The Movellas Interview Diary

I took this off and I'm putting it back up again (Nov, 2015). Enjoy! - Here you will find interviews with some of the most talented on Movellas. They will tell you about their likes, dislikes, favourite authors/books, weird talents, goals, ambitions, celebrity crushes and much more. Oh and they will also shed some light on the much debated and controversial question slash topic or whatever you wanna call it, that has been discussed since the dawn of man: is it okay to turn your underwear inside out so it can last a little longer... okay, maybe not that last one...

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1. Midnight Rogue

 

BASIC INFO

 

Name: Midnight Rogue

Age: Realistically I’m 18, but the mock-fictions say I’m about 40.

Your best piece of work on Movellas: Best piece would have to be Assassin’s Creed: Reminiscence, but if you don’t count fanfictions [and many do not] I would say Chronicle of the Blood-Filled Crown.

Likes: [LOL, where to begin] Food [all food], video games [Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, Black Ops, Capcom vs. Marvel, and dem classics like, er... Tetris, to name a few xD], reading [no romance], writing [obvs], drawing and creating stuff, I’m inclined to sheep, and so on. I like a whole bunch of things, people would die if I listed them all.

Dislikes: DOLLS [*Cowers* They are evil!], doctors, medicine, exams, bad movies [*cough* Twilight *cough*] and a lot of other things xD

Favourite Author: J. R. R. Tolkien – hands down.

Books you recommend: Okay, so the obvious ones: Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit, and other Middle-Earth related fiction. I’d recommend the AC books by Oliver Bowden too. I’m a classic nut, so anything by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Browning, and Chaucer. And to go even more classic: anything by Dante Alighieri, Homer and Ovid.

What makes you stop reading a book? Uh... it’s not something I do. I don’t think I’ve ever just stopped reading a book – even bad ones. E.g. I read the whole Twilight saga [though, to be fair, Meyer’s writing style is good]. But what puts me off? A lack of concepts, lack of action, too much sloppiness [Hint, hint: Nicolas Sparks] and lack of... emotion/feeling.

What makes you read a book more than once? Um, if I don’t understand I the first time I read it xD Sorry, but seriously though – I did it with Chaucer and fell in love with the Canterbury Tales. Note to self and all: ALWAYS get the translated version! xD But on a more serious note, what makes me read again and again [and I do this with the Hunger GamesLotRAssassin’s Creed, and a few others] is the bond that’s created between the characters and reader. The Secret Crusade made me cry so many times [I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for orphans and even more if they’re Arabs.] In terms of LotR though... I don’t know. It’s my biggest fandom. So many new places and different kinds of people – it really pulls you in. Star Wars  had the same effect on me when I used to watch them with my dad and my uncles.  LotR also has this remarkably happy ending [almost impossibly happy] it just makes you cry x’D.

Do you have a weird talent? Many. I have loads of bad [and God knows] talents too. Which I’m not really going to go into. Just note that I can be a very scary person.

 

QUESTION TIME!

 

1. Are the rumours true? Are you married to a man with no face?

LOL, if only xD Theoretically, yes.

2. Okay, time for serious questions. When did you start writing?

Those who know me would agree: Writing was a completely foreign concept to me as a kid. I didn’t have the greatest role models in my family, you see, my elementary literacy teacher was this witch to me and the secondary ones weren’t all that better, and I just managed to get out of school with average grades. It was after I flopped in IT that I realised I couldn’t pursue a career in Engineering. A lot of... stuff was happening in my life about two years ago, as well, and I got into this habit of keeping a diary and reading [which I was never all that into] and it just dawned on me; Oh my God, I can write! So yeah, it didn’t happen immediately, but it was starting point. I made a really good friend too in school [who’s got to be my longest running friend so far xD] and she was into poetry [though she refuses to bless the world by not posting it for all to see] and she was an encouragement.

3. Who is your literary idol?

Um, in terms of published authors: Simon Scarrow. His historical works I’ve been OBSESSED, lol. And of course Tolkien, as I’ve mentioned before. But I think my current English teacher is quite an inspiration as well – she writes political non-fiction, but still.

4. What do you think is the difference between a GOOD story and a GREAT one?

Good story: A good plot line, good characters, strong protagonist.

Great story: A plot line that makes you gasp, cry, shiver, smile, laugh. Characters that you feel for and root for and even wish would die. A protagonist that you admire, you envy, whose sayings stick in your head. And ending that completely blows you away.

5. You often talk about wanting to move to a place where life is much simpler. How simple would you want things to be e.g. Victorian era simple where there are no fancy smart phones with cool apps, no televisions, no computers or just a more watered down version of the place where you live now?

I’m a fan of sci-fi, so no: I wouldn’t want a complete removal of technology. Technology is good, to an extent. Example: I’d keep a phone, a computer, washing machine, refrigerator, and [I don’t know] indoor heating. All the other stuff I can live without [dish-washers, cars, etc] because really it just shows the productivity and strength of the human being depleting over the years. I’d want to learn to horse-ride, to hunt, to forage non-poisonous plants, to sword-fight. But at the same time, I want a simple existence, a simple life. A small house, village surrounding [as close to nature as I can get], maybe a few farm animals, I want one o’ dem shepherd’s crooks too. You know, just take it easy.

6. Would you ditch Slenderman (faceless dude) for Ezio (awesome dude), if both existed?

LOL, no. I’d ditch him for Altair and no less. Slenderman needs love in his life xD Ezio... well, he finds love in every bordello he walks into.

7. What is your view on the Underwear debate? Be careful about what you say - wars have started over this.

Underwear debate? Never heard of it. Though... nah. I really don’t want to resurrect Hitler Thongs or Churchill Bras, so I’ll keep my mouth shut.

8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors out there?

Um... just to try your best, really. The writing business is very intertwined with politics and luck; we’re all basically screwed unless we bring the right story at the right time. But don’t get discouraged by criticisms, people are trying to help when they point out something’s wrong with what you’ve written – and the more honest they are, the more grateful you should be. With right amount of luck and criticism [and political climate] you should be able to spread the story you’ve worked so hard on. And, goodness, read!! I can’t stress this enough. LEARN from previous writers. Check mark their techniques. Make sure you don’t make the same mistakes they do. That’s the best bet you have.

9. Being a newbie on Movellas is tough - what advice would you give to those who have just joined and are looking to really establish themselves on here like you have?

Um... again it’s a combination of luck and skill. You have to know how to connect with like-minded people – so the first thing I’d advise is make your presence known: Spam the forums. Other writing sites are quite ruthless and stuck-up, but Movellas isn’t really like that. The community is rather wonderful. You can ask anyone anything [the people I’ve met anyway] and they’ll tell you what you need to know. There’s a lot of scope for whoring too: That is to read someone’s work, tell them what you think and request a critique on your own work. That’s really how I made it xD and I’ve made a lot of friend along the way too :)

10. What is the best thing about writing?

The best thing about writing... Creating a whole new world and just watching from above as everything happens. Bringing up concepts. Creating these awesome characters. It ‘s true, what they say: Writing gives you power.

 

QUICK-FIRE ROUND

 

Sweeties (Candy) or Chocolate?

Chocolate

Dogs or Cats?

Dogs

Rich or Poor?

Poor

Doctor Who or AC?

AC!

Cola or Pepsi?

Pepsi

Sunshine or Rain?

Rain!

Snow or Rain?

SNOW!

Football or Cricket?

Football

INTERVIEWEE NOTE:

LOL, so this was fun. I imagined it would be a lot more mature though x3 Thank goodness it wasn’t!

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