October 7, 2010

Sue's Interview with Saltire884 about her fic 'Pistols and Petticoats'

It was another fine evening on twitter, I was minding my own business *snort* when I got a tweet from a buddy of mine JJJulibee. She was talking to someone I did not know, and she said something to the effect of:

If you have a period fic you have to talk to Roselover24 (that's me BTW),
I did the *ears perked* you have attention!
I was asked by a new writer to give her 1st chapter a read. We exchanged e-mails, and


The angels wept, the clouds opened up, and the sun shined through!
OK, OK I exaggerate a bit (just a bit). I read her first chapter then proceeded to HOUND this poor woman I had never met into giving me anything else she had. I encouraged, I offered minor changes, I asked questions.
She posted her first chapter, and I gushed about her on twitter, and oddly enough people listened.

AND SO the next big thing was born! I cannot tell you how happy I am to be one of the people to encourage you to read this fic

ANNNNND (you are saying to yourself) SUE what is this fic about??
Well here is her description :

In a drunken gamble by her father, Bella finds her future wagered to town loner, Edward Cullen. But with stakes this high, how much will Bella lose, or will chance be on her side?

And here is mine:
We have a town loner, not by choice. He is a loner because the town is full of a bunch of bigots (common at the time) and he is half Comanche, on his mothers side. She is the daughter of a drunken asshole. The dad is abusive, and well a jerk (not sexually abusive). Again behavior that was common at that time. She is promised to be wed to another jerk in town (not of her choosing). THEN her father actually BETS her in a poker game!

I will say no more, because that would be giving it all away. What we have here is a lovely tale that is full of drama and neat characters that you fall in love with and some you just LOVE to hate. I told (that's right I did not ask her) Saltire I was going to interview her for the blog. She hemmed and hawwed for all of 2 seconds, and THAT is how this post was BORN!!

SO my dears you know the drill read the interview, drool over the pics, then go read the fic and leave some lovin!
Please remember that Chrissy and I were giggling throughout this interview we had a blast, chatted with each others children. It was just downright fun.


What was it that gave you the ‘spark’ for your story? Was it a picture? A moment or event? Can you remember the initial inspiration?
It was actually a very crappy TV show, a western. In the movie there was a poker game in the saloon with a man who was wagering his bosses cattle. I made the assessment Cattle - Bella  - Twilight Fanfiction that is where the idea came from.

Do you have a particular process when it comes to your writing, perhaps a certain mood, environment or music? Do you have any ‘triggers’ to get you in the writing mood?
No that would require talent, or preparation. I wait till my kids go to bed at night, and I lock myself in the bedroom with the lights off, and TV on in the background. I play on the Twitter. I bet I would get a lot more done if I had a plan.

Give us an elevator pitch. Say you’re in an elevator with a prospective reader for 2 minutes – what would you tell them about the story?
It does not falling into the stereotypical fanfiction drama. Everyone has their niches, and I have broken them all changing the perceptions of the characters (that sounded pretentious)

Do you picture particular actors for your characters, or are they someone else entirely? If so, who?
Alexis Bledel as Bella, Beardypatz as Comanche Ward. People can make up their mind over who they want

Is the story all planned out or do you do it as a fly by the seat of your pants thing?
It is planned out chapter by chapter to the very end. I decided last night what will happen to Newton.
I would like to say that I could have taken it several different ways, but Terresa and Mandy thought it was a good

Do you have a Beta and would you like to give him/her a shoutout here?
I do I have 2 that is how bad my grammar and punctuation is. I give it to Many GoodwitchFF, then Askthemagic8ball. I got her through 22blue who told her to e-mail me. She is so fast I can give her 6000 words and she has my 500 plus errors within 24 hours.

Have you got any other projects going on? Any planned for the future? 
I do! I am prewriting and half way through the chapter in 3rd person. it is comedy no storyline just funny. I am planing out one that I might make into Original Fiction, but I refuse to write it till I can do it justice. I need some comedy because Pistols is so heavy. I wanna write a kick ass Bella that has to save the man sometimes, or them as poor people that do not have trust funds, and go to Ivy league colleges.

