Sunday, March 30, 2014

Soundtrack Sunday: Tris (Divergent)




It's Soundtrack Sundays again and someone finally posted this gorgeous piece from the Divergent soundtrack on YouTube! I really enjoyed the movie, and the soundtrack is beautiful especially this track. The vocals are so pretty, and I love the unusual instruments and build.  I've been listening to it so many times since I've gotten it. Check out more in the Soundtrack Sundays playlist!



Have you heard this piece before? What do you think of it?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Christian Writers ...





Last night I saw God's Not Dead. It had a good message about the existence of God along with many miscellaneous good points and moments. At some times I thought, "Yes! Right on!" Then at other times ... I cringed. I hated that I cringed. I wanted to like the movie, and I still do like the movie, but ... it did a lot of things that have made me steer clear of most Christian media--and I'm a Christian, a pretty strong one at that.

So if I as a Christian am cringing I'm sure non-Christians are too--perhaps to the point of stopping the show or movie or putting down the book. That is the opposite effect we want with Christian media. We want to put out God's message in an inviting way, not a shove-down-your-throat way. Even if you're a non-Christian and say you're trying to put out a message like stop bullying or stop world hunger or whatever then this post could apply to you too.

Here are four points you need to avoid doing in your Christian or strong message-driven book:

1.) Readers Aren't Stupid - Do not press your point in the story every two seconds. I see this too many times in Christian films especially kids films and kids aren't as stupid as some adults seem to think.

One movie that did this badly was Veggie Tales' Pistachio: The Little Boy That Woodn't. I love Veggie Tales. I grew up with the show, but I did not like this recent Veggie Tales film because they kept shoving the message of children obeying their parents in my face, and it really annoyed me.

 Please, don't do this. This is easy to do, but writing isn't easy. Subtly weave in your point throughout the story through showing not telling which leads to the next point ...


2.) You Have to Follow Basic Story Rules - Just because you have a possible world-changing message does not mean you can throw basic story rules out the window. That means you can't have contrived dialogue that tells about the backstory of your characters at unnatural times (a writing crime God's Not Dead committed too frequently).


You must show and not tell and so on. If you'd like some tips on basic story rules I have a blog post about it here.

3.) No Sermon at the End - Do not summarize your entire story in a sermon at the end. Please, don't do this. This is not a devotional. This makes the reader or viewer feel like a moron.

You're basically saying, "If you didn't get my tiny, well-placed hints then here's some preaching to fix it!" That's not good. If you have one of these at the end, just cut it out. Courageous was a great film, but then they had to put in the sermon ... I like that entire movie, except that part.

4.) (For Christians Only) Tone Down the Christian Lang - We Christians have a certain language: "saved", "spending time in prayer", "Jesus come into your heart", etc. Keep that language to a minimum. It can get cheesy really fast. Do you speak that much Christian language in real life as you've seen in some Christian films? Uh ... I don't.

Not only can it get cheesy, but non-believers will often not understand it. When I was in France on a Mission Trip, we were told not say we were "saved" but to say "we became believers", because the French people wouldn't understand it. Think of this the same for anyone who isn't a Christian here. They're not going to know our terminology.


I'm not saying all Christian or message-driven books and movies are this way. There are many good ones such as:


Books - The Dragons in Our Midst series by Bryan Davis, Captives by Jill Williamson and The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Movies -  Remember the Titans, Love Comes Softly and The Chronicles of Narnia movies.

There are many others, but these are a few. Watch and read media like this to get an idea of what good Christian or message-driven media is and try to learn from it for your own writing. A message you have on your heart is a beautiful thing. I have many of them, but don't let them overwhelm your story or it won't be as powerful as you're seeking. God bless!



