An Interview with Lizzie Lee aka Highlanderprincess

I am sure that if you were voting in this years Twific Fandom Awards under newbie authors you would have come across this author. She is writing Rodeo Nights, but she has also written The Blessing, Scream Queen, and A Glimmer of Hope.

She has a talent with her imagination. I fell in love with Scream Queen, which is what lead me to her other stories.

I picked her brain, and I am so happy that I did.

Me: What gives you inspiration for your stories, such as Rodeo Nights, The Blessing, and Scream Queen?
Highlanderprincess : Honestly, inspiration is so random for me, so I can’t really pinpoint where it comes from. For “The Blessing”, I really wanted to do a story where Edward was a single dad, but I didn’t want him to have an ex-wife or ex-girlfriend popping up in the story. So, I started off by looking for a way to avoid that. Then I got to thinking that Charlie could be Edward’s nephew… and the story sort of developed from there. I also got a lot of inspiration along the way from the reviewers and my betas. I usually write a chapter and update, write a chapter and update, so I’m constantly getting inspiration from everyone who reads my stories as I’m writing.

For “Rodeo Nights”, I really wanted to feature a curvy Bella. As a curvier girl, sometimes it’s disheartening to always read about a lead female character who’s stick thin (not that there’s anything wrong with that body type at all). So, I really wanted to write her as curvy and very confident. I sort of worked the story around that character. And since I’m from Austin, Texas—I’ve always wanted to write a Texas fic.

I love horror, so I always wanted to write something like “Scream Queen”. I got the inspiration for that after listening to my true crime podcasts, as well as some episodes of Dateline NBC. It’s interesting writing about someone who is so helpless—she’s being stalked, and there’s really nothing she can do about it for most of the story.

Me: How did you come to be in the fandom?
Highlanderprincess: I read Twilight fanfiction growing up. Well, I really snuck around with it because most of what I read was pretty graphic, to be honest. There’s so many amazing stories in the fandom, and I used to rush home from school every day, eager to read them. Then, a little over a year ago, I broke my knee and couldn’t walk for a few months and was in and out of surgeries, so I thought I’d start writing. When I first started I didn’t edit anything, I didn’t know what a beta was, and no one really read it. I received tons of nasty guest reviews and thought about giving up, but decided I liked doing it enough to keep going. When I started posting my third story, Chicago, Fran reached out to me and helped me edit. And then, eventually, I found the betas I have now, Sherry Neal and Paige Edwards.

Me: Can you remember what story you found first in the fandom?
Highlanderprincess: I think it might have honestly been “Master of the Universe”. I remember when she took it off fanfiction and put it on a blog because I used to feel so cool lying about my age when it asked if you were eighteen or older when entering the blog. Reading that as a virginal teenager was… interesting. Then I started reading stories by Edward’s Eternal and Sheviking.

Me: What is your favorite book in the Twilight Sega?
Highlanderprincess: Probably “New Moon”. I thought it was cool to see Bella deal with a world without Edward in it. Plus, I read these books for the first time as a teen, and we have the tendency to be a bit melodramatic—at least, I did. Also, Jacob reminds me of every guy I’ve ever dated, so that’s another reason I loved the book so much. In the book Bella reaches some all-time lows and all-time highs, so it’s a really great read.

Me: What Character do you relate to the most in Twilight? Is it your favorite character, if not who is?
Highlanderprincess: I think I sort of relate to every character in a way. I’m pretty introverted at times, so I can definitely relate to Bella. And I probably relate to Rosalie a lot… although I’m hesitant to admit that lol. Out of everyone though, I probably relate the most to Alice. At least, I think if the people who know me well had to match me up with a character, I think they’d pick Alice. I’m super girly and love to shop and can tell right away when I’m going to be good friends with someone. My favorite character is probably Alice, too. She’s just gone through so much in her life and has dealt with it all so gracefully. I’d love to read more about her backstory. I wish there would be an entire book dedicated to that.

Me: What was your favorite thing about Twilight?
Highlanderprincess: I think one of my favorite things about Twilight, is the people who love Twilight. Seriously, we have such an amazing fandom, and it’s so wonderful to have a book really bring people together.

Me: What is your favorite story in the fandom?
Highlanderprincess: That’s such a hard question to answer. It’s like picking your favorite child. Honestly, I don’t know. I think it all just depends on my mood at the time or where I am in my life. Some of my favorite authors are Edward’s Eternal, ericastwilight, Nolebucgrl, bannerday, sheviking, GeekChic12, and ItzMegan73. All of their stories are always really amazing. Some of my favorite stories are probably Alphabet Weekends, Hollywood, Plowed, Punch Me, Love Me, Save Me, Crossing the Lines, and Fan Fiction, Sex Gods, and Single Girls. I don’t know, I could probably go on and on and on.

Me: What is your favorite genre to read?
Highlanderprincess: In general, my favorite genre of literature to read is actually horror. I love Stephen King and Joe Hill. I also love paranormal romance, urban fantasy, Teen fantasy, and new adult. Also, who doesn’t love erotica? I’ll read that, too!

Me: What made you decide to write fanfiction?
Highlanderprincess: I always really loved it, but I never thought about writing it myself until recently. Just remembering all the joy fanfiction stories brought me, made me want to write stories, too. I wanted to have a story people really looked forward to seeing updated and I really wanted a chance to brighten someone’s day—like so many authors brightened mine.

Me: Who does your banners?
Highlanderprincess: A lot of people have done banners for me. But, originally, Zowie Adamson and Kara Galloway did my banners. Rita Marie Berrior does some great manips I make into banners. As well as Sue Gilreath.

Me: How do you feel about the movie adaptations? Likes and Dislikes?
Highlanderprincess: It’s really hard for me to answer that because I watch every movie with my nostalgia glasses on pretty much. The first movie came out when I was in middle school, and it became a tradition to see it at midnight with my friends. So, when I think of the movies, I usually associate them with the amazing times I had going to see them growing up. So, whenever I watch them… I just love them. My favorite movies were Twilight and New Moon. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of the second half of Breaking Dawn, book or movie, so that wasn’t one I enjoyed. I just thought the whole concept was a little weird.

Me: What do you love about our fandom?
Highlanderprincess: I love how it feels like a second home to me. I look forward to coming home every day and working on all of my stories and posting because of this fandom. There are so many amazing, talented people! It’s just amazing to come together over our love for one thing.

Me: If you get writers block, what do you do?
Highlanderprincess: I think with tons of practice, you really don’t experience writer’s block as much. You have to push yourself, even if you think what you’re writing is bad. I think sometimes we just overthink things and can’t write because of that. Whenever I feel like I’m really stuck on a story, I just move onto another one or just write something unrelated. And if I really can’t come up with anything good after that, I just read something and usually that gives me some inspiration. Sometimes it’s just about giving yourself the time to sit down and push yourself.

Me: What advice do you have for fellow writers?
Highlanderprincess: I don’t know if I’m a person who should really be giving others advice, but I’d say don’t let fear ruin your writing. Write what you love to write and ignore the things that freak you out. I used to let reviewer’s opinions really weigh on me, but now I don’t think about it at all. Not everyone is going to like everything you write—and that’s fine. It’s not like we fall in love with every book we pick up, after all.

If you want to read any of her amazing stories you can find her on FF and Stars library.

If you want to keep up with her you can join her FB group.

She also has a blog you can follow her blog too.

Reported By: Reporter Alpha Alyscia
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