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You are The Moon


Hope, expectation, Bright promises.


The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.


The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.


What Tarot Card are You?
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Liberated from [livejournal.com profile] blythe025 

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
Probably just whatever's available. I tend to try and avoid keeping snacky things in the house since I just devour them like a plague of locusts, which means I'd have to make a concerted effort to go out and buy something to snack on. And I usually can't be bothered to do that.  

What is your favorite drink while reading?
Squash of some kind is my default drink. Occasionally hot chocolate, but again, that tends to rely on me being bothered to go buy hot chocolate and milk.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I've never done that with my own books, but I have with text books for school or university. Even my own research books now are mark-free. If there's something I particularly want to make a note of, I'll stick a post-it in there. Marking a fiction book for any reason does just horrify me.  

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ear? Laying the book flat open?
Bookmarks only. I have a vast number of bookmarks collected over the years, so there's always one at hand. I don't mind breaking the spine of a book, so I'm not adverse to laying it open flat, but it's never my first choice either. Dog-earing annoys me though. I'm not sure why.

Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Both?
Both, but more fiction than non-fiction. I have loads of research books on the occult, mythology, tarot, etc, that I use for reference, but my fiction collection is on the verge of eating the house, and dwarves the non-fiction utterly. 

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I prefer to read to the end of a chapter, but I won't freak out and cry if I have to stop in the middle of a page. I end up forgetting how far I read and re-reading from the top of the page if I do that. Because I do a lot of reading on the bus, more often than not, I'll have to stop mid-page.

Are you a person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
I've never done it, although with some books I've wanted to! Usually if the author or book irritates me that much, I just shove the book back on the shelf and have a quick rant about whatever annoyed me.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
No; you can usually figure it out from the context.

What are you currently reading?
Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn
The Devil's Dominion: The Complete Story of Hell and Satanism in the Modern World - Anthony Masters
 
Are you a person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I generally only read one fiction book at a time, but can mix up fiction and non-fiction (see above) without problems. 

Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
Absolute favourite is in bed at night. More often, it's on the bus on the way to work, or on my lunch hour.

Do you prefer series books or stand-alones?
A quick glance around the room reveals I largely follow series, but I like stand-alones too.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
At the moment I'm recommending Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts books to everyone. I also always, always flag up Caitlin Kittredge to people, and I'm still trying to coax Kyle into reading some HP Lovecraft, since my mission in life is convert everyone to Cthulhuism.

How do you organize your books? By genre, title, author's last name, etc?
Erm... Another quick glance around shows I keep books by the same author together, and in series order where appropriate. Beyond that, there's no structure, and Watchmen sits next to Bareback, the Necromonicon is in the bathroom with the Field Guide to the Apocalypse, and Georgette Hayer is keeping company with a couple of Fighting Fantasy books.
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I figure I may as well do the last three in one go since I'm a day behind and don't plan on tagging anyone with this!

28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.


I can't think of any, which surprises me given how interested I am in mental illness and psychology. My next planned project, unimaginatively entitled "The Cassandra Novel" until I think of a real title will have a self-harming, depressed heroine with an eating disorder, because I'm a cheerful sort. But no, I think I've yet to write any physically or mentally disabled characters.

29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?

OMG, ALL THE FREAKING TIME, MAYBE? I can assure you, if you're ever talking to me and I appear to be staring into space and ignoring you, I am actually plotting, running through dialogue or descriptions in my head, and inventing crazy new adventures for my characters. I keep notepads and pens on hand all the time just in case I come up with any news ideas worth noting, and writing is my favourite topic of conversation. 

As for finding things in real life that reminds me of my writing... yeah, a lot. It can be really simple things - lilies remind me of Scarlett (she hates them), and Muse remind me of Ayla (she loves them). [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory  and I spent a truly beautiful evening in Italy four years ago sitting by a fountain with boxes of pizza and discussing our characters. It emerged that one of hers is fascinated by Fabrege eggs, and ever since Fabrege eggs have reminded me of that character. Or it can be stuff in the news - I read an article recently about "real life" werewolves in America that will probably make its way into an Urban Wolf book in the future, for example.

