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September C S R Discussion Day: Thaw By Puppilull


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Did you have a chance to read Puppilull's story, Thaw, for this month's CSR feature? I hope so!! I've asked her a few questions about herself, her writing, and the story itself so enjoy this month's interview and remember to share your thoughts about her story or the interview below.

 

What's your favorite room in your house? Do you plot or write there?
I don’t really have a favorite room, unless you count the bedroom since sleeping is very nice. My stories are usually plotted in various places, where inspiration strikes. I tend to ‘see’ scenes in my head, ‘hear’ a string of words that turn into key moments in a story. So plotting is done in bed, in the shower, on my bike on my way to work, running in the park… Writing is done on my couch (or, if I have a really slow day, at work, but don’t tell my boss…)

 

What brought you to GayAuthors?
I was reading stories on Literotica and the story I was tracking had ceased to update. As I recall, it was TimothyM I was stalking at that time. LOL I googled and ended up here. The site with the community feel was appealing so I started reading here instead, even if it took about a year for me to actually become a member and stop lurking. The stories here are better (although I sometimes go back for a little naughty naughty…) and I like the possibility to interact with authors and other members.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’d say being non-native speaking and trying to write in a foreign language is hard. I can end up writing things that sound perfectly normal to me, but in reality isn’t English. For the most part, I aim to keep things simple without being simplistic.

 

As for the stories themselves, I try to be imaginative and true to the characters. That said, I write for fun and have stayed away from heavier subjects. So reaching a depth to my writing, where you feel it in your heart, is a challenge. Maybe I’ll dare to try it eventually.

 

Is your writing process a daily word count goal or more of a burst of inspiration writing flurry?
When I start a story, I’m more dependent on inspiration. As soon as I’ve gotten to know my characters, the story tends to write itself. If I feel sluggish or uninspired, I can still jot down a scene or two and keep momentum. Maybe it’s due to my profession (lawyer) that I’ve learned that waiting for inspiration to write can make you miss deadlines. Just get the job done!

 

What do you think is the most important thing to include in a story? How did that come into play with Thaw?
I need to get to know the characters before I can get a proper feel for the story. This can take time, like when I wrote Lupercalia and didn’t get to know my MC until I was reaching the end. With Thaw, both Joel and Lucas were there from the start, Joel more so than Lucas. So I never had to think very much about how they would react to the events that transpired. The story just unfolded in a strange but amazing sort of way. I got a lot of input from reviews and that influenced the story, but not really the characters.

 

How did you come up with the idea of the town having to move in Thaw?
Since the setting turned out to be the end of the world, leading me to Kiruna which is actually moving in real life, that came by itself.

 

Exactly how much fun was it to write your first cliffhanger?
So much fun! It was a giddy sort of feeling, but at the same time I felt a bit mean to my readers. Still, I figured they could handle it.

 

You include a few ‘iconic’ cold-weather hobbies in the story, like hockey and snowmobiling. Do you enjoy those too or just included them for the characters’ enjoyment?
I love the snow when it’s -15 and the sun is out. Here in Stockholm, that’s rarely the case. Snowmobiling is so much fun and I figured the guys would do that for fun. It’s a big thing in the north of Sweden. Hockey isn’t my favorite sport, but also the logical choice for a big guy from Kiruna.

 

The story focuses on a few different aspects of the law, with one main character a lawyer and the other a cop. Was this based on personal experience making it easier to write, or was it developed as part of the plot with research?
Thaw was born during late night chat sessions with JohnAR and the idea of a character being a hockey playing giant cop emerged from just a few quick exchanges. Since our cop deserved a love interest, we joked around about someone different but who was able to connect. The love interest also needed to have a reason to show up in Kiruna, and that’s where my profession turned out handy. Lawyers do get their hands on a lot of information, sometimes sensitive and that could get dangerous. Since I know the business, I didn’t have to do much research.

 

Anything new you want to share with us?
I’m writing an entry for the fall anthology and there’s also a story brewing. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked by summer and other stories that sort of demanded my attention, but I hope to have something new for you all in the not too distant future.

