Question: Will there be madami delicious Delena moments in Midnight?
LJ: Shadow Souls is the book I have enjoyed Pagsulat the most since the original Vampire Diaries book, The Awakening. I didn't worry about going into a different dimension and crossing the boundary between "urban fantasy" and "high fantasy." I just followed my puso and wrote.
And I can't deny that there is a strong chemistry between Damon and Elena. But this is, after all, a pag-ibig triangle, with Stefan at the other point. And with Stefan back, Elena's guilt is enormous. I think that I may have gone with my own personal feelings a little too far in Shadow Souls--and now poor Damon is racked with human emotions and reactions to Elena. Anyway, I hope that the Delena squad understands that, well, those problems may make Damon end up doing things that he otherwise wouldn't do. Besides, Damon is the Bad Boy of the Vampire Diaries. He has to do some naughty things in order to keep his mind at ease.
Anyway, brace yourself for Midnight—and keep Shadow Souls on hand to read if you get worried, and be prepared for a wild ride.
Q: How do u feel about the TV Show?
L.J:I think it is a brilliant story, brilliantly written, beautifully acted, with terrific direction, cinematography, and music. I couldn’t improve it (except perhaps to image Nina blond and put Meredith back, and a few other things). Of course, I still wish that someone as talented as Kevin Williamson would come along and tell the story the way it is told in the books, but that doesn’t dull my appreciation of the version that is out.
Q: What about Twilight?
L.J: Sorry, but I don’t comment on Twilight at all, now, except to say that I haven’t read it or seen the movies. Yes, I do appreciate readers who know my books—some of them who have known them since the Vampire Diaries came out back in 1990-91 and Night World somewhat later—and who make lists of the similarities between my books and the Twilight series. I appreciate most the readers who’ve read all my series and thus can make complete lists. But I’m not sure what, if anything, I might “do” about the lists.
Q: I like you strong female characters, Why do you write about 'em?
L.J: Because I want to create role mga model for teenage (and even younger) girls who read my books. If you look at the books, just about every heroine has a future career or goal in mind (even fickle Elena Gilbert is determined to one araw return to the Dark Dimension and help free the slaves). Some of my characters, like Rashel Jordan of The Chosen, and Jez Redfern of Huntress (both from the Night World series) are already immersed in their careers as vampire-hunters. amapola North (also Night World, as are the susunod few girls) has an ambition to travel the world, and Mary-Lynnette Carter wants to become an astronomer. Hannah Storm wants to be a paleontologist (although these days she’s probably got her hands full helping to run bilog Daybreak.)
Some of my characters don’t start out as strong girls. They start out as shy, introverted or gentle girls, like Cassie Blake of The Secret Circle, or Jenny Thornton of The Forbidden Game. Then the story is about how they become stronger, through their terrifying experiences and their concern for other people. Strange Fate has this kind of a heroine, Sarah Strange.
Q: I want to be an may-akda someday, how do I become a writer?
L.J: I think there are two things I would advise for someone who wants to be a writer. The first is to keep reading—not just vampire books, but any and all books that even slightly catch their interest. pagbaba will open the world to you.
And, second, write a little something every day. It can be as simple as a long text conversation (but remember that when you’re sending in your first book, grammar counts!) or Pagsulat in a diary, or scribbling down an idea for a story. But the absolute best training is to try to write stories in a normal conversational style, to keep a blog that you update frequently, to write fanfic, or to write mga tula (if you want to be a poet—or even if you don’t.)
Q: Is it okay for me to write a fan-fiction based on your work?
L.J: Of course. I’d be a hypocrite and an idiot to try to stop it. I don’t mind what you do with my characters as long as you don’t rub my nose in it. I might even run a contest for the most interesting (G-rated) fanfic ever written in all the years since my various series first came out. The same with art—which I’m glad to see, always.
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