I've been answering a lot of interview questions lately. And it seems to me that authors tend to get repeats. Ellen Hopkins has probably answered about seven million questions about censorship. The same probably goes for Stephanie Perkins and kissing Hot British Men, Kiersten White and how-did-you-get-so-funny, and JK Rowling and can-I-borrow-some-money-please.
And then there's me. I get questions about goofy supernatural creatures. And today, I'm going to turn the tables. What's YOUR favorite supernatural creature? Does it sparkle? Does it have a dorsal fin and smell like fish sticks? Is it related even vaguely to The Hoff? (Bonus points if it has chest hair.)
These are matters of vital international importance. I need to know. Because apparently, I don't have enough book ideas. I just came up with another doozy last night.
Can I be a unicorn? You know... the white sparkly looking horse thing with a beautiful candy colored horn on it's head... wow, sounds less appealing now doesn't it.
What if it possessed powers? Don't worry it does, why else would I be telling you that? So yeah, I choose a unicorn.
My favorite supernatural creature is a changling. I like the fact that they can change pretty much at will and into anything. Since I write scifi that involves peeps with superhuman strength...that pretty much expresses what I would do if I had an awesome power. But then we writer's do hold an awesome power, to be any character we want to be with the power of our pens.
Vampires. But NOT sparkly ones. Oh no. I'm talking about the uber sexy True Blood variety. Yumm.
I find myself fascinated by stories of Lamia and the Tuatha De Danann. Then again, I'm an Arthurian nerd, and the Tuatha are related or simply renamed versions of some of the mystical folks in the Arthurian legends.
The Lamia is a bit more gruesome, being a chimera of a woman and a serpent who preys on children, ranging from stealing their youth and beauty to strangling or devouring them depending upon the legend. It's interesting to see how ancient cultures dealt with explaining occurrences such as SIDS.
Well, I live by the ocean, and I found some rather edited-for-kindness versions of selkies myths. Which have now EXPANDED in my mind to make a whole culture of selkies and drowning people and honour and kidnappings and so on. :D That was not the clearest comment ever. Can I start again?
I like Selkies, because there is just SO much space for revenge and drama and romance, and also because of the prior relationships I have with the seal-kin voices in my head. :D
Definitely a Vampire Wizard with black hair, dark purple eyes and he must loves cats :)
Elves...but not Keebler(although they do make delicious cookies)...more Lord of the Rings.lol
Leprechauns. Has anyone said that yet? They're cute but creepy all at once. I've never read a book about them either, so maybe there's a new trend coming. ;)
Hmmmm...I really love the fairies of Brandon Mull's Fablehaven. I also like any kind of water creature. :-)
Related to the Hoff?? It IS the Hoff...
My favorite? Ah! Too many!
I was in love with a different creature every month as a kid. I've cycled through obsessions with them all, usually based on movies I saw or books I read at the time. Mermaids (The Little Mermaid), fairies (Fern Gully), beasties of all sorts (Beauty and the Beast / The Black Cauldron and Welsh/Celtic legends), shapeshifters of all sorts (everything from the high brow legends to Animorphs, ha), selkies (The Secret of Roan Inish), werewolves (Teen Wolf!), unicorns (The Last Unicorn). I've never really loved vampires, sparkling or otherwise. Except maybe Gary Oldman as Dracula. As for zombies... I'm still waiting to fall in love. *wink, wink*
When it comes to what I like to read and write, it comes down to character. I don't care what the creature is because unless the character of the creature or those hunting/saving/etc said creature are interesting I won't be interested.
YETIS. They have chest hair EVERYWHERE..
Just kidding. My heart belongs to the dragons. Although I wonder if they might eat it.
Pegasus. I mean, seriously, a flying unicorn? I so want one as a pet.
Well, I've always had a thing for vampires. But vampires don't sparkle. That's lame. I prefer my vampires of the hot David Boreanaz-played Angel type.
My second favorite supernatural creature...and it's a close second...is the Imortals from Highlander. "My name is Duncan MacLeod, of the Clan MacLeod..." Oh yum...
That is all.
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