Happy timezones! Welcome to another author interview! Today, I am very excited to present the interview I conducted with Sempreviva (Smoke ‘n’ Roses)!
When Sempreviva began writing this story, it wasn’t intended on being a legacy; she was going to end it when Generation 1 ended. Much to my delight, and to the delight of her other readers, she continued with it. She is currently writing Generation 2, which so far, is just as good as Generation 1! This story will captivate you and draw you in, wanting more.
Shall we begin?
1. How long have you been playing The Sims and what got you into it?
I first purchased the original Sims when I was still in school (back in 2000) and I got immediately hooked! I had played games like SimCity before but this was so different and so addicting! Hours passed and I couldn’t get off of the pc. (My favorite part was killing them off in various ways when I got bored of them or make them so miserable they’d move out, haha!!) Then life happened, and I pretty much missed out on Sims 2. About ten years after my first Sims experience, I got my hands on a Sims 3 copy. I was like whaaat?? I can give my sims traits? I can make them look like however I want and give them a purpose in their life? I can make them go to the park and see my other sims there talking and fighting and playing the guitar? And open world??! That’s crazy!! Needless to say, I didn’t sleep that night lol!! Then I forgot about it again. I resumed playing when ITF was out and everyone was expecting the upcoming Sims 4 game – but since the Sims 3 was finally complete, with wonderful mods already out which gave me complete control over my sims, it was a delight to play. And that was it I guess, my love for the sims has not died since 🙂
2. Why did you begin blogging your sims story?
I always read other simlit stories and enjoyed it so much. And I always had stories in my mind when I played, but nothing quite compelling or complete. Then one day I started a new save with my favorite sim, Rose. She got immediately attached to a certain someone from Sunset Valley and I got – almost – immediately inspired. At about that time I had just started using poses and I couldn’t believe how good those two looked together. I wanted to share their love so here we are! 🙂 And I’m so glad I did, because I found tons of wonderful stories to read (and equally wonderful writers) here too!
3. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
I was actually thinking something similar lately!! Since I love writing romance, I think I have to fall in love with my main characters – or rather, fall in love with their love – to be able to pass that emotion to my readers. I’m very upset when I imagine them suffer and I am psyched when everything goes well for them. But sometimes I catch myself being a coward and not putting nearly enough disaster and despair in their lives, even if it makes sense for the story, just to keep myself from feeling miserable (selfish anyone? Lol!). So, to answer the question, I think feeling strong emotions is pretty important when we write, but keeping a clear head between those “feeling sessions” and seeing the big picture – the story – is crucial too. I have no idea if all this made sense, haha! But it’s something I’m still trying to balance/figure out, let alone do it.
4. Do your sims actions help create new ideas or make the story go in a different direction then you had intended?
I usually have a pretty strict storyline in mind. That said, if I catch a sim doing something unusual or cool on their own, and doesn’t conflict with said storyline, I might try to find a way to incorporate it into a chapter. But generally speaking, I am a huge control freak and I don’t appreciate their little acts of rebellion! 😛
5. Which character is your favorite and why?
Well, there’s no doubt about it. Jared, Jared, Jared. I feel like I practically didn’t even write that one, that’s how clear he made his personality to me! 😀 And that’s why it was so easy to start writing Smoke ‘n’ Roses. When I played him, his story and the way he talked and reacted just popped into my mind like that. But apart from all this, I think it was the fact that Jared is a character as far from perfect as possible, yet when he makes the decision to change, he really tries – and whatever the outcome, he owns it. Plus, I love a good underdog, that’s for sure. 🙂
6. What chapter has been the most difficult to write so far, and why?
I think it was the chapter where my founders were first presented as adults. There was a huge time jump, while that chapter also signaled the beginning of the end of my first generation. I always played rotationally and with aging off (no matter what horrible things I did back in the Sims 1 era, I now get attached to pretty much all of my sims!!), so feeling that I had to move on to generation 2 was pretty hard. – I still dread the day that my founders are going to die – although I still have several saves where they are still young and careless! lol
7. Do you proofread/edit all your own writings or do you get someone to do that for you?
My fiance! 😀 I always make him read my chapters before I post them and I always ask him for ideas when I’m stuck. He usually finds grammar mistakes that I might have overlooked, and he has helped me with the plot so many times it’s crazy! I still get the final say though. 🙂
8. What is the hardest thing about writing?
Getting started! I mean, physically sitting down and writing whatever, especially when feeling completely uninspired. At times I have found myself spending hours looking at my blank post and then shutting wordpress down. And then the same, again and again. But when I force myself to write something, anything, there is a moment when the words somehow start forming themselves. Good or bad, I don’t care at that point – there’s always time to review later – the point is to sit and write the story I have in mind. There’s also the issue of focusing, sometimes my mind already wanders to other stories, next generations and basically anything but the story I’m supposed to write.
9. What is the easiest thing about writing?
Coming up with characters, their names, their appearance and traits etc etc. I could do this all day!
10. Would you like to share an excerpt from your story or a summary of your story? Or both?
I have two excerpts. From Chapter 1.09 – Phase shift:
She felt awful. She couldn’t stop torturing herself with questions. Why did he have to come back and mess with her emotions again? It really hurt all this time when she didn’t see him, but it hurt even more now that she did, even for what it felt like a moment.
Again, while she was alone, her tears somehow started to find their way out.
Suddenly she heard footsteps on the sand.
“It’s me, don’t be scared doll” Jared said. “I was babbling before, you know. I’m sorry. It was good to see you again, to talk with you… I didn’t mean to make you upset. I came because I can’t stop thinking about you. I know I screwed up, I always do. You trusted me, you shared everything from your past with me and I held back. It’s probably too late… but can I tell you everything too?” he asked. One could tell that he was not waiting for an answer.
And, from Chapter 1.16 – Lost:
The morning light crept through the room window, in the motel where Jared and Molly had spent the night. It was a fairly decent establishment, but what took place in there the night before made it feel cheaper than what it actually was.
Although Molly was sleeping right by his side, he suddenly felt more alone than ever. And after remembering every detail he was capable of from the last 24 and something hours – considering the amount of booze he had consumed – he became overwhelmed with distress.
He quickly got up and headed to the door. Molly saw him leaving and jumped out of bed and right after him. “Are you ok? What happened?” she asked. What happened, right. Question of the week. “Nothing Molly, I have to go. This was a mistake and it can – it will – never happen again” he said.
That was fantastic! Thank you, Sempreviva, for such an informative interview!
Author’s Note: If you are a blog author (it does not have to be The Sims related) and would like to be featured in an interview, please send me an email using my contact form! I would love to interview you, too!