Life in Technicolor: Interview with Pemberly Rose

Questions & compilation by NinkyBaby

Last week I posted a review on Pemberly Rose’s fic, Life in Technicolor. Since then, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to interview the author on her story. Pemberly Rose talks about why she wrote LIT and other little snippets from her point of view.

One: What made you decide to write LIT?

Life in Technicolor wasn’t my first J/N. I began the other under a different name and abandoned it because I was beginning to hate Renesmee. She was only nine years old at the time and doing things I don’t think she was emotionally ready for. So I went back to the drawing board. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t also influenced by a general trend I saw in J/N fics.

Many I had read made her outlandishly immature or wild to make her seem more “realistic” but what I think those authors lost was that this is a fantasy world. Ness is a fantasy character. She doesn’t really adhere to the rules we mere mortals do. I wanted to write her as a mature adult. At the same time someone who was also disconnected in a way to what it was like to be a real human child/teenager. She had a very short, very quick rebellious streak and really didn’t do anything terribly reckless.

I wanted to see her really be able to say yes, I want more, definitively when it came to Jacob. As well as really understand what saying yes to him really meant. Imprinting is a complex thing in the Twilight world. Saying yes to a relationship with your wolf you’ve known your entire life is a big shift. A shift I’d like to think she’s been able to handle pretty well despite her need to protect the burgeoning relationship from prying eyes.

Two: We’ve talked about your view on the theories behind imprinting and there is a controversial imprint in the story. Would you like to explain a little more with regards to your view of the various theories of imprinting. And perhaps how it applies to Leah and Amber.

Ah, yes. Good ole controversy. I wanted to explore that because well there is no exact answer with imprinting. The stock definition is that when a wolf finds their mate after they phase the first time they imprint and become whatever the imprintee needs them to be. In Sam/Emily’s case it was far more tragic with a lot of collateral damage. Jared and Kim I’d imagine had more of a fairytale because Kim already had feelings for him.

But then there’s Quil/Claire, Jacob/Renesmee and to a lesser extent Rachel/Paul which were controversial due to age. The gaps between the two former couples is quite large but they don’t “fall in love” with babies. It’s a protective thing. They see their imprints as the most important beings in their lives. Someone to protect and make happy. People read into it way too much and try to find fault where there really is none. The fact that people automatically jump straight to an idea of pedophilia is quite disturbing as to what our society has become. I’ve always said, where is there any evidence that it’s in anyway an inappropriate situation. The guide even states that it only looks depraved to those who do not understand what imprinting means.

Therefore I’ve come to the conclusion people who bash imprinting simply do not want to understand that it’s not sexual or really entirely romantic in any way. It’s a compulsion – a pull to be near – to protect and be whatever the imprinted person needs in their life. For other imprints it was a lover, for Claire and Renesmee it was a friend and guardian. Rachel and Paul however is a little different. Rachel was 21 almost 22 years of age when she came home and a 16-year-old Paul imprinted on her (16 is the legal age of consent in Washington just to assure some who might swear off this pairing now). Sure he looked 25, but his birth date was still the same. I find it funny that fans get all up in arms about J/R and Q/C but have no problem with R/P. It’s a much smaller age gap but still a gap. The diversity in ages of each imprinted pair really shows that with imprinting that 1. Age doesn’t matter, 2. Time doesn’t matter, 3. Romance doesn’t matter, 4. When it comes to protecting your imprint it’s vital to do whatever it takes. Even breaking away from your pack to keep her safe.

My theories with imprinting align with the book interpretation. I think it’s all three theories together in congruence. Kismet and destiny being the forefront and main driving force. Jacob’s experience is definitely kismet. He was drawn to Bella because she would lead him to Renesmee. Sam was drawn to Leah to lead him to Emily. Jared was physically able to go back to school because Kim was in one of his classes. Paul was drawn to First Beach because Rachel was there. Evolution of stronger wolves makes sense especially with Jacob, an alpha, imprinting on a vampire hybrid. I have a feeling there may be some uber shapeshifting hybrid children with immunity to venom. That would certainly make a stronger generation of wolves.

