

Character Interview

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Name of Character: Andre Paul

Story he is in: The Revealing of Andre

Is (s)he an original Character or a series known? He is well-known in the SVM stories.

Are they in character or Out of Character? Both.

Nickname(s): Depends on the person you ask… To his Mate Emma (and to his great chagrin), he’s known as “honey”, and sometimes “sweetheart”, but to the rest of the vampire world he’s mostly known as “Please don’t kill me, sir.”

Date of Birth: Unsure as to human age, he guesses himself to have lived between 18 and 21 human years, but he was changed 877 years, 275 days and counting ago

Occupation: Second to the reigning Queen of Louisiana, soon to be crowned King of Arkansas, Master Torturer

Stats (Aka Height, hair color, eye color, and so on): Andre is a broad-shouldered, firmly-muscled 6 feet, 3 inches tall, with blond hair, a piercing blue-green eye’d stare, a firm jaw, and a leonine grace which has led to the death of many.

Significant other(s): Emma

Best Friend(s): His brothers-by-turning Sigebert and Wybert, and a slowly-developing semi-bromance with Eric Northman…and Emma.

Enemies(s): All who would harm his Mate. Oh, yeah, and anyone who would harm his Maker and Queen Sophie-Anne, too, of course.

Any noticeable Scars, Tattoos, or other markings: Faint, barely-noticable scarring on his back.

If they could have a Theme Song, which would it be? A blend of Def Leppard’s “Hysteria” with Crazy Town’s hidden track “You Are The One”

What is their favorite Movie? Movies?!He doesn’t have time to waste on movies – there are simply too many prisoners and soon-to-be prisoners needing his special touch! And he must see to the entire security system of the palace, plus he’s having the new security systems installed in the new palace he’ll be sharing with his Emma in Arkansas… (But Emma has noticed a rather large collection of action/adventure movies in his quarters, with a certain number of titles held off to the side, including a box set of X-Files, The Manchurian Candidate, Soylent Green (with a huge X marked over it), The Thomas Crown Affair, Angels & Demons, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and The Da Vinci Code – all of which have obviously been handled quite often…)

What is something that the fans don’t know about your character?

Even though he is known internationally as The Master Torturer, he doesn’t enjoy that hobby because of the torturing aspect. To him, the act of torturing isn’t the important part. He became The Master Torturer because he likes to enact his own brand of ‘appropriate’ justice on those deserving of his talents. Also, he has never once tortured a woman; instead, he simply gifts them with a quick death.

This author is my featured author and I will be dropping reviews for her stories for you to get an idea of the stories.

Thanks for reading!

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Twilight Interview: TheDarkestFallingStar

Hello! SO Ellie has already done the Slash Twilight section! Now I will do the Non-Canon pairings, well I’m going to follow the well what I think as the Introductions of the Admins.

 

So we are going to start out with some basic information for all of you.

Can you please tell the people reading this your name?

Falling Stars

Where do you like to post, and can you give us the site of your preferred medium?

Fanfiction is where I normally Post.. https://www.fanfiction.net/u/3013868/TheDarkestFallingStar

What do you prefer, Tea or Coffee?

Tea, of course. *bleh* coffee

What is your favorite beverage of choice?  And if alcoholic and mixed, what are the ingredients?

Redbull, haha… Or well, I like sex on the beach for alcoholic, or beer, or yeah beer.

What is your funny story about trying something to drink and it rocked your boat and/or sucked?

The shot Wet Pussy *shudder* that is something I NEVER EVER want to try again… And FireTrucks, red lemonade and vodka, I had five of them when I was sitting down because I felt NOTHING then I stood up to move and BAM everything was a mass of swirls and swaying ships.

What foods do you love?

Steak… I love steak… and Satay Chicken… And Pies… Food in general…

What is your go to food for comfort?

Pizza? What ever I fancy at the time, I go through several ‘food moods’.

What do you like to snack when writing?

Snack would have to be Twixx, Twixx with Coke.

Is there a scent that says home to you?

Vanilla, and burning candles… That is my rooms smell, that makes me feel home as well as the smell of Rainforest, that’s relaxing.

Is there a scent you wish you never smelled ever?

There is no word for the scent *shudder*

If you could visit a place, anywhere, where would it be?

