Writer Interview- @elven_scribe

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work!
Hello again! I’m Tilly and I write epic/dark fantasy novels and occasionally poetry. I thrive on dark, gritty stories that evoke strong emotions of both despair and relief, and I do my best to portray this in all my work. In between my full time job, uni work and volunteering, I try and squeeze in as much writing as possible. I started my novel in summer 2020, and I’m probably about 2/3 of the way through. I aim to have this finished and ready for editing by the end of 2022. 

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
Definitely the peace it brings me. When I’m writing, I feel calm. I can escape from the world for hours at a time, creating a world that means something to me. I hope one day to be able to share this world with you and other readers, and release exciting stories that will grip and break your heart.

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
I met most of my writing friends through Twitter, which is where I’ve formed relationships with authors and some inidie publishers. As I’ve yet to release anything, I wouldn’t say I have an audience per se, more of a support network where I can ask for feedback and improve my writing skills. Slowly but surely!

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
Always ambient music. Usually a game soundtrack (lately it’s been Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or Final Fantasy XV). More often than not I’ll drink a huge cup of tea (if I’m writing in the morning) or a glass of wine in the evening. Snacks are a must. Sour candy is my favourite.

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
My Twitter handle is @elven_scribe 🙂

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
Spring! The cold dark nights are over, the flowers are waking, my garden springs to life. Colours of nature, bees, wildlife; I love it! My birthday is in Spring so I’m totally not bias at all.

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
This is such a hard question. I absolutely love mythical creatures. I’d love to go boring and say dragon (thought owning a dragon would be quite the opposite of boring), but maybe something like Cerberus. A three-headed guard dog? Hell yeah.

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
A ship would be awesome. Though the sea is quite terrifying, I think it would be beautiful too. Sunsets, swimming, cruising around top-deck. Yeah, definitely a ship.

4. What are your current favourite shows?
Currently? Witcher. Wheel of Time. Castlevania. Midnight Mass.

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
I’d let a sexy vampire drink my blood. Enough said.

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

MultiFandom Editor Interview- ‘H’

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work!
Hello, I’m Zainab. I’m in 2nd year of college!! And I do multifandom edits!well, I’m still learning to. I can’t give it a lot of attention because of my college work. I’ll focus on it when I’m done with my studies and have a stable job!

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
Oh Lord, everything! The reason I started editing was because I wanted to create. It’s really hard recreating what I see in my mind but i’ll get better at it after some time and effort! It’s really something I would love to do full time!

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
Uh, I don’t know about that. I did make like 5 friends. They are the only ones who interact with me and honestly I don’t know why the other 90% follow me.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
I like to work with music, especially because that’s what my MultiFandom edits involve! Also yes sometimes with snacks but I have to eat everything before I start working hehe. I usually have Pepsi around me if I wanna concentrate I don’t know how but it helps!

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
Ooo okay!
@_._metanoia_.__ is my Instagram editing account. I post edits that I actually like there.

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
I like Spring a lot. You just know it when it’s spring. There are flowers and the grass is so green! There’s butterflies! I’m kinda scared of them but I like them too! The birds, OMG they are so floofy and colourful!! Everything is just so happy it makes me happy!!

2. If you could have any wild animal as a pet, what would it be?
An elephant would be nice but I’m gonna go with a polar bear because I really wanna hug one! They are so floofy and big!

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
A boat so I can go and live with the fish!Also that would be perfect for a little alone time!
and then I’ll take my duck with me and then we’ll have a really fun time!!

(For context, H rescued an injured duck!)

4. What are your current favourite shows?
My current favorite shows are:
-Supernatural
-Loki
-Hannibal
-The Falcon and the winter soldier!

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
They are so cool like OMG they can turn into a bat?!!!??! Are you kidding me that’s the coolest thing ever! Also they have cool eyes!

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Writer Interview- @CosmicTaryn

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work!