Also continuation of the wolf lines is another that I think is important. Yeah Sam could have imprinted on Leah but they’re distantly related. Her mother is a Uley according to the Official Guide. It makes sense that Sam would imprint on someone else then to increase the genetic diversity of future generations. Too much in-breeding even with distant cousins can prove treacherous. Queen Victoria’s children had this problem with an outbreak of hemophilia in the royal families of Europe.

When it comes to Leah and the particular situation she’s in I did that on purpose to illustrate that kismet is more important. Secondly Leah is an anomaly. She’s got all three lines of wolf lineage and is the only female ever to phase. I wanted her to have something unique and unexpected but also build a character for her that would be amazing. A strong character that could round out Leah’s personality even more and bring her a happily ever after she deserves. I chose this character because of the three theories of imprinting on purpose as a way of allowing Leah’s lineage to continue on despite her inability to be pregnant as a shifter and give her some fluff because the girl deserves it.

Three: Music has always been a part of your inspiration behind your stories. What else inspires you?

Pictures, movies, food, and other books! I have a tumblr account where I post some of my inspirations. Some tend to be a bit on the mature side but that’s because I’m nearing a milestone in LIT that some readers have been bugging me for, for quite some time now. Currently I’m writing chapter 27 and using music and books as inspiration plus some sensual imagery as well. I’m absolutely addicted to the written word so being able to use some of my all time favorite quotes has been a pleasure.

If you’ve read LIT you can tell I have a serious thing for Shakespeare. Musical inspiration comes from my vast collection of music. The Beatles, in my opinion, are the Shakespearean equivalent in music. Absolutely timeless music that can work in so many different situations. The Beatles show up quite a bit in my LIT playlists as do Sia, Coldplay, and Depeche Mode.

Movies that inspire me are old movies. Like black and white old. His Gal Friday and Casablanca, kind of movies. I love the screen sirens of the 30s and 40s and 50s. They had glamor and gumption. Seriously. If you need a woman to admire look at Katharine Hepburn. Because of her women wearing pants is widely accepted. Before her, a woman wearing pants out in public was an outrage. I aspire to be a woman of strength to buck the glass ceilings society has placed on us. I think as a women’s studies graduate in LIT, that Renesmee would too.

Four: Literature can be a source of inspiration. Where do you draw parallels to literary works in LIT?

Hehe I find so many parallels in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for LIT. Ness has even mentioned it a couple times. The parallel she often draws is the situation with Helena, Hermia and Demetrius and Lysander and how that particular situation relates to hers with Jacob and his past with her parents. It took her quite a long time to come to terms with those particular events but I wanted her to be able to see past it. Other parallels I find are in Austen novels like Emma. Ness is very aware of her friends romantic relationships yet was always on the outside and never really experienced it for herself. In a way Jacob is her perfect Mr. Knightley.

On the other hand Jacob sees her, now that they’re in the midst of a relationship, a lot like a Greek Siren. Her presence draws him in like the sailors of ancient myth. When she was a child she was far more seen as his friend, and constant concern. He wanted nothing more than to make her smile and keep her safe from those like the Volturi. That large period of time before LIT is really where their relationship has found the intense amount of strength it has in LIT.

Five: As a pre-med student, life is indeed a very busy one for you. LIT has gone past it’s halfway point. When are you expecting to complete it? Are there any new stories in the works?

I do lead a very busy life. I am hoping to complete it as soon as possible. It should only be about 40 chapters and I’m on chapter 27. I’m trying to write as much as possible in the short spurts of free time I have.

I have so many stories in the works from original vamp fiction to some all-human alternate universes. And maybe when I’m done with those I’ll revisit LIT again haha. I also have a spin-off I’m working on for Leah called Breathe Me.