What was it that brought you to Twilight fanfic?  What is it that has kept you here (besides your own writing)
I heard about Midnight sun and I read the part that SM wrote on her site and I read the other versions on FF. Then I read Boycotts and Barflies, and then I started reading more, and more, and, more my kindle got full I am an addict.
I have no idea why I stayed while I love these stories I would not look twice if it was not Bella and Edward, but my expectations have gone up the longer I read. The stuff I started reading I would not even look at now. I guess you can say I am uppity bitch. So ,yeah, midnight sun started it all. I don't wanna see the picture people are gonna get of me when they read this. LOL
 (mind you she and I are laughing through this )
My twitter followers will drop down to 2, and I will cry and have to flounce my own stories LOL

Do you have a background in writing?
No this is my first time writing anything. I did the basic high school stuff and essays. That is my experience. It is my first story.

How about your creative self-confidence?  By nature writers tend to be a notoriously insecure lot so how are you finding the online writing experience?
shitting myself terrified! I fall into the no self confidence thing. I started writing another story line did 7 chapters, and then deleted the lot. I do not open my chapter reviews for 1 day after I get them because that is when I review them. I want people to point out what I am doing wrong. If I don't know what I am doing wrong how can Improve it next time I write?

Do you tell your friends and family that you’re an online author with a devoted following, or is this something that you tend to keep for yourself?
First I need the devoted following. My husband knows.
I have been looking into doing this: 

You write 1300 words a day and at the end of month you edit it all and send it
and at the end of it they send you a book that you wrote. I will use that time to write my OF

Is there a particular character in your story that you identify with the most?
no, ummm not in this one at all. In my next one I identify with Bella because she will cracks jokes and swear a lot, but in this one no.

I have a soft spot for Jasper!
Which RL author(s) inspires you?
Stephanie Meyer cause she is great #sarcasm I like Stephen King because he can write a good story he does not use 1000 words to tell you the sky is blue. I do not think Stephenie Meyer is a great writer, but she told a good story.

Did any FF authors inspire you?   What was it that had you reading FF and thinking “I could do this”?
I don't think I thought I could do this after reading. I just got some plot bunnies hopping around in my head, and then I started writing never intending to post.
There's a few. I really loved itzmegan. She tells good stories with realistic characters without chapters and chapters of smut.
107yroldvirgin posts so fast. Her stories are great.
There are lots of authors out there that can write, but because they are not known in the fandom their work gets passed over which is shame.

What advice would you give to an aspiring fanfic writer?
Ask someone that knows what they are doing! Don't ask me I have only posted 6 chapters. I am in no position to be handing out advice as if I know what I doing. Don't eat yellow snow. That is the extent of my advice.

Give us a Random Fact about yourself?
My hometown is Kilmarnock, the original hometown of Johnny Walker whiskey. The factory is still there. I also have my tongue pierced. I had spaghetti for dinner is that random?
My daughter is called Bella,her real name is Miah. Her nick name has nothing to do with Twilight.

If you could have 15 minutes with anyone alive or dead real or fictional who would it be and what would you say to them?
Bruce Lee. I watched all of his movies. Did an English paper on him got an A+. I would wanna get in with his money maker of Martial arts, because no one would sponsor him. I would sponsor him. I don't know what I would ask him. I would probably stand in front of him like a fool.

we will be waiting for this to happen!
What is your FanFic Pet peeve?
just one? Stereotyping. Ed is doc, Alice is a shopper, Rose is a beautiful bitch. I will still read it, but I roll my eyes while I do it. Holding a breath you did not know you were holding. Popping the P. YUPAH(after she said this there was a little person on her side of the computer repeating it over, and over, and over again it was so cute!) Bella being clumsy to the point where it is almost a disability. My Bella (my daughter) is clumsy she walks into door frames. She is also really good at walking into glass doors. Me being the good mother I am laughed at her. If they don't burst into tears right away it is not that serious.
SUE: no blood no foul

What is your Fandom Pet peeve?
gratuitous Hugh Jackman pic
I don't like authors believing their own hype. I do not like the bitchiness where if you are not all for a certain author you get attacked. If you don't like someones story you can use the red X don't bash them just close out the story. It takes hours upon hours to put out a story you do not have to have a love fest, just close out what you don't like you do not have to tear anybody down because you don't like their story.

Anything else you would like to add?
I'm really not a pretentious bitch I promise. I am a bitch, but I am not pretentious.


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