Hi everyone! I’m Taryn from Cape Town, South Africa. I’m a bit shy and also really have huge Imposter syndrome so I rarely hype what I do but I guess I should let y’all know since I am being interviewed. Anyways… my day job is Data Team Lead for an International Clinical Research company. I am also exploring writing online (especially unravelling the secrets to creativity). I do some “written” interviews with people about their journeys through life and post those on Ko-Fi, Simily or Medium. Most days I don’t know what I am doing but, otherwise I am fuelled by coffee and surrounded by squirrels.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
It’s fun! I dabble in lots of interests and somehow that gets me into interesting spaces having weird conversations. Thus love meeting people and getting to know them, whether that is in IRL or online.

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
If you go by the numbers it seems that there has been a positive effect over time. But the Imposter Syndrome says don’t believe that. I truly do hope that people find my efforts worth their time.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
Coffee makes a good companion most days. Then maybe add a coconut biscuit to the mix and I’m definitely happy. I also keep a jug of water nearby so I can keep hydrated during intense sessions. I enjoy background noise or music as it keeps the anxiety from creeping into my work.

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
You can find them all under one roof over here https://bio.link/cosmictaryn including some of my creative efforts.

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
Winter. Less sweating. My engine runs hot all the time. I think I am made for colder climates.

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
I would love to be friends with a Komodo Dragon. I think that’s the closest I could get to having a real dragon about. If dragons were a thing… Whoa! Mind blown, would definitely want to have long conversations with them about how the world works. Or just listen to their stories.

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
I can’t swim. I wear glasses. Both these options thus do not seem to be a possibility in this current body. But if I could maybe have Capt Jack Sparrow and crew for adventuring then I would choose the boat.

4. What are your current favourite shows?
The list is absolutely endless. I watch too much stuff to distract myself from life’s challenges. But I highly recommend that you watch Arcane. Yes, I know it’s an animated series but it is absolutely worth your time. Great characters. Interesting dialogue. Gorgeous visuals. Haven’t seen any live action show come close to this level in ages. Thoroughly enjoyed it and wished there was more to indulge in.

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
I rather enjoy the concept and think that you can really lose yourself in a good story e.g. Buffy, Blood +, Dracula, What we do in the Shadows or adaptation like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines video game. If I have to choose a favourite though it would be Salma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium from the movie “From Dusk Till Dawn” and then Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman in ‘True Blood’.

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Writer Interview- @ReadingAlNight

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work!
My name is Ellie, and I have many different hobbies, none of which I am a master at, but I get by! I am what I would call a Jack of all trades, but most people just call me sarcastic. I am, front and foremost, a reader, which morphed into calling myself ‘a person who writes’. This was recently shortened to my calling myself a writer. I created my blog, Reading All Night, in January of 2021. I was just getting back into writing after a long break, and I have always struggled to write full novel-length stories. I always get to the point too quickly, and the story is simply over. So I decided to give short stories a go, and I wanted somewhere to post them. On top of that, I wanted to have a place to just be myself, to review the books that I love, and to talk about movies, or simply to just ramble. If you have ever been curious about what the inside of my mind looks like, you just have to read about five different kinds of my posts, and then you’ll have a pretty good idea of the chaos.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
Reading All Night is somewhere I just chat. I talk about the things that people in real life would grow bored of hearing. Very few people want to hear your in-depth thoughts of a movie or book, or to hear what your opinions are on whether a paperback or an e-reader is best. On my blog, though, I can find that group of people who do want to hear about that stuff, who don’t simply want to hear ‘it was a good book’, but to know the how, and the why. Something I really enjoy is the interaction it can bring. As of when I’m writing this, I recently published a short story on my blog, and I had several different people contact me, whether commenting on the blog post, or on my tweet about it, telling me that they had really enjoyed reading it. Other than from my Mum, this was one of the first times I had ever had anyone tell me that they liked my writing, and liked reading what I had written. This did make me incredibly happy, and gave me a bit of a confidence boost with regards to my writing. I think the community my blog has brought me is something I am most pleased about. There are so many great people on Twitter, in particular, who I never would have met if I hadn’t started my blog.