Six: As you know, Breaking Dawn has some readers divided on it’s ending. Many fan fiction works have written “the fight” that should have existed in “sequels” to the book. What’s your opinion on the book’s finale and what are we expecting to happen to adult Renesmee in her confrontation with the Volturi in LIT?

See I think I understand Aro better than most people. He’s greedy and ambitious. So greedy he killed his own sister to keep Marcus. He’s not as evil as say, Voldemort in HP. Aro is more Gordon Gecko than Tom Riddle. It’s my certain belief that Aro knew that Bella pretty much nullifies more than half his guard. They’ve relied upon their guards’ abilities so much in the past that they don’t really know what to do with themselves without them. Aro’s a smart man. He wants power but not at the cost of what he already has gained. Losing Jane or Alec in a battle would kill him. They’re his most prized possessions. Bella’s gift in concert with Zafrina’s and even Edward/Alice’s abilities would prove to be fatal for the Volturi. Then you add in a brigade of snarling horse-sized wolves with some pretty clear loyalty to the Cullens and yeah, the Volturi would have been obliterated. The Cullens would have suffered losses as well. Fighters like Felix would be able to kill quite a few on the Cullen side of things. But their losses would be far less than the Volturi. And Aro knew that. So his sense of self preservation and preservation of the few he holds dear is what kept a fight from happening, no matter how pissed off that made Caius.

Caius is an entirely different story. He’s the one to watch out for if you know what I mean…. He’s the key and so is Edward. I don’t think we’ll get a battle in LIT. So many fics have been there already. I don’t know if it’s really true to Aro’s canon character to let one happen. If it meant he had to sacrifice one person versus all of his talented guard, he’d sacrifice the one person in a heart beat to keep what he feels should be his own. I haven’t officially decided though right now I’m more leading towards political intrigue. I’m waiting until I’m in that scene and writing it to really decide. I do have both options planned out though. One thing is certain, someone/several someones may not survive depending on a battle or not.

Seven: What is it you love about writing J/N fiction?

My favorite thing about writing these two is letting them take over. This is going to make me sound bonkers but it’s entirely true. When I’m sitting down to write I sit and imagine the scene and the dialogue pretty much writes itself. Jake is really amazing. I love canon Jake. I love imprinted canon Jake best because we see the happy human again. There’s a reason why New Moon and Breaking Dawn are my favorite books. They’re very Jacob heavy. In New Moon we see happy human boy Jacob. And then in Breaking Dawn when he imprints the happy teenager comes back. I loved that Ness was the one to restore that for him.

I also happen to enjoy a good love story if you hadn’t noticed. I’m a huge hopeless romantic it’s ridiculous. Seriously I squee over the littlest things. I love their dynamic too. How grown up she is and how in love they are. Yet they’re not E/B. Bella relies on Edward quite a bit in canon and Edward isn’t as vocal about how much he relies on Bella so it’s not as apparent to us. With the imprint of J/N it’s very apparent they need each other if only in physical presence alone.

Lastly, their chemistry. I hadn’t intended on their chemistry being quite so electric but it is. It makes sense too that it would be. They are soul mates after all. They affect each other so much that it makes complete sense that any romantic interaction with her as an educated adult would sizzle and hum. As a side note I love writing Jacob’s snark, the sarcasm and wit kills me with him.

Eight: Who is your favorite character in LIT? and Why?

Well, okay I’m totally going to ruin it but it’s Amber, hands down it’s Amber Thompson. She’s just amazing. She has no real pieces of me aside from the inane rambling. She’s mostly pieced together from traits of Mark, my beta, and his bestie Anna. They’re amazing people and I kept wanting to take their qualities and form them into one person. She’s a nerd in the extreme and so fascinated by the world she’s been thrust into thanks to a certain wolf. She loves Ness like a sister. And finds the Cullens way of life amazing and crazy. She’s a good soul through and through.