Have you caught yourself doing something like this? What do you think of Christian media writing? 
(Note: please, don't use this as a bashing excuse. I'm just using the examples to convey a point. We want this to be rudeness-free blog. Thank you!)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Vigilant




It's Wonderful Word Wednesdays! 
I have one of my favorite words here. I've loved it ever since I heard a form of it used in a video game when I was twelve. "I've kept constant vigil over my wife."

vigilant
adjective
1.) keenly watchful to detect danger; wary: a vigilant sentry.
2.) ever awake and alert; sleeplessly watchful.

Example Sentence: The vigilant Calsidorian guards patrolled the white walls, blue, and silver eyes and pale skin aglow as they kept watch over the thousands asleep in the city.


Have you seen or used this word before? What do you think of it?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Soundtrack Sunday: Blackheart (Two Steps From Hell)



It's Soundtrack Sunday! It's late because well I had work today then I fell asleep lol. I really wanna show you this awesome piece from the Divergent score (still hyped after seeing it Thursday) but no one has uploaded any of it to YouTube yet so I'll show you this awesome Two Steps From Hell piece! It's got whimsical strings and this fantastic cello bit I love. It makes me think of a dashing anti-hero. Enjoy! More on my Soundtrack Sundays YouTube playlist!


Have you heard this piece before? What do you think of it?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Interview with Judah Mitchell (Subsapien)

Judah Mitchell (Subsapien)

Me:
Hey! I'm back with another blog post. Today's is a character interview with the antagonist of my science-fiction novel Subsapien Biomech. Thanks to all who contributed questions! They're all great. Honestly, I love them. *smiles* Here is Judah Mitchell. *turns to him in my chair* Hello, Mr. Mitchell.

Judah:
*smiles* Hello, Victoria. Call me Judah.

Me: 
Of course. I've got a lot of questions for you from the readers. Are you ready?

Judah:
*has his ankle propped on one knee* Very ready. Give them to me.

Me:
Okay. *looks at laptop* Anonymous says: So Judah likes to go to his son's basketball games? I was wondering how he felt about watching five-year olds trying to play. It must be pretty cute though! lol

Judah:
*smiles wider* I enjoy watching my son and his teammates play. It's always a pleasure to go.

Me:
The next person has several questions so I'll break them up. Athelas Hale says: Hello, Judah. Since you're the villain, I supposed I'm allowed to give you a hard time, yes?

Judah: 
*clears throat* Excuse me. Let me stop you there for a moment. Athelas, I can assure you I'm not a villain. I'm not sure where you received that information. *glances at me*

Me:
*clears throat too* Yeah. Go figure. Anyway. Athelas's first question: If you had a choice: you could save your son, but everything you've worked toward would crumble, or your son would die and you would win, what would you do?

Judah:
Well, that is certainly an interesting hypothetical question. I would of course save my son.

Me:
Next question from Athelas: If your son were to find out who you are and what you do, what would you say to him?

Judah: 
*furrows brow slightly* I'm not quite sure how to answer that. I'm who you see today.

Me:
All right. Last question from Athelas: Have you ever actually killed someone (meaning actually, yourself, not assigning someone else to do it or just turning the other way)? Who, and how did you feel afterwards?

Judah:
*frowns deeper* I'd never killed anyone. Why would you think that? *looks at me* What exactly did you put in that bio?

Me: 
*averts eyes* You know just general stuff. *coughs* Okay next question. This one is from Lyssa(:: Judah, how old were you when you took over the company?

Judah:
*expression softens* I was twenty-three. It was a year after I graduated college. My father had passed away. 

Me: 
*nods* Zach Brown asks: Do you want your son to follow in your footsteps?

Judah:
Yes, I intend Peter Elias to do that. 

Me:
Another Anonymous says: Hello, Judah. Two questions for you today: What is that one thing that frustrates you most?

Judah:
I suppose when things don't go as planned. *has hands placed on his propped up knee*

Me:
*reading questions off my laptop* And the second one from Anonymous: If you weren't the CEO of Rota Enterprises, what would you do for a living?

