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inkpopper of the Week: Jennii

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 6, 2011

“Hmm… about me… well, I have a thing for grammar. It’s the only reason I’m passing English because, quite frankly, I don’t like freshman English; perhaps it’s the only thing I’m capable of despising besides laws that aren’t constitutional and breaches of freedom of speech (I heart the First Amendment).

“I’m a bit of a headbanger. Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame and Otep Shamaya of… well, of Otep, are my musical idols. Concerts are my weekend activities when I have the cash to buy tickets and there’s a good band playing locally. But don’t let that fool you. I’m on the youth leader council for my youth group and have been going to church for somewhere around a decade. I have a love/hate relationship with my DSLR.

“As for the trivial things, I am a southern California resident. I live in a boring suburb that doesn’t even qualify as a small town because every inch of space has a house crammed in there. I hope to go to college at Trinity in Dublin, Ireland because I like European history, Trinity has a good English department, and Ireland is gorgeous. I have a three-legged dog who is made of awesome. I am a nerdfighter (DFTBA). I read a lot and it disrupts my sleep habits, but it’s not as if I don’t write until I’m hunched over the keyboard with my eyes half-open on a regular basis. Speaking of which, I like writing. Just thought I’d throw that in there.”

It’s a good thing that Jenni (aka Jennii) likes writing, because the people of inkpop? Well, to put it bluntly, they love her work – as evident by the Gold Star her project Stake My Heart earned in February 2011, and the rapid pace at which her new project, Things Unseen, is climbing the charts.

Your project Stake My Heart is incredibly popular on inkpop, and received a gold star in the February 2011 Top Picks. How did it feel to see it garner so much success; and receive such a fantastic review? Is Stake My Heart a project that you are still working on, or have you shelved it for the time being to devote time to something new?

Jennii: It felt a little bit… odd? I’d written a few novels already, but I never let anyone see those. Then, I sign up to this site, write this novel that I only wrote because I wanted to write about a metal band, and suddenly I have people telling me they love Michael and that the band reminds them of this one band I used to be into, Black Veil Brides (that was certainly an ironic comment, as I’d just interviewed the guitarist). The review was nice.

In relation to the next question, it kind of made me annoyed with the fact that Stake My Heart has been discontinued. Especially since starting Things Unseen and having people respond to it even better, I just don’t have any interest in SMH. Not to mention, I read over the last ten or so chapters that I crammed in just to finish. It’s weird to see my own improvement that’s happened in just the past year—and I thank God that I improved.

Your most recent project, Things Unseen, has only been on the site since March 31, 2011, yet it is already ranked as # 138 on the charts, and climbs higher with each passing day. How does it feel to know that you are quickly on your way 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?

Jennii: Well, this is the first time I’ve seen the rank in a few weeks, so I’m not sure how to feel. I’ve actually paid no attention to where it’s been. I don’t scroll down my page to see it, and I cover the part of the screen when I’m updating. It’s nice to know that it’s still climbing, though (thanks, Zoey and whoever else has been promoting).

As for what’s going through my mind… I need to work on chapter twenty-one, I need to edit sixteen, seventeen, and maybe another one before Zoey spams me, and I need to go back and fix up some little things that I keep forgetting to fix up. If it gets into the top five, it will come as a surprise to me the day I log in, seeing as I’m not looking at the rank. I’d be honored, but it starts to feel anti-climactic, in all honesty. I forgot about SMH’s review for a couple weeks after February ended, then one of the other February top fivers messaged me, asking if I was anxious. It felt odd. All I want is the input; numbers really aren’t my thing.

Both of your projects fall into the Horror / Paranormal / Romance genre. Would you say that this is your favorite genre to write? Would you ever consider writing something completely different from these genres? If so, which one and why?

Jennii: I’d say that it’s what I’m most familiar with. I’ve been reading it for years now. Romance is generally a mainstay in whatever I read; I’m a terrible romantic, despite not liking to date. Paranormal and horror are nice, but that’s just where most of my ideas fall in most instances. I’ve got two ideas that I’ve been playing with that are both different. One is a general fiction idea that I’ll probably never write simply because it’s straight-up romance (think mass-market paperbacks by one of those middle-age women who can pump out nine books every five years). The other is in the outlining stages until I finish Things Unseen and will be a dystopian romance, although it may tip-toe the line of horror as some of my other projects have done.

