An Interview with SJ Hooks aka Sheviking

I am sure many of you have read something from this amazing author. I stumbled across her story, Crossing the Lines, and she hooked me from there. I just had to interview her.

Me: What gives you inspiration for your stories, such as My Viking and Crossing the Lines?
Sheviking: The inspiration for Crossing the Lines came from an article I’d read about homeless mothers. I could hardly imagine a more difficult situation to be in, so obviously I had to subject one of my characters to it and see if she could work her way out of it. My Viking came during an online discussion about setting and the amount of research it takes if you don’t live in the country where your story takes place. All of my stories at that point took place in the US, and I could only see myself using my home country of Denmark if the setting was historical, such as the Viking Age. So, I decided to write a one-shot. This is usually how my stories begin, and before I know it, we’re looking at +100K. I guess I’m long-winded.

 Me: How did you come to be in the fandom?
Sheviking:
I watched Twilight at the movie theater and promptly forgot all about it until it came out on DVD (I’d just had a baby, so I had a lot going on!). After re-watching it, I borrowed the first two books from a friend and off it went. I started reading fanfiction shortly thereafter, probably mid-2009. Later that year, I made an account on FFN and started writing.

Me: Can you remember what story you found first in the fandom?
Sheviking:
I’m pretty sure it was Lolashoes’ Let Your Light Shine. Someone recommended it in the OWG (Older Women Group) on Thetwilightsaga.com to remedy the disappointment most of us felt while reading Breaking Dawn. Fade to black, anyone?  Gah.

Me: What is your favorite book in the Twilight Saga?


Sheviking: Oy. I have no idea today. My favorite used to be Eclipse, I think. I made the mistake of using the series as my main body of work when I wrote my Master thesis at university, dissecting it until nothing enjoyable was left. I don’t think I could read the series again and look at it the same way now.

Me: What Character do you relate to the most in Twilight? Is it your favorite character? If not, who is?
Sheviking:
Probably Esme, since I’m a mother first and foremost. Or Charlie. It’s quite jarring when you realize you’re now in his age bracket and nowhere near Bella’s.

Me: What was your favorite thing about Twilight?
Sheviking: Edward. Duh. 😉

Me: What is your favorite story in the fandom?
Sheviking: There are so many to choose from, so I have to go with the one I’ve read the most times. The Mail Order Bride by Lady Gwynedd (Mrs Brownloe).

Me: What is your favorite genre to read? 


Sheviking:  Historical Romance. If I hadn’t gone with an English degree, it would’ve been History.

Me: What made you decide to write fanfiction?
Sheviking:
I was already reading a lot and having so much fun, so I just thought I’d give it a try. And now it’s nine years later, and I’m still having fun!

Me: Who does your banners?
Sheviking: Lots of artists over the years. There are so many talented people in the fandom. My latest one was done by Mina Rivera for My Viking, and I’m completely in love with it.

Me: How do you feel about the movie adaptations? Likes and Dislikes?
Sheviking:
I love them and still watch them all the time. I like the look of Twilight the best (blue filter, bouffant hair, peacoat. It all works for me), but overall my favorite is New Moon despite the lack of Edward. The scenes he’s in make up for it.

Me: What do you love about our fandom?
Sheviking: The amazing creativity and the friends I’ve made. I’ve participated in several meet-ups in the US, and this summer, I’m going to Forks for the first time with my three wonderful fandom friends: Veronica, Diane and Dawn. I’m also hoping I’ll be able to visit my beta Chayasara someday soon. She’s an amazing person, and I feel so blessed to be working with her.

Me: If you get writers block, what do you do?
Sheviking: Write a one-shot for a contest. There are always a ton of great ones, and I love participating.

Me: What advice do you have for fellow writers?
Sheviking:
Read a lot, get a great team to work with, and just have fun with it.

You can read her amazing works either on FF or Stars.

Make sure you check out her original works as well. She has them published under SJ Hooks. You can find her on all major platforms.

Reported By: Reporter Alpha Alyscia
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