Greetings, friends, and happy timezones! I’m really excited because Stephanie (Socallucyfan) did an interview with me and I have the privilege of presenting our collaboration with you today!
Many of you already read Stephanie’s story, but in case you don’t, you can find it here: Once Upon a Legacy. At first, her story was based on the Sims 3 Cinderella Challenge, however, she so fell in love with her characters that she decided to continue on with their stories after the challenge ended. Before long, Once Upon a Legacy had morphed into a Fairytale Legacy where each generation centers around a different fairytale. And who doesn’t love a fairytale?
On the side, Stephanie also writes an “I’m Surrounded by Idiots” (ISBI) Challenge story that I find particularly hilarious. ISBI’s are funny anyway but this writer puts her special touch on it as she documents these sims crazy antics. Her ISBI is called, One Moore Legacy, and you don’t want to miss this one!
I hope that if you don’t read her stories already, you will check them out today.
Let’s move on to the interview!
How long have you been playing The Sims and what got you into it? I have been playing since day 1 game 1. I went over to a friend’s house who was playing, and that day as soon as I got home a begged my parents to buy me the game. I have been hooked ever since.
Why did you begin blogging your sims story? I started sharing my TS3 stories/legacy on the official site but then moved my legacy to the Sims Writer’s Block. It was an independent site created by writers who were annoyed by the restrictions that the storyboards set which limited pictures, text, and content. Unfortunately, the site didn’t last very long. When the site closed Once Upon a Legacy laid dormant as a PowerPoint presentation on my computer. In my nagging need for organization, I wanted to have a place where I could look at my story in a neat and orderly layout, and not lose any of my PowerPoint story that was becoming a really overwhelming long document. That was when I decided to start posting my legacy once again, first on Tumblr then WordPress.
Do your sims actions help create new ideas or make the story go in a different direction then you had intended? Cindy’s story was very much gameplay driven, but after that, I turned my writing style to be more story driven. But I do like to include Special Chapters, like the Stella’s Fall Festival, that show off my sims being sims and off of the silly antics that they like to get in to.
Which character is your favorite and why? I am having so much fun writing for my current generation heir; Lincoln. Not only is he completely different than both my previous heirs, but he is the total opposite of me. Lincoln is overly confident to the point of obnoxious cockiness. And he isn’t afraid to let anyone and everyone know about it. I, on the other hand, am a giant ball of insecurity. So, it is fun, and yet challenging, to get into the mind of a complete narcissist.
Is there anything you wish was different about your story? OMG, where do I start? Pretty much everything about Generation 1 makes me want to press the re-do button. The picture quality is crap, and I have recently noticed that a few of the chapters were posted out of order (still not sure how that happened or how to fix it). Moreover, I really wish I would have spent more time on character development and getting to know everyone better. There are some very interesting characters that never got their proper time to shine.
What are the challenges of bringing your characters to life? One of my biggest challenges, aside from my massive insecurities, is that I try to find the right balance of foreshadowing without giving away the whole plot twist. In my mind things make sense, but that doesn’t mean that it always makes sense in my head.
Would you like to share an excerpt from your story or a summary of your story? Or both?
Here is an excerpt:
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? That is another good question; I had to think about it for a second. I would think no, you need to feel emotions in order to be a successful writer. You have to be able to get into the mindset of each character and feel what they are feeling. How can you do that if you don’t feel emotions strongly?
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? All throughout history you can see examples of the power of language. On the positive side, you have people like Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. using their thought provoking and powerful speeches to change the world for the better for all. On the other hand, look what Hitler did with his power.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex? I want to be authentic without being cliché. A lot of times I ask my husband for advice on this matter.
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer? My job LOL. Which is actually kind of funny, since I just started a new job not too long ago. Seriously though, if I could spend as much time simming as I do at work, then I would be a happy girl. Unfortunately, there are just not enough hours in the day (I do have to sleep at least a few hours after all).
Do you believe in writer’s block? Yes, the threat is REAL!!
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special? The current heir is the very charming Lincoln James Charming. He is a super talented virtuoso and he knows it. What’s more, he doesn’t have any problems telling you all about how amazingly, mind-blowingly, awesome he is. Lincoln’s one redeeming quality is that he is fiercely protective of his family, especially his younger twin sister Autumn. Other than that, he can’t be bothered with caring about what other people think or how they feel. Right now he feels like the King of the World. But how long can his reign of selfishness last before he gets knocked down to reality?
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? I love reading, but I really don’t have any particular favorite. I like all types of literature, from sci-fi to fantasy to cheesy romance. Right now I am really into reading biographies. Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.
Do you proofread/edit all your own writings or do you get someone to do that for you? I proofread over and over and then once more before I post a chapter. Even then I miss things. So, having someone else edit my story might be helpful. I have reached out to a few other SimLit writers asking for advice with certain chapters or aspects of my story. And everyone has been so helpful and supportive.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Who wouldn’t want to be J.K. Rowling?!?! Not only would I be one of the most successful and well-respected authors of the 21st century. But the Harry Potter Series brought the love of books to a whole new generation that was obsessed with the latest and greatest technology. Pandemonium broke out while people waited in line for the next book in the series the same way they waited for a store to open on Black Friday.
Any writing rituals? My only ritual is that I have no rhyme or reason to anything. I write where ever or whenever the mood strikes me.
Wow! This was such an amazing detailed interview! Thank you so much, Stephanie!
Did you all enjoy this interview as much as I did? I hope you will check out Stephanie’s stories because they are such fun reads!
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!
Thank you for reading,