30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

I'm not actually tagging anyone, but I've had lots of fun doing this, and reading other people's thoughts and responses, so I'd encourage any of my writer friends to do it too!
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27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.

Well, that's a tricky one. Appearances are important to me as a reader. I like to have a strong mental image of the characters I'm reading about, but I hate it when an author spends pages and pages lovingly describing a character's hair, eyes, clothes, facial hair, nail varnish, boots, perfume... etc... And I especially hate it when authors do this via the medium of a character studying themself in a mirror. Subtlety is okay, people!

As a writer, I have very clear ideas of what my characters look like, but I don't want to bludgeon my readers over the head with my version, because of how I feel as a reader. And chances are, my idea of what they look like will differ wildly from yours anyway. Since my characters' appearances very rarely have any major impact on a story, I just don't worry about it too much. I mean, I know that Ethan has a constant five-o-clock shadow and rumpled clothes, but those things are hardly essential to the reading of the story, so why spend a lot of time discussing it? I have a bit of a private joke about how Scarlett is a redhead, but does it matter that she has a name is also her hair colour? Probably not.
 
Anyway. I honestly don't spend an awful lot of time "designing" characters. Usually a mental picture of them comes to me without much thought: either the appearance is triggered by the name or vice versa, and that's all there is to it.

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26. Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!

This is a pretty simple one to answer. My artistic skillz are limited to stickmen and sheep. Luckily, I have some very artistic friends who have drawn pictures of my characters for me. [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory  drew me a gorgeous pencil picture of Scarlett and Ash many years ago, which I still keep framed in my bedroom. She's also drawn Christian and Isaac and Blade's theoretical son.

[livejournal.com profile] dwg  was kind enough to draw me an awesome picture of Ayla and Shannon for my birthday this year (as well as write me a cool little fanfic to go with it, and I'm sure she won't mind me posting said picture here, so:


 
Pretty! And so much better than my stickman efforts.

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25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

Ethan has a stray dog he adopted accidentally by feeding him chocolate (which obviously he didn't realise is very bad for dogs!). He named the dog Mutt and took him to the vet to be wormed and de-flead, and Mutt returns the favour by biting Ethan at a crucial moment in the plot of Demonised. I do love Mutt. He's the perfect sidekick for Ethan - one who never points out that Ethan is out of his depth, and also doubles as a pillow when needed. 

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23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

It varies wildly. My fastest draft was SILVER KISS, which took just over three months. Longest was Wild, which I started in 2007 and finished in 2009, then rewrote a couple of times in early 2010. It depends on a lot of stuff - how bad my arm is, what's going on in Real Life, and whether I have a deadline or not. I tend to be quite lazy if I don't have a deadline to meet, and if I overdo it, I usually have to take a couple of days off to rest my arm anyway, so there's no point trying to speed-write when I don't have to.

24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?

Very willing, if the plot demands it. I'm against killing characters off just to up the shock value - I'm against doing anything just for shock value; I think it's a cheap way of eliciting reader sympathy. But if it's a natural progression of the plot, then yeah, I'll happily kill people off.

As for interesting ways, I guess without being too spoilery, I like some of the deaths in AFTERLIFE, where men are dragged to hell by a ghostly girl! Huzzahs! 

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22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.

Oh God, there are so many scenes I've never written! That's such a ridiculous question for a writer.

Lol, well, there's the non-canon slash between Ash/Christian and Ash/Isaac that I wrote for[livejournal.com profile] chaostheory . Beyond that, there's a whole slew of Scarlett/Ash scenes that are just in my head right now because I haven't yet gathered up the guts to write them. Not because they're particularly salacious, but just because I haven't yet conquered my need to make their story absolutely perfect, and I know if I try to write it before I've gotten over that, I'll just make a hash of it by never being satisfied with it.