America, Bahamas… Europe… you know the usual…

If you could go at any point in time, which would it be?

*Groans* I don’t know… America first… for the food and to see friends…

What music do you like?

Country and Blues…

Is there a genre or song you hate?

Techno… Pop… House… the new age R&B…

Tell us something about yourself that you think your fans would love to know about:

There isn’t much to tell… I am little know but hey… I am a photographer, graphic designer and a builder… I crochet and am a total gamer… I game all the time I have free between RL and writing…

 

  1. That gives us some basic information.  Now, about the writing –   I know you’re excited…

Why did you start writing?

I’d say Ellie but that is a lie… I think it was Twilight, I wanted to read something different and came across FF… I wrote under Darkened-Sun then and all my old work is still up *scrunches nose*.

What do you enjoy the most about it?

The creativity, the people who reply, so my very little fan base who help me through the writers block…

What do you like least about it?

The writer’s block and flamers…. Flames suck…

That first time hitting publish, how did you feel?

Back then, not much… Excited I guesss… now? Nervous… Very nervous… Will they like it? Will they hate it? So on so forth.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Driving… I drive a lot and little instances or things I see breed the plot bunnies in my head or songs, if I like a certain song it spurns on… Or movies, movies take a lot as well..

What is your writing area like do you use computer or paper, or both?  Or another medium?

Computer, I use the computer or when I am not near one I have my book I write it… For my original work I have a book dedicated just for that…

Do you use an outline, rough draft or just write?

I just write, I have a Plan A and B and the middle of them I write and write till it gets to B… I don’t really think about much when I write, my fingers do all the talking LOL

What do you do while you’re writing (listen to music, TV in the background, etc.)?

For certain stories I would listen to music, classical or I would have the movie that inspired it in the background on repeat till the story is done…

What annoys you the most when you are trying to write?

Interruptions, it seems whenever I try to write people ring or barge in or want something done…

If you have finished a fic, what was your feeling on it?

Under TheDarkestFallingStars I haven’t, they were pulled before I could… Under Darkened-Sun, I did and I hate them now LOL the writing is just terrible… Did I really write that bad?

What are your favorite fandoms to write?

Twilight… Sherlock… Leverage… *Thanks Els*… Twi/TVD… TWI/TB… Avengers…

Who are your favorite characters to write

Peter/Bella… Bella/Jasper… Bella/Damon… Bella/Elliot

Why?

Why? I just think that they are better than *gasp* Edward… I personally like them I guess… more mystery for Peter…

Who are your least favorite characters to write?

Edward… Alice… Jake… Nessie…

Why?

Many reasons… Edward and Alice are controlling to me… I hate how they were written in the books…. Jake and Nessie weren’t my biggest fans either…

What is your favorite scene or story you have written and why?

Hum… I am not to sure… I guess I can go with my original or should I go with Rehaa and Joramine… No I will go with The Elevator Ride… The scene with Edward/Jasper in the Elevator *cough and fans face*

What is the most difficult story or scene you have written, and why?

Hmm, I am defaulting to my original here… I would have to say the interaction of the main character with the other characters… as well as writing military related things…

Do you see any characteristics in the characters you write?

Of my own? Yes, some…

Which ones and whom?

I guess the way I talk and think is written in the way I write how any of my characters talk and think… Sighing a lot, it’s a habit and I tend to use it as if it’s a normal thing to do so consistently.

What do you like most about your preferred fandom?

There is many, Twilight would have to be the flexibility of the characters I use… The shark from Eric in TB and Damon in TVD…

How would you describe your fics?

I have honestly no clue… boring? Entertaining… I honestly cant describe them…

What story would you recommend of your own for a new fan to start first?

The only one I have up on FF is Rehaa and Joramine… the Prequel to WhiteWolfLegends Vadhera that she had handed to me to write… (not the prequel but Vadhera.)

 

 

Now the HARD questions:

If you could offer a suggestion to someone who is thinking of publishing their first story, what would it be?

Do it, do it for yourself and not what others think… If they like it, great! If they don’t, so what? If you like it that’s all that matters… Do it for yourself no one else.

If you could go back in time, and give yourself one word of advice, what would you say?  (No Lottery numbers or anything like that!!!)

Write better, here are some plots, start with these…

What 5 stories would you recommend someone read?  Please list fandom, sites and name with pairing.