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
I will admit, and I’m sure it is the same for most of the people who have a blog or a website, but I love looking at my page reads and watching as they slowly go up. My blog is not a massive success, it doesn’t have millions of views, in fact, as I’m writing this, I am less than 100 views away from 10,000 all time, and I am impatiently waiting for that number. It was something I hoped to reach by the end of the year, and, with a month left to go, I am so happy I am nearly there. I do not promote my blog on any social media other than Twitter, and it was certainly a slow start. I had a lot of help from other people in the Writing Community, and without them, I would be nowhere near where I am today. There are certainly plenty of lovely people on Twitter, and I am so grateful to have met them. Over the course of the year, I have been rather on and off with tweeting about my blog. I will always tweet when I have a new post out (every Wednesday and Saturday, most weeks, anyway!) but I have also scheduled tweets before, to promote older posts. These have always been helpful in boosting views and letting more people see my posts, but it is rare I remember to schedule any tweets, and I can never quite be bothered to do so! I think the most important thing, to me, has been Twitter, and all of the other people on there. Finding your audience isn’t something you can do all by yourself – it is a community effort, and, in return, you become a part of the community, and help others to find their audiences as well.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
A hot drink, definitely! It only depends on whether I am writing blog posts in the day or late at night that determines if I am drinking coffee (strong, no milk, no sugar) or hot chocolate. Sometimes I’ll have snacks too, but generally I get too distracted by the act of reaching for food and bringing it to my mouth to actually finish a blog post. When I used to write, I would create a music playlist for each story, and I would listen to it as I wrote, but when I got back into writing early this year, I found this was almost impossible for me to do. I end up listening to the music rather than writing, and the words end up distracting me. Silence is the way to go, but, on the other end of it, too quiet and I get distracted by my own thoughts. The best medium, for me, is sitting in my bedroom, with the background noise of other people in the house, doing their own things, and maybe the washing machine on, just for a constant noise I can tune out, but am also aware of… it’s an odd mixture. You can’t beat a dog lying at your feet, either, but my dogs generally do not like staying in my room if anything else is going on in the house, so they might come in and lie down, and I’ll close the door, but as soon as anything happens, I have to get back up and open the door again!

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
You can find my blog, Reading All Night, here:
https:readingallnightuk.blogspot.com/

And my Twitter is here (it wouldn’t let me have ‘ReadingAllNight’ as my @, someone must have got there before me. So I dropped an L, and am @ReadingAlNight): https://twitter.com/ReadingAlNight

If you want to check out my different kinds of posts on my blog, I have them all categorised along the right-hand side (computer webpage only, it doesn’t work on the phone version for some reason).

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
This is a bit of a difficult question because I am a difficult person. Every year, my favourite season changes three times. In the Spring, I am desperate for heat, so I say that Summer is my favourite. By Summer, though, I am too hot, and fed up with the heat, so I say that Winter is my favourite. By Autumn, I am still of the mindset that Winter is amazing, but by Winter, I am desperate for heat again, so Summer becomes my favourite again. It is a confusing system and one that even I do not properly understand. I have always said that it is easier to warm up than it is to cool down, so I prefer the colder months on a technicality. Just not when it actually is winter. I am a jeans and jumper type of person, so Summer is too hot for me, and winter too cold. To come to a conclusion, I think Autumn might be my favourite. It has pretty coloured trees, not everything quite looks dead yet, and it is perfect for evenings with hot drinks, fluffy blankets, and books. I do prefer it after the clocks have changed and evenings are dark, though, because of the wintery atmosphere. Basically, I am a confused person when it comes to seasons.

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
The boring answer is a dragon. My answer is a dragon. I am of the firm belief that some kids films are perfectly acceptable for an adult to watch by themselves, and How To Train Your Dragon is one that I love. Actually, I prefer How To Train Your Dragon 2 over the first one, but still, they’re both good (I haven’t watched the newest one). I love the idea of a large, dangerous creature, that really just wants cuddles. Imagine the adventures you could go on! Pack the bare minimum, and set off on your dragon, to far away places, having magnificent campfires every night, because the dragon obviously can breathe fire, and going to sleep knowing you are perfectly safe, because your dragon is a wonderful protector, and friend, and will let you know if anything’s happening. And if it is? Just hop on the dragon, and the pair of you can head off somewhere else. Also, in How To Train Your Dragon, Toothless is a goofy dragon, and I think a goofy dragon plus me would equal chaos and fun.

