Here is the interview Queen of Area Five did for me!!!
Can you please tell the people reading this your name? VampQueenV/Queen of Area Five.
Where do you like to post, and can you give us the site of your preferred medium? I only post on WordPress these days queenofareafive.wordpress.com and sunsetqueens.wordpress.com as part of the Sunset Queens.
What do you prefer, Tea or Coffee? Tea
What is your favorite beverage of choice? And if alcoholic and mixed, what are the ingredients? Pepsi
What is your funny story about trying something to drink and it rocked your boat and/or sucked? I don’t really have one.
What foods do you love? I’m a picky eater, so I tend to stick to normal/classic foods. Ham, chicken, tomato soup, etc…
What is your go to food for comfort? Sausages sandwiches.
What do you like to snack when writing? I don’t usually eat while writing, but if I do it’s usually chocolate.
Is there a scent that says home to you? Not really.
Is there a scent you wish you never smelled ever? Fish. I can’t stand the smell of fresh fish.
If you could visit a place, anywhere, where would it be? Probably New York.
If you could go at any point in time, which would it be? The 1920’s in Chicago.
What music do you like? Most kinds. I listen to country, rock, rap, pop, RnB, sixties.
Is there a genre or song you hate? Not really.
Tell us something about yourself that you think your fans would love to know about: I have more ideas than time… (laughs) I never learned how to swim. I honestly have no idea…
Thanks. That gives us some basic information. Now, about the writing – I know you’re excited…
Why did you start writing? I’ve been writing on and off since I was a child. Stories for school, stories I just wanted to write. I started writing fan fiction back in 2007. Back then I was (still am) a big X-Men fan and I was flicking channels on TV one night and caught the end of the first X-Men movie. The characters of Rogue and Wolverine drew me in. The chemistry between Anna Paquin and Hugh Jackman (in my opinion) was off the charts, and I started reading fics about them, and then I wanted to try my hand at writing one. From there I moved onto Harry Potter, and then finally True Blood/Southern Vampire Mysteries.
What do you enjoy the most about it? The ability to express myself through writing. I love losing myself in a story and character, twisting them and putting them in positions they wouldn’t normally find themselves. I love exploring different aspects of a character. I just love writing.
What do you like least about it? Honestly? Beginnings. It doesn’t matter how much I’ve plotted the story out in my head I always have trouble beginning them. Finding the right words to open a story and draw readers in is a pain in the arse to me.
That first time hitting publish, how did you feel? Oh hell, so nervous. I’d be reading stories months before I even tried my hand at one and it came with the fear of not measuring up and embarrassing myself.
Where do you get your inspiration? Everywhere. It can be from a line of a song, a small clip of a TV show. I have to give my beta, co-writer, and friend Ashensunset a lot of credit. She’s the only person I really reveal all to when it comes to stories, and she can help take a simple idea and turn it massive.
What is your writing area like do you use computer or paper, or both? Or another medium? I use almost everything possible. My computer, a pen and paper, my iPad, my phone.
Do you use an outline, rough draft or just write? It usually depends on the story. The stories I co-write with Ashensunset are all usually outlined and drafted in Google Drive. Plus we use Facebook Messenger to talk and outlined things. Most of my own (single) stories I tend to just write. I always have a basic idea in my head, but I don’t really write an outline or draft.
What do you do while you’re writing (listen to music, TV in the background, etc.)? Listen to music. I usually put a CD on or listen to the radio.
What annoys you the most when you are trying to write? Distractions or more to the point the distractions I’m actually responsible for myself. I’ll have twitter running in the background and I’m bound to get distracted by it at some point. It’s my own entire fault.
If you have finished a fic, what was your feeling on it? Accomplishment and relief. I’m often relieved to be finished it, but at the same time a little sad that it’s over.
What are your favorite fandoms to write? Southern Vampires Mysteries/True Blood.
Who are your favorite characters to write? Sookie Stackhouse and currently Jason Stackhouse.
Why? I love playing with the character of Sookie. I feel she often gets a hard time in fics. She’s portrayed in ways that I personally don’t like and I like writing her as I see her. As for Jason… Because he’s so much fun to write.
Who are your least favorite characters to write? Lafayette Reynolds.
Why? I can never get his voice right. He has an interesting way of speaking, and I struggle with it. Which sucks as I love the character and use him often.
What is your favorite scene or story you have written and why? My favourite story is for one I haven’t published yet. It’s called Behind the Public Masks. Why? Because it’s such a different story from my usual. I’ve put my main character (Sookie) in a newish world and I love writing her in it. She’s different than canon Sookie and it’s so refreshing to me as a writer to explore it. (As you can see this was behind the times, since this is published!)
What is the most difficult story or scene you have written, and why? The rape in Answer to the Master. Even though it was a crucial turning point of the story it was incredible difficult to write. I was talking to Ashensunset or messaging her as we wrote it, and we was trying to decide how far to go, what to show… We knew it was coming from the start, but it still proved extremely difficult to write.
Do you see any characteristics in the characters you write? Sometimes.
Which ones and whom? It’s mainly the humour in Sookie in all my stories. Her humour is basically mine.
What do you like most about your preferred fandom? The people. I’ve met some incredible people through my involvement in the True Blood/Southern Vampire Mysteries fandom. I consider a few of them friends.
How would you describe your fics? A little bit of everything. But romantic at heart.
What story would you recommend of your own for a new fan to start first? A Marriage of Inconvenience. It’s probably my most popular and it’s a fun little fic.
Now the HARD questions:
If you could offer a suggestion to someone who is thinking of publishing their first story, what would it be? Get a beta. The good ones won’t only edit it for mistakes; they’ll also offer suggestions and give you advice. A good beta is invaluable in my opinion.
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!!!) Don’t be afraid to try.
What 5 stories would you recommend someone read? Please list fandom, sites and name with pairing.
Beauty and the Beast – Magsmacdonald http://magsmacdonald.wordpress.com/beauty-and-the-vampire-beast/ Eric/Sookie
Bored to Death – EricizMine http://ericizmine.com/index/the-multi-verse/bored-to-death/ Eric/Sookie
Over You – Brainmates http://brainmatesfic.wordpress.com/over-you/ Eric/Sookie
All In – Kjwrit http://kjwrit.wordpress.com/about/ Eric/Sookie
Back and Forth – California Kat http://californiakat1564.wordpress.com/the-back-forth-universe/back-forth/ Eric/Sookie
Is there something you wished I asked, and if so, what as well as the answer. Can’t think of anything.
This author is so much fun to read. I fully endorse her recommendations as well as the suggestion where to start. Expect to be entertained for days when you read her stuff!
Thanks for reading!