There's the scene where one of Christian's love children shows up on his doorstep wanting to get to know his dad and Christian is all o_O about it and decides the easiest solution is buy the kid hundreds of presents and send him back to his mum until a paternity test can be arranged. I'd love to write a scene showing how Vince and Joel from the Urban Wolf novels got together. And Ayla and Shannon for that matter.

Oh God, and there's mine and [info]chaostheory's  epic scene of epicness where all the guys in the Scarlett world stage an intervention and force Ash to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and Ethan gets really into it and starts trying to initiate group hugs. Christian tries to pick up single women by promising them booze, Kas is all "I'm thirteen, why did you make me come?" and Blade and Isaac just huddle in the corner holding hands and being nonplussed. Ash is furious and keeps threatening to kill Ethan, who refuses to give up on him and pesters him constantly to admit he has a problem and accept a group hug. I have a 70 page printout of the MSN conversation we had about this scenario, and we still talk about it today.

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21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

No. I mean, yes, obviously, some of my characters do have children in that most of my characters have parents, and sometimes their parents feature in the stories. Ayla, for example, has parents who crop up in WOLF STRAP and SILVER KISS. But I think this question means "do any of your main characters have small children?" in which case the answer is no.

I think this is the one facet of my own personality that infects my characters to one degree or another. I have no interest in having kids and have no maternal instincts whatsoever. None of my characters do either. I imagine that some of them would make good parents - Vince and Joel, particularly, but I don't honestly see it happening to any of them.

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20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?

I don't know if this means my favourite characters to write interacting with each other, or my favourite type of interaction to write, so I'll answer both.

My favourite characters to write interacting with each other are undoubtedly Scarlett and Ash. They have such a complicated relationship that they can never be in the same room together without some spectacular drama going down. Like the time he took her to see The Taming of the Shrew at a fancy theatre, got drunk in the interval and chased her down the street misquoting lines from the play...

I also love Glory from the Urban Wolf books interacting with anyone, because he's just a fun, flamboyant drag queen werewolf, and when is that not going to be fun to write about?

In terms of my favourite type of interaction, there isn't a single favourite. I like fight scenes the least, because I'm never sure I've written them clearly enough for the reader to A) be convinced a real fight has gone down and B) understand what happened anyway. I love writing any kind of magical scene - occult rituals, demon summoning, spell work, shapeshifting, etc, and I love good old fashioned witty repartee. I'm particularly fond of some of Yasmin and Ethan's exchanges in AFTERLIFE. If I do say so myself, I think I do good dialogue, and I loved writing their scenes in Suicide Notes where they drank cocktails and traded barbed insults.

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So, yes. Obviously I got behind. Luckily these are all pretty easy questions to answer.

17. Favorite protagonist and why!

It's so hard to choose just one when I love them all for different reasons, but I can narrow it down to Scarlett and Lizzie. Scarlett purely because she's my first creative endevour, she's been floating around my imagination for almost two decades, and I just love her utterly. Her backstory, her abilities, her flaws, her choices, her friends, her whole overly-complicated life. I love her world, love writing it, and can't wait to get back into it one of these days...

Lizzie because I've spent so much damn time with her she almost feels like a real person to me anyway. Wild is the book that has kicked my ass the most over the years, and it still isn't quite right, but Lizzie has remained consistent throughout. Flawed but fighting, scared but brave, angry but vulnerable and always trying so hard to sort herself out. Bless her.

18. Favorite antagonist and why!

Ash and Ash and Ash. There can be no other answer. Although I suppose he's technically an anti-hero, he certainly goes out of his way to antagonise as many people as possible. He's so much fun to write because he's properly messed up. Devious, power-hungry, self-serving, poetic, alcoholic, manipulative, and so hopelessly in love with Scarlett it kills him. He doesn't know what to do with her. Ash is my main man, crushing all others underfoot and leaving a trail of devastation and empty wine bottles in his wake.

