Hey Cal! Thank you so much for coming by and adding a list of lovely questions! You're awesome!
So... on to the answers.
1) Firstly, what inspires/inspired you to write?
Oh wow... umm. I love the freedom it gives me. I enjoy that when I sit in front of my laptop and I go into the 'world of my characters' I feel like I can walk the halls I'm writing or I'm sitting next to Lily and James watching their story, or Capri or any of my characters. It's a great feeling. Writing itself inspires me. That's actually my biggest inspiration.
Other than that I also borrow inspiration from any books I'm reading, songs I'm listening to or even watching two people conversing with each other. It can be anything
2) Your most favorite pairing to read/write?
Lily and James definitely. I've adored them since the first HP book and to this day I love the pairing. I've enjoyed reading many different versions of their romance and lives and I'm certainly enjoying writing them!
3) Your least favorite/pairing to read/write?
Umm, not that I've ever attempted to write but I would say Snape/Hermione. No offence at all to anyone who ships them. I just can't wrap my head around it.
To read, I really don't want to read Ron/Lavender stories
4) If you ever would have to write a bizarre pairing what would it be?
Draco/Lavender. It would be hilarious don't you think?! I'd love it!
5) Would you ever write a Supernatural and HP crossover?
Hahaha... I had to see this one coming! Well, I'd honestly love to, but I'm not sure I could do justice to Dean and Sam, especially Dean! Dean and his humour. But yes, I would love to write one someday!
6) Which genre to you like read/write the most?
Write : Romance
7) Which is your current favorite WIP for which you constantly check your favorites to see whether it has been updated?
Well, my newest WIP is taking a lot of my attention! Heaven Can Wait is my first attempt at a James/Lily story and since I LOVE the pairing so much I am obsessed with favourites and reviews wondering what the readers think of it.
8) Heaven can Wait! How did you get the idea for that amazing story?
Hahaha, I honestly don't know! I mean I always wanted to write a Marauder story centred on Lily/James but I didn't know where to start. Most people seemed to think starting at first year would be boring and starting at 7th means too little time to get to know the characters before the story develops and plot needs to start rolling.
So I kept the 3- 4 chapters I'd written of the same characters of HCW when they were in first year and tried to find inspiration on what to do next.
One day it just hit me, if I want to tell their story when they were in school I should pick up where the books left off. So I decided to go back to Snape's worst memory, the last time we saw them in school, and chose James to be the main narrator because his account seemed closest to Harry's vision. The rest sort of flowed from there. Hopefully it will make other hardcore Jily shippers happy!
9) The scenes that your write in your story, are some/any of them inspired by your real life?
Mmm I guess... I do take little anecdotes from my life and spin them into the plot, yes but a lot it just what I've gathered from being observative. Mostly scenes come to me in disjointed moments and I have to find a way to get from end of scene A to scene B which in my opinion is the hardest part.
10) When you get a plot bunny, how you do shape out it's details if you decide to write it?
Firstly when I get a plot bunny it usually something like this: He should say/do this, then she would say/do that... etc. etc. When it happens I think which story would it fit best? And I add it to a small "timeline". The 'timeline' is usually my go-to to remember what happens next. Sometimes I decide to drop the idea if the plot seems too forced or out of place. Sometimes I would shift it to a later time. Once I figure out that I want the idea to be part of the story I just type out the scene in a script format, smoothen out the dialogue as much as I can and then add decriptions of setting, time, mood etc etc. I hope that was helpful and didn't sound like a meaningless rant! LOL
11) What are your thoughts in Severus Snape?
I like him. I know I'm a big Lily/James fan and I love them very much. But I do believe that Lily may
have returned Snape's feelings if James wasn't in the picture. I'm not saying it would've definitely happened I'm saying I'm open to it being a possibility.
I always believed there was more to Snape than meets the eye. And I'm not just saying that, I was just one of those people, (and this may sound a bit childish, but dont care) I just trusted Dumbledore! I just believed that he wouldn't defend Snape if he was absolutely sure that he was good.
I also believe that Snape was a guy who didn't catch a break. He was downtrodden at home, rejected and bullied in school and when he lost Lily I think something flipped inside him. I think if the circumstances were different Snape would have been a very different person. Because he was good inside.
12) If you had to save one Marauder from dying, which one would it be?
Ohhh a toughie, For the record if this was to happen in a real-life situation I would SOMEHOW find a way to save all three. But to answer the question, I would save Remus!
13) If you could create a Patronus, what do you think yours would be like?
I like to imagine that my patronus will surprise me but I'm pretty sure that considering how much I love dogs it would be a dog. Possibly a Siberian Husky!
14) If you'd participated in the Triwizard Tournament, which task would have terrified you the most?
The second. Having my best friend/ family member unconscious in the middle of the Black Lake for over an hour would send me into full panic-mode. I would probably forget any and all spells that would be helpful and be a terrible nervous wreck. So yes, I would have been terrified of the second task the most.
15) If you had had to ask someone from HP to the Yule Ball, who would it be?
Thank you SO MUCH Cal, for the lovely thoughtful questions! I really did have fun answering them