Social Media Questions!
As a little experiment, I’ve been asking people to send me questions on anything and everything over social media. My plan was to make a blog post answering them all, no matter how devious and tricky they might be. Well, I had a landslide of questions (roughly a third on my writing, a third on Pokémon and the rest on completely random stuff), but, unfortunately, there were just far too many to fit into one post! So, I’ve narrowed them down and answered my favourites below, I hope I did okay!
Is there a Tethers bonus scene, or anything you left out from any of the books? (@MeganInTheSun)
Sort of! There is a newspaper article offering a different perspective to one of the events from Unwoven. It’s actually coming out as part of Six Short Stories in February so you can read it then. There’s also a piece of excellent fan fiction I posted on this site here. Strictly speaking it’s not part of the official Tethers universe but it’s still a cracking read!
When is the release date of #Wye? (@Lisa Elemental)
Aghh, I’m so sorry lovely Lisa but there is no release date yet! I feel like I’m being so slow and rubbish with Wye, it’s taking a lot longer than any of my other books and I’m not really sure why that is. I promise I will post a nice, meaty extract from the book on my website before too long though.
Why do you like writing about zombies so much? (@ELAdams12)
I think it’s because the living dead encapsulate everything we fear most: death, pain, loneliness and a life without meaning or achievement. I love seeing interesting characters come face to face with that concept.
What is your favourite scene/line from any of the books you’ve written and why? (@MeganInTheSun)
I didn’t really intend for it to be a standout line when I wrote it, but ‘You can’t save someone from your own decisions’ said by Esther at the end of Tethers has become my favourite. The reason why is simple, it’s the fact that readers have picked up on the line and quoted it back to me, and now it’s sort of become the tagline of the series.
What’s the biggest challenge in the writing process and what’s the easiest thing to get wrong? (@STVenables)
I would say the biggest challenge is not stopping. A book is seriously long and no one is going to read it (probably) until it’s finished. In a world full of instant gratification and diminishing attention spans, sticking with a novel right to the end is incredibly difficult. Fortunately, there is a simple solution: write every day! If you add to a project every day, then one of those days it will be finished. I think that’s the easiest thing to get wrong too; saying to yourself, I’ll give myself a day/week/month off now, I wrote a bit yesterday.
If you had a time machine would you go backwards or forwards in time? If back then what period of history? (@AutumnMiss2011)
I would definitely go back to the time of the dinosaurs. Can you imagine actually seeing those incredible creatures alive and in person, some way bigger than houses? Ever since I was iccle I’ve been desperate know what colour a T-Rex was, I’d love to finally solve that mystery!
What is the purpose of human life? (Laura Lovelock via Facebook)
To love and be loved? Something poetic like that? Or maybe just to have fun!
What is the origin of the word ‘Jackpot’? (Owen Hughes via Facebook)
A toughie and, considering my name is involved, I felt it was my sworn duty to figure this one out. A little bit of research reveals that, in 1870’s America, the term came into use through widespread play of a particular version of draw poker. Without getting too in depth, if jack playing cards proved elusive throughout several deals, then the pot of winnings could grow very large indeed. Hence, jackpot being used to indicate a large sum of money or winnings. Yay!
When Pokémon first came out, did you choose Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle? Why? (@MeganInTheSun)
I remember the moment well, I chose Bulbasaur on Pokémon Red Version. I think I did it because he looked really cool, and I liked the fact that he was four-legged; it made me think he might be faster than the other two. Technically, I was wrong on that but my level 100 Venusuar still kicked butt!
Do you prefer the Pokémon card game or console version? (@AutumnMiss2011)
Definitely the game, although I still use Pokémon cards as bookmarks!
Why does Brock always have his eyes closed? And how does he battle when he can’t see what his Pokémon are doing? (@SharonSant)
I’m sure you could delve into the fandom and find millions of theories for Brock’s eye mystery, but here’s mine (which I’m 100% sure is the real deal). Brock is at one with his Pokémon so he doesn’t need to see them to know what’s happening in battle, he can sense it … or something like that, anyway.
A Huge thanks to anyone who sent me a question and I’m sorry I couldn’t answer them all! This little post has been so much fun, I would certainly recommend other bloggers try something similar!