19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

Again, there is no answer but Ethan. He was originally a bit player in the Scarlett universe, before I decided he'd bounce of Yasmin in AFTERLIFE perfectly. He was only supposed to be a side character who disappeared at the end of the book and didn't feature again, but I fell in love with him whilst writing AFTERLIFE, and had to carry on with his story. Thus, Demonised, (which I hope will be the first of many adventures for him). Ethan just tugs at my heartstrings. He's always so out of his depth and trying so hard to act like he's not. He's gruff and makes terrible jokes and likes to imagine he's Sam Spade, but there's a heart of gold underneath it all. He's a close second behind Ash.

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Obviously yesterday was a bad day and it should feel bad, and I didn't answer my writing meme question. Le gasp! So, two for one today.

15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

The first name that springs to mind is Richelle Mead, author of the Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy series. Firstly because I've loved everything she's written without fail. Secondly because to keep on top of three series and have them all be quality, engaging, emotional, beautifully-written books, she must work hella hard. Thirdly because that's the kind of career success I aspire to.

But there are so many other writers I admire. I love my friend [info]rjpayne's  writing, and know she's going to be a massive success herself. Her short story, By Starlight, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces I've ever read, the kind of story that stays with you long after you've finished it. And I know I'm not biased by friendship - By Starlight was placed fourth in the Interzone Readers' Poll 2009. Growing up I read Tamora Pierce's Immortals quartet over and over again, and those were the books that moved me from "I love reading books" to "I want to write books." I adore MR James and HP Lovecraft, and you can't talk about writers you admire without mentioning Shakespeare (well, I can't, anyway).

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing?

Yes, I do. Love is a pretty big part of life, yo, so it would seem strange to me to never have relationships happen in a story, whether it's just hinted at or the main theme, or whatever. I think so far I've never written anything where the relationship was centre stage, always a subplot, but I don't shy away from sex scenes. On the other hand, I don't write particularly graphic scenes or erotica, because that just doesn't interest me as a writer. 

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14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?

Wow, this is going to be a quick, boring answer. I don't map out locations and I don't have any maps to show you. I used to draw very crude maps on Paint when I was writing fantasy, but I haven't done it for years now.

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13. What’s your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?

Erm... I don't know. I suppose by default I tend to use a lot of Western mythology - lots of Norse, Greek, and Eastern European folklore, since I read so much of it growing up. I do slip in Asian myths where I can. I also lean towards a vaguely Christian/Jewish structure when writing about angels and demons, although my vision of Hell and demons takes a lot more from old occult theories than religious ones.

Since thus far my books are either set in America or the UK (or in the case of AFTERLIFE, wherever you think it's set), obviously I'm largely writing about Western culture, a world where most people work jobs they don't particularly care for, can afford decent houses and mobile phones, and have a social life if they want it, and don't go hungry. That's the kind of environment I grew up in, and although I don't shy away from portraying the rougher aspects of that society - violence, drug use, addiction, etc - my characters more or less always start there. Whether they stay there is another matter.

Is this my favourite culture? I can't really answer that. Like I said, it's the culture I know. Even when I was writing high fantasy, I stuck to a Westernised fantasy culture, again heavily influenced by Greek mythology in terms of religion, and Romany culture in terms of society. When my stock fantasy characters wandered off to the southern parts of my generic fantasy world, they found themselves in sprawling deserts populated by vaguely Arabic-esque nomads, and when they went north, they encountered vaguely Scandinavian-esque warriors. (Keep in mind that I was very young when I wrote this).

What I'm saying in a roundabout way is that I have no truly favourite culture to write, I suppose. I like to mash things up where I can, and I certainly enjoy the cultures I do write in or I wouldn't write them, but I've never made a conscious decision about it. I've very much written what I know and developed it from there.

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12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?

It's a toss-up between SILVER KISS and AFTERLIFE. With SILVER KISS (and the other Urban Wolf stuff I've written so far) I've really tried to examine how werewolves living openly amongst humans would affect society. Everything from court cases (evidence acquired by scent is not admissible in court yet) to schools (Lupine Studies is taught alongside Maths and English) to hate groups (down with Alpha Humans! Boo!) to what happens when a werewolf needs to shapeshift in the middle of the street (there are special changing booths so people can strip off without being arrested for indecent exposure). There's loads more too, that might not necessarily make it into the books (God, I so want to write the story set in WWI when werewolves were forced into public awareness due to trench warfare!). I really hope it helped make the book more believable and compelling to readers, and since the reviews thus far have been good, I assume it did.

