1. What would you smell if you came across Amortentia?
2. How does it feel to have a DOBBY!?!!?!?
3. Why did you decide to use that particular quote in your summary?
4. Where does your inspiration for writing come from?
5. Had you already written a lot before you signed up here and posted? And are you ahead in your writing at the moment?
6. Does your family know about your ff? If so, what do they say about it? [Mine think I'm a little weird haha!]
7. Who do you reckon would play an awesome 17yr old Sirius Black?
8. Do you get annoyed when you see Dan so short and with blue eyes in the films? I get riled up occasionally. I wish they made him wear green contacts!
9. Do you have any other plans for stories after you finish this one?
10. What are some of your favourite stories on the site?
Another truck load of questions!
Oh I thought of one last one. It's more of an extension of question 7.
7.5. Who would play your main cast if it was made into a film?
Hi again Erin! Thanks for coming back and asking more questions! I'm so chuffed. And I thought I'd do this now while I have some time ...
Okay, your questions.
1. Hmm - these will be mostly food things I think. Peppermint. Roast chicken. And (don't think I'm weird because of this) the smell of garlic frying up. I just adore that smell.
2. AMAZING!!!! To see my name (okay, my pseudonym) up there with the likes of timeturner and girldetective85 is ... well ...
Not to mention totally humbling as well - there are so many stories out there that are so great and to think that mine, which is my first fanfic story, is so highly thought of - words just don't really describe it.
Though, as I said in a review response, I have been dancing around the house all morning!
3. You know, that wasn't my original summary! I changed it after ch 8 got up. But I'm rubbish at summaries generally (which you may have noticed from my chapter summaries - ugh!) so I thought a quote was a good way around that, and that's such a great scene. Besides, it's something that might induce me to read the story if I was browsing.
4. Good question. I've been writing for years. My first story that I recall was written when I was about 5 so that's more than 30 years ago now. But I've only been writing seriously for two or three years now. I think I needed a creative outlet after I had my children and I just kinda went back into it because it's something you can do while you're looking after them (to a point). And then I was reading some fanfic and got the idea for HTM and I just started writing that one. I will say that it's the most developed story I've written so I'm pretty proud of it.
5. Almost all of it! It's had some revisions since then but I'd written at least 9/10 of the story before I posted. And then I went around to the different sites and signed up at most of them and had a good look around and decided on this one. And then, I started to post chapter 1 when I realised that the story didn't have a title! How bad is that? The chapters did, but the overall story didn't. So I went with the first one I thought of which is totally lame but seems to have stuck now. The story is a WIP though as I go through and change things to make it flow more smoothly, and just the other day I moved a bunch of chapter breaks so that it fit better. The only things I'm stuck on now are the graduation speeches - those are such a drag to write!!
6. Yes and no. I've written long stories before- not as long as this but still novella/novel length - but while people know about those they don't know what my author name is. I've got some short stories in fan fic up on another site under another name. And my family and friends know about those. Most of them aren't all that interested in reading them but I have told them. The longer stories, however, are more involved and more personal and I don't want people I know going through and looking for themselves in them, so while they know I write novels they haven't read them.
And they don't know this current novel is a fan fic. I haven't told them that one. Which means I can't share my excitement about the Dobby either ... damn!
As to what they say, I think it's all in the way you tell them. I've been putting original fiction on line for yonks and you do get some feedback, but let's face it, when people want to read original fiction they go to the bookshop or the library, so they can read something they know is good enough to be published. They don't look on line. So you don't get much in the way of feedback as to how you're doing. With fanfic, on the other hand, people can ONLY look on line so looking at it realistically you have a greater potential audience. And therefore, more feedback. I've got over 250 reviews for my story and now a Dobby so that gives me a good picture of what my writing is like. So, what you say to people when you tell them you write fanfic is that it's a really good forum for getting peer review and finding out how good your writing is, and how you can improve. A lot of the people on this site are published authors so they know what they're talking about. It's almost guaranteed feedback and that's awesome. (And besides, if you have a great story idea but set it in a world someone else has created, well as long as you give them the necessary credit, why would that make your story any less good?)
7. Ooh, difficult question. I like the young Gary Oldman (as seen in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) as a young Sirius but of course that's not possible without time travel. I think however that I'm not a good person to ask because I don't really look at young actors like that any more - I'm old enough to be their mother which puts a bit of a dampener on things. I might have to do some trawling through IMDB and get back to you on that one.
8. Yes and no. They didn't know how tall he would become when they cast him so it's hard to criticise them on that. As for the eyes, apparently they did try giving him green contacts originally but they irritated his eyes. I would have preferred they adjusted them digitally on the final releases though.
9. Fanfic, no. Original fiction, yes. I have another novel idea that's in its infancy that I'll flesh out a bit when I have some time. However, as far as fanfic goes, I have written a number of scenes from HTM from other people's perspectives (mostly Sirius but not all of them), mostly to get my characterisation right, and if I get in the right mood I might consider posting them as a series of one-shots once the story is all up. They'd need some tidying up but it could be done.
10. Another difficult question!
I don't read a lot of them, though I have been doing reviews lately so I've come across some good ones. I still love Odyssey's At the Funeral, which I think is brilliant, and I liked Not Fade Away by Noblevyne, but she never finished it. There are some good fun Marauder stories that are good to read (eg What it is to Burn by Snitchsnatcher or Pretty Girl by Radcliffe_PotterFan319) but don't quite get there as far as canon goes so they leave me a little unsatisfied. Trouble is that I'm super fussy about what I read so I can be hard to please.
7.5 Oh, casting questions are a nightmare! I really need to check up on young British actors to see who I would like as my main characters. I really think I'm going to have to get back to you on that one because I'm just not in that mindset to look at young actors like that. Though I will say that when I first saw the promo shots for Twilight I thought that Kristen Stewart (or whatever her name is) would have made a good Laura. I'm not sure about that still, maybe because I've seen them so many times now, but that was my reaction then.
Thanks again for the great questions! They have been quite thought-provoking (though in a good way)