Sunday, December 11, 2011

June 2012, that's what I am looking forward to. It is the TwiFic Meet Up in Las Vegas. Not only will it be an amazing time meeting people I chat with, Lakermom37 will be there and we are roommates! Along with Twimom817 and Kare831. The dynamic duo invited me to share their room and then invited Lakermom37. They are also the pre-reader and beta for Letting Down The Walls. They are quite the talented trio and I am thrilled to death to know them and can't wait to meet them personally.

Letting Down The Walls is a touching and poignant story. It is a story of a girl suffering from severe psoriasis and a boy with a broken heart caused by betrayal. In this case, Bella and Edward, but it could be any one's story. A story of promise, hope, and rising above adversity.

The writer of this story is Lakermom37 and also a sufferer of severe psoriasis. I personally had no idea how debilitating the disease could be until I started looking in to it. Most people, myself included, only know the less severe version, itchy dry patchy skin, but there are such severe levels, you would be astounded.

Lakermom37 is writing this story for her love of writing as well as bringing attention and knowledge to the unknown severity of the disease. She is a friendly and generous person, donating a story to Fandom4AJD, and she always has a nice word for everyone. To rise above and go about her daily life, to open up her personal story and educate us on a disease we know little of, a wife and mother, as well as entertain us with her story writing.

Come meet Lakermom37, you will be amazed who she really is and will love her as much as everyone who knows her. She is what is good in the fandom. And if you are not reading Letting Down The Walls, you need to start reading it. It is a wonderful story with a very unique story line.


When did you discover Twilight?
I was invited to go see Twilight at the movies about a week after debuted at the theater. I had never heard of the books or the story line but was intrigued by a human/vampire relationship. Oh, and Rob was a pretty hot Edward too...I was HOOKED.

How did you find the fandom?
I was in a low point in my life both personally and health-wise in late 2008 and early 2009. This is when I became completely enamored by all things Twilight. I was on bed rest and quite frail for several months following two evasive surgeries. I immediately bought all four books to occupy my time, which I read in order multiple times, along with Midnight Sun. When I needed more, I googled "Twilight Stories" on a hunch and fan fiction addiction began.

Are you in the Twicloset?
Sort of...Most ALL of my close friends and family know I read FF. I do have a few close friends, my hubby, my only sister and my 22 year old daughter that are aware that I'm writing a FF story. Three friends are reading LDTW as "lurkers" and so far my daughter wants nothing to do with my writing and with "mom writing lemons" I think I prefer it that way...I guess I just like the anonymity of writing under a pen name.

Do your significant others support your fandom life?
My hubby and I have been together 24 years. He doesn't quite understand my fascination with Twilight but he doesn't get mad or jealous over my Edward/Rob Addictions. He supports my writing because it's such a personal and real story for me.

Have you met fandom people in real life?
Not yet...but I am excited to be going to the Twi Fic meeting in Las Vegas in June 2012 so I will hopefully get to meet everyone then. I do talk to my beta/pre-reader team, twimom817 and kare831 via email and I do know their REAL names, where they live,

Why or how did you start writing fan fiction?
I started because I have been an avid reader for so long. I've read most every Edward/Bella combination that has been written and most ALL completed 100,000+ word M-rated FF. I've never read a story where one of the characters has psoriasis and I thought I'd give it a shot. So far so good. :)

How do you come up with your story lines?
Well, I use a lot of personal experiences. I was 28 and married for ten years when I first developed psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis so that part of LDTW was adapted for the story line, and no my hubs isn't a dermatologist. Really, I've been asked that. The feelings Bella has in my fic are real...and no matter who you are or how confident you are, psoriasis makes you feel unattractive. It's a mean disease that is 50% physical and 50% mental. That's what I'm trying to convey in LDTW...the struggle to feel loved and sexy and worthy. 

Favorite fics - Completed and WIP's.
Oh wow... I'd have to say Blood and Glory by drotuno, A Pound of Flesh by jaxon22, Unplanned Perfection by littlecat358, Quiet Storm by SexiLexiCullen, Evermore Experience by deJean, A Slow Boil by kts, Beyond Time by tkegl, The Cannabean Betrothal by ItzMegan73, A Special Life by Twimom817, Perfect Game by kare831, Set In Stone by psyche001 for completed fics; Transcendence by savage7289, Blessed Are the Forgetful by orrington rose, When You Came Home by Melanie Carter and In Your World by solosintwilight.  I could go on and on...oh, and I LOVE Letting Down the Walls by Edward's My Obsession 1971. LOL!

