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This week, for our Meet the Author segment, we got a little peek into the mind of the wonderful JaspersBella. She is the author of the now completed story, The South Shall Rise Again, and many other Darlin-worthy fics. You can give her works a gander on FanFiction.Net and also on TwiWrite. Now here it is, Jasper's Darlins interview with JaspersBella.

Where are you from? I’m a Georgia Peach. I’m actually originally from Alabama, or at least I spent my children there. My Dad got transferred to Georgia the summer of my freshman year of high school and I’ve been here every since. Don’t wanna live anywhere else.

Tell us your latest news? I make Twilight charm bracelets, designing them to match a writer’s story or a person’s favorite character. I few weeks ago, I sent a bracelet to my girl Tonesha (IansCutie). She went to a book signing in NY for 100Monkeys, got to meet Jackson and actually gave him the bracelet I made for her. She said that he really liked the charms and seemed touched by it. Tonesha was tweeting pictures and talking about meeting the band when she mentioned that she gave her bracelet away. I was pissed at first because I thought she gave it to some tramp, had no idea, she had given it to Jackson Rathbone. So that was pretty exciting.

Why did you begin writing fanfiction? I came up with a lot of plot bunnies and often shared my thoughts with other writers. When I was with the Darlin’s, everyone encourgaged me to write and I never would. It wasn’t until I was with the Lambs that I decided to give it a try and found that I actually liked writing all my thoughts and ideas down.

When did you first consider writing your own fic? Probably around the end of 2009 but was never really serious about it.

What inspired you to write your first fanfic? Jasper’s Destiny and I were the only Lambs that didn’t write. She finally wrote and posted a short one shot, then I thought, what the hell? So I sat down and wrote out a short one shot called “Dancing with Cinderella” that had been playing in my head, got Tina to beta, she loved it so I posted.

Do you have a specific writing style? I guess you could say that drabbles are my style. I love to write them. I don’t feel like I could actually write an entire story out, so I throw the drabbles out there and hope that one day, I will be able to write a story out of it.

How do you come up with your titles? The hell if I really know. Sometimes just from something that I’ve written and other times it seems to flow with the them. SweetT, Roon0 and duskri123 can tell you how much I suck at titles. I was constantly asking them to help me.

What fanfic authors do you drop everything to read? Idreamofeddy, abbymickey24, duskri123, SweetDulcinea, NcChris and cullen818

What draws you to Jasper as a fic subject? I’m a sucker for a Southern gentleman, being from the South. I can’t help but love Jasper. You see this strong man who fought in a horrible war, made his way through the ranks, survived the hell on earth that was the Vampire wars and was able to change his entire way of life to find some kind of peace for himself. It takes a helluva man to go through what he went through in both his human life and most of his vampire life to change and want to better himself, find love and happiness.

Are any of the events in your fics based on someone you know, or events in your own life? A couple of the drabbles from my “Thoughts, Rambles and Drabbles” involve stuff that has happened to me.

What books or fanfic have most influenced your writing the most? I don’t really know. I do like to base my Peter off of Idreamofeddy’s because he’s so fucking kickass that I have a hard time coming up with my own. How could you not want to use him?

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider your biggest influence? That’s a hard question to answer. Probably NcChris because no matter what, she can always get my blood pumping and make me want to write and even work through something that I’m struggling with.

What are you reading now (fanfic or “real”)? Hell, as far as fanfic is concerned I’m reading more than I can keep up with. I haven’t sought out any new stories in a while, but will start reading recs from others. And in real life, I started reading a book called “Manhunt” it’s about Lincoln’s assassination. My brother got me hooked on it. I’m also a huge John Jakes fan. But have put him to the side because of fanfiction.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Motissues- her story “Finished Product” and “Ultionis” are absolutely fantastic. And she updates really fast.
Another would be Nauticalmess and her story, “Leaves of Grass”. This is one of the best fics out there with historical background. It’s truly amazing.

What are your current projects? I just finished writing “The South Shall Rise Again”. I can’t believe it’s over. I started writing it last summer and changed it around quite a bit but the main plot always stayed the same. There was never a different ending for me on this one. And now that it’s over, I have many more stories that I could write but I just don’t have the nerve to do it right now.

