- How did you get involved with writing fan fiction?
I read an article in my local newspaper in 2003 about fan fiction and it mentioned Fiction Alley. So I joined and started reading everything I could find. It took about three months for me to work up the courage to start writing.
- What story was the most fun to write?
For me, collaborations are the most fun to write. When I wrote Quantcome Leap with Shocolate, we had a general idea of the story concept, but we wrote it in turns, so neither of us had a clue where the other would leave off. It was something like 10,000 words in three days, which is the fastest I've ever written that much.
- Which was the most challenging story to write and why?
Definitely, Power of Love was the most challenging. I didn't start out to write a multi-chaptered fic - it was just going to be a sweet little Harry/Ron thing. But then I came up with the idea of them exchanging Christmas presents and it just sort of exploded from there. It's obvious I didn't know very much about writing at the time or I'd never have tried to end it with Harry and Ron split up. My wonderful readers nudged me rather forcefully to write the last chapter, and it's a better story because of it.
- Who is your favorite Harry Potter Character and why?
Harry Potter, because I'm a sucker for mildly clueless yet humorous boys who wear glasses.
- 4. Where are you from and tell us something interesting about where you live
I live in Minnesota where, according to Garrison Keillor, all the women are strong, the men are good looking and children are above-average. We somehow felt the need to adorn our sports stadium with the phrase "we like it here".
- What advice would you give other writers?
Nothing will improve your writing like a good beta reader. Ask them to be brutally honest with you and then take their advice. If you're open to concrit, you can learn a lot from other writers.
- What is your favorite food and would which famous person (non-Hp) would you most like to share it with?
Anything with chocolate, and if I couldn't share it with JK Rowling or Dan Radcliffe, then I think I'd choose the Dalai Lama.
- If you were trapped in a cupboard with a Harry Potter character who would it be and what pick up line would you use on them?
Harry, of course. I suppose I could say, "You must feel right at home here," except it's already been done.
- Which is your favorite Harry Potter Book
Prisoner of Azkaban
- Is it hard to balance family and writing?
Yes. My family obligations always come first, which means I'm frequently writing late into the night.
- What was the most shocking moment of the HP Series?
The thing that surprised me most in any of the books was the Time Turner chapter in POA. It completely took me by surprise and blew me away. There are other scenes that I found appalling (i.e. Umbridge), but that Time Turner thing really came out of the blue for me.
- If you could ask JKR one thing what would it be
Could she please write an alternative ending to the series where Harry and Ron end up romantically involved and living happily ever after?
- Which Harry Potter male character would be the best dad?
Ron. I think he'd be great fun and he'd play with his kids and allow his wife to be the disciplinarian while he was the one the children adored…wait, that's what happens at my house!
- What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
I don't think I'd last on a deserted island for more that a day or two, so I want things that would comfort me until the end: Hubby, the Bible and a really large bottle of Bailey's.
- Word Association give us the first word that comes to your head:
Ron - loyal
Harry - sexy
Dumbledore - loopy
agrid - lovable
Griphook - ewwww.
- What is the defining moment in the characterization of your favorite character?
In Half Blood Prince, when Harry is helping Dumbledore back out of the cave and Dumbledore says, "I am not worried, Harry. I am with you." The torch officially passes from Dumbledore to Harry with Dumbledore's blessing - he's now capable of finishing the task of destroying Voldemort.
- What inspires you to write?
Mostly I get inspired when a bunny pops into my head and I think 'someone should write this'. Other times, Shocolate makes me do it.
- If you could choose Harry's fate what would it be?
He would smite the evil Lord Voldemort, play professional Quidditch for the Chudley Cannons and settle down with the love of his life, Ron.
- Which character is the hardest for you to write?
Snape. I can only be snarky when I'm not trying to be. It's really a problem because I'd love to write Snarry sometime.
- Give us your epitaph.
"She made 'em laugh, she made 'em cry, but in the end… oh wait, what was that last line again?"
- What kind of environment do you like to write in? Quite? Loud?
I need it to be really quiet because I'm easily distracted. A nice mug of cocoa and schnapps helps, too.
- When writing do you have any tried and true tricks that you use to tempt your muse?
Just alcohol. It doesn't usually work, but at least I have a good time.
- If you were a character in the Harry Potter books who would you be and why?
I'd probably be someone like Susan Bones - always there, but not exactly integral to the plot. I'm not brave enough to get involved, but I do like to hang out on the edges of the action so that I know what's going on.
- Why does Simons Flower kill Ron?
Because she knows it bugs Satindolls.
- What is the silliest thing you've ever done in the name of fandom?
Aside from writing James/Dean for Shocolate, I once went with a group of 'mature' ladies to a Dan Radcliffe fan meet-up in Chicago for a dr.com birthday thing. We were way too old to be doing that…
- Where will you be at Midnight on July 20th?
I plan to get my queue number from Barnes and Noble early and then participate in an overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society until 11:30. I'll go get my book soon and bring it back there, along with other two copies to auction off for charity. I'm hoping we'll sell them to people who are anxious to read the book but not as dedicated as me.