Hit and Run by lifelesslyndsey – Alistair/Bella – Twilight – https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6036397/1/Hit-and-Run

Human Elemental by WhiteWolfLegend – Twi – Jasper/Bella – https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6205377/1/Human-Elemental

Intensity by Mama4Dukes – Twi – Bella/Paul https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7368587/1/Intensity

MY UNHAPPY ENDING by sweetness4683 –Twi – Bella/Peter – https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5902273/1/MY-UNHAPPY-ENDING

Knight in Silver Armor by Maddie-The-Muse – Twi – Paul/Bella – https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9476275/1/Knight-in-Silver-Armor

Is there something you wished I asked, and if so, what as well as the answer.

Thanks!! I will be turning this in.  Please see the next page for the Questionnaire for the Character!

 

 

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Name of Character: Peter

Story he is in: Rehaa and Joramine

Is (s)he an original Character or a series known? Peter from Twilight and the mix of Ellie’s Peter

Are they in character or Out of Character? Out of Character to a degree

Nickname(s): P’et’er…

Date of Birth: He is over 500 years of age on Vadhera.

Occupation: Prince, warrior.

Stats (Aka Height, hair color, eye color, and so on): 6’0, Brown hair, vibrant purple eyes, he had purple green tattoos running up his arms, chest, back and face.

Significant other(s): Isabella…

Best Friend(s): Renate…

Enemies(s): Aro…

Any noticeable Scars, Tattoos, or other markings: he has purple green tattoos running up his arms, chest, back and face.

If they could have a Theme Song, which would it be? Hmm… Unsure…

What is their favorite Movie? None on the planet….

What is something that the fans don’t know about your character?  There is but they will know more later on…

Crossover Interview: Bertie Bott

Following the example of some of my good friends here, I have indeed picked myself for my first interview. Really, it seems like the perfect way to introduce myself to you fine people and perhaps give you insight on how/why I pick certain authors/stories in the future. I’m sure my interview questions will change as I continue to learn through my new role here, and I encourage everyone to submit suggestions of authors and stories you’d like to hear about – keep in mind I’m in charge of crossovers and suggest accordingly! I pretty much read crossovers exclusively and I’m always up for pairing new fandoms/characters together – I love the challenge of writing them and the joy of reading a well-written one! So now… on to the main course!