Obviously, what with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and other vampires in pop culture, people are incredibly opinionated when it comes to them. Seeing as how vampires are a focal point in Stake My Heart, what are your thoughts on them, and how they are represented in the entertainment industry (books/movies/TV)? How do you feel your vampires compare?

Jennii: I feel that they’re fictional beings with roots in ancient superstition. Every culture has its vampires. I’ve done research into it for my last three books, and it’s really made me aware of the fact that they differ so much. It’s ridiculous how people bicker over them. There really is no “real” vampire. The one we know best is the one that’s due to uneducated, superstitious people digging up bodies and seeing the natural states of composition (bloating, skin pulling back from fingers and toes to make nails appear to be still growing, etc.) and assuming their dead Great Uncle Bernard has been chomping on the villagers. Other cultures believe in demons that feed on the psyches of their victims. There’s a whole culture today where people call themselves “psy-vamps” and “feed” on the emotions of others.

I think that it’s great that writers are creating their own idea of the vampire, but some variety is nice. That’s what I like about my vampires; they stick to tradition. I love writing the hero that’s just plain Michael/Aidan/Keir/etc. or just plain Aria/Haven/Belle/etc. They have their weaknesses, and there’s just about nothing they can do to be more than human. When the monster’s got the best cards in the deck, the hero and heroine have more room to grow stronger; they have to work hard to win, and that lets them develop more.

What do you feel influences your writing and why?

Jennii: Random little things. Like I said, Stake My Heart came about because I wanted to write about a metal band. I fronted a metal band, so I guess that’s where the idea first stemmed from. The watch on the cover of Things Unseen actually belongs to me. It’s a 108-year-old Ingersol Junior from my great-grandfather. I was holding it one day and just thinking about all the history that’s in it. The thing is so damaged inside, it’s got to have seen a lot. It felt almost magical because I adore history, and that watch has been through almost the entire twentieth century. Things Unseen spawned from that and a bunch of little notes about the idea.

I also tend to get ideas from little things I see, but that’s usually for little bits and pieces of scenes. It’s fun to imagine the stories behind certain people, and that sometimes creates a new story or scene in my head.

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

Jennii: I have no idea who wrote the Magic Treehouse series, but those were my first chapter books. I stayed up reading them until one, much to my parents’ chagrin. I also loved my books on Greek mythology, bugs, and dinosaurs, but I’ve got the same plight there. R.L. Stine held my attention fairly well. I only read some of the Goosebumps books, but they were enough to feed my little mind.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite song? Palace in Flames or Fetish for the Finite by Fearless Vampire Killers (Look them up; they’re amazing and need a bigger American fan base.)
What’s on your iPod? Fearless Vampire Killers, Slipknot, Casting Crowns, Otep, HorrorPops, Rise Against.
Hidden talent? I can lick my elbow, but people are more surprised that I can sing.
Twilight or Harry Potter? Harry Potter.
Book you could read over and over again? None. My mind retains things for two years, at the least. If it’s gone sooner, it’s not worth rereading.

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

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: A.K.A101

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 23, 2011

“Hi, everyone! My name is Rebecca, though most of you know me by my pen name Alexia or just good old A.K.A (or akajar). As you can tell by my screen name, I have a large amount of nicknames which range from ‘Moose’ to ‘Canada.’ I’m a sixteen year old high school student who lives nearby the city of Chicago.

“I’ve been writing on a regular basis since I was twelve, but I really have been doing it long before that. I just started posting on the web around half a year ago, and how far I’ve come never ceases to stun me. I still get ideas all the time which gives me another nickname ‘The girl of a thousand stories.’ I have a habit of spacing off during the most random of times in my own little world which drives my friend’s nuts.

“I’m a dabbler in all of the arts besides writing. Not great at any of them, but I love playing around with each. I’m a cartoonist, sketcher, singer, and most strangely of all a bassoon player (Which is like a combo of a tuba and an oboe. Look it up). I live and breathe off music; it’s a little unearthly.”

Another thing that’s a little unearthly? Rebecca’s (aka A.K.A101) imagination and ability to create plots, settings, and characters that are unique, quirky, and purely her own, as seen in her popular inkpop project When the Dead Walk, We Run.

Though your project When the Dead Walk, We Run is labeled as being a blend of adventure, horror, and humor, it comes with a warning from you stating *Not for the Faint of Heart*. Can you explain this warning to us – why was it put in place? Do you feel that this warning has served to draw more readers in – why or why not?

