May 11, 2010

Rae's Interview with ChampagneAnyone about her story, The Guardian

The Guardian by ChampagneAnyone (AllyinPerth on Twitter)

Orphaned at 8, Bella Swan is placed in the care of her God Mother Esme Cullen. Heiress to Cullen Swan Enterprises, Bella grows up hero worshipping 17 year old joint heir, pseudo step brother and self appointed guardian Edward. Rated M. Angst/Romance.

Guardian starts out with the Prologue, where we see at 23-year-old Bella watching the love of her life become engaged to someone else. (Yes, it’s a heart wrencher from the very beginning). The heartache doesn’t stop there people. Chapter one begins with a terrifying glimpse into eight-year-old Bella’s life when she witnesses her parent’s violent murder.  She hides in a tiny crawl space where only one person will know to find her – her best friend Alice Cullen.  After the death of her parents, her Godparents, Carlisle and Esme Cullen, become her guardians. 

Growing up, Alice’s oldest brother, Edward, constantly looked out for the girls, especially Bella. He was her protector. 

But now, Edward’s little Bella isn’t so little anymore and he’s not quite sure how to deal with it.  He’s jealous, possessive, passionate, and, baby, oh-so-fucking hot. We watch as Edward and Bella battle this new found attraction to each other and how they handle the obstacles that are constantly thrown in their way.

Ally’s writing is completely beautiful and poetic. She’s got me panting, flailing and hanging on to every single word she writes.

"The urgency of our kisses saw his hand capture my hair, yanking my head into a position where his exquisite tongue could thrust deeper inside my mouth, wickedly mimicking the actions of fucking."

Holy shizz. It’s getting hot up in hurr, ladies. 

I’m the kind of reader who loves to feel all kinds of emotions while reading a story.  I love bouncing back and forth from anger, passion, sadness and happiness.  If a story can do that to me, then it hooks me instantly. The Guardian DEFINITELY passes this test.  My emotions are on a rollercoaster ride and I love every single second of it.  Not only is Ally’s writing beautiful, but she does an incredible job weaving suspense and mystery. She plants just enough detail to leave you wondering and guess what the fuck is even going on.
The Twilighted thread is full of all kinds of outlandish theories and guesses on what is going to happen next. She’s the kind of writer who creates a story and situation where the last chapter is on your mind for days and you can’t stop thinking about the possibilities of what could happen next.

At only 13 chapters we’re not even into the thick of what the angst and drama that is going to occur in this story.  Trust me on this one; you do not want to miss what Ally has in store for us. It’s gonna hurt, but it’s gonna hurt so good.

After you catch up on the chapters, head over to Team Guardian blog:

Now, let’s hear from Ms. Ally herself:

Where did you get the idea for this story? What was your inspiration? 
I had this concept in my head for a long time…all plotted out ..I used to day dream about it making up scenarios...(mostly schmexy LOL) about how two people who had known each other their whole life , with the male bring significantly older would fight their attraction to each other. The business was a critical element to their connection however the story was always set in England amongst the British aristocracy. One day an author @justforkit whose story The Groupie I love, told me to write…I racked my brain for days as I didn’t know what to write…then one night the idea of changing this setting to Twilight came about and voila here we are!!

Why do you think readers should read your story?

Now that is a hard question…I’d like to go all jokey Robert Pattinson and say "Cause I am cool' but really i have no idea. I love UST in stories and a little complexity…so if people like schmexy times with corporate warfare…( I keep thinking Dynasty at this point) then this might be fun for them to read…I often get comments from people it reminds them of a drama or soap…so maybe that is why? LOL
Is there anything you would want readers to know specifically? 
I believe in Happily Ever After’s in Bella/Edward stories!!! They deserve to know that for reading my gobbldeygook!
Give us a Random Fact about yourself. 
I am an engineer by background! LOL

Do you do anything special while writing a chapter? Like listen to special music, need total silence, eat a bag of M&Ms, drink heavily, whatever… 
All of the above? LOL really I cant write until the whole scene including major dialogue has been visualized as a movie scene in my head. Then I write the description of what I saw...not sure if others do it that way! It just seems to work for me...

