Today I present you with another addition to the Meet the Authors series here on Lucent Dusk. Tinkercannon, formerly known as Pastrypack, came to my attention through the Doctor Who fandom, though I understand she is writing for True Blood these days. Come sit with me at the poolside with a nice cool drink as we chat with Tinkercannon about the usefulness of writing prompts, the importance of building an excellent vocabulary, and Franz Kafka. She is also a fellow zombie fan! My heartfelt thanks to Tinkercannon for participating!

Penname: Tinkercannon

  • How long have you been writing?

    I've been writing my whole life, but I started writing fanfiction when I was around 15 (I'm 21 now). I still write, but since I'm in college at the moment, it's mostly long, tedious papers that require my full attention.

  • What first got you interested in writing fanfiction?

    Well, I'd been reading it for a while before I wrote anything, and I hadn't even (and still haven't) written anything for the initial fandom ('Angel') that attracted my attention. I'm pretty sure the first thing I ever wrote was RPF (I know, stigma, stigma, stigma); it was only a sentence, but it kind of spiraled from there and that's when I started writing Doctor Who fic. I think I started writing after Doomsday, specifically, because really, if that doesn't inspire you to influence and better the lives of characters that you love, what would?

  • Are there any fanfic authors that have influenced your own writing? If so, who are they and what do they write?

    I would have to say that I've been influenced by many authors all over the internet, as I've read my fair share of fiction and there are some incredibly writers out there. But fated_addiction (LiveJournal) is one of those writers that really comes to mind. I always enjoyed reading her stories more so than any other simply because I found them to be challenging works; they weren't just there to fix a canonical problem, they raised questions and ideas just like the original work that had inspired her to write in the first place. She wrote anything from short one-shots to multi-chapter fics, and she seems to write for a decent amount of fandoms but a lot of my favorites were her House, M.D. works.

  • What are your favorite shows to write fiction for? What about these shows lend themselves to the creative exercise of fanfiction?

    When I was heavily into writing fanfiction a few years ago, I would definitely have to say Doctor Who and Heroes, although recently (the past year or so) I found myself inspired by True Blood more than anything. Doctor Who I feel is a given in terms of inspiration considering the fact that there's just so much to work with. The characters can literally go anywhere, and the Doctor has become such a complex character in recent years that he's just begging to be explored in your own head in a way that you couldn't just by simply watching. Heroes also served as an inspiration creatively because there were so many characters to work with who never got much of a chance to interact on the show. If you watched Heroes you knew that there was plenty of potential wasted after the writer's strike (maybe even a little before) and the show went to shit.

  • Which of your stories is your personal favorite? Why?

    Because my Doctor Who fics are so old, and having re-read them I'm shocked that anyone still likes them, I'd have to say my most recently completed work is my favorite. It's a small one-shot I wrote for True Blood; an apocalypse themed fic, a trend that had been buzzing around the internet for a while and I had really wanted to get my hands on it. I think the reason I like it is that it was one of the first pieces of fanfiction I had written after I'd graduated high school and I felt like my writing had evolved a little bit. I also really liked the imagery I had used, more so than in any of my other fics.

  • Who is your all time favorite character to write for? Why?

    Out of all of the fandoms that I've written for, I guess it's a 3-way tie between Rose Tyler, Sookie Stackhouse, and Eric Northman. I really enjoyed writing Rose, simply because I felt like her voice came easier to me than most other characters, and I always liked stretching her circumstances and exploring a hidden potential that was sadly lost when Billie Piper made the decision to leave Doctor Who. Eric Northman is a given, if you watch True Blood at all you'll know why; and I like writing Sookie because I feel like the writers of True Blood, and sometimes even Charlaine Harris, fail to do this character justice, I've only written one small story from her POV, like I said, but I really enjoyed it and I hope to be inspired to write another.

  • What do you view as your strengths as a writer? Your weaknesses?

    In terms of strengths, I'd have to say I have an excellent vocabulary, and not to toot my own horn but sometimes I feel that I have a good eye for detail. I think I have far more weaknesses than strengths, one of them being a trouble with writing a story that doesn't heavily revolve around a pairing. I wish that I could take stories in a more general direction sometimes, but there's something about writing a romance (even a tragic one) that seems to have more appeal. I also have the worst writer's block in history, as you can see, I've gone years without writing anything even though I know it would no doubt serve as good practice in other avenues of my writing future.

  • It is an old adage that the best writers are also readers. What types of books do you read, and who are some of your favorite authors?

    I'll read pretty much anything, from literature to teen novels, as long as I find it to be stimulating in some way and to be sure it has to be able to suck me in. Harry Potter is of course one of my all time favorites, along with the Southern Vampire Mysteries, and The Hunger Games Trilogy, which I just read this past summer and practically inhaled. In terms of literature, Franz Kafka is without a doubt one of my if not my most favorite author. His works are extraordinarily difficult to read, but as a writer and an individual he is one of my favorites. I also really enjoy anything by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I loved The Scarlet Letter when I read it in high school, or John Steinbeck (an East of Eden re-read is definitely required!)

  • Have you tried your hand at original fiction? Do you have any aspirations with regards to original fiction?

    I have written some original pieces, although I don't know how I feel about them. I would love nothing more than to get started on my own original story, but I've found it very difficult to not only come up with an exciting, feasible plot, but also creating characters that I actually enjoy writing. The thing with fanfiction is that you're writing characters that are already established, that you already love. It's unsurprisingly hard creating life from scratch.

  • If you have written original fiction, is there anywhere we can go to read it?

    At the moment, no, I had a writing journal but I deleted it, I think I'm working on making another one, though. I've been trying to think of where I'd like to put all my work. I have a account, but I've never been an enormous fan of that site, and have stopped uploading stories there.

  • How do you conquer the problem of writer's block?

    I don't. Haha, I tend to simply stop writing until I'm struck by lightening, so to speak, an idea will just pop into my head and I'll go, go, go! It's probably something I should work on though, I've heard people say that writing a sentence a day is extraordinarily helpful, but I'm famous for my laziness.

  • Have you discovered any tips or tricks that help with your writing that you would like to share with our readers?

    Not really, unfortunately, all I will say is that if you have an itch to write, whether it be fanfiction or an original work, sometimes a prompt really does help. I always find shuffling through my iTunes helps. And of course all the best thinking occurs whilst in the shower.

  • If you could meet any one person from history or fiction, who would it be and why?

    Franz Kafka. I already said he was a favorite of mine, but seriously, if there was one person from the past I could grab by the collar and throw into the present, it would be him. Just so I could give him the most gigantic hug I could.

  • Which has the greatest coolest factor - Ninjas, pirates, or zombies? Why?

    I'd have to say zombies, they've been a long time favorite of mine. I just love the movies, the graphic novels, the books, and especially the tv show The Walking Dead now. So good!

Have you read Tinkercannon's stories? What did you think of them? Which one is your favorite? Do you have a comment on any of her responses? Let us know!

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