- Describe yourself in three words:
Driven; passionate; thoughtful.
- What serves as inspiration for the stories you write?
Life experience, both things I've gone through and also exploring experiences I'm not likely to have; music I listen to; other writers' stories!
- If you were a character in the Harry Potter books who would you be and why?
That's so hard :) I love George Weasley, and I've always thought it would be so cool to have a twin. Plus I'd love to have his irreverence for rules, and his unceasing ingenuity. But I'm so very fond of Ron, and I really relate to him, though I don't know that I'd be as brave as he is. If I could be any of them, especially as I write them in my fanfiction, I'd be Ron, hands down.
- What type of environment do you like to write in?
My favorite place to write is outside, preferably in a park or near trees, in the shade. Sometimes I go to a park on my lunch hour and write, if the Muse is busy!
- Which Harry Potter book is your favorite and why?
I must admit that I need to reread the books; I've been so caught up in fanon I haven't revisited the books in ages. That being said, despite all caps!Harry, I really enjoy OotP because I see it through George Weasley's eyes. I wrote a long story called Countdown that basically tells the whole book from George's POV, and I feel I know that book the best, having imagined all kinds of things George and Fred and their roommates got up to. They delve in and out of that book a lot, despite it being from Harry's POV.
- Favorite character in the books? Why?
Argh! Again, probably a toss-up between Ron and George, but so much of that is fanon-oriented, thinking of them as adults.
George is so clever, and loyal, and seems so *real;* he has his flaws, but he's generous and would be a great friend. Just not the best brother, if you're Ron. I love reading Ron because he, too, is loyal, and real, with mood swings and willful blindness, but I can see him being such a romantic later on in life. If he survives. :P
- Outside the Harry Potter realm, what is your favorite movie?
Just one?? Well, the top 4 that I could watch again and again are The Two Towers, The Secret of Roan Inish, Truly, Madly, Deeply and My Neighbor Totoro.
- Tell us where you're from and something interesting about your city.
Urg. I've moved to where I am now ( Harrisonburg, VA) less than a year ago, and did so for less than ideal circumstances (divorce), but it's in a beautiful valley. Despite the small population, there are 4 yarn stores: very dangerous for me, as I'm an avid knitter!
- If you were trapped in a room and had to pick one of the women or men from Harry Potter to be naughty with-who would you choose and what color socks would you wear?
Again, just one?! Can I pick his age?? I'd pick Ron, big surprise, around age 29- I'm 36, so I wouldn't to be with him while he's still in Hogwarts. I'd wear purple fishnet anklets - and nothing else. ;)
- Who are your favorite real life authors?
I read Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy in 2004 and it absolutely undid me. Tolkien, for sure. I also loved Ursula Le Guin's "Left Hand of Darkness," and Mary Renault's stories are lush and inspire me to no end. These days I primarily read nonfiction having to do with fandom studies - and I read way too much fanfic, if that's possible!
- Do you have a favorite fandom author?
Oh, there are too many, and I'd hate to hurt people's feelings. There are a few authors whose stories I read again and again: Josan, Scribbulus Ink, Dementor Delta, Kaalee, Maeglin Yedi, Minx :) see, it's too difficult. I read a lot, both new authors and those who've been around longer.
- What drew you into fandom?
I watched "Fellowship of the Ring" when it came out and fell in love with Tolkien. Made a costume, joined chat rooms, sat in on a class on Tolkien, co-founded a Tolkien society in my state, wrote a paper on fanfiction authors, and began writing prolifically. I was *hooked*.
- Why the Harry Potter fandom?
My then-stepchildren were reading the books, and so I did too, then segued over to HP fanfiction as some of my Tolkien fanfiction friends began writing it. Then I surrendered utterly and began writing basically nothing by HP fanfic. Now I write both, but far more HP than Tolkien.
- What advice would you give other writers?
If you can, find a good beta reader, and hold on to her/him. Having another set of eyes on one's story can make all the difference between a good story and one that is exceptional. No matter how many times you as the author have spell-checked and canon-checked and made sure the dialogue is punctuated properly, *you've* written the story, and all of the details to it that seem so obvious to you may be rendered invisible to another reader. Additionally, a good beta can prod you to improve on sections and challenge you to write your absolute best. Also- keep writing! And don't compare your works to others and despair, finding yourself wanting; even people who've been writing for years, whether fanfic, professionally, or both, have moments of insecurity.
- What is the defining moment of your favorite character?
Well, I'll pick George: it would be one that I wrote about, but JKR didn't, though it's pretty major: it would be when he and Fred had decided to rent the building that would become Weasley's Wizard Wheezes', and I'm sure they must have had to sign a serious amount of paperwork. At that point there was no turning back for them.
The moment that made him stand out? As JKR wrote it, it would be the moment he and Fred leave Hogwarts in their astounding blaze of glory in OotP.
- If you could ask JKR one question what would it be?
What are your plans as a writer after the HP series, and assuming it's non-HP-centric, how are you planning to deal with all future works being compared to this one set?
- What was the most shocking moment in the Harry Potter series?
Well, to me, I find the fact that Umbridge used a form of Dark-Magic-seeming corporeal punishment on not one, but two students, pretty horrifying. I suppose that's not all that shocking. Cedric's sudden death; that was pretty unexpected.
- What do you do for fun outside of fandom?
I knit, sing, have been known to do Irish step dancing, and I love to travel alone, especially internationally, and most especially to Scotland.
- How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?
One shouldn't lick a tootsie pop, one should suck it. ;)
- If you could choose Harry's fate what would it be?
That he would vanquish Voldemort and lead some kind of a 'normal,' fulfilling life with the partner of his choosing. I suppose that's boring, but given his childhood/youth, that is truly what I would wish for him.
- Which of your stories has been the most fun to write?
Goodness. Fun? Good, clean fun? Probably Countdown the George-POV OotP gap-filler. The most rewarding as a whole? My Cartography of Fire series. Most smutty fun? Finnigan's Snake. One I feel is some of my best writing that doesn't get read as often? The Essence of Black.
- Give us your epitaph
Fiery in life, now she dances with the stars.