(In honor of 100 reviews on His Corrupted Mind, Heart, and Soul!)
Do you see yourself as Inconnu as you write?
Yes. You know how some actors ‘method-act’? I do something similar that I call ‘method-write’ when writing, so pretty much I am Inconnu whenever I’m writing HCMHAS.
If yes to the previous question, do you therefore reflect your own ideal characteristics as hers?
This is a bit of tough one to answer, and it’s a yes and no. Other writers will tell you as well as myself that, more often than not, we put a part of ourselves into our characters. In accordance to that, Inconnu has a good deal of my initial social awkwardness when meeting new people when I was in Middle School. In terms of ideal characteristics, I’d say that I wish my nature wasn’t so super passive-aggressive (and I do) and I put that into Inconnu’s character.
What made you decide for Inconnu to be Half-Elven?/How old is Inconnu?
Well, it actually had to do with her age. You see, I wanted Inconnu’s mother to be pure-blooded Numenorean from the start, but at that time in the books Numenoreans, even pure-blooded, only lived for 200 to 600 years approximately. Inconnu, at the current time in HCMHAS, is 1,016 years old. Now, I didn’t want her to be pure-blooded Elf, and upon remembering that Elrond is Half-Elven and chose to life as an Elf unlike his twin Elros, I went for Half-Elven because I decided for Inconnu to have that choice between an immortal or mortal life.
Since Inconnu is Half-Elven, has she chosen immortality as the Huntress of the North?
She actually hasn’t decided yet between immortality or mortality. I decided to give her the ability of being able to delay making that choice, an ability that Elrond’s twin sons Elladan and Elrohir are theorized to have since they too are technically Half-Elven.
Is this your first time writing romance?
In an official and lengthy story, yes it is. I’ve written little scenes of romance before though. I actually consider myself far better at writing fluff so this is actually very good practice for me!
Will Inconnu ever meet the mysterious white-haired Elf in person?
Yes, Inconnu will eventually meet the mysterious white-haired Elf in person.
In Chapter 7, Oromë showed Inconnu the throne room in Carn Dûm and said that she would soon enter Angmar. Will Er-Murazor go with her? (Glorfindel’s Prophecy stated that the Witch-King would not return to the north, but Glorfindel’s written account in the Minas Tirith scroll (Chapter 6) said “…he would never return with ill-intent for the North.” So, if he bears no ill-intent…)
Don’t you just love loop holes? I know I do!
Will Er-Murazor tell Inconnu about his own vision of the three stained glass windows?
If he were to tell Inconnu about his own little special vision, I believe it would be late game War of the Ring. I don’t think it’s a great idea for Er-Murazor to tell her about it at the current time in the story, since he would also have to talk about their potential son… A little too early in their budding official romantic relationship to talk about that. XD
The time of the winged Nazgûl approaches… will one of the remaining eight be sent to slay Inconnu and recapture Er-Murazor?
Well, Saruman did fail with the Ravagers. Almost succeeded but did ultimately fail and Sauron would not be very happy about that… All I can really give up is that there will be a Fell Beast involved before the end of this part of the story.
Does Ghost’s Song have a role to play in freeing Er-Murazor’s soul? (A bit haunted by Oromë’s words in Chapter 7: “All that would await the Witch-King then would be a true death and not one by your hand.”)
Yes, yes it does.
Will the Witch-King ever use his now incredibly poisonous sword?
You know, I actually came up with Er-Murazor using his dark magics to heal Inconnu on the spot while writing the chapter so… I’m sure I can come up something for that sword to do!
How long have you been writing?
I have been taking myself seriously as a writer since I was thirteen, so almost six years now.
Do you have any original stories?
I very much have original stories notched in my writing experience belt, some of which you can find on my Wattpad or Quotev account.
What do you use for inspiration when writing?
I get inspiration from a lot of things, but mainly the semi-abandoned/re-hashed stories from a literal shoebox, songs, and the occasionally lucid dreaming.