What do you do after you click the submit button for a chapter?
Take valium? Sing Kumbaya while holding hands with Team Guardian ?...LOL no seriously I like to stay up for about an hour (cos I usually post about midnight Sunday night) and chat on twitter…then I go have a fitful sleep! ;)

What actor/actress do you picture as YOUR Edward and Bella? 
Edward is definitely the beefier version of him in my blinkie (made by the talented and gorgeous Ms RoseArcadia) - the pic where he is shirtless holding a bra clad Bella, and Bella is a mix of a taller Kristen Stewart and the lucky, lucky girl in the Dunhill Black Ad with Henry Cavill...the one where they are parked making out on Westminster bridge in London.
Henry Cavill: Demetri
Is the story all planned out or do you do it as a fly by the seat of your pants thing?
The story is all plotted out (bullet points for major plot point in each chapter) but the actual dialogue is only imagined each week....yes I know exactly how it will end and what will happen..*evil grin*…p.s. you already have been introduced to the murderer!! ;)))))

Do you believe in HEA? What is YOUR definition of HEA?
Yes I believe in HEA! HEA means a lot of things to different people. In a Bella and Edward story for me it has to mean them together or the hope of them being together in the end... ;)
Give us some insight into your current and future fic projects! 
Okay well my next project will be an collaboration with the lovely jdbeaner...who writes Strings....all I will say is SWATWARD....
What brought you to fanfic? To Twilight? 
Ally: Well I was bummed when The Sarah Connor Chronicles got cancelled at such a pivotal point in John and Cameron’s relationship. So I started reading TSCC fan fic and watching TSCC vids.....then my best friend made me watch Twilight and I went hunting for Twilight fan fic..;)

Rae: You’ve read the books right? LOL
Ally: Oh yeah!
What is your background in writing?
None at all except for literature class at school! I always had a vivid imagination. Oh and a black scrap book of poems I wrote about dying and being murdered…I think it was in my Emily Dickenson phase as a teenager LOL.

FANTASY TIME: If you could have 15 minutes with any Edward FF or SM’s which one would you choose and what would you do? (If you do not LIKE any of the Edwards feel to substitute an actor here. Rob, Kellan, PFach or Jackson)
I would definitely be having my 15 minutes with Beautiful Bastard from The Office. Wow...I love him... in fact I think i might be in love with him OR Demetri (Henry Cavill from Guardian)
What is your FF pet peeve? 
Insufficient character development or a plot that is just smutty.

What is your Fandom pet peeve? 
EXCESSIVE swearing and bad language…whether it be in stories or twitter or forums...
Which character do you identify with the most (either in your story, in the saga or both)?
I definitely identify with my Bella. her reactions are totally how I would that situation
Which RL author inspires you? 
Real Life it would definitely be Ian McEwan…one the greatest living British authors alive and of course the wonderful imagination of JK Rowling…although I have to say the power of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird means more to me every time I reread it.

Did any FF authors inspire you? 
Yes. tby789 and acullenwannabe. Both their stories remain favourites. The Office and Femme Docs and Kevlar Knights.
If you could ask any Twilight Cast member a question who would you ask and what would your question be? 
My question would be for Billy Burke cause he is sooo talented…I would have to ask how much of Charlie’s humour is him…because I didn’t see that in the books so much...

Any rec’s for us?
Yes, The Harder They Fall by Ironic Twist…while i love all the biggies Wallbanger, MOBS, MotU, UoEM perhaps the one that has be spell bound for it's sheer brilliance is Expectations and Other moving Pieces. Who ever Chrometurtle is she/he is a genius. To write that story the way she does is amazing. To be honest I can see it as a booker prize winning novel…so unique…I am absolutely in awe of her/his concept
Anything else you would like to add?
No, nothing except that I am beyond thrilled to do this with SYTYCW as they agreed to let me be in Undiscovered Gems 7 and it really gave the fic it’s start. So thank you!


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