Liebster Tag! 11 Questions and Random Fact about Yours Truly

I was tagged by the ever delightful Anne Tedeton, which means you get to learn more about me than I’m sure you wanted to know! I love tags. Let’s get started!

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What band has influenced your writing most?

Not bands; songs. The Killing Type (which is actually named after a song), was largely influenced by Marilyn Manson’s “Tourniquet.” My current WIP wasn’t inspire by a song, but “Death Rattle” by Aesthetic Perfection is basically its anthem. The song came out just after I’d finished the draft last year.

Do you use symbols in your work?

Yes? Like, symbolism? Kinda. TKT is largely psychological, so interpret at will. I use a lot of death/mourning imagery in my WIP. Can’t rob graves without admiring the artwork.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

PANTSER. I don’t write chronologically, and structure makes me freak out. I have friends who document every arc in detailed spreadsheets and it makes me panic. Once I get the draft finished, though, I kinda outline. Or at least sit myself down and say, “Look, this is great and all, but what the hell is this?”

If you could meet your worst villain, what would you do?

Run. One of them is mentally abusive manipulator and the other dismembers people, living and dead. I suggest you run, too.

What’s your favorite genre to write in?

Horror. 🙂 I grew up loving monsters and gothic novels and dark castles on stormy nights.I have a framed photo of Edgar Allan Poe on my bookshelf.

Are you heavier on dialog or description?

Description. I have way too much fun with it. Not Tolkein-levels of fun, but I am a sucker for description.

Do filler words drive you nuts?

Yes. Especially unneeded “that”s.

Tell us about your most memorable character.

This is not a question, Anne.

I’ll give you two: Annabelle McKittrick from my WIP, and Alice Vaughn from TKT.

Anna is so much fun to write because she’s autonomous in a world where women don’t get to have voices, let alone become surgeons. She’s fearless, and she is licensed to use a scalpel.

Alice… Alice is memorable because she is scary as fuck. You’ll see. Also, she’s totally cast as Eva Green in my head. And I love Eva Green.

Do you have a writing ritual?

Yes! Let me give you a step-by-step:

  • Suit up with a beverage: tea, cocoa, and liquor acceptable
  • Open laptop and desired document
  • Draw pentagram on the desk and set laptop in center
  • Begin Latin chant
  • Summon the fiends of hell to aid you in your mission
  • Stare at document for varying length of time
  • Open Twitter
  • Offer hellish fiends baked good in apology for your failure

Which is more important: style, or accessibility?

Yes? Both? Both. I don’t know, people are weird. I like a certain sort of style and I like being able to obtain it. I like writing a certain way and I hope my readers “get” me.

What’s a genre you’d love to explore in the future?

I’m dabbling in a bit of science-fiction at the moment, emphasis on the science.

And here are 11 random facts about me!

  1. I love morbid anatomy, and anatomical hearts are my favorite. I also adore mourning jewelry and post-mortem photography. My favorite game to play on Twitter is “Guess Who’s Dead,” but usually no one wants to play with me.
  2. I am a belly dancer. I’ve studied traditional caravan and Roma belly dance for six years, and I am a troupe member of Alchemy Drumming and Dance.
  3. I am an artist and my sketchbook is obnoxiously tiny. I do not color my work because I am terrified of fucking it up.
  4. I collect antique medical things. For my 25th birthday, my friend Jenn gave me an (empty) bottle of Potassium Chloride, which is used for lethal injections, and a (not so empty) bottle of aconite root, also known as wolfsbane. Luckily, I’m a vampire, and the wolfsbane poses no threat.
  5. The first concert I ever went to was the Back Street Boys. The second was The Spice Girls.
  6. I am terrified of teeth, especially teeth that should be in a mouth but are not.
  7. I am not much of a gamer, but BioShock is my life. I’m dying to build a Big Sister suit.
  8. I own four different shades of black nail polish.
  9. I collect Alice in Wonderland teacups. Naturally.
  10. I have never snuck out of the house. In fact, I was a pretty tame child. My first major offense happened in college when I snuck off to Ohio for a weekend film festival and got a speeding ticket. That was fun to explain.
  11. I still write letters and have two wax seals, which I use as often as I can. One is, of course, an anatomical heart, the other is a Fleur de Lis which my jewelry-making friend incorporated into one of her collections. Neat, huh?

Ah, yes, the tagging portion. I don’t think I know eleven people, so here it goes:

  1. Andrea Judy
  2. Katherine Locke
  3. Catherine Scully
  4. Julie Hutchings
  5. Jessie Devine
  6. Kira Butler

Is six good enough? I’m terrible at tagging people. Can I issue the “Anyone who wants to do this tag, I tag you!” statement? Well, I just did.

And here are MY questions for YOU:

  1. What was the WORST story you’ve ever written?
  2. If you could cast anyone to be your favorite main character, who would you choose?
  3. If you could no longer write in your favorite genre, which genre would you switch to?
  4. Do you ever act out scenes to make sure you get them just right?
  5. Have you ever been caught talking out loud to a character?
  6. Which character was the toughest for you to write and why?
  7. What are your top five songs for you current book?
  8. What would you do if you could hang out with any of your characters?
  9. Which non-standard word do you use most often?
  10. What is the weirdest thing you’ve had to research for a book?
  11. Based on your search history, would you potentially be arrested?
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