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May 2011 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 1, 2011

The official start of summer is almost upon us, inkpoppers! But before we can usher in a new season, we must usher out a handful of new projects – selected by YOU – which are already on their way to the desk of the HarperCollins Editorial Board for review!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for May 2011? Find out below!

inkpop May 2011 Top Picks:

Mercury Books by Ms.Marauder (Book – General Fiction / Humor / Romance)

Plastic Rings by Colleen Dorothy Marie O’Reilly (Book – General Fiction / Romance)

Silence by Hannah H (Book – Adventure / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance / Paranormal)

Windswept by wildgreenskittle (Book – Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance)

The Wishing Well by MariellaHunt (Book – General Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Mystery)

Congratulations to the May 2011 Top Pick authors! Once the Editorial Board has had the chance to review your project, you will receive a critique and feedback from a HarperCollins Editor.

In the meantime…five slots now stand empty. Does your project have what it takes to be a June 2011 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite May 2011 Top Pick? Did you fall under Cameron Quillen’s charming spell in Mercury Books? Were you inundated with dreams from your childhood after delving into the pages of Plastic Rings? Did Sage’s harrowing plight found within the pages of Silence leave you spellbound? Were you swept up in the beautiful prose found within Windswept? Did the mystery of The Wishing Well make you rethink your last wish?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: ariwriter

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 2, 2011

“I’m Ari, a wacky, friendly, musical sixteen year old from Pennsylvania. I live here with my mom and dad and my dog, Bengal, who is a Catahoula Leopard dog (ten brownie points if you actually know what that is! Haha!).

“I come from an extremely musical (and awesome) family so I definitely have a lot of music in my life. I’m technically in eleventh grade at the moment but I’m currently on medical leave from school because of my fibromyalgia. Even though things are kind of tough for me at the moment, I keep my spirits up with my writing, spending as much time as I can with my friends, reading, and making so many amazing friends on this site! I find comfort, joy, and support in writing and I hope to pass that out to everyone else.

“I’ve gone through some really rough times in my short lifetime and most of those times I felt so alone, like no one could relate to me, as I’m sure many people feel. It is an awful feeling and I don’t want others to have to experience it. That is why I try to make my writing provide some comfort, something to relate to, or just something to enjoy, for everyone out there and I open myself up to anyone who ever needs to talk about anything. I really want to help people and make a difference in their lives while pursuing a career that makes me happy and is everything I’ve ever dreamed of.

“Along with writing and singing, I also enjoy acting, reading and anything to do with electronics (I am a tech geek!). Oh yeah, and I’m insanely wacky and I love to have fun with my friends and family!”

Rough times or not, Ari (aka ariwriter) has championed through them all – only growing stronger with each triumph. And luckily for inkpoppers, she has channeled all of these moments into her writing – creating one story after another that lives on with readers long after the last pages have been read!

Your project Roses By the Lake was an inkpop Top Pick back in February of 2011. How did it feel to, after spending so much time working on one project, see it garner so much success? Though Roses By the Lake is no longer posted on inkpop, many are curious…is it still a work in project, or have you completed it?

ariwriter: It was extremely exciting to see it up there especially since it was my first novel. I never expected it to go so far but I’m so glad that people enjoyed it so much and gave me so much helpful feedback that will help me in the future. It was also exciting to get advice from a professional editor and I think it will help me and my writing grow immensely. I’ve completed the actual writing portion of the project but it is still a work in progress because of editing. It’s on private now for that reason and because I want to focus on Unfamiliar right now but I’ll be posting the completed story again very soon!

