Writer Interview- @ValontheMoon

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work!
My writing-related job is to create concepts for music videos. Since it doesn’t involve lots of actual writing besides a synopsis and a shot list, I like to call myself a storyteller more than a real writer. I do write short stories on occasion, but it’s rare and I’m way too self-conscious to share them!

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
Part of my creative process is to listen to a song and let the imagery flow inside my head until I find the “right” thread. I find the process so fascinating, and I’m always stoked to see what I imagine become real. It’s absolutely cool and magic.

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
I don’t think I have a real audience. My Twitter feed is full of people I like to consider my friends, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared something of mine on a social network.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
Music, snacks, TV. Name a distraction and I’ll probably be using it. As counterintuitive as it sounds, It helps me keep my mind quiet when I work!

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
Maybe one day I’ll be able to really share my work. In the meantime you can follow me on Twitter if you enjoy random, chaotic content. My handle is @valonthemoon

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
Spring, because I’m not an allergic person! No, just kidding. The real answer is that I find the way nature awakens after its sleep quite mesmerizing and romantic.

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
A Niffler! Who wouldn’t want a hyperactive, non-venomous platypus?! And also a phoenix. I’m scared of birds, but the whole idea of not having to lose a pet I love feels just perfect.

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
– Sailboat. My dad used to own one when I was a kid. Living on it on summer was so much fun!

4. What are your current favourite shows?
Money Heist, that series was brilliant! Incredible characters, amazing storylines… Everything about it was so compelling! I’m currently finishing The 100, but while I really like it, I also wouldn’t define it as something I’d rewatch once I’m done.

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
I stumbled upon Bela Lugosi’s Dracula when I was 6 years old. That movie frightened me so much that I had nightmares about vampires for years, but I was also incredibly curious about their lore, so I began reading anything I could find about them: Bram Stoker, Anne Rice… Some of the classics. Then Buffy came, along with Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse, and by the time True Blood was out I was madly in love with vamps!

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Writer Interview- @MGMasonBooks

Professional questions

1. Tell me about you and your work!
Hi, I’m Matt. I write mixed genre stories – that means I adhere to no genre boundaries and happily throw horror, scifi, and fantasy together. A recent horror release was set during the Roman Empire and had major scifi story elements.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
The problem solving element. Stories begin for me as a single scene and I enjoy working out what part of the story that is, how we got there, and where we’re going next. It’s like putting a puzzle together.

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
Social media. I’ve found just talking to people helps – not just about writing, but general stuff. A social media audience, especially when connecting with other writers, is often a combo of a professional network, friends, colleagues, and fans.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
Silence normally. I can’t work with music that has lyrics as it’s too distracting. So if I need to focus, I’ll play ambient noises. I have about 80hrs of ambient sounds on YouTube. Steam trains seem to work the best!

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
Instagram: https://t.co/PdQmR0p1UI
Twitter: https://t.co/7YUeBdBqHZ

Fun questions:

1. What’s your favourite season and why?
Spring. As an SAD sufferer, winter really drains me of energy. I bounce right back and feel full of beans when the sun shows its face more often and the clocks go forward.

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
A pegasus, because who wouldn’t want a flying horse?

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
Boat. Just finding a spot somewhere in the ocean away from everyone and everything is really attractive. You can’t really do that in a plane.

4. What are your current favourite shows?
Doctor Who (always)
Sex Education
Death in Paradise
Snowpiercer
Carnival Row

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
They should be scary. My favourite recent vampire book is The Passage by Justin Cronin while my favourite recent vampire film is 30 Days of Night. They felt so refreshing in a time where Edward Cullen was everywhere. But trends come and go and I think the scary animalistic vampire is overdue a comeback.

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

2 in 1- ‘Don’t Apologise For’ & 10 affirmations

Hey everyone!
This is a super short and sweet blog, but I thought it would be nice to post something like this as I’m working on other big projects at the moment, and plus the next blog will be much bigger as it’s about what should be taught more in schools!

Please enjoy!

30 things to not apologise for!

