- In prior interviews you stated that your favorite character was Harry. How do you feel about his fate in Deathly Hallows?
Well, I wasn't one of those who railed and ranted and protested the epilogue, actually. I know that's a bit heretical for a Snarry slasher, but I actually thought Harry's characterization was pretty much in line with how I've always seen him. See, Harry, with his history of emotional abuse and neglect, has always been what I consider an ideal candidate for bisexuality. He's the kind of boy who'd open his heart fully and wholly to anyone who offered to love him, and really, Ginny was the first person to make a really overt demonstration of actually wanting him. Harry's desperately susceptible to being wanted, you know -- that's part of the hold Snape has over him, that's part of what he loved so much about Sirius, that's part of how Dumbledore's distant treatment in the fifth book hurt him so terribly. Harry didn't really fall in love WITH Ginny -- that is, they didn't create the attraction between them together, with each of them building a place for the other in their hearts, -- Harry fell in love around Ginny as an ideal, while he couldn't have her. And, as we all know about Harry, he's loyal to a fault. Once he'd decided he was in love with Ginny, once she'd responded with desire, caring, tenderness, and love for him, he would sooner have cut off his own arm than to lose any of that -- another hallmark of neglected children, that. So, do I think that he and Ginny were a great passion? No. I think, in fact, that they probably settled into a tame, comfortable relationship that had more to do with friendship and ease than with actual, passionate attraction. I think they both adore the kids more than they actually love each other, but I don't think either's unhappy in the marriage, so neither's likely to end it without a bit of writerly intervention. (Rubs hands with wicked intent...)
- What was your favorite "Harry Moment" in Deathly Hallows?
Dobby's Funeral. To me, that was when they all grew up. That was when the trio really accepted all of what they were doing, and what it all meant, and that they could all wind up burying each other just like that. I think that part was the best written of the whole book, and for me, it was one of the best character moments Harry had. Followed closely by Snape's "Look at me." *wibbles*
- Do you find it easiest to write in the mornings, afternoon, or at night?
At night. Which is unfortunate, since evenings is usually the only time I get to spend with my husband, so writing can be bad for my sex life, a bit...
- Movies vs Books! Which actor or actress has brought their character to life?
Ohh, I'm terrible with names of actors, so I'll have to fake this. Movie Luna was top of the heap for characterizations. Movie Umbridge was not far behind her, either, and Jason Isaacs is on par with her for depth of spookiness. Young Voldie carried off his menace very well, and given how small his part was, I thought he did exceptionally well with it. Also, I will never see anyone else but Dame Maggie as Minerva, no matter how hard I try.
- What is your earliest memory?
Getting knocked over by a wave on the beach, and getting sand in my diaper. No idea how old I was, but clearly it was young enough to wear nappies at the beach.
- If you could re-write any part of any of the books which part would you re-write?
Snape's death scene. I was vastly unsatisfied with how it was handled, and I thought the crafty old bastard deserved far more.
- Do you reread your old fanfiction? Do you have a story you just hate?
Yes, I do sometimes. Especially when I'm having a fit of self doubt and am up against a deadline. And I do have a story I simply loathe; It's called When You Don't See Me, and I never finished it, because I simply could not make the ending resolve, no matter how hard I tried. I hate it like blazes, because the beginning's really good, but it just collapses into a mess partway through. As for the ones I've published, I don't put something out unless I like it at least a little.
- You have Professor Snape & a can of whipped cream alone in a room together. Discuss your options.
I could squirt it in his eyes, get his wand and run for it, but he's probably faster with a shield than the compressed air. So I think I'd have to just invade his personal space, squirt it in his mouth whenever he tried to say anything, and then ruin his robes... the fun way. And hey! Showering up fun for afters, too!
- What is your most odd skill?
I can improvise amazing recipes... once. And then never get them right again, no matter how hard I try.
- Cluegirl how did you come by your penname and does it stand for?