You have two other projects on inkpop at the moment – Unfamiliar and 365 Days, 365 Poems. Unfamiliar is currently ranked as # 40 on the Charts. How does it feel to be so close to making it into the Top 5? What is currently going through your mind? Since you have already made it into the Top 5 in the past, do you feel differently about it this time?

ariwriter: I’m so excited to be so close! And pretty stunned! This is really my main focus at the moment so it’s going to be great to get advice from the editor on it, especially because it helped so much last time. Currently what’s going through my mind is “Ah! I need to get the first part finished and edited soon!” and “I’m so glad people are enjoying the story.” I definitely do think I feel a bit different. I’m no less ecstatic but I am slightly calmer maybe. I was a bit nervous last time because I was pretty new and didn’t really know what to expect out of the review. I was also a little insecure about my work at that point because it was my first ever novel and I wasn’t sure where I wanted the writing to be at the point of the review. But now I feel much more confident and I know what to expect and where exactly I want my story to be when I get the review!

365 Days, 365 Poems is a very unique project in that it is a self-created challenge. What inspired this project? Do you hope others take a cue from you, and try the 365 Days, 365 Poems challenge, as well? Do you feel that this particular project has helped your writing? If so, in what ways?

ariwriter: The main thing that inspired this project was the movie Julie and Julia in which the main character, Julie, created a blog and decides to complete an entire Julia Childs cookbook in a year and blog about each recipe. I absolutely love this movie and one day when I was writing a poem, I thought of the idea to try to do a poem a day for a year.

Poetry has always been a way that I’ve been able to express myself and the feelings I try to push down so I thought this project would help me in many different ways. I really do hope others will take a cue from this and try some kind of year project (this was another reason for its creation). I really doubted myself a lot throughout this but as I began to get further into it, I realized it wasn’t an unattainable goal as I had thought before. So I hope people will try a project, whether it is poems or something else, because it shows that we all have the power to do anything if we set our minds to it. You get such an amazing feeling of accomplishment throughout it and when you finish because you stuck with it the whole time.

It definitely helped my writing a lot in a few ways. I met other writers through this and learn many different tips that bettered my writing; I got a ton of practice writing poetry and working with a deadline. This was a very good way to begin to get my writing out there and recognized and began to teach me about the writing world. I also taught myself that I have the ability write and the ability to focus on a project for so long and give it my all. I think this will really help me in my future with writing.

Can you tell us a bit about the creative process for Unfamiliar?

ariwriter: The creative process for Unfamiliar has been a lot different than my usual process. Unfamiliar actually started out as solely a short story which I wrote for a contest here on inkpop. While I had it posted, every single comment I got mentioned something about wanting me to make it into a full story which I hadn’t even considered. Even Jeff Sampson, who picked my project in the contest and reviewed it, expressed that it would make a good full story (which was an incredible moment for me because I really admire his writing). So I gave it a try and without planning out a whole lot of the story, I wrote the next three chapters, just to see if I liked where it was going. I noticed that the story really began to fall into place and write itself as I went along and the ideas for it began to flow naturally into my mind as I was typing. Once I got those written and posted and they were met with another amazing reception, I knew that I really wanted to continue this story and began to draw my outline for the rest of it. Before I knew it, this short story that I swore would stay in that format became a full blown book with plans for a sequel as well!

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

ariwriter: There are so many wonderful characters that I would love to be but I think one that would be really fun to be would Holiday Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I love that story and she seems like she would be a really fun character to play; kind of quirky and different just like me! Also, if they ever made a movie about Katherine Hepburn’s life, I would love to star as Katherine because she is my favorite actress and has been a huge influence and inspiration to me.

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

ariwriter: My favorite childhood author was A.A. Milne because I used to love reading the Winnie the Pooh stories and watching the movies with my parents and grandparents. My family and I have been huge Winnie the Pooh fans for many years. One of the only memories I have of my grandpa before he passed away was watching a one of the movies with him over at my grandparents’ house when I was about three years old.

Anything else you’d like to add?

ariwriter: I am so thankful that inkpop has come into my life, especially during this hard time I’m going through. I’ve learned so much and improved my writing greatly and it’s giving me a wonderful chance to interact with other writers. I’ve also met so many amazing people who keep on encouraging and inspiring me every day and help me to keep my head up and continue on when I’m prepared to fall off the path and let everything drag me down. Thank you all so much!