Judah:
That is an interesting question. I've always wanted to run the company, but I suppose something to do with the ocean. A marine biologist perhaps. *glances at his pricey wrist watch*

Me:
Cool. We're getting to the last of our questions. Cassia Taylor has two. She asks: In your opinion, what's more effective? Good cop or bad cop? And which one do you like to use?

Judah:
*inhales then exhales* Good cop, I suppose.

Me:
And her second question: What was your dad like? How did he run the company? Are you picking up exactly where he left off or did you make a few changes?

Judah:
My father was a very wise businessman, and he ran this company well. I run it very closely to how he did.

Me:
Here's one from Shelli Grace: Judah, do you ever feel like the bad guy? Where you're doing something, it might actually be good might actually be bad, but it just makes you feel like you're the bad guy?

Judah:
*smiles* At times we all feel like the bad guy, so yes.

Me: 
And lastly three questions from JediKyra_117. She says: Wow. The head of Rota will be taking our questions. How grand. What's it like being the head of such a powerful company?

Judah:
It is a very busy but fulfilling job. I'm honored to be able to help my country the way this company does.

Me:
Her second question: Does your wife ever assist you in the running of Rota?

Judah:
Yes, she does at times. My company is her top campaign supporter.

Me:
And last question: I do hope I'm not being too forward here, but does Rota ever offer internship opportunities? It would be thrilling to work for such a progressive company. Absolutely thrilling. 

Judah:
Well, yes, you can. You can log into the Rota Enterprises website and find appropriate information or visit your nearest facility to apply in person.

Me:
And that's it. Thank you for coming today, Judah.

Judah:
Glad to be able to make it, Victoria.

Me: 
And thank you again readers for those great questions! If you have any more comment and I'll try to schedule another interview with Judah. You can check out more about Judah's book in current projects, his book's Pinterest board, pictures I've drawn for the book on deviantART and fan art on my Facebook page. Thanks for reading!

What do you think of Judah? Do you have any more questions for him?

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If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Anodyne



It's Wonderful Word Wednesday again and here's this week's word! :)

anodyne
noun
1.) a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
2.) anything that relieves distress or pain.

adjective
3.) relieving pain.
4.) soothing to the mind or feelings.

Example Sentence: When Mor's father went missing on the battlefield her best friend Claes was the only anodyne to her grief.


Have you seen or used this word before? What do you think of it?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Questions for Judah!



Ted Whittal Pic That Looks EXACTLY Like Judah
I'm doing a character interview with the villain of my science-fiction novel Subsapien Biomech this Saturday, and I need questions! I'll tell you a little bit about him.

Judah S. Mitchell III is the CEO of Rota Enterprises, the biggest company in the Dome Web. It created most of the technology that has kept the post-war country alive. The business has been in Judah's family for generations so he's accustomed to the constant paparazzi. To the press he is a charismatic heir to billions with a loving wife and child, but off camera he has his own agendas. Using his honeyed words and his nearly limitless assets, he manipulates people to suit his plans--including my main characters Bryce and Caleb.

Between pressures from his demanding wife and his company's board of directors, it isn't easy to keep up his  public persona. In his little free time, he likes fishing with his five-year-old son on his boat in the lake behind his state of the art mansion and going to his son's basketball games. He keeps his son unaware of the shadowy side of his life of blackmailing and making non-ethical contracts with the government that almost entirely relies on his funds. Judah has nearly an entire nation in his hands and this tycoon won't tolerate anyone ruining the corporate empire that's taken him and his family decades to establish.


Leave some in the comments below! We'll see how many he'll answer. ;)

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Soundtrack Sunday: To Zanarkand (Final Fantasy)




It's Soundtrack Sunday again! Today's piece is from Final Fantasy. I'm dying to play these games, but I don't have the system. Narg. This is a calming, nostalgic piece. It's so pretty. ^ ^ I love the flutes! Check out more soundtrack pieces in my Soundtrack Sundays YouTube playlist!



