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I love writer tags. They’re always fun to watch on YouTube and read on blogs and see what and how other writers do what they do. For that reason, I decided to do a few on the blog. I have no idea who the originator of this tag is. If you know, please let me know so I can link them.
What do you write?
Until recently, I only wrote fanfiction, well over 200 stories totalling a little over 500k words. I wrote a lot of fanfiction for X-Men Evolution, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Young Justice, Stargate Atlantis various others and some anime. So with that in mind, I mostly write Fantasy and Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction.
With my original fiction, I write LitRPG–a sub-genre of Sci-Fi; Fantasy set in a Second-World–think Middle Earth but nothing like that world; and Weird Western–The Gunslinger.
What do you mostly write about?
I write about heroes and villains, though I have a strong fondness for anti-heroes. Thieves and rogues, people who have done horrible things but are trying to do good now. Deadpool is very dear to me.
I write about the imagined gray areas between right and wrong. Imagined because there is right, then there is my people firmly on the wrong side. Everyone is wrong. It’s just different levels of wrong, and they all make bad choices, but that’s okay.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I cannot pick one so here are a few of my favorite things. Having other people read and enjoy my work. Making friends from it; my very best writer friend, I made from writing fanfiction and the both of us being nerds. It’s just fun, when the story flows, it’s the best feeling.
What/Who inspired you to start/keep writing?
Myself, I suppose. Although it didn’t occur to me to start writing until 2010 when I discovered fanfiction, and all of these amazing people were creating more stories for series that had ended in wonderful ways.
Who’s your favorite character you’ve made up?
How dare you… Don’t make me choose my favorite child! I basically love all of the ones in the In Want of a Princess series. I can’t choose my top actual favorite.
I’m going to just say Betton Hodge though, because she is the one who started this crazy train. This isn’t the question, but if I could only write from the viewpoint of Betton, I’d still be able to interact with the other characters in a fun way. That girl does some traveling.
When did you start writing?
I started writing in 2010 – 2012 a lot and then it tapered off a bit, and it became more sporadic and occasional. During that time, I posted over 100 individual stories of various lengths on fanfiction.net.
At the latter end of 2016, my friend Essie introduced me to The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, and that sparked the writing fire, and I’m back. Not with fanfiction, but with my own original work. However, I still dabble.
First story you wrote?
The first and most popular story I wrote — and have yet to finish even though I know exactly where the story is going — was called She Got It Honest, an X-Men Evolution story. The basic premise had Rogue as Logan’s daughter with Wade Wilson (Deadpool) as her uncle. In that setting, technically he would be since Logan’s DNA was used to mutate him.
Favorite story you wrote?
She Got It Honest! People really liked that story, and I had a lot of reviews and interactions. It’s the story that taught me how to write and tell a story and made me a life-long friend and critique partner. It was fun, even though the writing wasn’t exactly great, but it made people laugh. They enjoyed it, and I loved that they did.
Do you have a writing schedule? Like, do you write every day or just when you feel like it?
No, it’s very bad. Back in the day, I wrote almost whenever I could and whenever I wanted because I would be stranded at college with a big break between classes.
I’m trying to get on a schedule and will be doing the 12 Weeks to a Trilogy challenge starting September 1, and I’ll have to write every day to get my books done.
Do you want to be published?
Yes. Do people actually say no? However, I’m going the self-publishing route. I do not have the patience to go through the whole ‘try and get an agent, get dozens of rejections, maybe get one, wait for months before they sell the book and publish it and two years have passed’ thing. Coming from the immediate, no-wait process of posting fanfiction, I do not have the patience, and really, I don’t have to do it traditionally. I know I’m a good story teller, and I know I can do this myself and have success. There’s too much evidence to support that. That isn’t to say down the road I won’t pursue an agent later and go the hybrid author route.
If you’re a writer, and you want to do this tag, please do so and tag me so I can read your answers. Thanks for reading.