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Food you could eat every day? Mac and Cheese.
What’s on your iPod? So many different things! Some favorites: Maroon 5, Adam Lambert, The Downtown Fiction, Artist vs. Poet, Lady Gaga.
Favorite vacation spot? Ocean City, New Jersey.
Cake or ice cream? Definitely cake!
You’re stranded on a desert island, what five books do you take with you? The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Go Ask Alice, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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April 2011 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 1, 2011

We all know that “April showers bring May flowers,” inkpoppers; but they also bring five new projects – selected by YOU – to the desk of the HarperCollins Editorial Board for review!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for April 2011? Find out below!

inkpop April 2011 Top Picks:

A Passion Called Hate by Whyte.Rose (Book – Humor / General Fiction / Romance)

The Bride and Her Prince by mimi11052003 (Book – General Fiction / Romance / Humor)

Paradox by Seattlelover7 (Book – Paranormal / Romance / Mystery)

What Goes Up by morgan.sparr (Book – Adventure / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance / Humor)

Total Insanity by RosesXRed (Book – General Fiction / Romance / Humor)

Congratulations to the April 2011 Top Pick authors! Once the Editorial Board has had the chance to review your project, you will receive a critique and feedback from a HarperCollins Editor.

In the meantime…five slots now stand empty. Does your project have what it takes to be a May 2011 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite April 2011 Top Pick? Did you learn to love alongside Coralie in A Passion Called Hate? Did The Bride and Her Prince sweep you into a world of romance and happily-ever-afters? Did you find yourself unable to escape the clutches of Summer’s new existence in Paradox? Were you caught up in the adventure and intrigue found within What Goes Up? Was it impossible to keep your head when delving into the pages of Total Insanity?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: KDBDanielle

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 11, 2011

“I’m a fifteen year old Floridan who doesn’t get her daily dose of sun. I actually avoid it to be honest.

“My town is a pretty decent size. You’ve most likely turned into the exit on your way to the beach, but forgot all about it because it lacks palm trees and eye-catching attractions.

“Just recently I learned that giraffes could run. Don’t ask why I thought they couldn’t. I’ve been called cute, funny and a traffic light (I’m 5’10). Being the eldest in my family has made me have a motherly instinct. Though I look athletic I’m not. Give me a ball to kick or shoot and I get flustered. When I’m not writing or scanning the pages of inkpop I’m trying to reach the highest level on my dad’s treadmill without falling off, munching on Whales (not real ones of course), doing my latch-hook (bet you have no clue what that is), reading what I can get my hands on, trying to find a movie in Netflix’s stock, having Bible study, and cleaning because I’m a neat freak.”

inkpoppers certainly don’t seem to mind that Kiana (aka KDBDanielle) is anything but athletic. Why? Because her lack of interest in outdoors activities has given her more time to devote to her writing projects – specifically the wildly popular Match-Up Set, which made it into inkpop’s Top Five back in December of 2010.

Your project Match-Up Set is hugely popular, and made it into the December 2010 inkpop Top Five. That said, it is still listed as being incomplete…are you still working on this project; are you taking a breather from it, and working on something new; or do you feel that Match-Up Set will be a constant work in process?

KDBDanielle: I’m taking a break from it. The review I received was incredibly helpful and brought so many things to my attention. It also brought tons of new ideas. I decided to put things on hold for a bit and work on other projects until I’m ready to again dedicate all my focus on Match-Up Set.

In your profile you state…“I’m homeschooled and that explains why I have two homeschooled projects. ‘Match-Up Set’ and one that’s not posted…. it plays a big role in my life so I can’t help, but write about it. :)” Do you feel that homeschooling will forever be a part of your writing projects? In your opinion, has homeschooling given you the ability to devote more time to your writing; thus, becoming a focal point in your projects?