With AFTERLIFE, I built two completely fictional worlds - the city of Shoregrave which is just "somewhere on planet Earth," and the Pale World, which is the realm of ghosts, wraiths, vampires, and all the undead. Both drew inspiration from the works of HP Lovecraft. I wanted Shoregrave to be almost a character in its own right, with a deep, bloody history and a very real feel to it, like it was somewhere you might actually get to visit (if you'd want to). I spent a lot of time inventing streets, locations, histories, landmarks etc, most of which you can explore by clicking "The Small World Guide to Shoregrave" tag in my sidebar. To me, Shoregrave is utterly real. I can picture it perfectly as this drizzly, gothic city with lots of twisty turny side streets, crooked headstones in the graveyards, a few brave street cafes, and a bleak stretch of coastline. I'd live there.

The Pale World needed a lot of rules, as did the creatures that lived there, and I'm not 100% sure I got all those rules in order. Next book! But yeah, the laws of physics are different there. I'm pretty pleased with how I described it; hopefully readers got the image I wanted - a of foggy realm cast in bluish light where ghosts and wights flicker back and forth aimlessly, and ghouls lurk by every headstone waiting for their next meal. A lifeless place, a place that might make you think of purgatory. When I get round to writing Halflife, the sequel, I plan to explore a lot more of the Pale World and its denizens. Bring on the mad monks and necromancers!

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11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?

I have a handful of characters I probably love the most, but I tend to like best whoever I'm writing at the time. I adore Ethan, Ash, and Scarlett, and they definitely come easiest to me. But once you're in a character's head and their voice is flowing well, everyone is equally wonderful to me for different reasons. There's definitely no least favourite. 

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10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!

Erm, I may once have written a story for [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory  in which Ash and Christian get into an argument at Ash's club that turns into a drinking contest that turns into some pretty kinky man-on-man action after one too many banana liqueur shots... That was non-canon.

Canon-wise, given the genre I write, there have been all kinds of crazy situations for my characters. Yasmin had to chop up a ghoul in her kitchen in AFTERLIFE. Ayla found herself drugged and forced to fight a werewolf youngster in SILVER KISS. Ethan, poor guy, found himself buying mass quantities of the nastiest porn available to try and keep his inner demon quiet. And then he had to go to a strip club and got knocked around by an incubus. Bad day.

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9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.

Oh hell, I'm far too tired to think straight today. Had a really late finish to my writers' group meeting because we got into a debate about the importance of religion in eleventh century England, and then another debate about the importance of strong characterisation, which I guess kind of ties into this question. I won't rehash the debate though, since it was mostly everyone going "no, you're doing it wrong!"

Anyway. The simple answer is, I don't really know. I'm very much an organic writer who rarely plots much beyond the next paragraph. The best way I can describe my character creation process is "it's like the Big Bang." A few random elements come together, explode, and the end result is a character. It could be a name, a trait, an ability, a home city, anything. Sometimes they will just spring fully-formed into my head, like Lizzie from Wild, who absolutely appeared in my imagination as a fully-fleshed out person complete with history, mannerisms, problems, tastes in music, lifestyle and drug habit already in place.

And sometimes I'll struggle to get a grip on them because I can't find the right name. Yeah, I'd say the name is usually the key thing for me. If a name doesn't come to me immediately, I will struggle to understand or picture the character until I find the right one.

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8. What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?

Clearly the answer to both is urban fantasy. It's by a long shot the genre I read the most, and it's really all I write these days. I do read about - I love cosy mysteries, historicals, the odd thriller here and there, and the occasional high fantasy novel slips into my TBR pile too. High fantasy used to be my main choice for reading and writing, but I grew disenchanted somewhere along the line. Everything seemed to be very samey and repetitive. Of course, the same accusation is frequently leveled at UF, but I haven't reached burn-out yet.