1. Self care, taking a break and having some ‘you’ time.
2. Saying no.
3. Not attending an event.
4. Not doing something that makes you uncomfortable.
5. Ending a toxic friendship or relationship.
6. Your interests or talking about your favourite things.
7. Your style and appearance.
8. Wanting to be alone.
9. Prioritising and working on your interests, dreams, school/careers/college/university etc.
10. For what others say is ‘wrong’ with you.
11. How you feel.
12. For telling the truth.
13. For your sexuality.
14. For your gender.
15. For worrying about something.
16. For liking something others don’t.
17. For not liking something others do.
18. Mental health and illnesses.
19. Physical health and illnesses.
20. For not working.
21  For standing up for yourself.
22. For standing up for others.
23. For doing what you think was right.
24. For speaking your mind.
25. For enjoying yourself.
26. For grieving, even if you’ve been grieving for years.
27. For wanting to spend time with a friend or partner.
28. Your religion or spirituality.
29. If someone doesn’t like your work.
30. For struggling with something.

10 affirmations for you!
1. You are beautiful, you are creative, you are the light.
2. Even if it doesn’t feel like it, you are in the right place, on the right path. This is where you need to be right now.
3. Take some deep breaths. You will be okay.
4. You are loved and cared about.
5. You are good enough. You are perfect.
6. Look around you. The world is stunning, just like you.
7. You matter, so much.
8. What you do counts. Your opinions, your thoughts, your dreams, your interests, your love for the people around you, what you do in life. It all counts. You are doing well.
9. Everything will be okay.
10. Tomorrow is another day to shine.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and I hope you are also enjoying the interviews I have been doing here this month!

Love you all!

Writer Interview- @amboinreallife

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work! 
I write about living with ADHD and mental illness on my blog The Winter Of My Discontent. I cover a vast array of related topics in an effort to educate, advocate, and create community for people with ADHD and mental illness.
Recently, I have just completed my first fiction novel. It is a paranormal romance called Maladaptive. It touches on mental illness and the toll that it takes on the main character, Sabrina Hutchins. She moves to a new town after inheriting property, only to find love…and vampires.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love everything about the writing process. Coming up with a new idea, watching the characters and story come to life, helping other people through my writing. It’s all been so healing for me and I can’t imagine what my life would be like if it weren’t for writing.

 3. How have you gained an audience over time? 
Honestly, the best way to gain an audience is to engage with them. Find them on social media, in groups, use word of mouth and then talk to them. Treat them kindly and be your authentic self. You’ll gain a following over time.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks? 
I sometimes work with music, sometimes not. It just depends on my mood. I find that the right song can definitely set my mood for a scene, but it’s not a necessity for me. I do usually have a cold drink sitting next to my computer. I also snack A LOT while I’m writing. 
Other than that, I’m almost always at my desk, using my laptop to write. I can’t use my phone. I’ve tried and I just can’t get the hang of it.

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out! 


You can find my blog at www.thewinterofmydiscontent.com.

You can also find our private Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/thewinterofmydiscontent.

You can also follow me on Twitter @amboinreallife.

Fun questions: 

1. What’s your favourite season and why? 
Hands down, fall. I love everything about fall. The leaves changing, the weather getting cooler…SPOOKY SEASON!! So, yeah…Fall is where it’s at!

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be? 
Ohhhh…probably a dragon!! I could fly and it would protect me from my enemies!!

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane? 
I’m going to have to go with a plane. My mom and dad live in landlocked states and that is where I would be visiting the most, probably. Plus, it’s just faster.

4. What are your current favourite shows? 
I’m actually not watching anything at the moment because I’ve been writing a lot, but I have some old favorites. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Originals, The New Girl, Gilmore Girls…there are so many I can’t think of them all. I’m also a sucker for a Golden Girls rerun. RIP Miss Betty White.

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!? 
I love them! I love all things “scary” and vampires are one of my favorite subjects. My very first fiction novel is a vampire romance! My favorite vampire is the vampire Marius de Romanus from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Again, RIP to one of the greatest of all time.

Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this, my friend!

Love and light! Keep fighting the good fight!