Hi there, nice to meet you: Basic Information

Can you please tell the people reading this your name? Bertie Bott
Where do you like to post, and can you give us the site of your preferred medium? I post at fanfiction.net, fictionpad (though don’t tell anyone, I’m behind!) and eventually I’d like to post at TWCS. Also, I have my own WordPress, which is definitely my preferred medium as I can literally do whatever I want there: bertiebottwrites.wordpress.com.
What do you prefer, Tea or Coffee? Coffee!!!! Soooo much coffee! I chase after two young kids during the day and couldn’t do it without my Cup ‘o Joe!
What is your favorite beverage of choice? And if alcoholic and mixed, what are the ingredients? I actually drink a lot of water, but if I’m feeling friskyI like to keep it simple with bourbon and coke.
What is your funny story about trying something to drink and it rocked your boat and/or sucked? When I turned 21, my first beverage was a Long Island Iced Tea – which is, of course, wicked strong. I would say it not only rocked my boat, but also my friend’s since I tend to be a very happy, talkative tipsy person.
What foods do you love? Love Chinese food, but also can’t go wrong with a good ‘ole meat and potatoes.
What is your go to food for comfort? Rolos (milk chocolate covered caramel)… I gravitate to them whenever I need a pick me up.
What do you like to snack when writing? I don’t typically snack while writing – I’m a distracted writer so I try not to give myself reasons to be even more distracted.
Is there a scent that says home to you? Lavender and vanilla… I tend to use it (sparingly) whenever I clean house in order to mask that sterile bleach-y smell.
Is there a scent you wish you never smelled ever? Skunk, or more specifically, roadkill skunk. I could definitely live without ever having smelt that.
If you could visit a place, anywhere, where would it be? Italy. I’m almost ¾ Italian and would love to visit Italy – the birthplace of the Renaissance!
If you could go at any point in time, which would it be? Probably the Renaissance, though more for witnessing the birth of such a vibrant changes in culture and art… I wouldn’t last long without modern conveniences though!
What music do you like? All types – seriously, my iPod is so eclectic. I have opera, musicals, rock, comedy, just everything!
Is there a genre or song you hate? I don’t really hate anything, but I don’t listen to as much country or rap as I do everything else.
Tell us something about yourself that you think your fans would love to know about: Ugh. No pressure! Well, I’m actually a published author. Nothing big, but I’ve had a few poems published in literary magazines and have a creative non-fiction essay that is due to be published in the summer. I majored in Creative Writing in college, so in the midst of fanfiction, I’m also pursuing my original fiction.
So what about the Good Stuff: The Writing
Why did you start writing? For the freedom. I’ve been writing creatively since the third grade when my brother was seriously ill, and it afforded me an escape. It made me feel better, stronger, to be in control of my own world.
What do you enjoy the most about it? I’m very fascinated by the rhythm of words and pairing unique adjectives with nouns. I like to make descriptions that are visceral and unique. Truly, I’ve always loved words and the power they lend you.
What do you like least about it? The time. I have a husband and two kids and never have enough time to write as much as I want. I take the time I can get, but I wish google or someone would create a device that would read my mind and type everything out for me.
That first time hitting publish, how did you feel? Elatedly terrified, lol. Most of us put sooo much of us in our work that it’s almost like we’re putting ourselves on public display. In particular with Thirsty for Your Love, I was nervous having never written a crossover before and with Set My Soul Alight I knew I was taking a big risk by merging two very different fandoms.
Where do you get your inspiration? Dreams more often than not, although I also feel inspired by reading other great authors. Obviously, I’m not stealing their ideas, but sometimes I’ll read a different pairing than I usually prefer and fall in love with it and think, hey – why don’t I give that a try too? Oddly enough, that’s how Thirsty for Your Love was born. I read Kittyinaz’s You’re All I’m Asking For and just fell in love with the pairing (Bella/Damon) to the point I knew I had to write something.
What is your writing area like do you use computer or paper, or both? Or another medium? I have an open office that faces into my living room so I can keep an eye on my kiddos. It used to be very cluttered, but I’ve recently cleaned it out and it was like cleaning out my head too. I tend to use the computer almost exclusively, except for when I’m out and about and have to jot down an idea or when I’m writing poetry. I tend to write my poems in a journal and in cursive.
Do you use an outline, rough draft or just write? Typically I just write at first, get a feel of my characters and plot. Then, I’ll create a rough outline (always subject to change) with most of the major points.
What do you do while you’re writing (listen to music, TV in the background, etc.)? I always need background noise. Until recently, I’d just have the TV on, but now I listen to music. With Thirsty, I’m all about Poets of the Fall – an awesome band my friend Kittyinaz got me hooked on. With Alight, I’ve gravitated towards Imagine Dragons.
What annoys you the most when you are trying to write? When people read over my shoulder – drives me bonkers and I can get downright nasty about it.
If you have finished a fic, what was your feeling on it? I have one finished fic (Carpe Diem, a Harry Potter story with Tom Riddle/Hermione Granger pairing) and truly, it brought me to tears when I hit complete. Happy tears, of course! It was such a labor of love and I had to take a long hiatus, so I was scared coming back to it, but it was like slipping on a warm coat. It fit perfectly.
What are your favorite fandoms to write? I’ve written Harry Potter, Twilight, Vampire Diaries and Avengers… I’d have to say my favorites are Vampire Diaries and Avengers. I love Damon (who doesn’t?) and have a deep rooted love for comic books too.
Who are your favorite characters to write Hands down – Damon. I swear, he talks to me and has become my muse for stories he’s not even featured in. Loki is a close second because he’s so complex… he’s a bit darker though. 
 