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
This is a difficult one, as well, because I have never been on an aeroplane. I know, it’s a shocker! In fact, the only passport I have is from when I was about 6 months old, and it was never actually used. I live in England, and have been to Wales and Scotland. Both are accessible by car. That being said, I have been on boats before, by which I mean I’ve been on several ferries. I have a fear of drowning, though… If I could have a boat, that would be practically guaranteed never to sink and cause my death, I would pick that. But I couldn’t have one too big, or too small. A nice medium-sized boat, that I could live on and go around the world on. Like Pacey’s boat in Dawson’s Creek. I’d have that.

4. What are your current favourite shows?
I watch so many shows, the issue is, I’ll watch something for a season or two, get bored, and start something else. This leads to many half-watched shows. Current favourite suggests these shows should be ones I am currently watching, but I am going to just go with all-time favourite instead, as shows tend to stay will me for a long time, and they become a big part of my life. I think my top all-time favourite show would have to be Supernatural. I am not one of those fans who can look at a screenshot and tell you what season and episode it is, or what the episode was called, I have not actually finished watching it yet, so no spoilers. I’m currently on season 14. Another show would be Teen Wolf, although I haven’t rewatched that in ages. Everyone seems to be obsessed with Squid Game right now, and for ages I was one of those people who hadn’t seen it. I have now watched it, and it was good, but it wasn’t ‘all-time favourite’ good. Maybe I just connect better with shows about the paranormal. On the total opposite side, though, perhaps the show about the most boring thing ever, that has to be on the ‘top favourites’ list, is The Office. The US version… am I a traitor to England if I’ve never seen the UK version?

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
First off, knowing you, this is a great question, and I have already given you this opinion on the question! I have not watched nearly as many things including vampires as you have, so my opinion may be swayed a little, due to the media I have actually consumed. In Supernatural, a vampire is generally something I wouldn’t want to find myself near. Especially one that hadn’t fed in a while. My first impression of vampires was probably Twilight, and although I was obsessed when I was about 11, I have since grown a distaste for any mention of it. Also, I think the werewolves in Twilight are actually shapeshifters, and the vampires are probably fae or something, but are certainly not vampires. Please don’t start a debate if you love Twilight, I am not looking to get into big debates over it. I just don’t like it. I’m also not team Edward or Jacob, because I don’t like either of them. I think my overall opinions aren’t quite as valid, as I have only really watched things where the vampire is the bad guy. The Vampire Diaries is one of those shows I got halfway through and never finished, and Damon was alright (I didn’t like Stefan), but that was mainly because of him, and the fact that he was sarcastic, and kind of evil, but also not. I have read The Mortal Instruments, and there are vampires in that, and they are alright… it was more of a thing as to whether I liked the character or not, rather than whether vampirism changed them. I started reading a series (I only have book 1, though) called The Immortal Descendants, and there is a vampire in that. He is a good guy, just a little more aggressive as a vampire, and he was one of my favourite characters. I think it depends on how the vampire is portrayed. It’s almost like Captain America, in a way… the serum enhances what is already there. With vampires, though, it’s more like it takes away a little of the goodness, and adds a little bad. So, if there was tons of good and no bad as a human, that’s an alright vampire. If it was a bad human… stay away! I wouldn’t want to be a vampire, though, and I wouldn’t want to date one. Mostly because of the whole immortality thing, I think it would catch up with us sooner or later!

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Writer Interview- @vicstmichael

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work!
Hi! I’m Vic, a writer/photographer/graphic designer/multi-disciplinary creative human from Ottawa, Canada! I have bylines in publications across Canada and the U.S., and my first novella is set to be published in 2022. I studied journalism in college and university, but since then I’ve fallen in love with all sorts of different types of writing. I’m a feminist and anti-racist, and in my spare time I do everything I can to be an advocate for the mental health and LGBTQIA+ communities, which I am a part of. I try to be as inclusive and forward-thinking as possible, but I’m still learning new things every day. You can find my blog and some of my published work, as well as a few photography samples, at https://t.co/6aOlm6Oupe.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
That depends on which part! I honestly think my favourite thing about my work (so far) is my lack of a niche. I know, I know–everyone always talks about how important it is to find a niche, but I’m so grateful to be able to work on so many different types of things. I don’t think my ADHD brain could handle doing the same thing day in and day out every day. And I’m privileged to have a day job where I can shake it up from one day to another and flex the full range of my skillset!