KDBDanielle: No, I don’t think it’ll forever be apart of my writing projects. It’s something I know very well so it’s easy to write. Homeschooling has given me the chance to devote more time to writing. Like right now. I should probably be getting ready for math, but I’m here. 🙂 So yes, that’s why it’s the focal point of my projects.

Aside from Stephanie S. Tolan’s Surviving the Applewhites, not much YA literature discusses homeschooling. As many inkpoppers are homeschooled, do you feel that this is one of the aspects of your work that draws readers in – why or why not?

KDBDanielle: Yes, I do think that’s what draws in the readers. It’s one thing to be the new kid and it’s another to be the previously homeschooled new kid. It has people ask questions like: How are they going to react to being around kids their age more often? How are others going to react to them being unaware of how things work in school?

What do you feel influences your writing and why?

KDBDanielle: Random clips of conversations and photos. I like to pay attention to everything around me. How people react to statements made. How they stand when excited or nervous. It’s an easy way to get inspiration.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

KDBDanielle: I like writing about things I feel that’s been untouched.

You mention in your profile that you have another project that you are working on that is not posted on inkpop. Can you tell us a bit about this project (genre, what’s it about, etc.)? Do you plan on posting it on inkpop in the near future?

KDBDanielle: It’s called What We Were. This project is the first I’ve written that’s totally in the POV of a guy (I switched POVs in another project called After the End). My main character is very self-righteous. He enters a relationship with a girl for all the wrong reasons. I can’t say what happens after that since I haven’t planned or outlined anything like I normally do. I want to post sometime in April so keep an eye out!

How do you combat writer’s block? Do you have any tips for beating out writer’s block that you’d like to share with us?

KDBDanielle: I like to take a break from writing altogether if I find I’m stuck. If you find yourself stuck I’d advise to go outside and far away from your computer as possible. Pay attention to everything and everyone around you. Read poetry or books that are the same genre as your own project.

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

KDBDanielle: Valerie from Red Riding Hood. You have to admit, that little village would be an awesome place to live. Creepy, but awesome.

What do you think makes good writing?

KDBDanielle: Well-written characters. It doesn’t matter how original your plot is if you have flat characters. A reader will close the book the second they realize they don’t care what happens to them.

What’s on your spring reading list?

KDBDanielle: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Emma by Jane Austen, Plague by Micheal Grant (seems like I’ve been waiting forever for this one!), The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, and Cloaked by Alex Finn.

What made you fall in love with writing?

KDBDanielle: The fact that I couldn’t do “wrong.” I’m the kind of person that stresses on getting things to look exactly like its picture. With writing there’s no right or wrong way necessarily.

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

KDBDanielle: Adrian Fogelin. Her books were the first to hinder me from eating dinner on time.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite fictional character? I have many, but today it’s Sam from Gone by Michael Grant.
What’s on your iPod? Taylor Swift, Paramore, August Rush soundtrack, Mozart, B.o.b, and Bruno Mars.
Hidden talent? I could hula-hoop forever.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla with Snickers in it. I forgot what they called the flavor, but I’m guessing somewhere along the lines of vanilla-with-snickers. 😉
Book you could read over and over again? The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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March 2011 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 1, 2011

Springtime has officially arrived, inkpoppers! As we welcome warmer weather with open arms, we bid a fond farewell to five fantastic projects – selected by YOU – all of which are already on their journey to the HarperCollins Editorial Board for review!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for March 2011? Find out below!

inkpop March 2011 Top Picks:

Bound Together by rainveins8 (Book – General Fiction / Romance / Humor)

Unwell by Hail the Fallen (Book – General Fiction / Mystery)

Dear Liver, Just Deal with It by ashlutz (Book – Humor / General Fiction)

Eden’s Fall: Changeling by DD (Book – Paranormal / Romance / Science Fiction / Fantasy)

The Game of War by HealedMyWings (Book – Adventure / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Humor)

Congratulations to the March 2011 Top Pick authors! Once the Editorial Board has had the chance to review your project, you will receive a critique and feedback from a HarperCollins Editor.

