Interview - Editor's Choice - Thalia
Interview with Thalia Chaunacy

Interview with Thalia Chaunacy
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Editor's Choice for March 2007 - Thalia Chaunacy
by Annie

This month we had the chance to interview Thalia Chaunacy.
  1. How did you get involved with writing fan fiction?
    Accidentally. Or maybe I should say fatefully. I had just graduated college and moved back in with my parents, was only working part-time, had no money and no friends within visiting distance. But I had an internet connection! Bless it. I probably would've gone mad otherwise. And I stumbled upon a fic site that was relaxed, encouraging, and fun, so when the first idea occurred to me, I wasn't afraid to put it into words.

  2. What story was the most fun to write? Which was the most challenging and why?
    Precious Things was an amazing experience. It oozed delightfully onto the paper. This is unsurprising considering the non-continuous timeline format and my AD/HD brain, but surprising considering it involved Draco and (gasp) plot. I'm much more of a mood-writer than a plot-writer, so I was tickled when this fantastic idea appeared, and doubly blessed when it kept revealing more and more facets of itself.

    Just Desserts still wins as Most Challenging. That story kicked my ass repeatedly. I started out with a four-chapter idea, but let it morph into something else without paying enough attention. And blammo, I had plot holes and inconsistencies and dead ends, not to mention a major twist that lost me half my readership in a flamy ball of wank. And I was never happy with it, editorially-speaking; I was forever tweaking and deleting and adding and futzing. I literally deleted whole chapters at one point, and can't resist tweaking them, even now.

  3. Who is your favorite Harry Potter Character and why?
    For fanon, Ron. Hands down. Fun to write, fun to read, fun to shag. In particular, delving into power issues with Ron is fascinating. Repressed by family and poverty, but bursting with passion and courage, he's a fun and unpredictable top. Mm-hm.

    For canon, Luna's my homegirl. Really not much more to it than that. XD

  4. Where are you from and tell us something interesting about where you live.
    Seattle, WA. Where we throw fish, commute on ferry boats, and look forward to spring days for the'sunbreaks'.

  5. What advice would you give other writers?
    Don't be afraid to write crap, because you absolutely mustn't be afraid to edit. Save eighteen versions if you're attached to something, but don't let it stay stagnant if you know in your gut it's not working.

    Create a file called 'Goddess Box', and put all your lovely but unusable gems in it. Then look at it once in a while and revel in your own brilliance.

    Oh, and also-don't be afraid to Mary Sue. Meaning, don't be afraid to use what you know from your life experiences. If you've been in a love-hate relationship, if you've been without family, or grown up in a huge one, if you've been tempted by the dark side, everything, anything. Use it. The basics of the human experience don't change, and their presence differentiates good writing from moving writing. Fiction should be a white lie, not a complete lie.

  6. What is your favorite food and would which famous person (non-Hp) would you most like to share it with?
    Nooooodles. Although that's exactly not a sharable experience, due to the messiness quotient. Maybe if it were, like, penne or some other less awkward type of pasta, and involved a bottle of wine, I'd invite Dan Radcliffe. (Yeah, okay, technically he's HP but…I'm a rebel. :P)

  7. 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?
    As they are now in canon? Ginny Weasley. She's on the rebound. 'I'm smart, funny, great in the sack, and not being chased after by any malifcent uber-beings. Shag?' She'd totally go for it. XB

  8. Which is your favorite Harry Potter Book?
    Goblet of Fire. When she killed off Cedric, she blew away all my expectations and yanked me up from like to love. Gah. So good. See? Reduces me to blubbering fangirl status.

  9. Do you think we're completely mental?
    Don't worry, you're just as sane as I am. ;)

  10. What was the most shocking moment of the HP Series?
    The aforementioned slaying of Cedric. He was a normal, likeable character, with good aspects and bad, and for goodness' sake, he was a child. In a children's book. Who was offed for no reason, in a horrible way. That's a line, and she crossed it flagrantly. The second he died, I knew we weren't in Kansas anymore.

  11. If you could ask JKR one thing what would it be?
    Um... Wow, I have no idea. I'm an HP fan, but not a member of the JKR cult of personality. So probably... Why'd she pick Dan? Ooo, and I'd want an honest, no-holds-barred list of things she doesn't like about the film versions.

  12. Who is your role model?
    Alan Alda. Which is weird, but... he's MADE of AWESOME. I had this album when I was a kid called Free to be...You and Me! which was that magnificently cow-belled feminist children's album, and he was on it. And then I fell in love with M*A*S*H, and everything I've ever seen him do has just been so fantastic. :fangirls:

  13. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    Like, a lot, man. A lot

  14. What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
    A wizard, my car-cd-wallet, and a cd player.

  15. Which HP character would do the best on Survivor and why?
    McGonagall. She might be old, but she's got that wizarding-world lifespan thing going for her, and she'd pwn everyone else hardcore through masterful eyebrow acrobatics.

    ...okay, so I've never seen Survivor. Sue me. XB

  16. What is the defining moment in the characterization of your favorite character?
    Luna and the Thestrals and Harry. Just brilliant, opening up her character to three dimensions, and so, so sweet.

  17. What inspires you to write?
    Yay for selfish answers! ^^ 1) I'm way better at it than I am at talking, plus it's editable.. 2) I like getting reactions out of people. Even 'ZOMG you h0r!'

  18. If you could choose Harry's fate what would it be?
    Martyrdom, mos def. But I'd hope he gets laid first.

  19. Which character is the hardest for you to write?
    Ugh, Harry. He's so-Well, I don't know what he is, but he's not somebody I can write worth a damn. Some would say it's because he's complex, being that he's our narrator therefor we know the most about him. And sure, that might be the reason. But moreso I think I'm nothing like him. I'm a girl with fairly girly tendencies, I'm a Ravenclaw, I have loads of family, I have the hardest time breaking the rules...etc. And I firmly believe we write what we know. Harry, James, and Sirius are characters I try not to write, because I don't feel I have anything to offer their narratives.

  20. Give us your epitaph.
    We'll miss your laugh, you crazy person. Oh wait, that's a eulogy. Um. 'To hear laughter is to know life.'

  21. What kind of environment do you like to write in? Quite? Loud?
    I must have music at all times. This is a rule of my life. :)

  22. When writing do you have any tried and true tricks that you use to tempt your muse?
    Exercise. I find exercise so excruciatingly boring that often I have nothing to do but contemplate plots and let ideas come to me..

    But to be honest, for me it's not really about a muse. Things come to me randomly, yes, but turning those things into stories takes discipline and hard work, period. So what's required of me is simply to buckle down and concentrate. Which is, um, like squeezing a watermelon through a garden hose for me. >.>

  23. If you were a character in the Harry Potter books who would you be and why?
    My answer is Luna, but last week someone pointed out to me offhandedly that all my stories seem to involve Hermione. I will therefor admit that Hermione's voice is probably the easiest for me to write. But I maintain that behaviorally, I am far more Luna.