A.K.A101: Ah, the warning. I think the main reason I put it in place is because I just don’t want someone picking it up before bed and getting scared out of their wits. It’s not exactly a scary novel, but there are parts of intense gore and just like how some other inkies have warnings for intense content, I thought I should do the same. I don’t want to give anyone a panic attack. That being said, it really hasn’t affected much. Mostly, I think it draws in hard core horror fans who think it’s going to be too light and fluffy, and captures humor fans who want some spice.

When the Dead Walk, We Run is such an original, fun project in that it is full of zombies, quirky characters, and an irresistible MC. Do you feel that these qualities are responsible for When the Dead Walk, We Run’s popularity on inkpop?

A.K.A101: I think it really is. When the Dead Walk, We Run, is such an odd duck. It’s really a mix of lots of genres reaching out to anything you want. Even if that’s a love of gore, or just wanting to laugh. I really think the main thing that hooks people, though, is the characters. I always get comments on how people say if they ran into Morgan on the street she already seems so real that they wouldn’t be shocked. That kind of realism I think helps pull a reader in, and gives me some solid ground in a zombie novel.

In your profile you state “Next book up is ‘Brightening Darkness’ which is coming out this summer. Your clues are monsters, shadows and paranormal romance.” Aside from the clues already mentioned, is there anything else you can tell us about this project?

A.K.A101: Brightening Darkness is a bit strange itself. There’s a long winded story behind it, so I’ll try to just go short. I have a very large series called There Dark Days. It’s a fantasy novel, rather complex, but in around the third book there’s a side character introduced that’s just very complex. I tried writing a story for her before during the same time TDD takes place, but I found it was rather redundant. So then I considered what if her real story is years later, what if her story is in modern times. Brianna is that character. The novel is about shape shifting monsters called shadow demons that have problems with human emotions. Brianna’s closest friend Nathaniel taught her how to embrace her human side, and when he goes missing she does to anything to get him back. It’s a little odd for me, since it’s a beautiful, twisted, paranormal, romance with lots of back-story, but I pray I can pull it off.

Can you tell us a bit about the creative process for When the Dead Walk, We Run? Where did the ideas for this particular project stem from?

A.K.A101: This is going to sound really cheesy and tacky, but from a dream, really. I had been reading a zombie novel before I went to bed (in hindsight was not one of my greater ideas) and had a dream where I got eaten by zombies. That dream thrust me into the whole ‘how about I write a zombie novel’ idea. The humor was a given, since I was working on Chasing Jake at the time and wanted to do something light hearted. It really came together as a whole when I was doing character building and wondering why Morgan and Isaac didn’t get together at the end. I had a moment where I realized she was gay, then I just sat there for a moment thinking ‘I’m writing a humorous zombie adventure novel, staring a closeted lesbian sharpshooter, a nerd, and a dog named Fred. What have I gotten myself into?’ Still haven’t answered that question yet.

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

A.K.A101: I think it’s a combo of two things: characters and just quirkiness. My characters tend to be each their own person; each has their own back story and life which makes them seem almost real. As with the quirkiness, I like to do things that have never been done before, or do things that have been done before in a totally twisted way. I don’t like writing about normal things; there’s no such thing. Everywhere you look you have something odd; that oddness really can bring a story to life.

What do you feel influences your writing and why?

A.K.A101: Music. A single song can give me an idea sometimes and it’s amazing how it works. I find myself being swept away by something not real. That and life in general gives me a lot of ideas. I find that doing ‘what ifs’ on normal life can give you some of the most brilliant ideas. Like, what if my brother went missing? What would I do? I thought go after him and that’s what really inspired Chasing Jake.

What made you fall in love with writing?

A.K.A101: When I was a little girl I was shy and very anxious. I all so had an imagination the size of Russia. So whenever I got overly stressed I would escape into my own little world, making up the most complex stories to go with it. I’ve always loved making things, but nothing compares to the feeling of making a whole world under the palm of your hand. It was a lot of fun and as I got older unlike other kids my imagination never vanished. So I decided why not use my escape as a job. Thus here I am now. 🙂

In your opinion, are zombies the next big thing – why or why not?

A.K.A101: Truthfully, not at all. The thing today is that YA is centered on romance, lots of hot guys saving pretty girls. The thing about zombies is while they leave open so many options to create and explore it is very, very, difficult to make a zombie hot. When your male lead is a guy who wants to eat you who smells like rotting flesh, it isn’t very romantic. 😛

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite quote? “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.” ~ E. M. Forster
What’s on your iPod? Missing Persons 1 and 2 – One Republic; Vampire Money – My Chemical Romance; Born this Way – Lady Gaga.
Hidden talent? Bassoon playing.
Chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes? Cookies!
Best place to curl up with a good book? There’s this chair in my house that is great to read in. Best chair ever.

