Interview - Editor's Choice - maplenmahogany

Interview with maplenmahogany
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We met mapleandmahogany in the Great Hall. She wrote a lovely story called A Matter of Wizarding Pride that we selected as our Editor's Choice for April. She was holding hands with Ron Weasley and we could feel the jealousy radiating off Annie as we sat down for our interview. She was most gracious despite the distraction of Ron rubbing the back of her hand with his thumb. There was also a short duel between Ron and Remus Lupin for her affections. All and all it was a brilliant time!

Editor's Choice for April - Maple And Mahogany

  1. How did you get involved with writing fan fiction?
    My first introduction into fanfic was a handful of years ago. I was looking for more information on Russell Crowe, and stumbled onto fic of his characters. I was enthralled, and wrote a little myself, (character of Terry from Proof of Life) While I was researching Russell I stumbled into some erotic Snape fic and was utterly horrified! LOL I might have been interested in HP fic if the kids weren't still young at the time (characters and actors) I just hadn't seen them grown up in my head yet.

  2. What story was the most fun to write? Which was the most challenging and why?
    I've only just started writing. Matter of Wizard Pride is my first HP fic, so I'm very honored to have it picked for the month. I have started writing several more though. I just wrote a H/G fluffy smut for a LJ friend, called Birthday that I had a lot fun with. I also just finished (and hope to publish soon) and piece called When They Met, about a Arthur attending an Order meeting during the first war. It all came out on paper just the way I wanted and I smiled for the rest of the day when I was done. It just felt 'right' you know?

  3. Who is your favorite Harry Potter character and why?
    That's a tough one. I would probably have to go with Ron Weasley. I know he's the favorite of many out there. He's just genuinely good, but not in a MarySue sort of way. He has his flaws and silliness, but he's a good and loyal friend. Even on the first day on the Hogwarts Express he's willing to fight D/C/G with Harry and they had hardly known each other. He's just a stand up guy. Lupin is a close second. He's suffered so much and I cheered for him to finally have a love interest - he deserves it.
    I'm not one of those people who don't like Harry - I love him too, but I figure that goes without saying.

  4. Where are you from and tell us something interesting about where you live?
    I'm from Tucson, Arizona. Interesting? Hmm - we have great Mexican food, and it's different than Californian or 'Tex-Mex', trust me, there's a difference! Yes, we have running water. No, we are not all cowboys.

  5. What advice would you give other writers?
    I don't think I'm in any position to give advice. I think all HP fic writers should read RedBlaze/BlueRain's work. She my favorite fic author and I love her characterizations, AU or not.

  6. What is your favorite food and would which famous person (non-HP) would you most like to share it with?
    I wouldn't mind sharing some ice cream with Colin Farrell.

  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?
    Oh my. I'd probably have to go with Ron on that. Would I have to use a pick up line? You don't think he'd just go along with opportunity when it strikes?

  8. Which is your favorite Harry Potter book?
    I don't think I could sooner pick a favorite child. I could easier eliminate them.
    I'd say CoS is my least favorite, it just doesn't do much for progressing the characters or the overall plot as each of the rest do. PoA and the whole backstory of the Marauders, the map, meeting Lupin and Sirius, Harry finally starts getting some attitude, the fire between R/H gets burning. Love it!
    GoF is brilliant. I didn't know what to expect and I loved it all. OotP is pivotal and the whole Umbridge thing and the development of all the Weasley characters and Sirius (sob!) HBP has Harry really turning into a snotty teenager and the trio is growing up. I just love them all.

  9. Do you think we're completely mental?
    LOL - It's possible, but I won't tell on you if you don't tell on me.

  10. What was the most shocking moment of the HP series?
    For me, it was Snape killing Dumbledore. I know, I know! That's suppose to be obvious to 'real fans' - whatever! As I see it, either DD has been wrong all this time, and Snape's really evil, or Harry's wrong and Snape is really good and there's a whole sneaky plan in place. Either way, I don't like it. I like things a little more cut and dried. I don't mind the cliffhanger though, JKR is brilliant.

  11. If you could ask JKR one thing what would it be?
    I would ask her if she would guide other writers with the plot and let them publish continuing books, much like Lucas has done with the tons of subsequent Star Wars books that are out there.

  12. Who is your role model
    Don't really have one. There are people in the world that I admire for one thing or another, but not someone I would really want to model myself after.

  13. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    She sells sea shells down by the seashore?

  14. # What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
    My husband, my HP books, and bug repellant.

  15. Which HP character would do the best on Survivor and why?
    Moody - either real or impersonated, I'd have to go with him. He tough, sneaky, can be convincingly charming when necessary and he doesn't mind being lonely.

  16. What is the defining moment in the characterization of your favorite character?
    I'd have to go with the one I mentioned above. Ron is willing to stand up and fight with Harry, but for whatever reason, Scabbers/Pettigrew does the job instead. Just as well I suppose.

  17. What inspires you to write?
    I love the opportunity to write things that we'll never get to see JKR write. The smut goes without saying of course. I love 'missing moments'.

  18. If you could choose Harry's fate what would it be?
    I really like the idea of H/G R/H forever and how their families would be connected. I hope that works out in the end. I don't see Harry working for the Ministry. I think he'd be an independent Auror/Magnum, P.I. type. I think he'll always want/need to fight dark magic but on his own terms, when and where he sees fit. He may do some Quidditch playing, but not long term.

  19. Which character is the hardest for you to write?
    Again, I haven't written extensively, but Dumbledore intimidates me. Now that he's gone he'd only be in a flashback or AU anyway. The twins take effort. I feel very comfortable with the H/G R/H. and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley. At least in my mind I really feel I 'get' them.

  20. Give us your epitaph.
    Hmm - too heavy of a thought at the moment. Just fling my ashes into the Grand Canyon and we'll call it a wash.

We are getting more than a bit concerned about Madam Minnie. It appears that no one has seen her since March. She's a very silly woman! How could the students at Hogwarts miss her?
Simon's Flower, Kerryblaze, and Dream Wia Dream are plotting a rescue while Annie is staring at Ron's…feet. We will find Madam Minnie. If we run into Snape, so much the better.