What kind of environment do you like to write in?
I have a home office so I prefer to go there and shut out the rest of the world, except Twitter.

Where and when do you write and on what?
I write on my desktop, laptop and also my iPhone. I vary on writing times...sometimes a plot bunny bites me at the oddest times! Mostly I write on Wednesday afternoons and the weekends. I try to post weekly.

How do you find time to write?
I have two grown college kids so I have more free time than I used to. I try to balance time with hubs, work, kids/family and writing/reading FF.

When writing: outline or as it comes to you?
I began with a five chapter outline. After that, the characters and plot just blossomed on their own. I have an idea on each chapter on where I want to go with it but sometimes the characters just don't lead me that way. It's odd but true. Edward and Bella tell the story...I'm just along for the ride. Also, kare831 and twimom817 help steer me when I get of base.

Who's POV do you like writing?
Edward's POV. Bella's POV should be easier but it really is the hardest of the two to get across to the reader. I don't want to project a whiny, immature Bella. She is neither but is shy, has no self confidence, is inexperienced with all things sexual and slightly introverted. Edward is confident and knows he's attractive but he's been burned in the past and never got past it.

How do you find inspiration when the ideas just won't flow?
I bounce ideas off my hubby, twimom817 and kare831. Sometimes I type multiple pages just to delete them and start all over. Some things are harder to write than Bella's lack of sex knowledge. It has been a LONG time since I've "been there" so I have to dig deep to make that part work for me.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start writing?
Do it!! It's more than I ever expected.

Do you write professionally? Do you aspire to?
Oh goodness no. I love to write but I don't think I'm ever going to be that good at all. I  wish I was though!!

How do you handle negative reviews/blog postings?
Believe it or not but I haven't really gotten any yet. I know my story isn't for everyone and I will be proud of any and all reviews I get. I'm sure I've had took 18 chapters for the first E/B sexual contact. Those who like hot, steamy sex early on probably gave up on me long ago.

If you could say one thing to your readers (fans) what would that be?
THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME AND MY STORY!! I do this all for the love of writing and reading.

One thing you can't live without?
Probably my iPhone. I like to be wired at all times.

What part of the world do you live in?
Kentucky, USA

Are you working on anything right now you would like to tell us about?
Well, besides LDTW, I am going to be writing a short story in January for the Fandom for Juvenile Diabetes. It will be my first compilation for a cause and I'm very excited. I'm not 100% decided on my plot line yet but It will be a Vamp Edward/Human Bella story. We'll see.

And a nosey one - how did you come up with your pen name?
HA! Well, I obviously throw people off with my Twitter  handle being @lakermom37 and my FFn pen name being Edward's my obsession 1971. Twitter wouldn't let me use my FFn name. I came up with my pen name during a casual conversation with a friend about my obsession with all things Twilight and all things Edward...thus the name was created and stuck with me.

What gave you the idea for Letting Down the Walls ?
Being a severe psoriasis sufferer...I had read all kinds of fic dealing with cancer, depression, paralysis, I thought I'd put one out there for folks like me...and I have found several in the Fandom that suffer from psoriasis as well that thanked me for making others aware of our day to day challenges.

What is your reason for posting?
To share my heart-felt story with the Fandom.

How long have you been writing your own stories?
Since September 2011, You may not know this but I had a major screw up editing some unbeta'd chapters and I had to delete LDTW completely and re post it. I lost 75 reviews and no telling how many readers are waiting for an update on a dead FFn link. That happened in November and it broke my heart.

Is your goal to become a full time writer?
No...but I will write as long as the readers want me to.

Do you work with a writers a group?
Yes, I have kare831 and twimom817 that pre-read and beta my stories. lIllicit Writer made my blog, and vbfb19 made my banner for LDTW. Check out my is too cool.

How long does it take you to come up with the ideas for a story?
 A few days and then I work on one chapter at a time. I can't jump ahead too far since I never quite know what my characters are going to do next.

What tools do you use ex. whiteboard, outline, pictures?
I write in Word.

What is your opinion of FF writers who publish their FF stories and change the names, is it something you would consider?
I have no problem with what other writers do but I plan to always write Twilight FFn and I don't for see any non-canon pairings unless its supplemental characters. Edward belongs with Bella...period. At least for me.

How does your own stories in print/internet make you feel overall?
Amazed! I know I don't have thousands of reviews but I so check my story stats and I have so many readers that don't review. I'm very proud to be part of the Fandom.


Where you can find Lakermom37 - Twitter , Blogspot , Fan Fiction
Make sure you check out her story - Letting Down The Walls

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