Have you heard this piece before? What do you think of it?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)

How Drawing Can Help You Write




Believe it or not years ago I hated drawing. I always preferred painting during the few years of art classes I took. After my art classes ended, I picked up a how-to-draw manga book from Hobby Lobby with one of my best friends because we loved anime and wanted to draw our characters.

Now I love drawing. Since I was fifteen I've mostly self-taught myself from books and YouTube videos. I've noticed a lot of writers are multi-talented in different forms of art and drawing is a great talent to help with writing.

When I was at DragonCon this past year (Yes, geek here), I attended a drawing class. During it, the teacher/comic book artist said, "What your character wears shows who they are." I thought about that and realized that's very true. Clothing reflects personality, lifestyle, and more. It made me think about my character drawings. What my characters wear tells much about them. I'll give you some examples.

Caleb is one of my main characters from the first book of my science fiction series Subsapien. He's nerdy, insecure and a bit awkward.



Brian is a side character from my second book of Subsapien. He's a boy genius and very mature for his age, but he's not very sociable.



Sting is a villain from the the second book of Subsapien. He's a psychopath and likes to toy with his victims.


Can you see their different personalities in their appearances?

Try putting a little more effort into describing your characters clothing in your books. Don't give every detail. That will get boring. Give us what mainly makes them stick out. A black skull hoodie. A navy polo shirt. A vest.

Drawing helps me get a better picture of who my characters are while writing. I can describe them easier, and, well, they make good wallpapers to motivate me. While I'm drawing them I often get some ideas about the character's personality because I'm focused on him or her.

Maybe you don't have a huge talent with drawing. Perhaps you can ask a friend.

A chibi of a friend on gimp
If you'd like to try your hand at it yourself, I'd suggest reading up on it either in books or online and watching YouTube videos.

Lemme tell you one secret about drawing that took me forever to find out: proportions. If you focus on guidelines and how big or small each body part is and where they're placed instead of just shapes then you can get your drawing to look right far easier. I learned this from YouTube guru Mark Crilley. He really focuses on proportions. Though he mostly focuses on manga-style (my style also), he has some realistic drawing tutorials also. His book Mastering Manga is fantastic. It changed my drawing for the better.

Though many people have different methods about how they go about their drawings, I use a mechanical pencil, a sketch pad, and a knead eraser to do the basic sketch. Afterwards I scan my drawing into my computer and using my WACOM Bamboo Tablet and the free graphic design programs gimp and Photofiltre I edit my drawings into what you see in my gallery and album. :)

Drawing isn't easy but with practice you can get your drawings to look great. If drawing a person sounds too daunting for you right now, how about you try sketching a floor plan or maps for locations of your story or try drawing objects like special robots or magic swords? Tapping into another side of your creativity can help get the inspiration juices flowing.


Have you tried drawing your characters? Does it help your writing?


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Cusp



It's Wonderful Word Wednesday and I have a really useful word today!

cusp
noun
1.) a point or pointed end.
2.) Anatomy, Zoology, Botany. a point, projection, or elevation, as on the crown of a tooth.
3.) Also called spinode. Geometry. a point where two branches of a curve meet, end, and are tangent.
4.) Architecture. a decorative device, used especially in Gothic architecture to vary the outlines of intradoses or to form architectural foils, consisting of a pair of curves tangent to the real or imaginary line defining the area decorated and meeting at a point within the area.
5. Astronomy. a point of a crescent, especially of the moon.

Example Sentence: Matt crouched in the cusp of the tree, gripping a branch with one hand and letting his bloody shoulder droop.


Have you seen or used this word before? What do you think of it?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)




Sunday, March 9, 2014

Soundtrack Sunday: The Battle Room (Ender's Game)



It's Soundtrack Sunday again and this week's track is from Ender's Game. I very much enjoyed this film and I love the music. The violin in this piece is just fantastic. The build of the music is great too. This is another piece I've put on repeat. I hope you all enjoy it. Check out more cool score pieces in my Soundtrack Sundays YouTube playlist!


