Sunday, September 14, 2014

Flashpoint Interview: Kerry Anne Fudge

As part of our Flashpoint campaign, we'll be featuring our authors here on the news blog. We sent them all some questions and waited to see what they had to say. As usual, they didn't disappoint! First up is Kerry Anne Fudge, whose story in Flashpoint is titled, "Fever."

Kerry's the one on the left! ;)

Third Person Press: Where did you grow up? Do you think your childhood influenced you to be a writer?
Kerry Anne Fudge: I grew up in a rural area with my mom and dad. My siblings are all older than I am, so I was raised as an only child. Our neighborhood was very small, and there weren't many kids my age. So my imagination had the time to flourish. I was telling stories to my big brothers before I could even put them down on paper. And when I discovered reading, that was better than finding a pot of gold. I devoured books and fell in love with the written word. So yes, I have to say that my childhood influenced me in becoming a writer.
TPP: Who were your three favorite writers when you were young? Who are three favorites now?
KAF: When I was young I read anything and everything by R.L Stine. On the complete opposite end, I also loved Lurlene McDaniel. I also discovered the 'Deathlands' series by the time I was twelve. I later learned that they were written by different authors, but the style was similar and I devoured them. As an adult, I have way too many fave authors. But my current three are J.R. Ward, Stephen King, and George R.R Martin.
TPP: What are you most likely to be doing when you're not writing?
KAF: When I'm not writing, and have time to myself, I can be found doing a number of things. I love to read on my old-yet-cozy sofa, play video games, write letters (yes, penpalling is still alive and well), work on my smashbooks, have coffee dates with my friends or watch a movie with my fiance. 

TPP: Do you have any writing habits or rituals?
KAF: When I write, there's a few things I 'need'. If I am brainstorming or writing a first draft, I need music and lots of it. When I edit, I need music to start but once I get into the groove I need silence. And I tend to work better in the evening/night time. 

TPP: What's your favorite beverage while writing? While not writing?
KAF: My fave thing to drink when I am writing is iced coffee. When I'm not writing, I love water or pop.

TPP: If you were a superhero, what would your name and power/ability be? Or would you be a supervillain instead?
KAF: If I was a superhero, my abilities would be strength and speed. I think because Superman was my first favorite comic book hero. As for my 'super' name...I'll be honest, names and titles are not my strong suit. I think I'd just do awesome stuff around the city and let the general population name me haha.

TPP: What are you working on now? What's your next writing project?
KAF: Right now I have 'wedding brain'. I recently became engaged so my thoughts keep drifting back to ideas for my big day, even when I try to work on a story. However, I started a short story before my vacation, but I have the feeling it may become a novel. It's a vampire story, but a different world from my current works and brand new characters.

TPP: Is there a question you've always wanted to answer as a writer? Pose it and then write your answer. 
KAF: This is a generic question, but it is one I have never been asked (as far as I remember).
Q: What author influenced your writing the most?
A: Even though I don't write like him, I have to say Stephen King. When I was about eight, I snuck one of his anthologies from my sister. By that age, I already loved Halloween and the creatures that go with it. But he really brought out my love of the supernatural, which is why I now write dark fantasy.

Thanks, Kerry!

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