Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Meet & Greet with Crash Hale


Author of Be My Biggest Fan, My Brother's Wife, With You, I'm Me, Maybe, What Started in an Alleyway, Taken Away, The Third Woman, Undead Life, Second Time Around, House of Candy, Later, Tornado Meets Volcano, A Woman's Touch, Request Fulfilled, Cowboys and Indians, Given a Chance, Bright Fire et al, Crash Hale has also collaborated with her fic wife, courthale, on Your Best Kept Secret, My Guy, My Girls, Moments, and Just Like You under the penname Irenella Courmett.

If you haven't read Crash Hale's stories, then you're in for a treat. Sit back and get to know her a little better, and when you're done, click click click on her name above to enter the world of Crash!

Tell us about yourself. Married? Single? Kids, age, ..whatever you'd like to share.

Let’s see... I was born in Croatia. Serbian mother and Croatian father. English is my second language. I moved to Australia when I was six with my mum and spent most of my life there. It’s my favorite place in the world.

I now live in the States with my husband. He’s my American boy. We decided to live here since he already has a career and I don’t. My favorite place in the US is Princeton, we live pretty close so we always go for walks and dinner there.

I'm twenty-two. I work four days a week and attend college three days a week. Yes, you heard it. No days off, so if my writing starts to slow you’ll know why. Anyway, I major in graphic design and write fanfiction for fun. I’ve always loved creative writing and I believe this is the best kind.

Also, I have an unhealthy obsession with Blue October. I’m going to see them two nights in a row. PA and NY. That is the excitement in my life as of now, oh and I also found out I’ll be visiting home during summer break.

I feel very exposed right now... hehe...

Tell us about Twilight. How did you first get into the Saga, when was the first time you read it, and which book is your favorite?

This is kind of funny. A male friend of mine was saying how bad it was, so I never gave it a chance, then, one day, I randomly looked it up on the net and fell in love with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (they are so beautiful, funny (Rob) and smart (Kris)). Then a girlfriend of mine started reading them and insisted I’d just LOVE it, so she gave me the first book and I read it in three days. I went out that day and got the other three. I read them all before Twilight (the movie) came out. By the time the movie was out I was already crazy obsessed.

My favorite book out of the Saga would have to be Twilight, simply because my favorite part of anything (books, movies.. etc) is the beginning. I love learning about a new character and setting and so on. Seeing how they first fall in love. Love is always the best when it’s new. Sad but true.

My all time favorite part from any of the books takes place in Eclipse when Edward shows Bella the uses for a bed. I read that seven times over my first time reading the book. No lie.

What got you to start reading Twilight Fanfiction? Do you remember the first fic you read?

I remember a while back I came across a Dark Angel fic randomly when I first got a computer. I never really read any others since then, then one day I was just bored and decided to see if there were any good Twilight ones. I really had no idea how amazing and huge it would be. It was like I had found Heaven, I mean, Jake and Nessie lemons. I went like ‘DAMN, I need more!’ Been reading ever since.

And yes, the first fic I ever read was 7 Days by dakinevamp (it’s still not finished). It’s Nessie teasing Jake. She’s the reason my first two stories were Nessie/Jake. They are undeveloped as a mature couple in Breaking Dawn (obviously, she’s a baby) that it’s so easy to create whatever you wish.

Which are your favorite stories?

Not in order...

All Work and No Play by herinfiniteeyes

Fourteen by crimsonmarie

Little Red and the Big Bag Wolf by herinfiniteeyes

Shadowboxer by nobloodnofoul

Southern Comfort by courthale

The Submissive, The Dominant and The Training by tara sue me

The Ghost of You by crimsonmarie

Emancipation Proclamation by kharizzmatik

Who are your favorite characters, from who you like the most to er...who you would like to kill right off the bat?

I’ll just do my favorites since I don’t really hate any of them...


Which fics are you reading right now, and which ones have your complete attention whenever they pop with an update?

Honestly I'm not doing good on my readings right now, but I am reading Don't Let Me Go by Cydney94 and all the others I was reading seem to have stopped dead in their tracks.

What made you finally decide to start writing your own?

It was never really a question. I used to write just for fun before getting a account, so the only difference was that I actually posted it for others to read. Turns out it’s a lot more fun to share.

What's the atmosphere like when you're writing? Music.. screaming and ripping each other apart, or husband bitching in the background? Do you drink and/or smoke?

I usually sit on the bed in the bedroom with my laptop, usually have one of my favorite bands playing. I have over 2000 songs so I’m never out of something to listen to... but sometimes quiet is just nice. And yes sometimes my husband is bitching about something or comes and sits next to me so I can’t write. Oh and I’m usually chatting with courthale - yes, we’re inseparable.

No, I do not spoke, and yes I do drink every once in awhile... Not an alcoholic or anything, surprisingly.

What else do you like to read besides Twilight?

My favorite book is The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I also love We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier. Other than that, just anything anyone may suggest to me, but I mainly have for when I’m wanting to read. I’ve recently gotten into The Host fanfiction. I’m thinking of writing my own some time.

What else do you like to do?

Anything with art. I love my Photoshop. I also love going out to eat, to the movies, and going for coffee with my friends (although I don’t drink coffee myself), hanging out with my nerd husband - he’s so weird it’s never boring. I also enjoy yoga every second day or so.

Tell us a secret.

At this point I'm going to be boring and say I really have no cool secrets to tell anyone. I am working on a sequel to Just Like You though. I'm about 9 chapters in, but I don't want to start posting it just to stop so I want to make sure I'll be able to finish it before I actually put it up. Also I'm trying to work on a Tornado Meets Volcano story because people seemed to like it a lot.


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