My second favorite character, sigh he’s a canon favorite of mine as well but it’s Charlie Swan. I love how he tries to disregard the evidence of the supernatural, staring him in the face all the time. He’s such a good grandfather to Renesmee. I think he would try to be better, closer to her than he had tried with Bella. He just simply did not know how to handle Bella because he never really got the chance to get to know her. They’re both so socially awkward it’s no wonder. So in LIT with the few scenes I’ve had him in I’ve tried to make him wiser, older, and just generally classic Charlie with a matured twist.

Nine: Will there be more outtakes & spinoffs from LIT?

Well, I do have one that’s already posted. It’s called Breathe Me. And it’s for Ms. Leah Clearwater and her imprint. One other I’m in the midst of posting is a 5-part outtake of LIT in Jake’s point of view from chapters 15-20. Another is one I’m hoping to get working on here soon will be a very short novella prequel of LIT in Jacob’s POV of important moments throughout his life of watching her grow up. Moments like how their friendship became so close and when she found out about his past with Bella. All that comes out in the novella and I’m hoping to get a move on it soon. I have a few epilogues in my head as well but I’m trying not to address those just yet. One last possible spin-off that I’m currently toying with that will please my Seth lovers, is a spin-off for Seth Clearwater. When Ch 26* is finished being edited and posted I think you’ll understand why I’m toying with this for him.

*Life in Technicolor, Ch 26: Demetrius and Lysander has been posted. It is now available on FFN, Twilighted & MyVampFiction.

I hope you have enjoyed the interview with Pemberly Rose. There will be more author interviews coming so stay tuned!

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Fiction Recommendation: Life in Technicolor by Pemberly Rose

Review by NinkyBaby

Life in Technicolor (LIT) is a post Breaking Dawn canon story that starts 16 years after Renesmee’s birth. The story opens with a beautiful narrative of the Amazon jungle as seen through Nessie’s perfect vampiric vision. The narrative is completely written from Nessie’s point of view and follows her through her journey from a constant irresistible pull to her wolf best friend to finding true love in him.

Life In Technicolor banner by NinkyBaby

Many canon stories tend to have her jumping on the bandwagon of love as soon as or when she nears maturity. This story is strikingly different in that Renesmee has already been a fully grown adult for 9 years. What this means for readers is they get a glimpse into a really mature Renesmee, who has had the opportunity to experience life so that she can grow in ways other than the physical and is now ready to make a very important decision that will change her life.

Aside from a blooming passionate romance, the story contains several very interesting plot points and a couple of original characters. There will be a myriad of twists and turns, a controversial and unconventional imprint pair, an interesting Volturi visit, an eyebrow raising, nerves arising trip to Volterra, family dramas and a lot of different types of excitement, tension and chemistry to keep the reader on their toes.

Pemberly Rose writes in a beautiful, flowing prose with good grammar and diction. Her writing has certainly grasped the essence of the protagonist’s voice & personality. In her story, she also expresses her well-researched opinion of imprinting and how it affects both the imprinter and the imprinted in a variety of unexpected ways.

Characterization is also very well done and conforms closely to canon. Original characters & canon characters further developed by Pemberly Rose fit very well as she cleverly weaves them into the story world with good dialogue and narrative. There will be a couple of unexpected characters that show up in the course of the story so readers will definitely be in for some surprises.

For readers familiar with lemons, LIT does contain some lemons but they are not the focus of the story. Rather, they serve to enhance the story and delivers the author’s point instead of detracting from it. Aside from being meaningful, the lemons are tastefully written and are not vulgar, matching well with Renesmee’s point of view.

Overall, I would give this story a 5 star rating. For a canon story, it is well researched & conforms quite closely and/or develops from canon events quite realistically. I love the mature Renesmee in the story. Here is someone who had grown up with parenting well suited to her rapid growth and has a very close relationship with her family. In her quest to find an answer for the increasing inexplicable aching pull to her wolf and the strange feelings he invokes in her, Renesmee goes on a personal journey of self discovery and realises in a nerve wrecking situation what that pull truly meant to her. Together, the loving couple with their family and friends gather once again to face a potential threat that may break them apart forever.

