April 8, 2010

Sue's Interview with velvetglo about 'Alton House'

Alton House

Alton House by velvetglo

This post comes to you from the land of my dead computer.

I got the h00rs together for an international effort to bring you this. Yes, I am laughing at the demise of my ancient CPU. Sadly, I lost all my RobPorn and the answers to my interviews. Luckily, I have some marvelous friends who believe in my little blog. I cannot express how awesome this feels. OK, enough of my gushing about my marvelous gal pals – let’s talk some fic.
This week is Time Travel Week. I have three fics that will take you on a trip, no cough syrup necessary! First is Alton House, by velvetglo. I found this while trolling the forums on Twitter. I heard it was a period piece. So, me loving those, I read it.

Here is her summary: Thoroughly modern Bella Swan wakes up in 1815 and discovers polite society isn’t always as it appears. Do reformed rakes make the best husbands? This bawdy romp through Regency England is rated M for stylized metaphoric 18th C. lemons.

And here is mine: Thoroughly modern Bella doing something naughty in the front seat of a car, bumps her head and wakes up in Regency England. This fic is kind of like a cross between Skin-a-max and Sense and Sensibility – but better!

(Sue doesn’t know what else to say about it as she spent the day wrapping meat – 400 pounds of pig. She’s punch drunk from pork and seriously experiencing DT’s from missing Twitter and her…her…. Fic.)

Without further bullshit from Sue, here is the interview:

Where did you get the idea for this story? What was your inspiration?
I knew I wanted to write something historical, and I decided on the Regency period because who doesn't love Jane Austen? I have always been a lover of historical romances and it just made sense to me to write a period piece.

Is there anything you would want readers to know specifically?
I try very hard to capture the sound, rhythm and feel of 19th C. England in both my writing style and content. I actually look up etymologies of words to make sure the words were around in 1815!

Why should readers read your story?
If you're sick of the typical E/B story, then you should read Alton House. The language, the lemons, and the setting are all so different than your run of the mill fanfic.

Any more fic plans in the future?
Not at this moment, since I am still very much involved in writing Alton House. But once I finish this story, I imagine I will write something else since I have become so enamored with the writing process.

What actor/actress do you picture as Ed/Bella?
For Alton House? I am torn between Henry Cavill and Rob Pattinson for Edward, but with a crisper accent, like Jude Law's perhaps? And for Bella, I would say definitely not Kristen Stewart. I would pull a J.K. Rowling and insist a British actress be cast for all the major roles, but I am not familiar with any young British actresses that I could envision as Bella. Too bad Kate Winslet is about 15 years too old, because she certainly would have been ideal.

Do you believe in HEA?
Absolutely - they exist. However, I don't think every story requires a HEA, or maybe I should reword that to say sometimes a "non-HEA" ending fits a particular story better.

So you do anything special while writing a chapter like listen to special music, need total silence, eat a bag of M&Ms, whatever …?
No, I don't need anything special to write - just time, and lots of it. I write in my car while waiting for my children's soccer practice to end, while listening to music, or in utter silence. I do get pretty easily distracted, so I really should discipline myself from checking the web while I write, but alas, I do not.

Is the story all planned out or do you do it as a fly by the seat of your pants thing?
This story is outlined, but I have found that I tend to add a lot more to my stories than I had originally planned. So I have a story arc I follow, but am open to changes, especially when a character begins to develop and "speaks" to me. Sometimes, things I had planned for a character doesn't ring true once I firm up a character, so I ditch certain plot elements or I add plot twists because things pop in my head.

Do you have a posting Schedule ? if so what is it ?
I post when I finish a chapter (after my beta returns it to me). Unfortunately, it's been taking me about 2 weeks to write a chapter since I have recently been very busy with my RL job(s). That and those kids of mine who keep needing attention. LOL. I've discovered that I am a very slow writer of fiction, so I am afraid that my readers will just have to bear with the slowish posting schedule.

What brought you to fanfic? To Twilight?
I first read the entire Twilight series on the beach during the summer of 2008, but didn't discover TwiFF until about March of 2009. I had read some HP slash (Harry/Draco .... mmmmm.....) years ago and really enjoyed it, but soon stopped reading when I had my children. In fact, I forgot all about FF until someone on an unrelated forum mentioned Twilight FF and linked to Wide Awake and The Office. The rest, as they say, is history.

What is your background in writing?
I have two degrees in English, but have never written professionally. In fact, all of my writing has been strictly academic up til now.

Any Twilight related/RPattz dreams?
I rarely remember my dreams, so no. Do you count sexual fantasies as a dream?

Soundtrack to your stories?
No, I am tragically unhip when it comes to music, so I will not dazzle anyone with my esoteric playlists filled with bands no one has ever heard of to show how cool I am. (I'll just stick to SAT words that people have to look up while reading Alton House). Although, if my fic was ever made into a movie, I would go Sophia Coppola's route and use contemporary music for a period piece (a la Marie Antoinette).

Which character do you see yourself as? And would like to see them with?
What? And admit to Mary Sueism? LOL. No, I truly to do not see myself as any of the female protagonists, although the closest would have to be Bella simply because she is from the 21st century. And as for the men, I would have to say Edward, not because of his actions, but because his character has a unique attraction that holds Bella. Intense physical attraction, chemical reaction, pheromones - whatever you want to call it - is so delicious when you experience it and I would love to experience that (again). *growl* (that's a cougar growl, BTW)

Which RL author inspires you? Did any FF authors inspire you?
For this fic - definitely Jane Austen. I re-read most of her books in preparation for writing Alton House just to get a feel for the language. I also was inspired by writers like Edith Wharton and E.M. Forster, mainly for the subject matter, but also for the use of language.

Rec a fic and tell me why I should read it …
I have been too busy to read any new fics (*hangs head in shame*), so I haven't any fics to rec right now. My TBR list is about a mile long!


This post was brought to you by Lady Tater who has been texting and talking on the phone to Sue. The next post will be Only Human by Amethyst Jackson or Living Backwards by ciaobella27. Not sure which one it'll be first. You'll just have to wait and see =)


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