Figment wouldn’t be the creative and open community that it is if it weren’t for the many, many wonderful Figgies who call it home. Our Featured Figs series aims to show our gratitude by recognizing the fantastic Figment members we have the pleasure of interacting with everyday.
Today’s Featured Fig, Audry Taylor, is a Figment veteran as well as a former Inkie, and has even written a helpful guideline to Figment for new users. Audry T‘s warmth, exuberance, and writing chops are just a few of the reasons why we’re oh-so-happy to have her around. Know a Fig who should be featured here? Tell us about him or her. Interviews may be edited and condensed.
What is your favorite part about Figment?
The ability to deliver a serialized story in an easy-to-read, easy-to-access format. This is very important, since my plot to take over the world requires keeping everyone brainwashed with smutty serials that never end. Oh ho ho ho!
In a recent tweet from @AudryT you mentioned that you like recommending books to other Figs. What are your top three recommendations right now?
First, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It’s so good: it starts with the heroine blowing off her evil (but incredibly hot) ex-boyfriend before she goes to art class, where she encounters some rather unexpected nudity.
Second, Bitterblue. I don’t care that it hasn’t even come out yet or that I haven’t gotten my hands on an advance copy so I can read it (*starts crying inside parenthesis where no one can see her*), I already know it’s going to be great because I have THAT MUCH FAITH in author Kristin Cashore.
And third, Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore. It’s like The Little Mermaid novel we never got when we were growing up! NO, I DID NOT JUST ADMIT I WAS A TEEN WHEN LITTLE MERMAID CAME OUT. I didn’t sing mermaid songs in the shower, either.
What cliché would you most like to see erased from YA fiction?
When one is older than a hipster, one has NO RIGHT to go around declaring that something is too cliché for YA. I write YA specifically for teens, and I say, whatever it is THEY don’t want to see in YA is what I don’t want to see in it. (Please don’t say you don’t want to read about vampires. Please, please, please, please. At least, don’t say you don’t want to read about evil, ruthless vampires who actually kill people and look hot naked.)
You’ve posted a Figment Survival Guide. What’s the best piece advice you can give our new inkies about Figment?
Experiment with the form. Don’t just see it as a normal place to write a normal story. Think of a kind of story that could only be written on Figment, because it’s influenced by Figment’s very design. Think of Figment as a medium, not just a word bin. The best part of writing is that you aren’t just looking at a blank page. You’re looking at all of space and time –it’s empty, and it’s your toy to play with! *laughs maniacally again* (Sorry, that just happens to me.)
Fill in the blank: “My most embarrassing writing moment was when . . .”
It had to do with a typo. That’s all I’m saying. *blushes*
You posted a writing playlist for your The Lazarus Girl. Are there other songs you like to listen to while writing?
I am sad to say that currently the playlist has only been accessible through Spotify, so you have to sign up for Spotify to see it. But I’ve decided I’m going to post it on Figment, too; I’ll add it in my writing section. For what it’s worth, I’m going to be posting future playlists for future stories through both Spotify AND Figment, so they can be seen by everyone.
Speaking of The Lazarus Girl, you channeled Charles Dickens by publishing it serially. How is posting a piece serially different from posting it all in one go? Do you have any advice for others attempting serial publication on Figment?
I am writing a Figment piece on that actually. It’s tentatively titled “How to Die a Thousand Deaths While Attempting to Write a Halfway Decent Serial.” It’s kind of a meh title. Not overwrought enough. Yet. One little tip: Posting something all in one go means most people will read it all in one go. Posting something in small increments is an entirely different experience, and you have to write with that experience in mind. For example: If you write a serial over three months, the readers might FORGET that you introduced a Raging Beast of Raaaaawr in Chapter One if you don’t mention it again until Chapter Upteenthmillion. So you have to bring up the Raging Beast of Raaaaawr again at key points while making sure that bringing it up is entirely organic to the story. Errrrrrrgh.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
You have to write literally a thousand pages of crap to get to your first good page. Start writing.
What book–to–movie adaptation are you most looking forward to this year?
I don’t think I even need to name it, do I? *Flashes district badge.* I’m from District 8, yo, and our reps are gonna kick your ass! (Seriously, they are running an official Panem game over at thecapitol.pn if you haven’t applied for your District yet!)
You get to invite three authors to tea (we’ve noticed you’re a fan). Who do you choose and why?
Alexandre Dumas, because he inspired me to write serials, and because I want to drug him so that I can steal his brain and dissect it for advice. The manga-ka Higuri You, because I haven’t seen her since I used to work in manga. *sniffles* She was going to draw my first serial, a manga, for the Japanese market, but life is mean and got in the way. Her men are hot, especially in bondage. You should read her manga, Cantarella. I’M IN THE ENGLISH EDITION! *flails* And for my third choice, I’d invite my husband, David Wise. I’d invite him because he doesn’t drink enough tea (tsk!), because it still blows my mind that I am married to the guy who wrote Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and because I am ragingly jealous of the jaw-dropping smut scene he wrote in *his* YA manuscript–which has an agent and it is being shopped around right now, hells yeah! That scene beats the pants off of any scene I’ve written in my YA manuscript. It’s a scene in which, I might add, NO ONE IS WEARING ANY PANTS. (How did he do it? Hoooooow?) Oh, and don’t tell him I put sleeping powder in his tea so that I could steal his ideas while he’s in a coma. *Trots off to serve tea*