In the meantime…five slots now stand empty. Does your project have what it takes to be an April 2011 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite March 2011 Top Pick? Did you find yourself bound to the pages of Bound Together? Were you enthralled with the character of Alec in Unwell? Was it impossible for you to stop from laughing out loud while perusing the pages of Dear Liver, Just Deal with It? Were you captivated by the description and imagination put forth in Eden’s Fall: Changeling? Did cast of crazy characters and intense action found in The Game of War leave you hungry for more?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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February 2011 Top Picks

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 1, 2011

Happy, Happy March 1st, inkpoppers! As we close out one month, prepared to welcome in a new one, we bid adieu to five fabulous projects – selected by YOU; which are now well on their way to the HarperCollins Editorial Board for review.

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for February 2011? Find out below!

inkpop February 2011 Top Picks:

In[fame]us by Jesse di Angelo (Book – General Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Humor)

Marna by stephprater (Book – Paranormal, Romance, Humor)

Cover Me Again by mandarr17 (Book – General Fiction)

Roses By The Lake by ariwriter (Book – General Fiction, Romance, Horror)

Stake My Heart by Jennii (Book – Horror, Paranormal, Romance)

Congratulations to the February 2011 Top Pick authors! Once the Editorial Board has had the chance to review your project, you will receive a critique and feedback from a HarperCollins Editor.

In the meantime…five slots now stand empty. Does your project have what it takes to be a March 2011 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite February 2011 Top Pick? Did Andi of In[fame]us leave you starry-eyed? Were you unable to escape Marna until the very last word was read? Did the memorable characters and topics covered in Cover Me Again leave you overwhelmed with tears and grief? Were you swept up in Roses By The Lake? Were you unable to tear yourself away from Aria’s story after sinking your teeth into Stake My Heart?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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HarperCollins Publishing inkpop Book: Author Video

Posted by inkpopbecki on February 2, 2011

She was an inkie just like you. Working hard, she got her book into the Top Five. Now she is a HarperCollins author. Want to hear more about how HarperCollins discovered its first book on inkpop.com? Join our live chat to night with author Leigh Fallon tonight at 5 p.m. EST in the inkpop Forum Events. In the mean time check out Leigh’s first author video.

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January 2011 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 1, 2011

The first month of 2011 has come to a close, and with its departure we send five new projects selected by YOU to the Editor’s Desk for review by inkpop’s prized Editorial Board!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for January 2011? Find out below!

inkpop January 2011 Top Picks:

Deadly Kiss by Krystelle Elizabeth (Book – Paranormal / Romance / Mystery)

Night Child by luvpoets (Book – Romance / Science Fiction / Fantasy)

Sunlight by wildgreenskittle (Book – Romance / Science Fiction / Fantasy)

Chasing Freedom by Jinxy (Book – Adventure / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal)

The Cycle by entropist (Book – General Fiction)

Congratulations to the January 2011 Top Pick authors! Once the Editorial Board has had the chance to review your project, you will receive a critique and feedback from a HarperCollins Editor.

In the meantime…five slots now stand empty. Does your project have what it takes to be a February 2011 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite January 2011 Top Pick? Did you find yourself succumbing to the Deadly Kiss? Were you eager to transform into a Night Child like Maya? Did you learn countless lessons from West alongside Reese in Sunlight? Were you exhilarated by Chase’s adventures in Chasing Freedom? Did the tumultuous relationship between The Cycle’s Bonnie Polk and Matthew Friedmann leave you enthralled?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: blueview

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 24, 2011

“I live in a place where winter is a short way of saying, ‘get ready to freeze and never want to leave your house.’ At least that’s what I think about when I hear the word Canada.