Why? I’ve never had a character that spoke to me as easily (and loudly!) as Damon does. He literally lives in my head and plants plot seeds. Some of my best scenes weren’t planned and just came to me in his voice.
Who are your least favorite characters to write? Maybe Bella, though I don’t really mind her too much.
Why? I try to stay as in character as possible in my crossovers, and unfortunately, that means Bella starts off weak-willed and needy. She tends to grow up in my fics, which is both fun and a joy to write, but I do tend to want to smack her at first, lol.
What is your favorite scene or story you have written and why? This should be down with the hard questions – you’re asking me to pick my favorite child! If I had to choose… ugh! I love Thirsty for Your Love because it’s rekindled my fanfiction writing, but Set My Soul Alight is so unique and there’s not a lot out there like it so it makes me feel very proud for taking the risk in writing it. There – that’s the best answer you’re gonna get!
What is the most difficult story or scene you have written, and why? Hands down, my first lemon in Thirsty. There’s the obvious in that it was my first one, but I also really wanted to find a balance of the physical and the emotional without being too heavy or cheesy on one side or the other.
Do you see any characteristics in the characters you write? Yes.
Which ones and whom? I’ve always been quick witted and easy to fire a comeback. I’d say I’m like Damon in that sense. Sarcastic, but often using it to cover some real, deep emotion.
What do you like most about your preferred fandom? I love writing about the supernatural world – vampires, witches, superheroes… the skies the limit and I love that I don’t have an imaginary line I can’t cross as far as believability goes. I always strive for realism even in the fictional world, but I love being able to create the impossible.
How would you describe your fics? ‘How Bella Got Her Groove Back’ – lol. So far, I tend to have Bella at her lowest, struggling to find herself. I suppose they’re coming of age stories, but also romance. I’m a romantic at heart.
What story would you recommend of your own for a new fan to start first? Probably Thirsty for Your Love if only because it’s about 7 chapters away from being complete so you won’t be left hanging, lol. I finish all my stories, but as a reader myself, I completely understand the feeling that comes with hitting the next button and nothing happens.
Now that we’ve broken you in: The Nitty Gritty
If you could offer a suggestion to someone who is thinking of publishing their first story, what would it be? Just do it. Ignore all the voices in your head telling you all the negative possibilities and do it. I’ve always found that oneself is the largest obstacle to overcome in any creative endeavor, so just ignore your inner critic, buck up and get to it. You can do it!
If you could go back in time, and give yourself one word of advice, what would you say? (No Lottery numbers or anything like that!!!) If we’re talking advice in the writing world, I’d say exactly what I wrote for the previous question. As far as life in general, I’d remind myself of a song lyric from Avenue Q, “except for death and paying taxes, everything in life is only for now.” Don’t sweat the small stuff because in the long run, they won’t even be a blip on the radar. 
 
Tell us what you read!
  1. I read ALL of Dr Harleen Frances Quinzel‘s crossovers on fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/u/5350628/Dr-Harleen-Frances-Quinzel. There’s not a lot of Twilight/Comic Book crossovers and she writes so many of them. If I had to pick one to read first, I’d recommend her Wolverine one… or Deadpool if you like dark humor.
  2. I love the way Cuinawen writes and because I’ll be reviewing her later I won’t go into too much detail now… I’d recommend all of her Twilight/Originals crossovers (Bella/Kol pairing) on her wordpress: http://cuinawen.wordpress.com/
  3. Kittyinaz is an amazing author who writes several different crossovers. I love it because you never know what she’ll think of next! http://kittyinaz.com/
  4. An up and coming author I’ve been reading lately is Mommy4Thomas. So far she writes Bella/Damon exclusively and she almost loves Damon as much as I do! http://mommy4thomas2002.wordpress.com/
  5. I’m really enjoying a True Blood/X-Men crossover called Skin Deep by xsphinxslady. She’s got others I’m anxiously awaiting updates on too! https://www.fanfiction.net/u/5248163/xsphinxslady
 

Let’s Get Metaphysical: Character Interview

 

Name of Character: Loki Odinson (or Laufeyson if he’s pissed at Odin, haha)
Story he is in: Set My Soul Alight
Is (s)he an original Character or a series known? Well known from comics and from Thor and Avengers movies
Are they in character or Out of Character? I try to keep him as in-character as possible, but like any crossover story, some out of character traits are impossible to avoid.
Nickname(s): Not anything polite since most don’t like him 😉
Date of Birth: Unknown, though the humans call them gods and believe them to be immortal, Odin quite clearly expresses that they can die even with their excessively long lifespans. If we go by mythology alone, Loki must at least pre-date the Vikings.
 
