Good gods, there’s a meme for every profession, isn’t there?
I couldn’t think of anything else to say, and this looked kind of fun, so here goes.
What’s the last thing you wrote? I’m working on an urban fantasy at the moment. The last thing I wrote before this was in that.
Was it any good? Not bad, if I do say so myself.
Write poetry? Rarely.
Angsty poetry? Christ, I hope not.
Okay, okay, probably. Just not in a while.
Favorite genre of writing? Fantasy.
Most fun character you ever wrote? Probably Kinsey, my scholar-prince/librarian guy in SWORD and SONG. He thinks hard, and constantly trips over himself, and is just a little more badass than he seems.
Or maybe I just have a thing for librarians, who knows?
Most annoying character you ever wrote? Lainey, of similar fame. Gold-digging, power-hungry, vain, selfish, whiny, sneaky bitch. It’s good that she annoys me, since I want her to annoy everyone else who reads the books.
Annoying, but also fun as hell to write, if only because her presence in a scene immediately winches up the tension.
Best plot you ever wrote? Eh? I’d like to think they’re all pretty awesome. But I guess if I had to pick, the plot of SONG is pretty fabulous.
Coolest plot twist you ever wrote? I can hardly answer that in detail, can I? Lets just say it involves killing off characters unexpectedly.
How often do you get writer’s block? A few times a month. Or week. Or day.
How do you fix it? Booze and chocolate.
…Barring that, and more healthily: reading something in the same genre, meditating (yes, really, don’t laugh), going for a walk, writing a silly piece where I put my MCs in my apartment and make them figure out what the hell happened.
Write fan fiction? Not since high school. It was Star Trek TOS, if you’re wondering. I am not ashamed.
Do you type or write by hand? Are you kidding?
Unless I’m camping, I type. In the middle of nowhere it’s the notebook for me, and I just have to type it all up later.
Do you save everything you write? No. If it really, really sucks, definitely not. That Recycle Bin on my desktop is there for a reason.
Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it? That’s pretty much how I ended up with SWORD, now on sub, so yeah. Ideas don’t die, they just grow up and get strange and borrow money from you without ever paying it back.
What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written? I love everything I’ve written… except, of course, when I hate it. Probably SWORD, if I have to pick one, though: I like the emotional pitch of that piece best.
What’s everyone else’s favorite thing that you’ve written? Not a clue, not a clue.
Do you show people your work? I kind of have to, starting with betas (and, I guess, anyone who reads my occasional Tuesday Teasers) and ending with editors. Hopefully one day ending with readers.
Did you ever write a novel? Several, yes.
Have you ever written fantasy, sci-fi, or horror? Fantasy only. I’m getting around to the rest.
Ever written romance or teen angsty drama? Well, a few of my fantasy novels have a little of that in them somewhere, I guess: but as a general theme, no.
How many writing projects are you working on right now? Technically, three: but I’m trying to take them one at a time.
Do you want to write for a living? YES. Does anyone answer “no” to this?
Have you ever won an award for your writing? Sure. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. For –wait for it– a poem.
Ever written something in script or play format? Only for script- and playwriting classes in college. Never since, though I remember having fun with it.
What character that you’ve written most resembles yourself? Appearance-wise, not a single one. Personality-wise, I think they all have a piece of me in there somewhere, from the MCs down to the cannon fodder. If I don’t bleed at least a little doing this, I’m not doing it right.
Where do you get ideas for your other characters? My head. There’s lots of weird stuff in there.
Though the phrasing of this kind of implies that at least one of my MCs is a Mary Sue, and I’d like to think not.
Do you ever write based on your dreams? Not really: I’ve written after dreaming about a work in progress, though.
Do you favor happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers? Anything but the last one, so long as it’s done well. Endings are important. One that doesn’t work –say, a HEA that doesn’t fit– is like having burned toast for dessert.
Have you ever written based on an artwork you’ve seen? No, but I’ve found artwork after the fact that blew me away, it was so close to what I imagined my characters to be. If you’ve seen my Twitter avatar, that’s one example right there. I saw it on the cover of a Russian book of poetry and it stopped me in my tracks, it looks so much like two of my MCs, right down to attitude and expression.
Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write? Hell yes.
Which doesn’t mean I don’t still eff it up.
Ever write something entirely in chatspeak? (How r u?) No. Not even text messages: I really can’t stand it.
Entirely in L337? What?
Was that question completely appalling and un-writer like? Probably. Maybe. If I had any idea what it meant.
Does music help you write? Yes. As long as it doesn’t have lyrics.
Are people surprised and confused when they find out you write well? Um, I hope not.
Quote something you’ve written. The first thing to pop into your mind. From the current WIP…
This time there was nothing to fight: it happened too quickly for that. The skin of my face stretched –for a second it felt good, wonderful even, and then deep spikes of agony began to flare through my cheekbones and the line of my jaw. I could hear the bass crackle of my own bones, amplified in ears that had started to wander up the sides my head. My joints felt suddenly, awfully liquid. I tried to scream and only managed a breathless wheeze. Balance went, and I wheeled my arms out, pitching forward, every inch of me on fire.
It’s been a while since I did one of these, so I’m only going to tag a few people…
Sarah Eve Kelly