“I’m finally about to finish high school in a few months and would be thrilled if that didn’t mean 8 more years of school. To get through these years, I plan on reading and writing in my spare time, which is quite shocking, right? Oh, and sleeping: musn’t forget my dear friend Sleep 😛

“The most interesting fact about me would probably have to be the unbelievable amount of cousins I have. Unfortunately, I haven’t ever met any of them O.o”

Never having met any of her “unbelievable amount of cousins” however doesn’t mean that Anne (aka blueview) hasn’t left a strong impression upon them – the very same way she has left a strong impression on inkpop. Since joining the site in February 2010 (yes, Anne will be celebrating her one-year inkie anniversary on February 1, 2011) Anne has captured the hearts of inkpoppers with her romance/humor project Second Time Around – an inkpop Top Pick – and even garnered the most votes for Hardest Worker on inkpop in the Second Annual inkie Awards. But for Anne, it’s all in a days work – and you can only expect more from her in the future!

2010 was a pretty big year for you on inkpop. Your project Second Time Around was named a Top Pick in July, and in December you were named Hardest Worker on inkpop in the Second Annual inkie Awards. Has all of the success from last year made you more determined to accomplish even bigger and better things in regards to your writing for 2011?

blueview: It’s given me a bit more confidence to keep aiming higher when it comes to writing. I’m not as reserved as I used to be about my writing, and all the support I was given from the inkies on Second Time Around has motivated me to edit the story and try different things in my writing. I’m going to keep writing, try different genres and once I’m confident enough about one of my novels, I’ll start querying, keep my fingers crossed and keep editing. 😛

To this day, Second Time Around is an incredibly popular story on inkpop, and was even called “compulsively readable” by HarperCollins Editor’s. What’s next for Second Time Around? Do you have further plans for this project?

blueview: Second Time Around is getting a nice, huge makeover. I’m adding some new characters, taking out some minor ones, re-working other characters, changing lots of scenes and also trying to make the story a bit shorter. Right now I’m just concentrating on making it the best that it can be, while working on its sequel titled Say It Once, which might, in time, get posted on inkpop.

Second Time Around falls into the General Fiction / Romance / Humor genre. Would you say that this is your favorite genre to write? Would you ever consider to writing something completely different from these genres – if so what and why?

blueview: These 3 genres are my comfort zone. I’ve grown up reading them day and night (literally), and it’s what I’m most comfortable writing. I love light, fun and funny romances and love writing them even more. But my biggest goal when it comes to writing is to grow as a writer, so I’m learning to broaden my horizons. I’ve been working on a paranormal book for a while now, and I just finished researching so I’m about to start the writing and I’m really excited. But just like when I read, once I’ve got too much paranormal or sci-fi in my brain, I need to go back to the chick lits. LOL.

What are your crazy writing quirks? What do you need in order to get inspired and kick yourself into the mood to write?

blueview: The normal thing that gets me in the mood to write is music. But once I’m in the mood, that’s when it gets a bit weird (and irritating for those around me). I need complete silence while I’m writing. If I hear one thing, I stop. That one thing is usually my little brother, so he hates it when I write because he has to stop whatever he’s doing and find another place to do it. Once I stop writing (even of if it’s just to think of a word), I blast the music again; otherwise I’ll get writer’s block. When I’m done gathering my ideas I need complete silence again. It’s a really annoying back-and-forth thing that’s unpleasant for anyone around me.