 


Okay, guys! Time to share your thoughts (Look how much she enjoyed that cliffhanger!

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Thanks for a terrific interview, Cia, and for the insights as to how you work, Puppi. I connected with Joel right away, and Lucas shortly after, so I found it interesting you started with Joel. I feel you have created a unique character in the big, hunky, but sensitive cop. Many times I wanted to give him a hug :) . There was a push and pull throughout the story that kept a level of tension going, and made it work well, so kudos for that. I feel the need to mention that the sequel to this, Frost, continues the story, and it is every bit as engaging. Cheers... Gary....

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Puppi, if we get to keep enjoying your awesome stories, feel free to stalk Tim as much as you want, I know I do... :D

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Aww, Puppi, I didn't know you came to GA because you missed me. That makes me so happy. :D:hug:

I can relate to the problem of trying to write in English as a Scandinavian. We have long complex sentence constructions which don't work at all in English. As for the punctuation :facepalm:

I loved the use of local stuff including the few scattered sentences in Swedish, which I can understand immediately. My favorite one is Joel's granddad saying: “Det var väl roligt att ni hade trevligt igår kväll…”  :rofl:

 

I'm really happy I could follow your footsteps here. Such a great place to read, write and hang out. 

 

As for the Swedish touch, I didn't even consider translating those few sentences. Now, I read other stories with very thorough translation, so perhaps that's wwhat I should have done. Still, no one has asked for translations and there's always Google translate... LOL 

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Thanks for the interview Cia and Puppi. Very interesting. I totally understand your problems to write in English just like Tim, even though I'm not Scandinavian. I loved the story and am looking forward to read Frost, but knowing you, I need time to read it all in one go, because stopping means cliffhangers. 

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Thanks for a terrific interview, Cia, and for the insights as to how you work, Puppi. I connected with Joel right away, and Lucas shortly after, so I found it interesting you started with Joel. I feel you have created a unique character in the big, hunky, but sensitive cop. Many times I wanted to give him a hug :) . There was a push and pull throughout the story that kept a level of tension going, and made it work well, so kudos for that. I feel the need to mention that the sequel to this, Frost, continues the story, and it is every bit as engaging. Cheers... Gary....

 

I feel Thaw is based on Joel while Frost is more about Lucas (even if we only get Joel's perspective in that one...). They both became very real to me, even if Joel is closest to my heart. Sorry, Lucas...

 

And me being me means the hug factor is high. I like hugs.  

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Puppi, if we get to keep enjoying your awesome stories, feel free to stalk Tim as much as you want, I know I do... :D

 

Tim and I do have a tendency to show up in the same place in here, so perhaps the stalking is mutual... ;) Regardless, writing is so much fun and I plan to keep it up.   

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Thanks for the interview Cia and Puppi. Very interesting. I totally understand your problems to write in English just like Tim, even though I'm not Scandinavian. I loved the story and am looking forward to read Frost, but knowing you, I need time to read it all in one go, because stopping means cliffhangers. 

 

Just a few... LOL 

 

But you're welcome to join the party anytime you feel like it! 

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I want to mention that not only is my Swedish friend a great writer, but she's also an eminent reviewer. I would like to ask two questions:

What is your focus when you review stories?

What would / do you like to see mentioned in reviews of your stories?

(eg characters, situations, cliff hanger rants etc)

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Puppilull, I really loved the setting of Thaw. :) As an American, I am not familiar with Sweden beyond some commonly known facts. So to set this story in an interesting place like Kiruna, was an awesome learning experience. :D I got a great insight into Swedish life, especially beyond Stockholm.

 

 

Out of all the characters, I was able to connect with Joel the most. Like him, I live in a pretty rural place, so I know his feeling of loneliness due to the lack of options in the relationship department. I'm just so happy Joel found that special guy in Lucas. :D

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I want to mention that not only is my Swedish friend a great writer, but she's also an eminent reviewer. I would like to ask two questions:

What is your focus when you review stories?

What would / do you like to see mentioned in reviews of your stories?

