Monday, February 27, 2012

Once more. With Feeling.

I've been tagged yet again. Not once. Not twice, but thrice. But because I'm seriously getting karmic brownie points for answering every single question, I'm breaking the rules again. I'm going to ask that you pick one of the questions and answer it in the comments. Easy, right?

1. Where did the inspiration for writing your WIP come from?
For the first time in a very long time, I was rereading a book (actually seven): Chronicles of Narnia. About two or three months before that, I'd physically gone and burnt notes to my previous WiP and wiped the draft off my laptop. So there I was, in a self-imposed exile from writing, waiting for a very VERY good idea what would blow my socks off.

But I digress. I was reading one of the Chronicles (not sure which one any more, although I suspect that it was The Horse and His Boy) and there he was: moody, full of shit, ruthless, dark and... interestingly, charming. But definitely NOT of Narnian breeding (even though I foolishly tried to force him to be something similar once).

The rest was history.

2. Any interesting tales about your muse?

Well, she sort of takes a holiday now, when I write Doorways, Darrion takes over from her and keeps me focused. He also does some really dark and twisted things to my internal editor and internal critic when they speak out of turn.

3. Your muse; fab/frustrating/inbetweener?

Oh... to see what Darrion's like, you'll have to wait for the book to come out. As for the other one, she's a bitch. Always shows up when I can't write and leaves when I can.

4. Why do you write?
Because I go nuts when I don't.

5. If you could enhance one of your senses, which would it be?
Hmm... not sure. Because I sort of have perfect sight, smell (when my sinuses are clear. damn you fruit farmers), hearing (which I'm paranoid about) and taste. So I guess that leaves touch, but that sounds painful.

6. When you are not creating what do you do?
Uh... what do you mean, when I'm not creating? I'm creating even when I'm... not... creating.  

7. Ask yourself a question –now answer it.

Is that a question? ... No. ;-P

8. How long is a piece of string?

This long.

9. What was the last dream you saw?

Not sure, actually. I've been trying to remember all day. I remember it was interesting.

10. In a film about your life, which actor would play you?

Uhm... possibly Kiera Knightly. She could be made to resemble me if we really worked at it.

11. What’s your motto in life and also your work ethics?

Don't give other people too much say in your choices. It's all right to ask for advice, but trust nothing without thought.

1. Someone is holding your book in their arms and are gushing about it to you. What do they say?

"OMG OMG OMG I can't believe I'm talking to my favorite author!!!! *SQUEEEEEEE!!!*"

A girl can dream, right?

2. Which children's/young adult book did you only read and LOVE as an adult?

Does The Hobbit, count?

3. What makes your favorite writer so special? What in their writing do you love?

Don't really have a favorite writer. I have favorite stories. And those are made with complex characters, great plots and fresh voices.

4. Which advice would you have loved to have when you started out writing?

Actually, I'm really lucky to have a published author (my gran) living with me. So I knew what I needed to know when I started. I guess one thing I would have liked to be more aware of would be the amount of commitment a novel takes, but no one can tell you that. You only find that out by writing a full length novel.

5. Where do you go in your daydreams?

Everywhere and nowhere.

6. Where do you love to write?

Very noisy places, or quiet places where I can listen to music without sounds clashing.

7. Did you pick certain actors or tv-personalities for your writing? If so, who?

Only if there's a photo of them with the exact right look and feel.

8. Did you ever write a character who then never left your mind?

Yep. That would be Darrion and company. :-)

9. Pick one fictional character. Describe how it would be to meet them.

D'Artagnan. I'd ask him for swordsmanship tips. ^_^

10. What do you have around your writing space to inspire you?


11. Do you make writing soundtracks? Name the first three songs on it!

Yep. I actually have ten for the Doorways series. One for each of the five main characters and one supporting character. One for each of the four books that I have in mind. So I hope you don't mind if I skip on naming songs.


1. What was your favorite novel growing up?

Hmm... Three Musketeers and Sherlock Holmes tied.