Thank you, 

Amber @ The Winter Of My Discontent

amber@thewinterofmydiscontent.com

https://thewinterofmydiscontent.com

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Writer Interview- @SarahStrix


Professional questions

1. Tell me about you and your work!
My name is Sarah Strix. I am a wife, the mother to two lovely children, and an author. I am most known for my novel, The Orion Star, which spawned four more novels (Falling Star, Rising Star,
The Void Between Stars, and Lonely Star in the Lone Star State). I have also penned five additional full length novels. I have a work in progress (Shards of Ankh) which is my second
most popular book and has won several awards.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
I like being able to use my craft to show people they’re not alone. A common theme throughout my works, regardless the genre, is mental health struggles. I hope that by sharing my truth it will
not only destigmatize talking about mental health, but it will make people struggling feel better. I think it’s especially important for those who are the only people plagued by mental health issues in their immediate life.

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
By being obnoxious on Twitter. Hahaha, no, I kid. Seriously though, I try to be an active member of the writing community on Twitter. I have way more followers on there than I ever imagined. I try to actively just put the word out there about my writing. It helps that, as of right now, all of my works are found on Wattpad, which is a free website.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
Music is a must. Music is a must in my life in general. It might sound weird, or counter-intuitive,
but writing to music helps me concentrate. I like to have coffee on hand, or tea, or, at the very least, some water. Snacks are a must, although I admittedly usually take a break if I’m hungry.
Not only does it help rest my eyes, but it’s a good time to get up and stretch and move around.

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
All of my work can be found on Wattpad, username QueenStarbuck:
https://www.wattpad.com/user/QueenStarbuck
You can find me on Twitter:
@SarahStrix

Fun questions

1. What’s your favorite season and why?
Fall! Not too hot, not too cold. My favorite holiday (Halloween!) is during this time. I also just genuinely love all things fall; long walks through forest preserves with the leaves changing
colors and falling, the temperature, the smells…How could I almost forget haunted houses, too?

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
A manticore! I’m not sure how I’d tame and befriend one, but they look cool regardless. If I was to pick a nice one, it’d be a pegasus, hands down.

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
This is a tough question because I’m mildly terrified of both? Hahaha, seriously though. I think  I’d like a boat more. They’re much more soothing. I don’t like the change in altitudes on planes;
it makes me feel like I’m on a roller coaster, and I hate that dropping feeling.

4. What are your current favorite shows?
Gosh, I’m admittedly not much of a TV watcher. I just started watching the live action Cowboy Bepop, and it’s phenomenal. (I know it was cancelled already, so I guess I’m the only person on the planet that genuinely loved it.) I also took a gander at Squid Games, and it’s…interesting? I feel like it’s pretty derivative. Then again I’m only on the third episode.

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires?!
Goodness. First of all. Rest in peace, Anne Rice, who sadly passed away today as I write this.
That said! Vampires have always been a HUGE part of my life, so I apologize for the mini-essay that’s about to happen.
My mother was a huge classic monster fan–The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc.…Bela Lagosi’s Dracula was a staple, watched every year during October
when we’d have a monster movie marathon every weekend leading up to Halloween. She also was a huge fan of Nosfaratu, and she owned Interview with a Vampire (the book).
I have fond memories of her and I watching this show in the 90’s called Forever Knight. It was about this old vampire who was morally opposed to killing people, so he instead became a homicide detective working the night shift. Not only did he solved murders (which usually ended up being supernatural in nature), but he was friends with the woman who ran the blood bank–she supplied him cruelty free blood. It was pretty campy, the special effects were pretty awful–especially by today’s standards. The vampires could fly and they did that with just a lot of camera shaking. Regardless, it was something special between my mom and I so I love it.
Then of course there’s Anne Rice. I was awfully miserable in High School, and I used her books as a form of escapism. To say her influence over myself and my writing was substantial would be a huge understatement. My first full-length novel was written heavily influenced by her work, in addition to the lovely Neil Gaiman. One of my favorite characters that I’ve ever created, Marcus LaBelle (a vampire with a very complicated past that made him a self-loathing walking contradiction), started as basically fanfiction of Lestat. I’m happy to say he became much more than that, but if I said that Lestat wasn’t my source material it would be a lie.
I also love and adore vampire movies. I’ve seen all the Anne Rice one’s, 20 Days of Night, Underworld, the Blade movies (so good), Blood: The Last Vampire. I Am Legend, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (was obsessed with the Joss Whedon show), From Dusk Til Dawn (which is funny, I went into that movie not knowing it was about vampires)…Well, you get the idea.
Also I need to be clear here–I like my vampires to be either morally tortured, angst-ridden anti-heros or bloodthirsty killers that love the hunt and kill as much as feeding. And they never sparkle in sunlight, thanks.
I could go on and on. One of my favorite video games series is Castlevania. So in conclusion, how do I feel about vampires? Flipping love them, always and forever. 😉

