- How did you get involved with writing fan fiction?
Basically, my hormones are the ones to blame - that combined with the slashy subtext in Angel. I then spent far too much time hunting on the internet for stories but couldn't find one that put the dynamics quite as I imagined them. So, I had to write it myself. I don't think I succeeded too well in my intentions, but I certainly enjoyed the process of fulfilling a fantasy through words.
- What story was the most fun to write? Which was the most challenging and why?
Order of the Pheromones, which I co-wrote with Magicofisis, is definitely one of my favourites. We had lots of fun playing with pheromones, slut!Harry and leaving each other in awkward spots. (I don't think I was Magicofisis' favourite person when I left her with a potential Dobby/Harry scene!)
The most challenging would have to be Just Like Old Times, which I've yet to finish. I've been working on it since before HBP was released, and now I've decided on a hefty re-write of the 2nd half. Hmm, just as long as I get it done before book 7 comes out…
- Who is your favorite Harry Potter character and why?
Remus Lupin, because he is so understated in what he does - although there are moments when I want to shout at him to "grow a spine, for f**k's sake!"
When David Thewlis was cast, my unhealthy-obsession then soared to new heights. Oh, yes, give me cardigans and moustaches and I shall be happy. I even have my very own (ancient) cardigan (and yes I am proud of this fact!) which I nabbed from the ex several years ago. It's very snuggly, and after watching PoA, I love it more than ever - even to the point of making minor repairs (and I despise anything that even vaguely resembles needlework…)
- Where are you from and tell us something interesting about where you live?
I'm from Kent in the South-East of England. We are the 'proud owners' of stereotyped groups such as 'Chatham Girls' and those who live on the Isle of Sheppey (This last site is more of a piss-take than anything, but unfortunately, the stereotype is there for a reason...) The Axis of Banality is a term that has been used to describe the Medway Towns (Rochester, Gillingham and Chatham - also fondly known as 'Chav'ham') and one that amuses me immensely. On a more positive note, lots of author-types have lived in Kent at one time or another, including: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, H.G. Wells, Edith Nesbitt, Somerset Maugham and Vita Sackville-West. And me, of course! ;-)
- What advice would you give other writers?
Be careful about the type of pens you buy (Bic™ pens don't fall apart when you chew the end.) And don't follow my example on how to end a story…
Seriously, though, I'd have to say remember that there are exceptions to every rule, and in order to make the most of the exception, you should really know the rule first (although, there could be an exception to this 'rule', too ;-) Oh, and be mean to your characters - it doesn't matter if you break them!
- What is your favorite food and would which famous person (non-HP) would you most like to share it with?
Lindt or Caillers chocolate - a big steaming vat of it for me to bathe in. And to join me in the general slurpage of choccy, would have to be David Mckay and/or Kate Winslet.
- 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?
Madam Hooch. I would be cheesy and offer to service her broomstick.
- Which is your favorite Harry Potter book?
Prisoner of Azkaban, which was when the series really 'clicked' for me because of the back story and teh puppy-yumminess.
- Do you think we're completely mental?
I don't think anyone is completely sane. Sanity is a myth, created by those in charge in order to persuade the small people that they do really know what's going on.
- What was the most shocking moment of the HP series?
Tonks' actions in the Hospital Wing in HBP - just after Remus had found out about Dumbledore's death. IMHO, it wasn't exactly the best example of empathic womanhood.
- If you could ask JKR one thing what would it be?
If a Boggart doesn't assume its form when hidden away in a wardrobe/box etc, what does Alastor Moody see with his magical eye?
- Who is your role model?
Joe Orton. I love how he represents people in his plays and how he uses the characters, their insecurities and their barriers to self-analysis to drive a story. He had such a fabulous eye for detail when it came to human irrationality.
- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Half an Oliver.
- What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
Solar panels for electricity, P.C. with internet connection via satellite and a vibrator.
Okay, sensible things? A survival handbook - like How to Survive Anything, Anywhere - and an indefinite supply or pencils and writing paper.
- Which HP character would do the best on Survivor and why?
Never seen Survivor, but at a guess, I'd say Voldemort, because he still has the whole horcrux thing going on.
- What is the defining moment in the characterization of your favorite character?
The cardigan, closely followed by "I was just showing Harry my Grindylow." (Because, yes, I am a bit of a pervert ;-) But really truly, I think it was Lupin's understated reactions when he was teaching Harry how to conjure a Patronus that won me over.
- What inspires you to write?
Hormones, a fascination with human psychology, snippets from other stories and generally putting characters into situations that they really don't want to be in.
- If you could choose Harry's fate what would it be?
After offing Voldemort, he would run off into the sunset with Remus Lupin where they could console each other sexually over their loss of Sirius Black.
- Which character is the hardest for you to write?
That would be Tonks. I find it difficult to write her sympathetically without falling into a stereotype.
- Give us your epitaph.
Distracted as usual, but she got there in the end ;-)