Do people outside of the fandom know about your writing? If so, who? My bff Brooke. My 17 year old son, Wes, who thinks I’m insane but he can understand my need for it.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Ummm, yeah….that would be…writing. I’m not much of a writer. I struggle quite a bit with it. I’m one that has plot bunnies humping and multiplying like hell but I just can’t seem to sit down and write them out. I think that I would much prefer to have someone else write for me, I’ll supply the plot bunnies, changes and such but writing, is not what I do best. I’ll be taking applications for a ghost writer if anyone is interested. Seriously.

What are your top five fics? I have two sets of top five fics. Classic and newer.
Classic would be Collading Meteors/The Orbiting Meteors by IdreamofEddy and yes I put these two together because there’s no way in hell I can choose one without the other.
Second Chances by Aeriella.
When Darkness Turns to light by Janna Banana (this was actually the story that started my Jasper/Bella craze.
A Murmur of Fire in the Vein by EllenCC
Time Heals by abbymickey24

Top Five fics that are newer
Somebody by duskri123
Leaves of Grass by Nauticalmess
Bars and Wars by trampvamp
Control by VegaTenshi
Conversations with my Killer by OracleVas

If Jasper was a song, which song would he be? My first thought went to Jason Aldean’s Big Green Tractor thanks to trampvamp. But when I really thought about it, the song would have to by Sorry by Daughtry. I can totally picture Jasper playing this song for Bella and his way of apologizing to her for what happened at her birthday. In fact I have part of a one shot written about it.

What do you do to overcome writer’s block? Go straight to NcChris, she ALWAYS makes it better. When I was writing TSSRA, a RP character on twitter named TheLstRebel helped me. One of my friends created him just for me to kick the writer’s block in the ass and it sure as hell works.

Which of the Twilight Saga books is your favorite? Least favorite? At this point and time, really none of them. Once I deserved FanFiction, I realized just how bad those books really are. But if I had to pick, I guess it would be Twilight because it started it all for me. I like all the Jasper parts in Eclipse.
New Moon and Breaking Dawn are awful books. Especially Breaking Dawn, there is so much wrong with that fucking book, it’s not even funny. I find it to be a worthless piece of shit and when I got to the end of it where Edward “hears” Bella, I threw it against the wall yelling “are you fucking kidding me?” I could go on and on about how bad it is but I’ll spare everyone…for now.

Do you write or read any other fandoms? Don’t’ write but read Harry Potter. I love Dramoine, Hermione/Charlie and especially Hermione/Fred. I like to pretend that Fred never died. I’m still really upset about that one.

Is there any genre or pairing that you don’t read? I won’t read Edward/Bella or even Edward/anyone as the main characters. I’m not a big slash reader because most of them are Edward/Jasper and I completely refuse to read Jasper with him. I really hate Edward beyond belief.

If you had to pick one fandom author to collaborate with, who would it be? I wouldn’t wish that on any author. They would probably want to smack me first. Again, I’m not much of a writer. But if I really had to choose, it would probably be AbbyMickey24. She and I seem to be on the same wavelength on a lot of stuff.

Do you have any plot bunnies begging to be written? Can you share? Oh fuck yeah. Right now, I have about 27+ sitting on my flashdrive begging to be written. Let’s see, there’s a Rocksper, that I have maybe 5 pages written about. There’s a P/B/J/C that I have several pages written on. A Peter/Bella o/s involving a tent and promises made when they were 5. Another Peter/Bella with a big green tractor in the background. J/B one shot of Edward trying to tear them apart. A Edward one shot that I wrote a drabble on but want to expand about him seeing her 10 years later and being pissed that she’s gone on with her life.
I came up with what I thought was a pretty good one shot but I gave that one to NcChris already.
My list of plot bunnies goes on and on and on. One day to be written….maybe. I’m still seeking a ghost writer.

Many thanks to JaspersBella for taking some time out to answer our questions. Next weeks interviewee: givemesomevamp. Until then, take care.
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