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Writer Interview- emalcom508

Professional questions:

1. Tell me about you and your work!
Well, lately, I am myself reuniting with my work and discovering my own voice. Ever since I have come out as a trans woman it has been hard for me to write, before I used to explore my hidden self while writing, I explored all these themes and elements from my outer life, whether it be my favorite fiction or my own trauma and weaved it into these amazingly dark and fantastic stories that seemed to represent my hidden self, I could finally speak as a woman, could finally translate my life and the art I love through a female character. And so now I’m figuring out how to access these fantastical realms within me as my true self. Lately, I’ve been going back to something I did a lot as a teen, which is stream of consciousness and it’s been really productive and enlightening in a way, a really insightful way to find this newly heard voice of mine that doesn’t have to hide any more.  Right now, I’m working on something autobiographical (a magical realism journal of sorts), a children’s middle school aged book that I started right before I came out, and, as always, on and off editing my massive book Fays. 

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
Discovering all these different worlds full of amazing characters that reside within me somehow, like I’m some sort of magical galaxy. I always have felt like fairies are always there to help me through life, they have always protected me, and sometimes it kind of feels like they’re whispering all these awesome stories to me, but it’s from within too, these whispering fairies are just from one of the worlds inside me, which in turn can affect this outside real world that we all know so well.

3. How have you gained an audience over time?
Yes, in a way, but more for my online presence than my writing. I have been told by so many people that I have been an inspiration to so many, but I have no idea why or how, but I’m happy that I can be. I just believe in going with the flow and being as good of a person as I can be, help as many people as I can, especially people like me who are autistic or trans and I think that just really resonates with a lot of people. I love writing, I love fleshing out all these worlds and characters, but just knowing that I can help people feel better about their lives and themselves, to offer people hope, that for me is all I could ever ask for.

4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
These days I kind of hold it til I bust, I just get a spark and I keep building on to it. Because I’ve tried to be more stream of consciousness lately, it’s usually pretty spontaneous, I just grab my notepad and just start jotting, but when I actually sit down to write, I usually warm up by listening to certain music, usually some epic classical music, and then when I’m ready I just turn everything off, embrace the silence, get into my head, and just start writing. It all kind of pours through me when I really get going.

5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
Right now I’m just mostly on Twitter, but I might try to start my blog again in the new year.
Twitter:  @emalcom508

Fun questions:

1.What’s your favourite season and why?
Fall, because it’s just beautiful and not yet freezing (when I lived in Georgia, Winter was my favorite, but extreme cold has made me move up my favorite season a bit).

2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
A Porg from the Star Wars movies!

3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
Um, I guess an airplane, but either one would be nice really. I’m kind of a point a to point b kind of person.

4. What are your current favourite shows?
I haven’t been watching too many lately, but The Only Murders in the Building was really cute and I’m enjoying Hawkeye so far. My two sleepy time fall asleep shows are We Bare Bears and Selena+Chef.

5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
Hahaha, I think they’re cool, Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire was huge for me when I was a kid, such a massive inspiration. Sometimes, because I look so young and I enjoy being up at night, I feel like a vampire, I totally get why being eternally youthful could get annoying after a while even though the perks are awesome.

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

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!