I also read a fair bit paranormal romance, although I'm not really a fan of Black Dagger Brotherhood-style family saga PR series. I find most alpha male heroes to be complete assholes, and I die a little inside every time I read a line like "she smelt of woman." I know the possessive domineering alpha male is a pretty bog standard part of paranormal romance, but I do prefer them to keep their brains in their heads, not their trousers. Look, guys, the caveman thing is sexy in theory, but in practice it's actually pretty tedious.

But yes, for writing, it's currently urban fantasy all the way! I love mixing up the mundane and the magical, and if I can throw some shady governmental science types in there somewhere, all the better. Part of the reason my Scarlett universe is my favourite is because it has all the UF elements I love best in one melting pot - necromancy, gods, angels, werewolves, fire!, demons, shady govermental science types, psychics... Yeah, it's an unholy mess, but I don't care. I don't have tribes of all these things living in secrecy in the same city, after all. I spread my paranormal people around.

Christian is a cursed werewolf - it runs in his family, and he's never met another wereanimal outside of his family. He's okay with that, really. As long as he doesn't have to see his sister or his aunt, he's happy in life. His sister is a bitch (figuratively, not literally) and his aunt is always trying to fix him up with nice young ladies, oblivious to the fact that Christian is purely about the sexyfun times.

Ash is a necromancer, and unique in that he is actually a necromancer, as opposed to the rest of the Dark Council, who just want to be necromancers and keep making half-assed attempts to raise the dead by dripping blood and wax everywhere, and never notice that Ash is just laughing at them all behind their backs and probably drinking the ceremonial wine. Scarlett is a pyrokinetic but she doesn't know why and her parents are dead, so no help there. And whenever she probes Ash about it (because he blatantly knows something she doesn't) he just laughs and distracts her with witty banter and suggestive talk, even though she swears it'll never happen between them because he's a bastard and a liar and possibly a drunk, and then they end up in bed and she's all "I can't believe we did that again!" and he just lays there looking smug.

And then there's all the stuff with the demon lord who's trying to kill her, and who knows what the deal with that even is, and all she gets from Anacroth the lost god is cryptic rubbish and patronising pats on the head. Of course, he's too busy staying low and trying to avoid the attention of certain celestial beings to be much help to anyone, but he makes a mean pot of gumbo.

I've gone totally off the point here.

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7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?

I do sometimes, but more often I have the TV on as background noise. But when I do listen to music, there is endless variation on what I play. I'm going through a Misfits phase at the moment - most of Demonised was written to American Psycho. I'm also madly in love with Ellie Goulding, so she comes up a lot too. Over the weekend I played a lot of classical music while I finished up Demonised because I was feeling kind of mellow. So it varies wildly.

As for songs that apply to the characters... OMG, the list is endless. Going back to Demonised, Ethan's theme song is Monster by Skillet, and I also assigned Private Eye by Alkaline Trio to his personal playlist because, well... he's a private eye. Voices by Disturbed also seemed very apt. Given the Misfits kick I was on whilst writing it, songs like Dig Up Her Bones and Crimson Ghost will forever be associated with Ethan for me too, even if they don't necessarily fit the story.

I sometimes put together proper playlists for novels - SILVER KISS had a lot of Florence and the Machine (Howl, naturally). Wild has a massive playlist. Lizzie's personal theme songs are F'cked Up Girl by The Vandals and Ever Fallen In Love by the Buzzcocks. There was a lot of Misfits and Greenday on that soundstrack too. Also a lot of AFI. AFTERLIFE was very My Chemical Romance heavy - How I Disappear is Yasmin's theme song, and Dead!, and Vampires Will Never Hurt You were on there too.

Scarlett and Ash win the day for most epic playlist of epicness though. I've lost count of the number of songs that make me leap up and think "This is totally just like Scarlett and Ash!" For those interested though, there's a small selection below:

Epicly epic list of epic epicness  )

I'll leave it at that for now, but there are loads more I can't remember off the top of my head, and more get added all the time. It's getting ridiculous really.

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