2. Tell me about somewhere you went that was better than you expected it to be, (store, vacation, party, etc)

Whenever I go somewhere or do something without expectations, I'm pleasantly surprised. Like watching Despicable Me.

3. If you could be anyone fictional who would you be and why?

Hmm... this is like that historical personality question that I got the first time. I actually like not being the person in the book. Still, if I could be someone fictional, I'd be Callan from Doorways. I'm thinking Mike knows why.

4. Name a movie that had a serious impact on you.

Ooh there are way too many to count.

5. What made you start a blog, or get a social network page if you don't have a blog?

It's something I've always wanted to do. And one day, after I decided to knuckle down and finish what would become Doorways, I closed my eyes and started blogging to keep myself accountable.

6. Who's the best villain you've ever read or seen?

That's like picking my favorite child. :-/

7. What your favorite creative outlet?

Uhm. Writing?

8. Name one way you deal with stress.


9. Name someone you admire, and why.

My mom and gran.... because they're my mom and gran. ;-)

10. Which is better waffles or pancakes?

Depends on my mood. Last week I had waffles, so now pancakes are better.

Last, but not least....
11. What is your favorite quote?

Sorry. Really don't have one. What about.... no... no that's not the one I remember.


  1. I want Keira Knightly to play me!!! Haha. Although I seriously doubt they'll ever make a movie about my life, seeing as I'm not that interesting.

    Let's see....I'd say waffles are better than pancakes. I love trying to get syrup in every single hole.

  2. LOVE all your answers Misha! I'm the same way with writing soundtracks too. I always have to make sure I'm listening to certain selections while I'm writing, it's perfect for setting the mood. :)

  3. I love that "Ask yourself a question. Now answer it." one.

    I also making writing soundtracks. I have one for each WIP and then one for each character.

  4. That's a lot of questions!
    Actually I didn't read The Chronicles of Narnia until I was an adult.

  5. I agree with you about waffles and pancakes. Both have different tastes and textures and are so delicious! I couldn't pick a favorite either. It would depend on what I was in the mood for that morning.

    Good luck with your wip! The Narnia books are so good. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite, though I do love them all!

  6. I love the men your imagination comes up with. I could spend all day and all night with them. Seriously.

  7. Misha, that's so cool that your grandma is a published author! What's her name and what book did she write?

  8. My husband tells me that I talk in my sleep a lot more if I am not writing/creating consistently.

    My favorite writer is Brandon Sanderson. I love his Mistborn Series. It inspired me to try writing myself and made me think about faith...and it is a fantasy novel! Love, Love, Love.

  9. Great answers!

    I love listening to music for inspiration. There's often music for every scene, if you search for it.

  10. I like your answers. =)

    My favorite writer is Shannon Hale, because she has such a lyrical, rich writing style that isn't too heavy, but does what it needs to with much panache. ^_^

  11. Great answers. :) This tag thing has been so much fun! I love reading everyone's responses.
    The inspiration for my WiP came from my husband. I kinda' veered away from what I would normally do and wrote it for him.

  12. Who is the best villain you have seen? I think the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Interesting questions and answers.

  13. Great answers here Misha, this was a very ambitious post. I enjoyed reading it because it was very interesting.
    Good luck with Doorways.

  14. I don't do sound tracks. When I was young I could write and study to loud rock music. These days I like it quiet so I can hear and see what's going on in my head...

  15. I think I'd have to get Keira Knightly's Mum to play me :-)

  16. Wow. Lots of questions and answers here. I'll answer the one about picking certain actors for my writing. I've never done that because the characters come to me looking the way they do. So far that hasn't meshed with any particular actor. When I see questions about who would play your character they always throw me for a loop because I see them clearly in my mind as they are.

  17. Love your answers, Misha. You muse sounds a lot like mine ;)

  18. Loved your answers, specially the cheeky ones.
    I wish my male MCs motivated me...they are busy flirting with my muse half the time.

  19. lol Misha, when your book gets published I'm going to tape record myself squeeing and holding up your book. Then I'll send it to you. :)


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