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9. Least favorite trope to write.

I hate reading/writing the types of relationship dynamics where one side is just … horrible to the other, but the reader is supposed to forgive them for a flimsy reason (the Edward/Bella dynamic from Twilight, for example). I really really need to see a lot of work put in by the character to earn that sort of redemption and “they’re the protagonist/protagonist’s favorite person” just doesn’t cut it for me.

15. Where does your inspiration come from?

I suppose I could waffle on this one forever, but at the end of the day my inspiration comes from me, the things I want to see written and the things I’ve seen or done and thought “I could make this into a story somehow”.

30. Favorite line you’ve ever written.

Gosh, any number of lines could pop into my head for this one, but right now it’s a tie between two:

“I broke the tangle!” – Bowman Leafwing, distressed upon accidentally folding over the corner of a piece of paper; found in the Brothers Asunder AU written with @nightmares06.

“The enemy is strong, and he is dangerous, but he will be strong and dangerous whether we cower and doubt ourselves or fly out to meet him!” – Scar Wolfblind, wood sprite badass, when he’s trying to get someone pumped up to go fight. It’s appeared in a couple AUs and also the original Bowman of Wellwood story.

37. Most inspirational quote you’ve ever read or heard that’s still important to you. 

I don’t really know why, but a quote from the Velveteen Rabbit (one of my favorite stories as a kiddo) has always stuck with me:  “ Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you.”

I guess it probably has a lot to do with the way I (and writers, in general) make things real. Maybe.

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18. What’s your revision or rewriting process like?

Depending on the story, my process varies a little bit. For the quick stories and crack AUs (like Size Swap, for example) I don’t do a ton of editing beyond a few proofreading runs–seeking out misspellings and the like to make it presentable. Those are more fast and loose writing wise.

For full projects, including those I cowrite with others, I usually like a chance to read through once or twice to proofread and also make sure little details and sentences are in the order I want them to be in. I can get pretty picky when I’m rearranging stuff in a scene to make it look its best for me.

My first novel went through 6 or 7 major drafts, and that doesn’t count the little bursts of editing small portions of it here and there over time.

29. Who do you write for? 

At the risk of sounding super sappy, I write for my close friends. Before I put something out there for the general public to read, I always want to know what my friends think of a thing I’ve worked hard on. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment when someone I trust says they think I did a good job.

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Anonymous: 1. Favorite place to write and 6. Favorite character you ever created!


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My favorite place to write …. That’s a tough one! I really like being at home, as most hermits like me tend to, but I also go to a local coffee shop every Sunday to write for a couple hours, and I’ve done some great stuff there! I always get a hot chocolate in winter months and an Italian soda in the warmer months.

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6. Favorite character you ever created.

Ha! I think every single response I got to this game so far went for #6.

The answer for this has to be Bowman Leafwing. He’s had his ups and downs, and he’s changed a lot from the first inkling I ever had of him, and he’s my baby. I have a lot of really close candidates for the top spot here, but I have to stick with my roots and say it’s the leafy boy.

8. Favorite trope to write.

Without a doubt I love writing the character who is physically weak/small/frail/etc but is also the most outgoing/bold/SASSY out of anyone. Tiny, but fierce!

31. Hardest character to write.

I would say Bobby Loran might be the toughest one for me to write. Other than his scenes where he goes off the rails, he could really go in any direction and I don’t often know until a scene is in progress.

32. Easiest character to write. 

99% of the time the answer to this one is Jacob Andris. He’s such a chill dude, and his gentle nature makes him easy and fun to write for. He saves room for cheekiness sometimes, and even then it’s all in fun and he never means any harm. It’s hard not to get along with Jacob eventually.