- How did you get involved with writing fan fiction?
My first fanfiction was written by request from a friend on COS forums. We were discussing possible ways for Ron and Hermione to get together and brainstormed a few scenes from Bill and Fleur's wedding. He liked the example that I came up with and asked me to write it out into a complete story. That was Guiding Fate and is posted on The Quidditch Pitch.
- What story was the most fun to write? Which was the most challenging and why?
The story that was the most fun was Death Eater Strategy Meeting. I wrote that for the COS Writing Contest - that was the theme for that week - and I got an idea of how funny it would be if Snape were trying to convince Voldemort to go after Harry instead of Neville because of his rivalry with James.
The story that was the most challenging - and my favorite among the stories that I've written - is The Heart Has Its Own Reasons. I wrote this for the Ron/Hermione Quotefic Challenge on Checkmated. I was assigned a quote at random and had no idea what it was going to be until they gave it to me. It was challenging because I had to work the quote into the story. It's my favorite because it just came out so well. I think it is one of the best things I've written so far.
- Who is your favorite Harry Potter character and why?
Ron Weasley is my favorite - hands down. I love the fact that he is just so normal. He could be any average teenage boy you would meet in real life. I also love his sense of humor and I think it is really sweet how he tries to take care of Hermione and get her to eat right and get enough sleep, as well as encouraging her to relax and not work too hard. And, being a red-head, I really like that he has red hair!
- Where are you from and tell us something interesting about where you live?
I'm from Kentucky. The first myth I always hear is that the grass is blue because it is called the "Bluegrass State." Bluegrass is actually a type of grass and it is green - not blue. However, it has that name because in the early morning hours, when it is covered with dew, it has a blue sheen to it. It's actually very pretty.
- What advice would you give other writers?
Beta's are awesome! Do not be afraid to ask your beta questions. They are there to help. Constructive criticism is a good thing. Use it to improve your writing. And don't be afraid to try. If you have an idea, write it out. You never know when inspiration will strike. Write every day if you can. The more you write, the better you get.
- What is your favorite food and would which famous person (non-HP) would you most like to share it with?
My favorite dish is Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken and/or shrimp. And, since you said non-HP, I would love to share it with David Boreanaz from Angel. For HP, I would have to say Rupert Grint - in about three months.
- 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?
Oh, definitely Ron Weasley. I am really bad at pick up lines though. How about - Would you like some help polishing your broomstick?
- Which is your favorite Harry Potter book?
At the moment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - mostly because I was right in my predictions.
- Do you think we're completely mental?
I really hope not because that would mean I am mental as well!
- What was the most shocking moment of the HP series?
Dumbledore's death - not the actual death - I expected that. What shocked me was the fact that he appeared to be pleading for his life. That just doesn't fit Dumbledore because he wasn't afraid of death. That makes me think there is more to it.
- If you could ask JKR one thing what would it be?
Please, please, pretty please write a series of short stories about the "missing moments" from the books - if not please, please, pretty please at least tell us what happened. I figure she'll answer that.
- Who is your role model?
J.K. Rowling - because she overcame extremely difficult circumstances to become a famous author and also because she got children all over the world to read instead of playing video games or watching TV - including mine!
- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
I have no idea. LOL
- What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
My Harry Potter boxed set, a laptop with extra batteries, and a magnifying glass so I can start a fire.
- Which HP character would do the best on Survivor and why?
Snape - because he could manipulate everyone to do exactly as he wanted and convince them all that they can trust him.
- What is the defining moment in the characterization of your favorite character?
This is a really difficult question because, for me, Ron has had a number of defining moments. However, I guess the chess scene in Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone would be a defining moment because that is where we see that Ron understands the meaning of sacrifice and also that he understands the importance of Voldemort not rising again - and this was all at age 12. Another defining moment is his scene in the Shrieking Shack because it shows just how much he cares about Harry and also his strength of heart - standing up on a broken leg to defend his best friend. I think that's probably where I just fell in love with Ron. However, I guess all his many moments can be condensed into the moment at the end when he said, "we're with you whatever happens" because this does encapsulate everything that I love about his character:
- His willingness to sacrifice.
- His courage and loyalty.
- His understanding of how important the war is and his willingness to follow Harry to whatever end.
- His willingness to give up all hope of ever achieving what he saw in the Mirror of Erised.
Hermione shares this scene with him which is also a defining moment as we see them coming together and being there for Harry and there for each other in a mature way.
- What inspires you to write?
Different things. I get ideas all the time from chatting on COS forums and trying to figure out what will happen next in the books - or what happened during a "missing moment". The COS Writing contest has been good - there is a different theme each week and I have gotten ideas from there as well. I've also gotten ideas and inspiration from other stories and books - I see a certain element of the story that I like and I get an idea of something different to do with it.
- If you could choose Harry's fate what would it be?
For him to survive and have a normal, happy life with Ginny by his side and Ron and Hermione as his next door neighbors - One Big Happy Weasley Family!
- Which character is the hardest for you to write?
Oddly enough, Harry. I have such a hard time getting inside Harry's head sometimes. I think this is a mental block because Jo writes the books from his point of view and I like fanfiction to try and get an idea of what others are thinking.
- Give us your epitaph.
She lived paycheck to paycheck
- What kind of environment do you like to write in? Quiet? Loud?
Quiet would be nice but I have three kids - I settle for minimum chaos.
- When writing do you have any tried and true tricks that you use to tempt your muse?
Brainstorming with my beta or a friend always helps me when I get stuck. We just throw around ideas until something works. If I can't find anyone to brainstorm with me, then it's time to take a break and not think about it for a while. Sometimes coming back with a fresh point of view helps as well. Occasionally, I can talk it over with my husband or my oldest son. They both like fantasy/role playing games/books and often have a good idea that I can incorporate to get the ball rolling again. I also have a few websites that I found that have things like name generators for characters, locations, potions, and spells. They're actually for role playing games but they work for writing fantasy really well.
- If you were a character in the Harry Potter books who would you be and why?
Hermione - because she is so smart and she gets to be with Ron!