(eg characters, situations, cliff hanger rants etc)

 

I don't know if I have a focus... I tend to let my feelings about the text speak to me and try to convey that. For some stories that hit home (like Bound & Bound or the Meta series) I have gone all in and left very personal reviews. I know how happy I get when someone let's me know they've read my work, so I try to do the same. 

 

For the reviews I get, I really like it when readers show an emotional reaction (even if Frost reviews had me hiding under my bed at times... LOL). I also like to pick up good ideas from readers (like a certain list that sparked ch 12 of Thaw...) and incorporate them if they fit. 

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Puppilull, I really loved the setting of Thaw. :) As an American, I am not familiar with Sweden beyond some commonly known facts. So to set this story in an interesting place like Kiruna, was an awesome learning experience. :D I got a great insight into Swedish life, especially beyond Stockholm.

 

 

Out of all the characters, I was able to connect with Joel the most. Like him, I live in a pretty rural place, so I know his feeling of loneliness due to the lack of options in the relationship department. I'm just so happy Joel found that special guy in Lucas. :D

 

For me, it's almost hard to see the Swedish parts of Thaw. It's just everyday life. But I guess it did turn out kind of Swedish. I'm glad you enjoyed that. 

 

I suspect the Joel fanclub is leading 9-1... But I don't blame you. He's a real dream boat...

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I enjoyed both Frost and Thaw! And the fact I wanted to bang these guys heads together sometimes, means they got to me, which is a good thing. Hope if you haven't, you give these stories a try! And no waiting, binge to your hearts content!

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I enjoyed both Frost and Thaw! And the fact I wanted to bang these guys heads together sometimes, means they got to me, which is a good thing. Hope if you haven't, you give these stories a try! And no waiting, binge to your hearts content!

 

I don't usually endorse violence, but in this case I'm glad you felt something for my guys, annoying as they may be from time to time.

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Wonderful interview, Cia, and a great story.  I loved Joel from the beginning and he became even more endearing as the story continued.  How could you not love a big hunky hockey player with a huge heart?  Do I need to mention the man took care of his grandfather???  I highly recommend the story to anyone who hasn't had the chance to read it yet.   

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Wonderful interview, Cia, and a great story.  I loved Joel from the beginning and he became even more endearing as the story continued.  How could you not love a big hunky hockey player with a huge heart?  Do I need to mention the man took care of his grandfather???  I highly recommend the story to anyone who hasn't had the chance to read it yet.

 

And a dog! Don't forget the dog!

 

But I agree. Joel is a sweetheart...

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This was a very nice interview and great discussion. I enjoyed reading Thaw, and then Frost. Lucas and Joel are two unforgettable characters in a story that definitely engaged our emotions. As unforgettable goes, there was also Granpa who gave us some great and funny scenes.. 

Tall around these were great stories.nthe way we left things off in Frost was better than good, but I'm hoping somewhere done the line we get a peek at how they're doing.. Greedy? Maybe... 

 

If there is anyone who hasn't read these yet, then go do so! 

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This was a very nice interview and great discussion. I enjoyed reading Thaw, and then Frost. Lucas and Joel are two unforgettable characters in a story that definitely engaged our emotions. As unforgettable goes, there was also Granpa who gave us some great and funny scenes.. 

Tall around these were great stories.nthe way we left things off in Frost was better than good, but I'm hoping somewhere done the line we get a peek at how they're doing.. Greedy? Maybe... 

 

If there is anyone who hasn't read these yet, then go do so! 

 

Granpa did have some moments... Making the boys blush.

 

I haven't closed the door for more from these two. Just have to wait for inspiration.  

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And an elk, there must be an elk in Sweden!

 

In Danish elk (or moose) is calld elg, I thinks it's älg in Swedish.

And of course there's a SATW on the subject. :rofl:

 

plus http://satwcomic.com/happy-friendly-animals

 

You have no idea how difficult it was to agree on what moose antler actually look like when designing my banner! Poor Cia searched and I searched and finally we could find a pair that are what I would call älghorn!

 

So yes Tim, it's älg. 

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