Occupation: God of Mischief and all around bad guy
Stats (Aka Height, hair color, eye color, and so on): For me, Tom Hiddleston embodies Loki. He’s 6’2”, black hair (at least while in character) and blue eyes. He’s so pretty you can’t help but to love him even when he’s doing bad things!
Significant other(s): None, though in my story he and Bella will be the main pairing
Best Friend(s): Used to be Thor, now he only counts on himself
Enemies(s): Thor, Odin, the Warriors Three, the Avengers… pretty much everyone until he meets Bella
Any noticeable Scars, Tattoos, or other markings: No, nothing. Loki doesn’t believe in marking his already perfect body. Only thing that happens is a slight skin reaction to the cold since he is half Frost Giant.
If they could have a Theme Song, which would it be? Imagine Dragons, Radioactive – it’s actually what I listen to when I write his POV.
What is their favorite Movie? A Clockwork Orange, because it hints at the superiority and class of the ‘bad guy’ and also implies a victory of sorts for him in the end.
What is something that the fans don’t know about your character? He wears several masks… some are obvious, but they all protect a very tender and needy heart.
That’s it for me – it’s a pleasure meeting you all and I look forward to introducing you to some really awesome writers and stories in the future!

Twilight Interview: KellanCougar

Okay so I WhiteWolfLegend had decided to do a little different than the other questionnaires. I cut some questions added a few and sent it off to my author! Now, for my first author I wanted to intro a little slash and this Author happens to be one I enjoy reading and making banners for. *chuckles* biased I know, but hey.  So lets give a warm welcome to KellanCougar!

So we are going to start out with some basic information for all of you.

Can you please tell the people reading this your name you go by, can be real or penname?  

KellanCougar

Where do you like to post, and can you give us the site of your preferred medium?

I like to post on fanfiction.net as a large portion of my fans prefer to read my work there. I also post on The writer’s Coffee Shop and on my personal blog: http://borntobeacullen.blogspot.co.uk/

What do you like to snack when writing?

Well, I try and keep my fingers busy and not eat, but I’ve usually got a large cup of tea to hand and possibly some chocolate. I just wish typing burned calories, or that I liked snacking on lettuce!

Like the question above but what do you listen to when you write, do you have a playlist for certain stories?

I most certainly do! Each story either begins with a song in my head, or it develops its own ‘sound’. Yep, I know that sounds mad. If I have no song in my head before I start, I have what I call a ‘white noise’ soundtrack – it’s a list of songs I adore from Twilight, from Queer as Folk US, and other numerous albums that make me feel grounded. At least then I have over 30 songs going around in my ears. When I wrote one of my stories, ‘One Drunken Night in Paradise’, I listened to the same album on repeat for weeks on end as nothing else worked. And for ‘The Carnival’, I listened to ‘The Carnival is Over’ every night while I wrote. It’s like the song and the story become one in my head. It was playing in my head whenever I thought about the story.

If you could visit a place, anywhere, where would it be?

I’m not a traveller, at least not so far, but I would love to see Forks (being a huge Twilight fan), Seattle, Chicago and Maine. Basically all the places I set my stories. I’d love to see if I got them right. I think that the USA is the only place that appeals to me, in the same way that London appeals to many of my American friends.

If you could go at any point in time, which would it be?

Wow – never thought about that before. I loved the 1980s and would love to revisit that time, just for the fashion, the hair and the music. But overall though, I’d like to go right now.

Tell us something about yourself that you think your fans would love to know about:

I have had some of my best story ideas when in the throes of a migraine. I have no idea why!

Awesome! That gives us some basic information.  Now, about the writing –   I know you’re excited…

Why did you start writing?

I wrote all the time as a child, but got told when I was a teenager that I needed to get my head out of the clouds and get a real job. It is entirely thanks to Twilight that I dared to write and show it to complete strangers. It was such a relief to see the characters in my head appear live and kicking on the page. I’ve never forgotten how good that first chapter felt.

What do you enjoy the most about it?

I love to tell the life stories my characters whisper to me. Some of them are so chatty it’s like having your best friend in your ear, but some are so reserved that it can be almost painful to get them to share their secrets. I love the richness of the English language and writing enables me to let it flow from my fingers to the paper or the screen.

What do you like least about it?

When they refuse to talk to me, it’s so awful. To me, writer’s block is like watching a silent movie with bad reception. You know they’re there, but you’re stumbling around in the dark without a flashlight trying to find them.