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

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: downwitheggs

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 28, 2011

“Hi, I’m Callie! My iPod’s name is Fitzwilliam and my favorite shirt has a dinosaur on it. I’m in high school, probably like many of you other inkies out there.

“I’m supposed to be doing my homework right now, but I’m not (shh! Don’t tell my mom!). I tend to procrastinate on a lot of things, including my writing. It’s a bad habit, I know.

“I love to laugh, and I love making other people laugh. I watch too much TV (I’m addicted to this wonderful lil’ show called Community, and a Youtube channel by the name of Tobuscus), and I really wish I owned a dog. I’m rather random, as you can probably tell by my interview, but I’d like to think that’s what makes me creative. Besides writing, I love hanging out with my friends, swimming, studying psychology, and of course reading!”

To add to that list would be a devotion to inkpop, which is one of the top factors that led Callie (aka downwitheggs) to become inkpopper of the Week. Though her numerous writing projects – which run the gamut from short stories to books, poetry, and even essays – have made her standout in the inkpop world; it was her larger than life personality and presence that has made her adored by so many – resulting in an abundance of nominations for the title of inkpopper of the Week!

Countless inkpoppers nominated/voted for you as inkpopper of the Week. What is it about you that has left so many inkpoppers in awe?

downwitheggs: Honestly, I don’t know! I suppose I’m a little addicted to the forums. 🙂

You have written an incredible amount of books, short stories, and poems that are visible on inkpop. Which format would you say is your favorite to write and why? Is there any format that you have yet to try, but would like to in the future –if so, what?

downwitheggs: Haha yes, I do suppose I go a little overboard sometimes. 🙂 My favorite format is short stories, because you get to make a lot of things happen really quickly. Your characters get to be really dynamic, because there’s not as much time to get to know them. And they’re faster to write than books too, so you can try all different genres!

In your profile you state, “So I am working on eight books.” Can you tell us a bit more about this endeavor? Are they eight separate books; or an eight-part series? Will you be posting these projects to inkpop once you have completed them – why or why not?

downwitheggs: No, they’re not a series. Two of them are visible on inkpop: Salus and Cassandra REM. Both are adventure books, which is new for me. I’m having fun with it! As for the rest, it might be surprising to some that none of them are horror novels. One is historical, two are fantasy, and the rest are general fiction. I don’t know if any others are going to be posted here—it’s so hard to manage what I have now, and I don’t want to get overwhelming!

Do you feel that it is difficult to, at the same time, have various separate writing projects in the works? Why or why not? How do you keep things straight between them?

downwitheggs: It is difficult. A lot of my projects are still in the planning stages, since I don’t often have time during the week to write, and I wish they were farther along. I keep a notebook of ideas, as well as information about each on my laptop and on my iPod. When I work on one, I just have to get into the mindset of the book, remember what’s going on and who’s where and all that.

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

downwitheggs: What sets my work apart from YA in general, I think, is that I love to write horror stories. I don’t mean vampire/werewolf/paranormal horror either. It’s purely horror, where the only goal is to both entertain you and give you nightmares.

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?

downwitheggs: I try to imagine a movie I’d like to see, one that hasn’t been invented yet. My books actually start out as movie trailers in my mind, which is really helpful because when you come up with a movie trailer you need characters, ideas, drama, and intrigue, all in a short span of time. It also really helps because you’re picturing everything, and then you don’t have to worry about coming up with descriptions.

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?

downwitheggs: I always thought it’d be fun to be Hermione Granger. She’s super smart, gets to go to Hogwarts, and is best friends with Harry Potter! I find her really relatable, and I think it would be fun to be in her shoes—with magic, there are so many possibilities.

What made you fall in love with writing?

downwitheggs: I went to a summer camp when I was about seven or eight, and I took a creative writing workshop. The instructor was phenomenal—he showed real interest in everyone’s work, and was so positive about all of our ideas. I think that’s really what got me into it.

Anything else you’d like to add?

downwitheggs: Never let anyone tell you your writing is “a waste of time.” As John Lennon said, “Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted.”

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite movie? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
What’s on your iPod? Scouting For Girls, Aerosmith, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, and Blake Lewis.
Ron Weasley or Harry Potter? Weasley for the win!
Cake or ice cream? Cake! Warm, delicious, chocolate cake. 🙂
Favorite season? Spring!

