The lovely Caroline Huball (check out her post HERE) tagged in a fabulously fun Halloween Q&A and I’ve been dying to find some time to participate. Tonight I finally had an entire evening open to write. I brewed some tea, made a plate of cookies, donned my favorite fuzzy writing socks, and cracked my laptop open.
And writer’s block hit.
For me, nothing helps to get past the block than a writing exercise, so tonight I indulged in this one.
Here’s some spooky Q&A for you guys. I’ve interspersed the post with some ridiculous photos of me during Halloweens of Octobers past, because you all deserve something to laugh at while you read through my replies.
Read, enjoy, and then join in the tag! With only a week left until NaNoWriMo, there’s no time like the present to partake in some Halloween themed fun.
1. Are you a scaredy cat or a horror aficionado?
I am most definitely a scaredy cat. The last horror movie I watched was the first Paranormal Activity. It was at a birthday party in college, and I sat with my head down and my eyes closed, eating popcorn between my knees. I know, I know, my bravery is admirable. I love a good suspense or thriller of even slasher, but not horror!
2. Would you ever consider writing a horror novel?
I don’t think I’d be good at that! I love to put darker elements or horror elements into my science fiction and fantasy, and my latest YA SCI-FI manuscript has a serious zombie apocalyptic vibe. I can definitely DO scary, I just don’t think I can do 100% horror.
3. What is your favorite bookish costume you’ve ever worn?
Daisy Buchanan! I had the most fun in my flapper dress and my pearls that year.
4. What is the best bookish costume you’ve seen someone else wear?
Oh my goodness, there’s been so many awesome ones. My favorite would have to be all of the Khaleesi costumes, which I know is more of a TV show costume now. But I love Daenerys Targaryen.
5. What literary villain is your favorite?
Holland, from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. I absolutely love how complex of a character he is. He’s a perfect example of a tormented antihero, and although he’s Kell’s nemesis, there’s never a time where the encounters between them feel like a simple match between good and evil. It’s so much more than that, and I can’t get enough!
6. Will you be visiting a haunted house this year?
No, no, and no. Two years ago I went on a zombie paintball gun course. I was armed and terrified and not nearly dangerous enough. I almost peed myself out of fear and I didn’t manage to hit a single zombie with my ammunition. It was ugly and I was by far the weakest link on our team. Never again.
7. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go Trick-or-Treating?
I’ve always gone to costume parties in the city, but this year will be the first year I willingly opt out of that tradition. My husband and I are staying home to hand out candy and bring our 10-month-old trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. I can’t wait!
8. What’s the best Halloween song?
I don’t know many Halloween songs, this is hard. Nightmare Before Christmas is my all-time favorite movie to watch around Halloween, and “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” is my favorite song from the bunch. So let’s go with that. (Although “I Put a Spell on You” from Hocus Pocus is obviously a close contender)
9. What scares you the most about the writing process?
Having to kill my darlings! I’m terrible at leaving things on the cutting room floor, even when it’s what’s ultimately the best for my manuscript. I’m editing during NaNoWriMo this year, and I’m dreading all of the inevitable cuts.
10. Monster Mash – If you had to say your antagonist was a mix of two traditional monsters what would those be?
Evander the Hawk from The Rogue Elegance series would be a vampire and a zombie.
My antagonist from my WIP would be the mummy and the invisible man.
11. Would your MC be more scared of being left alone in a dark forest or an abandoned castle?
Emerala the Rogue from the Rogue Elegance series would definitely be more afraid of being left alone in an abandoned castle. She’d start feeling claustrophobic, which would make her antsy. She doesn’t like being confined and hates to feel as though she has nowhere to run.
The MC from my WIP would be the total opposite. Since she’s deaf, she’d hate being left in a dark forest. Being stranded without her sight and her hearing is her worst nightmare.
12. Does anyone in your WIP believe in ghosts?
Considering the story takes place largely in purgatory, I’d say so. There’s the whole concept of “ferrying the souls of the dead” which plays heavily into the plot, so a good portion of the more minor characters are wandering souls. But, GASP! Now I’ve said too much.
13. What character would last the longest in a scary movie?
Lyssa. Absolutely Lyssa. Ancient, angry, and deadly with her aim, Lyssa is the immortal embodiment of rage. She’s survived several wars and has stared death point-blank in the face more times than one. In a scary movie, she’d be the thing that goes bump in the night.
14. Good witch or bad witch – do you enjoy torturing the characters in your WIP or do you feel bad about it?
I DO feel bad about it, but that doesn’t stop me from torturing my star-crossed lovers anyway. Does that make me a bad witch? Can I be Elphaba?
15. Pick a love interest from your WIP: would they be most likely to scream like a little kid or punch someone in the face if they were scared abruptly?
Oh, man. That would be one painful punch.
So there you have it. My mug is empty, my cookies have been devoured, and this writing exercise is officially complete.
Writer’s block or not, I’m jumping back into it.
Happy Halloween, everyone!