That first time hitting publish, how did you feel?

Terrified and afraid I might pass out! I was sure that no one would read it, absolutely convinced. Then, when they did, I was convinced they would either laugh, or be kind to spare my feelings. I realise now, looking back, that I had no idea how wonderful the fandom was and is. There is so much support out there to help writers improve, and to keep them motivated during the bad times. It’s an amazing family to be a part of.

Where do you get your inspiration?

It’s usually song lyrics that resonate with me and slowly (VERY slowly sometimes) a story starts to percolate. I tend to think about stories when I’m driving too – my mind is open to suggestion when I’m on a long drive. I also love to look at beautiful banners and I keep an eye on banner adoption sites to see what designs trigger a plot bunny. It’s a marriage made in heaven when I get a good idea AND I get to adopt the banner that inspired it. I’ve had some very happy successes this way and I am very grateful to all the incredibly talented banner makers out there that make our stories come to life in pictures.

What is your writing area like do you use computer or paper, or both?  Or another medium?

Away from home I always carry a notebook and pen. The words do seem to flow easier from pen to paper – maybe because my typing becomes atrocious when my fingers are tired. At home I usually write straight to my laptop, but on a lovely day I will head to the beach and write surrounded by scenery that inspires me.

Do you use an outline, rough draft or just write?

I have to say that I just write. I am a bit odd, according to my writer friends, in that I write out of order. Does that count as a kind of outline? I write the scenes that are clearest in my head – often the ending of a chapter or story gets written very early on and then I know where I’m headed and just need to get there. So far, I have never not known the ending to a story when I start writing it. The last line is key.

What do you do while you’re writing (listen to music, TV in the background, etc.)?

If I want to settle down to serious writing then the TV has to go off. I am very easily distracted. Music is essential and a CD or playlist will provide the backdrop I need. In rare cases, I need absolute silence and so I write in the middle of the night with no noise at all.

What annoys you the most when you are trying to write?

Procrastination! If the words won’t come, the worst thing I can do is go take a break, sit down somewhere comfy and watch TV. I’ll be asleep in seconds and the opportunity is lost for another night. The best thing I can do is sit and stare at that screen and try to visualise something useful happening. Mind you, I’ve spent many all-nighters sitting here with nothing to show for it in the morning except a half dozen words. The other side of the coin is when I just get into my writing flow and I’m absolutely flying, only to have to either go back to work because my lunch break’s over, or head off to bed. My characters are annoying like that – they really pick their moments to get chatty.

If you have finished a fic, what was your feeling on it?

I am a perfectionist. I don’t mean that every comma is necessarily in place (although I try my best to make sure they are), I just mean that the story has to be exactly how I imagined it. If I write something and it doesn’t feel exactly right, or if I can’t get the ending to sit comfortably, then that story does not get posted. I have missed competition deadlines because of this. It has to be the best I can create for that set of characters with a satisfactory ending that answers the readers’ questions and doesn’t feel like they have been left high and dry.

What are your favorite fandoms to write?

At this moment I only write for the Twilight fandom, although I like to read Queer as Folk, Supernatural, and some Harry Potter (Drarry).

Who are your favorite characters to write?

It’s well known that my favourite pairing is Carlisle/Edward. Those guys are perfect together in my mind and no matter what story I write, I feel their chemistry so strongly.  I also have a strong affection for Emmett/Alice. Rosalie is a lot of fun to explore too – she’s feisty!

Why?

Ok, bear with me here. If Carlisle had just turned Edward and never met and turned Esme or Rosalie, then Alice and Jasper would never have joined the family, and Emmett would never have been turned. Therefore, in my mind, Carlisle and Edward would have eventually ended up together. I realise that a lot of readers don’t care for the pairing, but that’s the joy of free choice, isn’t it. I adore them.

Alice and Emmett also fit together for me. Maybe it’s because the actors themselves are great friends and look so good together in photo shoots, but again I feel a chemistry between them that I had to explore.

Who are your least favorite characters to write?

Do you know what? I love Jasper yet I find him so difficult to write! I gave him a cameo in ‘Learning to Fly’ to get some practice before giving him a centre stage part in Rescue Me. I was happy with how that fic turned out and he’s getting easier to write now. (NB: Rescue Me can only be found on The Writers Coffee Shop and my blog).