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

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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inkpopper of the Week: theliving 2.0

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 10, 2011

“Hola, inksters and inkettes! =D Everyone here knows me as the Donut (‘cus HEY, who doesn’t wanna be a sweet pink confection?) but my real name’s Katharine :3 I know. It’s kinda shocking. I HAVE A REAL NAME.

”I live on a small island off the coast of Québec, in Canada. I live in the capital, although, it’s still really small — barely half a million people. It’s really foggy, and really cold, too, which means we get lots of precipitation. The most in all of Canada, in fact.

“I swim a lot, run, and play rugby, and own a mini-library in my bedroom. No, seriously. I’m basically swamped in books. The guys who work at the bookstore can recognize me now. Yeeeah. I’m clearly very cool (;”

…and inkpoppers unanimously agree with Katharine (aka theliving 2.0) – she is one cool cat…thus the reason so many voted her as inkpopper of the Week. But all coolness aside, since joining inkpop, Katharine has made quite the impact on the site and its users via her vibrant personality and writing skills – which explains why her Horror / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal project The Living is currently ranked at # 24 on the charts.

Your project The Living is currently ranked as # 24. How does it feel to be so close to making it into the Top 5? What is currently going through your mind?

Katharine: Oh my golly, it’s insane!! I can’t even believe it. I remember signin’ up for inkpop, and thinking, “Man, you better be prepared for some tough criticism. They’re gonna be so much better than you are!” Lemme just say that I was not disappointed. That kinda makes it even more shockin’ — all these uber-talented writers actually like my book!

So, yeah. It’s all just a whirlwind. I mean, I have a notification list O_o How weird is that?

In the description of The Living you include a warning note which states “This is NOT an easy read. It’s fraught with INTENSE emotion, loads of description, and some gore. Viewer discretion is advised.” Do you feel that such a warning has a tendency to deter readers or intrigue them to read your project from start to finish? Why?

Katharine: Hmm. A lil bit of both, really. Some people love that sort of thing, and when they see my project, immediately go for it. Others won’t even give it a chance, because they “hate that sort of thing.” Most people don’t read horror anymore, so quite frankly I’m thankful for any readers I get, HAHA =)

What do you feel influences your writing and why?

Katharine: Big influences come from fairy stories and folktales — Jack from The Living was drawn from the Jack-In-Irons, a spirit from English folklore =P Although Jared’s story definitely came from two of my favourite music artists (both, coincidentally, with ‘undead’ in the name), many of the characters and concepts came from tales and stories my grandmother told me, and others I researched usin’ good ol’ Wikipedia c;

You are a very prevalent force on inkpop – sharing your opinions on the site whenever you have the chance to do so and such…what is it about inkpop that keeps you coming back for more?

Katharine: Hehe. Yayaya. A part of it, for me at least, is the community — we’re all very close, and even though we might fight and whine and, y’know, attempt a lil cybermurder every once in a while, that doesn’t mean we still don’t have a common bond: writing. None of my friends write, or even read that much, so inkpop for me is a bit of an escape. Plus, it gave me the tools to become a better writer, and I’ll always owe a piece of my heart to the fabulous peepz who took the time to take me under their highly-experienced wing.

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

Katharine: My characters. I’m convinced they’re real — they’re just not being obvious about it C:

Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your work and why?

Katharine: Oh, man. Pickin’ favourites is so hard >.O Out of all my babies, though, I really adore Aidan Philips from The Living. He’s suffered so much, and even after he killed himself, he found a way to make ends meet. It’s probably because I know his backstory, while all the other characters (including the MC) are totally unaware. It’s sort of endearing, in a weird way.

What’s on your winter reading list?

Katharine: I got a load of books for Christmas, plus a bazillion Chapters cards, so I have quite a few lined up: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto; The Declaration by Gemma Malley; Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford; Another Pan by Daniel and Dina Mayeri; Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card; The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha; If There Be Thorns/Seeds of Yesterday by V.C. Andrews.

What made you fall in love with writing?

Katharine: The utter lack of rules 8D I’ve never been much for rules, so gettin’ to create a whole new world (along with as much insanity as I want!) has been a huge appeal. The emotional aspect was also awesome, too — some of the descriptions from The Living were actually taken from a journal I wrote years ago.