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
Mostly through social media, honestly. Is there any other way to gain an audience as an indie creative these days? My audience isn’t huge, but I’ve never cared too much about that. My priority is not how many people are consuming my work, but HOW my work has affected (or even helped) the ones I do have. If even one person tells me they have been impacted positively by my work, then I consider that a success. So hit me with that feedback!! And good thing, too, because I’m the worst at maintaining a consistent online presence. Ha!

But I do try to be as authentic as possible and I think genuine connections are so important, especially among the creative community. We need to stand up for one another and support each other, since there are so many of us who don’t have that support network in our personal and even professional lives. So if you’d like to connect, I’m on Twitter and Instagram!

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
Music, always. Or TV, but it has to be something somewhat mindless that I can just have on as background noise. I also like a giant mug of tea or coffee (or lately hot chocolate) while I work, but when I get into a deep hyperfocus I never remember the snacks. Luckily my partner is always on the ball in that department! I don’t think I’d ever remember to eat or even go to the washroom if it wasn’t for him, honestly. Once my brain zones into something I’m glued to it for hours!

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
Twitter: @vicstmichael
Instagram: @vicstmichael
Facebook: Victoria St.Michael
Website: https://t.co/6aOlm6Oupe

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
Fall, because yes, I am in fact one of those basic spooky b*tches. I mean, I stay that way all year round but my power peaks in the fall. Also, fall is the nicest season here in Ontario. The temperature isn’t sweltering hot like it gets in the summer, or freezing cold like it gets in the winter. And the trees are so beautiful when they turn colours, as well! If you’re ever in Ontario during the fall, I highly recommend a hiking trip. You won’t regret it.

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
If I could own a mythical creature, it would definitely be a gryphon or a hippogriff. They’re both totally badass and powerful, but could also double as transportation! 😉

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
Boat. I don’t really like flying, but I LOVE being out on the water. Reminds me of summers camping with my Dad as a kid.

4. What are your current favourite shows?
Thank you for saying current, haha, I get so stressed out when people ask about my favourite shows because they’re constantly changing! Right now I’m super into Marvel’s Agents of Shield and Bob’s Burgers (I’m in the process of rewatching from the beginning, it’s a hilarious show I don’t care what anybody says!). And then there are the timeless go-to’s, like The Office and Schitt’s Creek.

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
Scary vampires? Awesome. Sparkly vampires? Cringy but still admittedly a fan. My favourite pop culture depictions of vampires are in the Anne Rice books and the 80s movie The Lost Boys! I highly recommend both if you’re into vampires.

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Writer Interview- @rebeccajsmithw1

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work!
I’m an English teacher and have been for 28 years. In that time I’ve been a head of department and a head of sixth form. I’m finishing at Christmas to do a PhD – a king held dream of mine.
My writing is magic realism and I found it very difficult to negotiate time when working full time. When I leave teaching I will have time to devote to it. I have to write. Stories are in my DNA.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love interacting with students and I love the intellectual challenge of working in a girls’ grammar school.

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
If you mean on Twitter – cats!

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
Silence and cups of tea.

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
Twitter- @rebeccajsmithw1
I haven’t promoted my writing; friends have read it, two of whom are writers and their feedback is positive. I’m not good at selling myself but I’ll get on that when I’m no longer teaching. X

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
Favourite season is winter as I like the cosy fires and curling up with a book.

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
That’s easy – a phoenix 

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
Definitely boat.

4. What are your current favourite shows?
I’m terrible at following shows. The last one I loved was Schitt’s Creek.

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
Who doesn’t love vampires?!

