What's the last thing you wrote?
Whose Obsession Is It Anyway?
House/Wilson angst fic. I watched the House episode last night and COULD NOT SLEEP until I wrote this.
What's the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
I have written journals going back to 1982 so I have all the extremely Sue-ish, fanfictional stories that I wrote for myself and my friends. My mom probably has earlier crap I wrote in her fanzine collection. (It's nice to have a mom who's the fanzine editor.)
Only when forced to for classes.
Probably. I was a teenager at the time.
Most fun character you ever wrote?
Jools Siviter in my Spooks-fic.
Most annoying character you ever wrote?
I do love "my" take on Uma Thurman, but I can see her getting on Bobby's nerves when she calls to squeeeeee on House-nights.
Best plot you ever wrote?
Scenes From A Caper for yuletide. I had to come up with a way to incorporate ALL of the characters from the original Ocean's 11 AND I had a request for "no slash." I'm really proud of what I came up with including an appearance by Donald Trump.
Coolest plot twist you ever wrote?
I'm not sure it's exactly cool, but my "answer" to the Wilson conundrum of "Three Stories" in When It Really Mattered was incredibly eeeeeevil.
How often do you get writer's block?
Will you all hate me if I say never? (And will I instantly be cursed, just in time for mmom?)
How do you fix it?
There always seems to be another bunny, or an image or a word or something that keeps me going.
Do you type or write by hand?
Both, although I'm transition from having to do ALL my first drafts by hand to being able to "compose" at the keyboard. There's still something about pen to paper that seems to make the words flow more smoothly.
Do you save everything you write?
The handwritten stuff is in journals and I'm hoping LJ never dies.
Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
I rarely abandon stories. I keep going until they're finish. I'm STILL working on my dark!Jeeves fic and it's over year now.
What's your favorite thing that you've written?
Well, it sucks in retrospect, but the first novel that I actually sold will always be precious, because you know, I sold it. Of the fanfic, I'd have to say the Hugh&Bobby series, followed by the Joolsfic. Although I gotta say John Barrowman/David Tennant (especially when Capt. Jackk shows up to throw in his two cents) are catching up rapidly.
What's everyone else's favorite thing that you've written?
Hugh&Bobby, hands down. Or am I wrong?
Do you ever show people your work?
In progress? Very rarely, although I will tease with a few pithy lines. Once done, it goes to beta until polished to perfection and then I can show the teeming millions.
Who's your favorite constructive critic?
beta_goddess. Was there ever a doubt?
Did you ever write a novel?
Three sold. One unsold. One in progress.
Have you ever written fantasy, sci-fi, or horror?
My first fandom was Star Trek and I probably wrote as horrible Mary Sue, lay-Kirk fics as any fanbrat alive.
Ever written romance or teen angsty drama?
The pre-fanfic fanfic I wrote for myself and Jennifer. We had a novel-length story based on Sam Neill's character in Enigma. Somehow he survived, ended up in suburban New Jersey and wound up having an affair with my best friend. You know, the kind of novel where the 30-something guy has sex with the 17 year old virgin and makes it perfect for her.
What's one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Technothriller. (Cause I'm a technodork.)
How many writing projects are you working on right now?
mmom which is going to require 31. I've got about 6 in the hopper.
Do you want to write for a living?
Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper?
Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Not really. Although I've gotten some recognition in a few LJ end of year fic comm polls. Does that count?
Ever written something in script or play format?
For a play-writing class in college. I "adapted" one of my own short stories into a one-act.
What is your favorite word?
Brilliant. (Used Britishly.)
Do you ever write based on yourself?
Of course. All my original novels just happen to feature tough-talking, slightly neurotic women with self-dramatizing tendencies. The current novel completely uses my pain over the LJ Divorce and exposes every dirty detail.
Which of your characters most resembles you?
Marti Hirsch is a total Mary Sue, right down to the curly hair, although she's a brunette because I wrote her before I discovered my inner red-head.
I think there's a lot of me in the way I write House.
Where do you get ideas for your characters?
Well the nice thing about the fanfic is that we're given the characters.
Original characters are usually based on amalgamations of people I know or wish I knew.
Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Do you prefer happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
What are these happy endings of which you speak?
Have you ever written anything based on an artwork you've seen?
Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Not in the first draft, especially if it's on paper. I hope to catch most of it as I go onto disk, but as my betas will tell you, that's not really the case.
Ever write something entirely in chatspeak?
Does music help you write?
I love to write at the Mint and let the music kind of wash over me.
Are people surprised and confused when they find out you write well?
LJ has sort of reversed the process. People find my writing and then they decide they want to know me. I showed my TW fic to one of my Barrowmania converts and there was this weird tone when he said "That was really good."
Quote something you've written.
Everybody's favorite ending from Like A Hurricane
Bobby started walking back into the apartment. Hugh fought the urge to follow him in and take it all back. He could hear Stephen somewhere in his head doing an imitation of Margaret Thatcher and telling him not to go all wobbly.
Bobby turned around.
“How the long is the hurting like bloody hell going to last?”
“I’ll let you know when it stops.” he said softly and watched the door slam shut.