What inspired you to start writing?
Reading the works of John Flanagan (Rangers Apprentice), Derek Landy (Skullduggery Pleasant Series), J.R.R. Tolkien, and the many wonderful people who told me that I have talent and should continue to develop it.
What is your favorite aspect of writing?
World-Building. I have such a fun time world-building, creating lore is a blast, and I can easily say that backstories are my best friend when writing. Plus, I favor lore heavy stories that utilize their lore well.
Was the Witcher an inspiration for Inconnu?
I do know about the Witcher books and games, but Inconnu isn’t based on the Witcher and I didn’t make the comparison until a reviewer mentioned it. Said reviewer also mentioned that Inconnu was only missing the yellow eyes and silver sword for monster hunting at the time, but Inconnu now has Ghost’s Song, so she’s only missing the yellow eyes now! XD
Do you hate lore-dumping?
Yes, yes I do. I hate it very much and it frustrates me whenever a writer does it, fan fiction or published.
Is there going to be a happy ending for His Corrupted Mind, Heart, and Soul?
Yes… It’ll just take a little longer to get there. We do have quite a few more conflicts to get through before Inconnu and Er-Murazor get their happy ending.
How does it feel to have this story reach 100 reviews?
It feels like I have been inaugurated into the ‘Hall of Great Fan Fiction’, which I couldn’t have done without the support of those following the story!
How detailed did you get into planning His Corrupted Mind, Heart and Soul?
The most detailed thing about this fan fiction is the timeline. This timeline is updated at least once a week and is my greatest reference other than the map of Middle Earth. It has everything from when Er-Murazor supposedly became a Nazgûl (I actually have events noted from before even that, but that would be spoiling a lot about something,) to events planned post-War of the Ring. Basically, it’s my own custom Appendix B and is written out like that timeline too. I’m very proud of it and I think I’ll post that after the story is completed entirely for you guys to nerd over. Note however that I messed with the overall timeline quite a bit since I am following the movies’ pacing more than the books’ pacing. I took creative liberties.
When reading reviews on your stories, what do you come across often?
A good third of the reviews I have read specifically noted my writing style. In the beginning (and somewhat still to this day,) I kind of had no idea what you people were going on about. I just shrugged and said to myself, “I have something here apparently, so I better keep doing it!” and here I am. Best description I received about it said that my writing style is like a ‘mind-film’ and that they feel like they are actually there and a part of the action, instead of just being an observer.
Do you think you have a fan base?
Oh yes I believe I have a fan base, which makes me go, “Sam, start writing down your original stories and share them with these people!” I also love the fan art I’ve been getting and I love every one of them! Who knew that the Witch-King and Inconnu could look so cute chibi-fied? XD
Any failed original plans/bloopers for His Corrupted Mind, Heart, and Soul?
Why do you think there is always more than one draft to a story? I’ve re-written a few chapters because I wasn’t happy with them. In terms of failed original plans, I actually had the story planned to also go through the events of The Hobbit as well, but that fell through. However, I still managed to sneak in Peter Jackson’s creation of the Nazgûl Tomb in there because it is such a cool concept! I can quote that scene word for word I love it so much! I also originally planned for Inconnu to have chased the injured Witch-King all the way to Carn Dûm, but my timeline made a later plan look a little more unbelievable than it already was so the Nazgûl Tomb it was, and I have a much better plan for the Witch-Realm of Angmar now.
Do other people in Real Life know you write fan fiction, and if so what do you tell them often?
Yes, quite a few people know that I write fan fiction and I often say this to them whenever I finish reading new reviews, “I honestly should not have this much power of people’s emotions. It scares me how easily I can manipulate someone’s emotions over fictional characters.” And then I keep doing it because I love feedback and I love writing stories to share with people! You are all awesome!
(This is especially relevant after posting ‘The Fragility of the Heart’ chapter and reading those reviews. Happy tears for everyone! X’D)
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