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Writer Interview- @CalebLTaylor1

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work!
I am currently writing a Fantasy Western, though I’ve yet to decide where it’ll land- seems to be suited for a comic. I’ve been writing/creating for most of my life, but only seven years ago did I decide to truly write a full novel. Which led into creating a twitter, then meeting a slew of great people and being published in an anthology via ASAP COMICS UK (Perspectives). I’m hoping to expand my universe within the ASAP COMICS UK realm. Wanting to have all forms of creation to represent different stories- from comic to novel to even film.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
A mixture of things. The creating something is fun. Connecting dots to facilitate a conclusion, or having a destination slowly unravel and seeing the audience’s response is fulfilling. Putting together a storyline, then allowing it to grow, retrospectively viewing the work, seeing the intent move its purpose, just neat.

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
Putting the work out there and making connections with other writers/readers. I can’t account to a proper audience but just making myself available.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
Sporadic and incoherent. 90% of the time. The other ten is music and hyper-fixation. I don’t have a particular snack to go to, nor drink, or even music. I select those as the mood suggests, can’t be jamming ‘I’m Gonna Crawl’ by Led Zed and be writing a diplomatic scene of unity, or Strapping Young Lad’s ‘Detox’ and writing the incidental meeting scene of a meet cute.

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
@CalebLTaylor1 is my twitter.
For the anthology via https://t.co/0F8oWAlM3Shttps://t.co/QmgodoWmUb and https://t.co/TAGv7MClaw
Also, I contribute to https://t.co/wWetqs1sYV  (https://t.co/36UuhLTmrj) doing music/gaming/comic reviews. (As I can)

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
I don’t have a particular favorite season, but I do prefer the cold over heat. I tend to run hot, so hot temperatures aren’t for me. Plus I live in a humid area, so the sweat is a part of your attire.

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
A winged Enfield! I’ve always liked foxes, so naturally a chimera with a fox face would be my choice!

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
I’d select a helicopter, just seems the simplest to use! But I guess that’d be closer to a plane, so a plane.

4. What are your current favourite shows?
MacGruber. Just rewatched The Haunting of Hill House. The Witcher, Midnight Mass. I need to finish You. Waiting on a few to come out, but I also have a few I intend on watching, just haven’t had the chance.

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
Sheesh, well, hmm. I think they can be a good emissary for representing mental health. A person stricken with an illness that can manipulate their perception of reality, separating them from the general public, isolating them to their troubled mind. OUTSIDE OF THAT ANALYSIS- I’d say they are fun to experience due to the multifaceted nature they represent. Basically superhero/villain before they were a ‘thing’. Most have a rough upbringing, origin story. They typically share a since of control, not necessarily as far as eating habits, but just their physical ways. They possess extreme abilities, but don’t rule the world (in most cases) with an iron fist.

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Writer Interview- @arlenrenwrites


Professional questions:
1. Tell me about you and your work!
I’m a writer who writes under the pen name Arlen Ren (you can call me Ren!), and I write mostly YA supernatural fantasy. All of my writing is queer in some way or another, because that’s what I needed growing up and it’s what I want to put out into the world.
I’m also an artist; my work was originally inspired by manga and has since morphed into something else. I’m in a bit of a slump with my art at the moment so I’m mostly doing acrylic pours for fun.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love my characters. They really come alive in my mind and I know them so intimately, and I love showing them grow and having readers get to know them. I also think I’m pretty good at creating twisty plots that come together in a satisfying way—but then again, readers don’t see the plot holes I have to spend a lot of time filling in!

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
I haven’t posted my writing anywhere yet, so that doesn’t have an audience. Building an audience for my art has been slow going, and it’s not very big, but that’s because I don’t post regularly. I’ve built up my Twitter audience completely by accident by posting about my dog – and also interacting with people, which I found really nerve-wracking to begin with, but I’m very lucky to have found people in the community who I can interact with.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
When I’m writing, it needs to be silence. Back when I wrote Pacific Rim fanfic, I used to put the soundtrack on and write to that, but my tolerance for noise when I’m writing has shrivelled up. I could maybe listen to ambient soundtracks, but at the moment I don’t really need to. If I make myself a drink or grab some snacks, that drink will 100% go cold :’) I enter a writing headspace that makes me forget about all my other needs, so when I stop writing I often find that I’m hungry, thirsty and need to pee!
I can listen to music when I’m making art, though I often put on a TV show in the background instead. It’s the opposite of my writing – if I try to make art in silence, I get distracted and my mind wanders. I need the external simulation to focus.