Hah! Cluegirl is actually my Superhero persona. She's the sidekick to Common Sense Man, you see? And her super power is to point out the glaringly obvious, excruciatingly simple answer to a problem that's got you flummoxed. She's also got the Clue By Four, and the Chainsaw of Truth in her arsenal, but she's occasionally overtaken by her evil enemy and alter ego, Girl Who Should Shut Up.
- What is your writing fetish? Any kinks? Any Squicks?
My writing fetish is passion. I don't like to write cool, poised, balanced seductions, I like my men to crash together and hang on like the world's falling apart around them. I'm the kind of writer that if you asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I'd say "an explosion." Jungle-fucking is far more of a turn on for me than, say, D/s or elaborate bondage. Kinks? Is plot a kink? Because sex that drives the plot is bulletproof for me, no matter how part a fits into slot b. Squicks: Sexualized humiliation. I can't read it, I can't write it, and I won't even try. I'll write scatplay first, that's how much I hate it.
- Give us five recreational uses for Veritaserum.
Political fundraisers where there's an open punchbowl.
Visits to an elderly, ill tempered female relative.
Combined with a careful levitation charm, and some delicate wand work, a bartender at a single's club could have a world of fun.
A dose in Minerva's teacup on Parent/Teacher night.
Snape/karaoke machine/Mardi Gras -- mix well, serve with feathers.
- You’re given a day to show JKR around your favorite city. What would you show her and give us three questions you would ask?
I'd take her to a restaurant I'm fond of here, but really there's little I could show to impress her, given how rich and well-travelled she is. Questions... "How rushed were you when you wrote Snape's death scene, anyway?" "How long did it take Lily to forgive herself after she realized what her repudiation of Snape had done to him?" "How long were the Deathly Hallows really a part of the story arc? I mean honestly?"
- Can you give us a hint at your future writing plans?
Well, since it's my intent to someday (hopefully soon) be paid for my writing work, my immediate plans include me working on my own novel. (I've two in the queue, actually, both dark fantasy books, though one's an alternate history kind of thing, and the other's a created world. In fandom, I've three post DH stories that are awaiting my attention now: One I can't talk about because it's for Smutmas, another's a Harry Potter/Neverwhere crossover, and a third will be a songfic. Wait, don't run away! I promise it won't be that bad!
- Give us three things you love about fandom and why.
The instant gratification of the comment feature in the blogs. I love that Fandom actually takes the time to say 'read it, liked it, here's why.' Pro fiction doesn't really offer that kind of enthusiasm or support, which is one of the reasons why I keep on coming back to the fans. I also love that fandom has an ever changing face. There's always someone new and fantastic who's just tumbled into love with the stuff, and has loads to share. And finally, the sense of community that's grown out of it. Despite all our differences, and all the wank, and all the ship wars, HP fandom really feels a lot like a family to me.
- Do you find Slash, Het, or Gen easier to write?
I can't say as how I've got a preference, as far as ease of writing it. I know that the interpersonal challenges of Slash interest me more as a writer, which is why I do it more often, but as for what's easier, it's all to do with the story, not who's getting it on with whom, and whether it gets shown on screen.
- What is your super sekrit fanfiction guilty pleasure?
Dementordelta. Her writing just makes me happy.
- If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
*ahem* In no particular order:
A Mediterranean cruise, focusing on archaeological sites. Venice. Rome. Wales. Back to Austria again. Peru. New Zealand (this December, actually). Majorca. Bombay. The Sundarban preserve. Indonesia. Barbados. Hawaii. And I'm sure I could think of more if you gave me time...
- What surprises you most about yourself?
That I've managed to live this long. Honestly, I foresaw no life for myself past the age of 30, let alone a home, marriage, career, and any sort of a plan. It's all gravy from here!
- This is a standard interview question: Why does Simons Flower kill Ron? Is it to torture Captain Annie?
He was overtaken by the spirit of River Tam, and Ron had said "I am a leaf on the bloody wind!" one too many times. Sad, really.