If you had to create a soundtrack for Second Time Around which songs would you include and why?

blueview: The original story doesn’t have a soundtrack and no matter how hard I try to find songs to go with the story, I come up with nothing. But with some of the changes I’ve made (changes that came to me while listening to music), here are some songs that I’d include for the soundtrack. They’re all songs that inspired the romance in the story, but what can I say? I’m a hopeless romantic xD

1. If It Kills Me – Jason Mraz
2. Talkin’ Smooth – Kate Voegele
3. Please Don’t Go – Mike Posner
4. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
5. Breathless – Shayne Ward
(a big bowl of cheesiness, but I still love it)

What’s on your winter reading list?

blueview: Whoa, um, lots and lots of books I got over the break. I just started I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, and here’s what I’ve got lined up after: The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest) by Stieg Larsson; Unearthly by Cynthia Hand; Wondrous Strange, Darklight, Tempestuous – all by Lesley Livingston; Friday Night Cocktails by Allison Rushby; Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella; Boy Crazy by Hailey Abbott; Love on the Lifts by Rachel Hawthorne; A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. This is just to name a few; I filled up 3 shelves with books over the break, and keep adding more each week.

What do you think makes good writing?

blueview: If you can make your readers get lost in your book, never once look up and think about putting the book down for even one second, you’ve achieved good writing. Although I’m a grammar Nazi, I don’t think good writing has much to do with grammar (it’s just annoying to read something that’s full of bad grammar in my opinion). Good writing needs believable and relatable characters, emotion in your words and a strong narrative.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite movie? She’s the Man.
What’s on your iPod? Lots of Bruno Mars: Grenade, Just The Way You Are, Count on Me, and Marry You. Also some Kate Voegele: I Won’t Disagree, Sweet Silver Lining, Hallelujah.
Ron Weasley or Harry Potter? Oo, I don’t know a thing about Harry Potter.
Cake or ice cream? Ice cream cake. 😛
Favorite season? Summer.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

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inkpopper of the Week: wildgreenskittle

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 17, 2011

“I was that eighteen year old girl who played bass in a southern hardcore band, and then fell in love with the lead guitarist. We played shows on Saturday nights, played Mario kart 64 by day, then seven months later we got married. I’m now twenty-two years young, though I feel/sometimes act like I’m twenty, and still play Mario Kart. (I’m the best)

“If I wasn’t working my full-time job, I would truly be a hermit. I don’t need social interaction to survive, and I’m perfectly fine without it. I’m a really low-key kind of person, and I tend to just go with the flow. Me, and including my friends, are very indecisive people and I usually can’t even decide on what to eat for dinner.

“I also have the hobbies of a retired person. I absolutely love working on huge jigsaw puzzles, and I’m so picky about it that I have to buy a certain brand. -_- Yes, I’m just that lame. I also enjoy oil painting when I get in the mood, and have a habit of using my fingers more than a brush. Yup…that’s just me. :D”

And the “just me” that Gwen – or, as she likes to put it…“newg is my name spelled backwards” – (aka wildgreenskittle) is referring to, is the precise person that inkpoppers have grown to know and love. Since joining the site on August 7, 2010, Gwen has made quite the impression on inkpop – claiming a Top Pick title in December 2010 for her project Steel Horizon; then taking home the Best Science Fiction / Action Project in the Second Annual inkie Awards for the very same book. Sound like a lot? Definitely! But Gwen has far more in store for us!

The end of 2010 was huge for you on inkpop. Your project Steel Horizon was named a Top Pick in December, and that very same month Steel Horizon won Best Science Fiction / Action Project in the Second Annual inkie Awards. Has all of the success from last year made you more determined to accomplish even bigger and better things in regards to your writing for 2011?

wildgreenskittle: It has definitely made me more determined to finish it, and then also make into what it can really be. At this stage it’s only a skeleton of what it can be. I’m really excited to finally be finished with Steel Horizon and be happy with what I accomplished.

Also, I’m excited to work on my newer projects. I’ve had my book Windswept up on public for a few weeks now, and I’ve got a lot of great feedback from it. So, I’m hoping I’ll be able to focus more on that once I finish my other goals first.