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

Katharine: Either C.S. Lewis or J.K. Rowling. The creativity and imagination always gave me enough material to play any games I wanted 😎

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite ice cream topping? Cinnamon Toast Crunch! =D
What’s on your iPod? Hollywood Undead, Dancegavindance, 3OH!3, Framing Hanley, Benny Benassi =)
Hidden talent? …I can walk dogs like nobody’s bizz-ness.
Favorite cartoon character? Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb.
Favorite vacation spot? Hum. Colorado =)

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

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners – Categorically Speaking

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 6, 2010

Last week we announced the winners of the Second Annual inkie Awards; now, for the entire month of December 2010, we have a special treat for you…each week you will learn a little more about the people you voted for – what they’re working on next, what they’d like to say to their fans, and so much more!

To kick off our inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners series, we will be introducing you to the authors of five of inkpop’s most popular tales – Poading (aka Rosiee), wildgreenskittle (aka Gwen), Krystelle Elizabeth, Kit_kat_00, and Mandybeth!

Best Historical Fiction Winner – Poading for The Elegance of Tyranny

The Elegance of Tyranny is very unique in that it is what you have termed “an alternate universe historical fiction.” Do you feel that this originality on your part is one of the things which has made The Elegance of Tyranny such a popular project on inkpop, and helped it to earn the award for Best Historical Fiction?

Poading: I’m not entirely sure. I think the originality of the concept was actually lost on a lot of people. I’d guess that most people thought it was either High Fantasy or Historical Fiction, not a combination of the two. Of course, there were a few people that understood what I was trying to do, but I think most of the people who read Elegance didn’t pick up on the alternative fantasy aspect. I think its success is probably due to people liking the plot or my writing style more than the originality, since I don’t get many comments about the historical fantasy part of the book. It is certainly a part of the book’s success on inkpop and in the inkie Awards, but I don’t think it’s the main reason people like it. Of course, I could be totally wrong and maybe I’m interpreting my readers ridiculously inaccurately.

What’s next on the agenda for The Elegance of Tyranny?

Poading: Well, I have to finish writing it. I’m getting pretty close to the halfway point, so with any luck it’ll be finished by the end of December or January and then I’ll shoot for the top 5.

If you could say one thing to your fans/the inkpoppers who voted for you, what would it be and why?

Poading: Thank you! Seriously, I’m so incredibly thankful for the immense support I’ve received on this site not only for Elegance but for myself as well. You guys are amazing and I doubt I’d even be writing if it wasn’t for all of you!

Best Science Fiction / Action Winner – wildgreenskittle for Steel Horizon

This is an exciting week for you. On December 1, 2010, Steel Horizon was named a Top Pick here on inkpop, and now it has earned the title of Best Science Fiction/Action piece in the Second Annual inkie Awards. How does all of this inkpop success make you feel?

wildgreenskittle: I think the obvious answer is just darn happy. I seriously thought it would be impossible to get this far. I joined in the beginning of August and saw all of the books on the Top 5, and thought I would never get there. It seemed impossible at the time, and I really didn’t think Steel Horizon was good enough to actually make it. So, you can just imagine how happy I was when it was finally up there.

What would you like to say to the people who have supported you during your time on inkpop?

wildgreenskittle: *hugs everyone* You guys are all so awesome. And most everyone is so supportive on the threads, and that just makes me happy when my promotion threads don’t totally fail. Steel Horizon would still be a piece of poo if it wasn’t for all of you guys tearing into it and making it better. I don’t want to sound totally lame, but I really learned a lot about writing here, and it’s because of all of you guys. 😀

Steel Horizon is listed as being incomplete at the moment. Do you think that you will continue on with this project at this time, or take a breather for a bit and work on something new?

wildgreenskittle: Actually, I’ll be taking a breather from Steel Horizon for about a week, and then get right back into writing it again. I’m hoping to have most of it done by the end of December or mid January. I’m just thankful that I haven’t gotten sick of it yet, haha. In the meantime though, I have been working on something new, in addition to editing my other book, Sunlight. One thing for sure is that I never run out of something to do when it comes to writing.

Best Horror / Paranormal Winner – Krystelle Elizabeth for The Devil’s Bride

How did it feel to be named a winner in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

Krystelle Elizabeth: Honestly, a little surreal. One of my favourite books, Arachne’s Pandemonium, was nominated right along with me and I was more than positive that she would get it. I still find it very hard to believe. Though it is really flattering! When people told me, I didn’t believe them. I had to see for myself. And even then, it still seemed a really overwhelming. I think my Mum would be really proud of me.

Is there anything you’d like to say to the inkpoppers who voted for you?