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
Writing Twitter: @arlenrenwrites
Art Twitter: @artisanteeth
(Instagram is the same as the above for both)
Etsy: artisanteeth

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
I love autumn! I love all the colours (my favourite colour is orange) and the sense of change and progression. I love wrapping up warm against the cold and baking things with autumnal spices.

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
I would say a sphinx but I would 100% get its riddle wrong and die so I think I’ll say Cerberus, because dogs are the best

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
I am not a fan of flying (though I’ve been in a small plane that my uncle flew during a lesson and it wasn’t as bad as being on a jet plane) so definitely a boat. This is mostly a decision made by anxiety and thinking about the worst case scenario; I can swim, but I can’t fly.

4. What are your current favourite shows?
Star Trek will always be my fave and I can’t wait until Discovery comes to the UK. I’m also eager in anticipation of The Dragon Prince returning, because the ending of season 3 was AWESOME. And I need to catch up on What We Do In The Shadows, because it’s so so great!!

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
I like vampires! I collected the manga Vampire Knight, and went through a phase of drawing similarly blood-soaked characters. I like it when a character has powers but must pay a heavy price for them – like a vampire who has been gifted with immortality, but despairs at the monster they’ve become. I definitely prefer my vampires with a tortured conscience!

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

A Heartfelt Gift.

“Melvin that is beautiful!” Ava exclaimed as her eyes lit up almost as bright as the Christmas tree that was standing tall and proud in Melvin’s living room.
“Yeah you’ve done a really good job of it Melv, well done.” Jessica calmly added.
Melvin grinned like an excited child at both of his best friends. “Thanks guys!”
As the trio chatted away inside the warm home, a shadow lurked in the darkness outside, their brown eyes spying into the decorated window as they squeezed one of their fists tightly in a bout of jealousy and a pinch of anger.
“Soooo what do we do now!?” Ava almost jumped in happiness as she clapped her hands together.
“We could watch a Christmas movie?” Suggested Melvin.
Ava gasped, “Yes! Pleeease can we watch a romcom this year!?” She shouted as she quickly jumped onto the brown leather sofa in anticipation.
Melvin and Jessica shared a look that they were both familiar with. An expression they used every time Ava, the hopeless romantic, uttered the words ‘romcom’.
Melvin shrugged and stifled a laugh at Jessica’s sigh. “Well, if it makes her happy.”
Heavy footsteps echoed into the air as the figure marched through the darkness, eyes on its prey.
Rolling her eyes playfully, Jessica made her way over to Ava and sat next to her on the sofa, laughing as Ava bounced up and down, almost buzzing with excitement.
“I’ll go grab some snacks guys!” Melvin shouted as he began heading towards the kitchen, however was stopped by the music of the doorbell.
His body quickly turned back into the living room as if he was pulled by someone, “Oh, on second thoughts I’ll just go and sort this out. Not sure who it is at this time though!” He declared as he rushed over to the front door, opening it almost cautiously.
Nobody was there.
For a moment, Melvin stayed confused as he squinted into the darkness, looking for any sign of a person, but nothing.
“Who is it?” Jessica yelled.
“Not sure! There’s no one here!” Melvin shouted back. Then something caught his eye.
A box, specifically an almost crudely wrapped present, save for the fact that the red wrapping paper folds were semi-decent, on the garden steps.
“What the hell?” Melvin whispered as he leaned forward and grabbed the gift, unwrapping it out of curiosity and opening the white shoe box.
Inside was a gift tag with scribbled writing and an item that was wrapped in red, delicate paper.
The gift tag read;
‘From your secret admirer and best friend.’
“Awwww.” Melvin smiled, until he peeled apart the red paper.
His smile dropped as his eyes widened, hands shaking as he struggled to keep hold of the box.
“Melvin? You okay?” Ava called out.
He couldn’t answer back. He was paralysed. His whole body frozen in fear as he stared at the bloody heart in front of him.