I struggle with the wolf pack too, and I am challenging myself with a one shot to see how I do. Whether or not it sees the light of day is yet to be determined!

Why?

Jasper is such a favourite with so many readers and writers, especially Jasper/Edward fans, that I felt some serious pressure to do him justice. I am a trier and I hate to fail.

What is your favorite scene or story you have written and why?

Oh that is a hard one.  I adore my Learning to Fly boys – they stayed with me long after I wrote The End on that final chapter. I felt such a connection to them the whole time I was writing.

Windy Afternoon was a fantastic story to write and it flowed out of my pen so easily it was almost as if it was dictated to me. The outtake chapter was hard to write in terms of content, but it was as if I had to write it because Alice wanted it told. Again it poured out of me in one night unlike any other story I have ever written since.

What is the most difficult story or scene you have written, and why?

The final scene of The Carnival. I wrote a rough draft of the ending first as usual, and then made the adjustments to it when I finished the main fic. Every time I sat down to write that story I cried. It’s no lie to say that I was emotionally drained for a couple of weeks after finishing that one. Judging by the reviews, it had the same effect on my readers. The story has an ending that I couldn’t warn the readers about without ruining it. I lost some readers because of that story, but I stand by it. I’m proud of it.

Do you see any characteristics in the characters you write?

There is a lot of me in my characters – a lot of my little idiosyncrasies.

Which ones and whom?

Argh! Do I have to say? Ok – the reclusive side of Carlisle in All I Want to Hear is most definitely a big part of my character – that need to be alone and not part of the world around me is hard to put down in black and white but it helps me deal with it. I am a soft hearted person, and I see a lot of me in Jasper in Let the Rain Come Down. I understood his need to protect Edward no matter what. In Rescue Me, Emmett kept trying set Jasper free, sure that he would soon tire of him and crave the fame of being with the band rather than feeling obliged to stay with him long term. He truly believed he was doing the right thing for Jasper. Emmett never felt he was good enough for his rock star, and that’s a very familiar trait in me. I never feel I’m good enough.

What do you like most about your preferred fandom?

I adore the Twi fandom – the characters Stephenie created are so perfectly drawn and lend themselves so well to fanfiction (and this is intended as a major compliment). Sadly, the fandom is smaller than it was and people have moved on to newer things as they do, but I have made some wonderful friends from the Twi fandom that I hope to keep for a very long time.

How would you describe your fics?

Unpredictable, angsty love stories. I have it in my profile that I do not guarantee a ‘happy every after’ or a ‘happy for now’ ending on my one-shots. Some are happy, I will say that! But for my longer fics such as No Turning Back, Learning to Fly and All I Want to Hear, a HEA is a guarantee.

What story would you recommend of your own for a new fan to start first?

For the non-slash readers, I would say Windy Afternoon or One Drunken Night in Paradise. For the slash fans, I would start with a one shot like Waiting for the Sound of Thunder or Let the Rain Come Down.

Now the HARD questions:

If you could offer a suggestion to someone who is thinking of publishing their first story, what would it be?

Do it. Find yourself a good, honest pre reader and someone who can check your spelling and grammar. If you have the imagination and drive to write a great tale, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Don’t hide your talent.

If you could go back in time, and give yourself one word of advice, what would you say?  (No Lottery numbers or anything like that!!!)

Believe. I still doubt myself every day and I wish I had more self-belief.

What 5 stories would you recommend someone read?  Please list fandom, sites and name with pairing.

All Slash, all available on fanfiction.net:

‘Mergers and Acquisitions’ by Touchstone67 – Twilight Jasper/Edward.  I don’t know many slash fans who haven’t read and loved this fic.

‘From Kwapah With Love’ by Prassacut –Twilight Carlisle/Edward oneshot. (You should also check out the incomplete ‘Roads’ – it’s fabulous)

‘Forgive Me Father’ by Avioleta – Twilight Carlisle/Edward oneshot (I seriously recommend this fantastic author’s entire back catalogue)

‘Red Geraniums’ by Pastiche Pen – Twilight Carlisle/Edward oneshot

‘Checkmate’ by Naadi – Harry Potter Draco/Harry

Thanks KellanCougar for being amazing and answering our questions!!

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