Krystelle Elizabeth: Just a massive thank you for all the support they have given me. I never thought I would accomplish what I have on here. It was more than what I had set out to achieve. Just making the top five is a major feat, but to be nominated for any awards, let alone to win one, was enough to blow my mind. I could never thank them enough.

What’s next for The Devil’s Bride?

Krystelle Elizabeth: Well, first I am dying to finish it! And then I think I will take a break and rework it and edit it like crazy once I get my review. While I’m waiting though, I might get started on the second book in the trilogy The Devil’s Advocate. We will see how I feel.

Best General Fiction Winner – Kit_kat_00 for The Prank War

You won the Best General Fiction award for your project The Prank War. Seeing as how this particular project recently received a fantastic review from the HarperCollins Editors when it was named a Top Pick, was there any doubt in your mind that you would take this prize home?

Kit_kat_00: I was actually very surprised to find out that I’d won the General Fiction award. Despite The Prank War being a Top Pick, I know that there is still work that could be done to make it even better, and the review gave me some good suggestions on how I could do that. Also, I was up against three other fantastic projects that completely deserved their nominations. I was amazed and proud to have been nominated with them so needless to say this award was an unexpected and happy surprise.

What can inkpoppers expect from you next?

Kit_kat_00: Right now I’m trying to experiment and write something besides General Fiction so I’ve started a Science Fiction book called Mayhem Rule. It’s a superhero book about teenagers who live in New York City and are part of an agency that works to fight against crime. Right now, it’s still in the beginning stages, but I’m excited because it has been so fun to write especially the super-powered action scenes.

I’ve also started outlining for another new project. This one is another general fiction romance so I guess I can’t stay far away from this genre. The main details aren’t set in stone yet, but I will say that the main character will be a girl with a very interesting job.

Anything you’d like to say to fans of The Prank War?

Kit_kat_00: There are so many things I want to say to you guys so I’ll start here. To everyone who has supported The Prank War, I want to say thank you for everything. Thank you for reading and commenting. Thank you for all the helpful advice and critiques. Thank you for helping me get into the Top Picks. Thank you even for asking for updates because without your enthusiasm and support The Prank War wouldn’t have gotten close to where it is today. Thank you!

Best Romance Winner – Mandybeth for The Importance of Getting Revenge

The Importance of Getting Revenge was named a Top Pick back in March of 2010. How does it feel to know that users still believe that your project is the Best Romance on inkpop – nine months later?

Mandybeth: It feels pretty great, actually! And surprising. Every time I get a new comment on it these days, I think to myself, “People are still reading this book?” After it got that Top Pick star last March, I figured that would be it and that everyone would just forget about it. So the fact that people actually voted for it nine months later was a very pleasant surprise!

How would you describe your fans – the ones who helped to make The Importance of Getting Revenge a Top Pick, and the winner of the Best Romance in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

Mandybeth: The fans are amazing. There’s really no other word to describe them! For the duration that The Importance of Getting Revenge was making its way to the Top 5, my readers were so supportive and so helpful – a lot of them actually made it become a better book than before I uploaded it, with all of their suggestions and corrections. And not to mention their encouragement. I can honestly say I adore all of my fans tremendously, and I am very thankful for them!

Rumor has it that you will be uploading a new project – How to Get a Life – to inkpop sometime this month. A project which you have stated is “the result of my first ever nanowrimo participation.” What type of reaction do you hope readers have towards this new piece?

Mandybeth: I started that rumor! And in a way I wish I hadn’t, only because I’m ashamed to admit that I ended up failing NaNoWriMo horribly. I’m still writing the book, however, and as soon as I hit the 10,000 word mark I will post it up. I guess I’m hoping the reaction to this book will be similar to the reaction to The Importance of Getting Revenge, as this book falls within the same genre. However, I’m not expecting it to become the next TIOGR, as I tend to believe the popularity of that book was pretty much a fluke. Basically, I’ll just be happy if at least one person likes it!