Have you heard this piece before? What do you think of it?



If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)




Saturday, March 8, 2014

FCWC 2014 Report


Teen Track 2014


This was my fifth year attending the Florida Christian Writers Conference. It's a decent sized conference located in Leesburg, Florida among live oaks and next to Lake Yale.

On my first year attending, I was sixteen and the experience changed my life. I decided I wanted to be a writer that year and discovered that writing was a lot more wonderful and more difficult than I thought.

If you're a writer reading this, then a writers conference is a fantastic experience for you. If not this conference then another one. They're all over the country. I wrote a post about the benefits of writers conferences after attending last year's FCWC. :)

At the conference I got to see some of my old friends that've started blogs including Lauren Claire and Casey Lynn Covel.

Me and Lauren Claire! You can find her blog here at Home of the Young Writer
Me and Casey Lynn Covel! You can find her blog at Meek-Geek!
This year was a particularly amazing conference for me. In 2013 after last year's conference, I really cracked down on writing after an agent showed interest in my book. I pushed myself to writing 1,500 words a day to get two books written which I'm about to do again for the second draft of Subsapien Grafting. I worked on staying consistent with my media and absorbing any knowledge about writing I could through books and blogposts and videos. I received critique from people and critiqued others. I pushed myself so hard I burned out (which I don't recommend) so I had to take a hiatus in writing at the end of last year and the beginning of this one.

I wanted to make my writing better anyway I could. No matter how much critique bothered me because most of the time my critiquers were right. No matter if I stay up an hour later to get my word count in or wrote for six hours straight to meet my goal by the deadline. No matter how many dozens of blogposts I read. No matter how much I didn't really feel like doing any writing or how tired I was.

And guess what.

It payed off.

In the Teen Track at FCWC, we have critique groups every night that author Bryan Davis hosts. My first chapter of Red Hood were critiqued and though some mistakes were found I got a lot of praise and even Mr. Davis said it was "very good."
A Monty Python-Based Skit I Did With Members of the Teen Track

The following night there was a first page critique where the first page of your book is critiqued by agents and editors. I could see the laptop that would project the to-be-critiqued material from my seat.

The paragraph structure of the first entry looked very much like my entry. Lo and behold my page got picked first! And I also got praise from the agents and editors that looked at it.

This happened throughout the conference as more people looked at my work. During pitching, I won the interest of three agents. I'm working on getting the requested materials to the last one currently. So excited and nervous!

I felt pretty good about myself. My fragile confidence meter inched upwards with every good comment. Then I got to a point where I felt like I wasn't 'very good' enough.

I entered into a contest at the conference. I'd tried for an award for four years now to no avail. The awards were to be announced at a banquet. I was in this Barbie doll dressed sitting at the table with my friends. My heart pounded as I awaited my category to be called. One of the conference directors called the category and the first place winner was ...

Not me.

My shoulders drooped and I thought, "So I guess I'm just not very good after all or someone is just better than me." I considered getting up and relieving myself from the too much iced tea I had consumed, but something told me to stay. As each award was announced, I clapped for each one consoling myself by thinking I should be grateful, but disappointment tainted my thoughts.

Near the end of the announcements Mr. Davis walked up to the stage and started talking about someone. How that person attended for years and how her excellent writing grew over time.

That kind of sounded like me.

Nah. It couldn't be me. I'm not excellent.

Then he said, "And the Teen Writer of the Year award goes to Victoria Tucker." (Yes, I write with a pen name. Tucker is my real one. I like Howell better.)