Blogmas Q&A!

Hello everyone and welcome to the last Blogmas blog of this year!

Let’s just get right into it!

ReadingAlNight’s questions

-Do you listen to Christmas music in November?
Oh yes I do! I love Christmas time and Christmas time is one of the few things that make me happy and provide a good distraction for me!

-When do you put up and take down your decorations?
I usually put them up around the 12th and take them down after New Year! Usually the 2nd or 3rd of January.

-Does snow annoy or excite you?
Excites me!! I love snow!

-What is the best way to relax on a cold winter evening?
-I love to grab a cup of tea or a hot chocolate, play Animal Ctossing and either listen to music or watch my current favourite show or YouTuber 🖤

-What is your favourite Christmas movie and song and why?
My favourite Christmas movie…hmm that is a hard one. I do have a soft spot for Polar Express though. As for my favourite song, ‘Snow is falling’ gives me so many good vibes!

-What do you do on Christmas Eve?
On Christmas eve I just chill, play games, listen to music and eat loads of snacks!

-Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Not really! I’m a bit boring haha.

-What is your favourite/least favourite thing about winter?
My favourite thing about winter is being able to snuggle up on the sofa under thick blankets. I’m a person who LOVES comfort. My least favourite thing is the quickly darkening nights and the cold weather as it can affect me mentally and physically.

-What is your favourite winter/Christmas memory?
I have to say, this year has been the best Christmas I’ve ever had, purely for the fact that this year, I developed a group of friends at my new job and we all bought each other presents!

-Are vampires generally more dangerous in winter, because there’s less daylight hours?! 🧡
Yes! Have you seen 30 Days Of Night!?

cocktaillion’s questions

-What’s your favourite winter mythical being?
I actually don’t know of any winter mythical beings! But if there is a cat, wolf or bird one or some cool grim reaper like one, I’ll take it! (Anything gothic would be cool!)

-Deep snow or sharp frost and sunshine?
Sharp frost and sunshine!

-Sprouts. Discuss.
Love them!

CosmicTaryn’s questions

-What does blogmas mean to you?
I’ve never done Blogmas before, but parts of my Blogmas blogs involved difficult issues such as mental health issues, which is always important to talk about! 

-How do you manage your content for blogmas?
I don’t do much, I just plan, write, edit and post 

-Do you think posting daily is good for your mental health?
I think it could be! It certainly helps you to get your thoughts and feelings out!

-Have you done blogmas before?
I haven’t! 

-Would you encourage others to participate in blogmas?
I would! I have really enjoyed this!

H’s questions

-What’s your favourite book?
Hunting Evil by Chris Carter!

-Do you like penguins?
Yes! They’re so cute!

-Do you wish santa was real?
To be honest I think that would be kinda cool! Especially because he has flying reindeers! 

-Are you scared of the dark?
I used to be! I sometimes still get a bit freaked out. I think watching horror films and games influenced that haha.

-Owls or crows?
Ooohh kinda hard! I do love crows though! 🖤

A question from EthanKenyonTat1

-What would you say to 10 year old you?
I would give myself some gentle advice about getting through anxiety and depression and how anything that comes my way, I will get though 🖤

A question from evilgeniustobe

-How do you cope with isolation during this time of year?
It’s difficult to give proper advice about this as everyone is different but I did recently write a blog that included some things you can do if you are isolated and alone. Here are the things I came up with 🖤

-Volunteer if you are able to.

-Keep yourself occupied through activities such as baking, listening to music, watching your favourite show or working on your hobbies and other interests.

-As difficult as it may be, try not to compare yourself to other’s Christmases.

-Allow yourself to grieve if you have lost someone or if Christmas is a bad time for you for a certain reason.

-Another one that is easier said than done, but try to reach out to someone. Even just a quick ‘Hello!’ Can get a great conversation rolling.

Thank you so much everyone for reading this blog, and please keep your eyes out for Lachlan’s Christmas horror story 💀🖤