Congratulations to the winners; stop back next Monday to meet five more of your favorite inkpop authors as our inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners series continues!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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November 2010 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 1, 2010

The final month of 2010 is upon us, inkpoppers; but as we welcome in December, we bid adieu to five fantastic inkpop projects which were selected as Top Picks by all of you. Thanks to YOUR input, these pieces are already on their way to the Editor’s Desk for review by none other than inkpop’s very own Editorial Board!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for November 2010? Find out below!

inkpop November 2010 Top Picks:

Steel Horizon by wildgreenskittle (Book – Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance / Horror)

Dear Ella by roxymutt (Short Story – General Fiction / Horror / Romance)

Resistance by shiftermover0308 (Book – Adventure / Mystery / Paranormal / Science Fiction / Fantasy)

Summer Rush by Gabriellan (Book – General Fiction / Humor / Romance)

The Poison Hunt by The Brown Dwarf (Book – Paranormal / Romance / Mystery)

Congratulations to the November 2010 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 December 2010 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite November 2010 Top Pick? Did Morgan and Jude’s plight to stay alive in Steel Horizon leave you on the edge of your seat? Were you charmed by the correspondence shared in Dear Ella? Was it impossible for you to resist the adventures of Alex Collins in Resistance? Did Summer Rush leave you in a hurry to discover what would happen between Lexus and Rush next? Did the paranormal mystery and romance found within The Poison Hunt enchant you?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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October 2010 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on November 1, 2010

The time has come to usher in the month of November, inkpoppers; but as we close the door upon October, with it we send a new batch of Top Picks (chosen by you!) off to the Editor’s Desk for review by none other than inkpop’s very own Editorial Board!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for October 2010? Find out below!

inkpop October 2010 Top Picks:

The Trees Have Eyes by cara_ruegg (Book – Romance / Mystery / Horror / Historical Fiction)

Love at First Sight by Jelsa Mepsey (Book – Romance / General Fiction / Humor)

The Assassin by tennisketter (Book – Mystery / Adventure / General Fiction / Romance)

Just Us by Juliet Steele (Short Story – Romance / General Fiction)

Dreamscape – The Gatekeeper Chronicles by Nataliya Maize (Book – Adventure / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance / Horror)

Congratulations to the October 2010 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 November 2010 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite October 2010 Top Pick? Did you begin to question the power of nature after reading The Trees Have Eyes? Were you wowed by Cassie’s many adventures in The Assassin? Did you find yourself head over heels for Shane and Traysee in Love at First Sight? Were you lulled into a dream world via Dreamscape – The Gatekeeper Chronicles? Did reading Just Us leave you wanting to be a part of the Fantastic Five?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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September 2010 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on October 1, 2010

Though the month of September began as the dog days of summer, it has morphed into fall, inkpoppers; now, as we welcome in a new month and season, we wave goodbye to five Top Picks (selected by you!), as they make their way to the Editors Desk for review by inkpop’s prestigious Editorial Board!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for September 2010? Find out below!

inkpop September 2010 Top Picks:

The Hard Way To Learn A Lesson by Stephaniiie (Book – Romance / Humor)

Summer of Firsts by cyc (Book – General Fiction / Romance / Humor)

The Prank War by Kit_kat_00 (Book – General Fiction / Humor / Romance)

Jaded by IntoTheWoods (Book – Horror / Mystery / Paranormal / Romance)

Smashed by Broadway Baby (Book – General Fiction)

Congratulations to the September 2010 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 October 2010 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite September 2010 Top Pick? Did you find yourself learning a lesson alongside Danny and Kat in The Hard Way To Learn A Lesson? Were you lost in the romantic misadventures found in Summer of Firsts? Did the flashbacks in The Prank War leave you rolling on the floor laughing? Did you have to sleep with the light on after reading Jaded? Were you enraptured by the prose found within the pages of Smashed?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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August 2010 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on September 1, 2010

At this point, August 2010 is nothing more than a distant memory, inkpoppers; and as we wave goodbye to a month that, for many of us, was full of days spent lounging by the pool, we bid a fond farewell to a new batch of Top Picks (selected by you!) which are already on their way to the Editor’s Desk for review by the Editorial Board!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for August 2010? Find out below!

inkpop August 2010 Top Picks:

Rosewood by Evie J (Book – General Fiction / Mystery)

Because You Laughed by ElanorLawrence (Short Story – General Fiction / Mystery)

Before You by EmilyisSmiling (Book – Romance / General Fiction)

The Heart of Magic by TomW (Book – Science Fiction / Fantasy / Adventure / Horror)

The Roses of Cooraclare by drsheridan (Book – General Fiction / Historical Fiction / Romance)

Congratulations to the August 2010 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 September 2010 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite August 2010 Top Pick? Did you find yourself incapable of escaping the frightening town of Rosewood? Did you shed a tear while reading Because You Laughed? Were you blown away by the enchanting prose of Before You? Did you fall in love with The Heart of Magic? Did The Roses of Cooraclare sweep you into the past?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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