My heart skipped a beat and I thought, "Is this for real?!" I stumbled in my high heels to the stage and accepted the award and I felt awesome. Confidence meter through the roof!
Me with Mr. Davis and my Teen Writer of the Year award

The point is the hard work you put into writing does pay off. Keep working at it. Write those words. Read those blog posts. Get critiqued and critique others. It gets easier and harder at the same time, but you do get better. I'm not published yet, but I feel like I'm one step closer. I'm determined to get published too in God's timing even though that's tough for me, but I feel like I'm so close.

I don't know what kind of opposition you're dealing with in your life toward your dream, but keep striving. Whether you're a writer or pursuing another goal, don't quit. I thought about quitting so many times. Don't.
Me and my best friend Cassidy with the Teen Writer of the Year Award
Have you ever been to a writers conference before? Did you have any special experiences there?

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If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Interview with Serra (Subsapien)



I'm back with another character interview! This one is with Serra from Subsapien Grafting interviewed by my friend Shelli! :)

Shelli: 
*comes in, sits down on chair, and smiles at Serra*  Hello! I'm Shelli.

Serra: 
*is sitting in the chair opposite to Shelli, smiles a little, has her fingers laces in her lap*

Shelli:
Okay here we go. I hope you don't mind me asking some questions.

Serra: 
That's what I'm here for. *twiddles her thumbs*

Shelli: 
Heh heh.  *shifts in chair some* First question, where are you from?

Serra: 
That's classified. Sorry.

Shelli:
Oh... I see.  *anime sweatdrops, laughs nervously* Okay, question two. What is the most awkwardest situation you have ever been in?

Serra: 
Um ... *looks up in thought* Well ...  *blushes* I think that's classified too ...

Shelli: 
*looks disappointed*  Ah well on to question three then... What makes you angry? *anime sweatdrops*  I hope that isn't a classified answer as well.

Serra: 
*laughs a little*  No. When anyone messes with Sting or Able I guess.

Shelli: 
Sting and Able. Your friends, right?  *smiles some*

Serra: 
*nods*

Shelli: 
I see. Okay question four, what are your hobbies?

Serra: 
What're hobbies exactly?  *blushes again, twirls a strand of her hair on her finger*

Shelli: 
Ah well it's stuff you like to do when you have time just for yourself. Like for me, writing and drawing are my hobbies.

Serra: 
Oh ... I like practicing with my barbs. *makes serrated barbs slide out of her wrists*

Shelli: 
*looks surprised and impressed* Your barbs?

Serra: 
*nods* I use them for slicing and I have poison in them too.

Shelli: 
*cocks head some in somewhat disbelief and surprise* Poison?

Serra: 
Mm-hm. It just burns. It won't kill you.

Shelli: 
Oh I see. *looks a bit relieved*  Okay, on to the final question. Who is someone you look up to?

Serra: 
Sting.

Sting: 
*leaning against the door frame, grinning* Someone say my name?

Shelli: 
*looks up in surprise* Oh hello, Sting. *smiles some* Would you like to join us? *looks back at Serra* I guess I'll leave why you look up to him for next time.

Sting: 
Nah. Just came to pick up Serra.

Serra: 
*looks at him, smiles a little*

Shelli: 
Ah I see.  *glances between the two smirks some then looks back at Serra* Well thank you for letting me interview you. I'm sorry I asked so many classified questions. *laughs in embarrassment* I'll work on it for next time.

Serra: 
It's no problem. Nice to meet you.

Sting: 
*thrusts thumb behind his shoulder to outside the door*

Serra: 
*glances at Sting* I'm coming. *beams at Shelli* Bye.

Shelli: 
*smiles at Serra*  It was nice meeting you too. *glances at Sting* And you too, Sting. *waves some at Serra*  Bye! Next time.

Serra: 
*leaves with Sting*

Me: 
I hope you all enjoyed at that interview! If you'd like to ask Serra or question or request an interview with another one of my characters leave a comment! You can check out more about Serra's book in My Books page, her book's Pinterest board, pictures I've drawn for the book on deviantART and fan art on my Facebook page.

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