You have two other projects on inkpop at the moment – Sunlight and Windswept. Sunlight is currently ranked as # 12 on the Charts. How does it feel to be so close to making it into the Top 5? What is currently going through your mind? Since you have already made it into the Top 5 in the past, do you feel differently about it this time?

wildgreenskittle: I’m super excited to be near the top again. The great review I got for Steel Horizon just makes me more excited to get there again. This time will be a little different though. Unlike Steel Horizon, Sunlight is already finished, and as soon as I finish editing, it’ll all be uploaded. Sunlight is also a little older than everything else, so I’m really eager to see what they have to say about it.

All three of your projects fall into the Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance genres. Would you say that this is your favorite genre to write? Would you ever consider to writing something completely different from these genres – if so what and why?

wildgreenskittle: Science Fiction is definitely, by far, my favorite genre to write. I write what I love to read, that’s for sure. I think it’s the way my imagination is. I think of the weirdest things and somehow they turn into ideas for plots. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with all the movies I watch (like Serenity), and it gets my brain juices flowing. But really, I just think it’s the way my brain works. 😛 And who doesn’t like a little romance in their sci-fi novels. It just makes things all the more interesting.

And would I consider writing different genres? Most definitely. The only thing that’s stopping me right now is the fact that I can’t come up with good enough plots yet. Again, my brain just keeps giving me Science Fiction. But I actually would love to try General Fiction sometime, and even Historical Fiction. I would love to try and tackle all of the genres at some point.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

wildgreenskittle: Gosh, this one is a hard one. Well, I won’t write anything that doesn’t have any awesome and unique plot. That’s probably the reason I haven’t tried general fiction yet, because I haven’t thought of anything good enough yet. I need to write something that will not only keep my reader’s attention, but also my own. I don’t want to be bored with a book halfway through writing it.

In saying that, my books don’t dwell on just the plot. For example, Steel Horizon has a strong plot, one that could really just carry the story itself, but I don’t make it that way. Actually, the editor that reviewed Steel Horizon said it perfectly, and it made me so happy that they noticed. They said, “Most of all, I was happy to see that your concern here wasn’t simply with the plot, but with your characters.” And that’s what I really try to do. The story isn’t with the plot, but more with the characters. They’re what carries the story and make it come to life. I’m not really good at explaining it, but that’s the best I can do.

I guess the last thing is my imagery. Everyone comments about it, telling me it’s like watching a movie. And actually, I write things like I’m watching a movie. I play everything out in my head, and then just try to put it in words as best I can. And I guess it works out that way. ^_^

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

wildgreenskittle: I actually don’t remember really getting into reading until I starting reading Harry Potter. I started reading them right when The Prisoner of Azkaban came out, so I guess J.K. Rowling counts as my answer. I read those books day and night, and even the three minutes in between classes in Middle School.

What’s on your winter reading list?

wildgreenskittle: Too much, haha. I just finished reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card….and I loved it. Ender Wiggin is just too awesome to stop reading. The next one I would like to read is Unwind by Neal Shusterman, and then probably The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. Can you tell I love Sci-fi? 😀

What made you fall in love with writing?

wildgreenskittle: The fact that I could make my daydreams come alive. I never had a way to express my weird imagination until I started writing about two years ago. And I actually have my sister, Corri, Aka Downy, to thank for that. Without her telling me to give it a try, I never would have even thought about it. Once I started, I couldn’t stop, and hadn’t since. I love making the worlds in my head come alive, it’s like releasing something that has been wanting to come out.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite quote? “Buckle up: It matters when the aliens are trying to suck you out of your car….”
What’s on your iPod? A lot of Snow Patrol and Mewithoutyou. But honestly, I don’t really listen to a lot of music…even though I was in a band, haha 😀
London or Paris? London. Green is my favorite color and I would just stare at the grass all day.
Favorite pizza topping? Extra cheese. CHEESE. O_O
If you were granted three wishes from a genie, what would you ask for? 1. For my books to become published. (obvious I know) 2. For me to be an awesome drummer. I’m good while I’m driving though 😉 3. A super power of my choice.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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