LIT is expected to conclude within 40 chapters and is currently published up to Chapter 25 with Chapter 26 and 27 in the works. Pemberly Rose has also published a companion outtake of LIT, titled Purgatory’s No Picnic Either (Rated M^) written in Jacob’s point of view to the events that happened in Chapters 15-20. It will definitely answer some questions that may be raised in those chapters and give readers an insight into Jacob’s thoughts.

Life in Technicolor Chapters 1-25 can be found on Fanfiction.net (Rated M^), MyVampFiction (Rated NC17^) & Twilighted* (Rated NC17^).

*Twilighted requires you to be registered before you can read any fics.
^As the fic contains mature & supernatural themes, the minimum age requirement is 16+ on the M rating.

New Story: Breathe Me by Pemberly Rose

New story introduction by Pemberly Rose

I know I said I wasn’t going to start a new fic until LIT was completed. However, I’ve started working on several new fics to get them going for when I do have LIT completed. Anyways this one is in the LIT-verse so I think you all will enjoy! My beta and I are editing at it right now so I wanted to post a little teaser for everyone!

Yes that would be Ms. Emma Stone as Amber and the lovely Julia Jones as Leah Clearwater

Summary: A life can be irrevocably changed several times throughout a human life. Even more times over when you can choose to live forever. Leah Clearwater’s life was altered several times already. When Sam, her love, went missing. Then when he left her for Emily, her cousin. Her life grew even more tumultuous when she joined the pack as the only female wolf in known Quileute history. Now, years after the end of Breaking Dawn, we begin as she is on the precipice of one more life-altering event. What will she do when it comes for her? Will she be ready?

Warnings: Adult situations, adult content, strong language, femme-slash

Characters: Leah Clearwater, OC (Amber from LIT), and other canon characters

Chapter One Teaser!

Amber

Tap, tap, tap. Impatience is my greatest weakness. I yawn, fighting off the subsequent shiver and goosebumps underneath my parka and layered clothing. Christ on a cracker, even inside it’s colder than Jadis’ ice-encrusted black soul. Why again did I move to Seattle?

Rain. Right, you love rain, Amber, and you didn’t get nearly enough of it back home in Las Cruces.

I snicker to myself, but just loudly enough that the businessman in front of me, who looks like he’s in dire need of a pole-up-the-ass-ectomy, turns and glares as if I had placed a kick me sign on his back with a nice thwack. Great. I’m sure I look like the picture of sanity shivering and snickering to myself inside a heated café in Seattle.

So anyway, Stuffy McStufferson makes his order, a grande drip, black. How completely predictable! Do they take business majors in college aside and say: “Along with selling your soul, you also have to wear horrid suits and order black coffee every day for the rest of your miserable lives?” Thank God I’m not one of the lemmings. I’ll gladly stick to my hematology and immunology classes, thank you very much.

Behind the counter is your typical college student/employed-and-still-have-time-to-toke-it-up barista. He’s nice for the most part, kind eyes and never gets my order wrong. I usually give him a good tip, you know, so my inner pothead can live vicariously through him. Can’t really get my toke on lately, thanks to the responsibilities of grad school. And not that I did it all that much anyways. Memories of the occasional smoke aside, it’s really awkward, though, when he gets all flirty. I’d hate to break it to him that the thing swinging between his legs is a serious turn off for me. However, that would be a bigger step out of the closet than I am ready to make just yet.

The first chapter should be up on FFn within the next few days or so. I decided to post a teaser on here because I could and it’s wolfpack related so there! LOL. I hope you enjoyed the teaser!
Pembs

Check Out My Blog Post at MVF!

By Pemberly Rose

SusanAshlea, the sweet, awesome person (and I’m not just saying that bc she’ll read this) hired me on a while back to work as a blogger for a little site called My Vamp Fiction…

Click me to head on over to this AWESOME blog!

A while back a did a post about Nosferatu the 1921 movie that I love sfm. And now I’m back with an in-depth look at what else? Werewolves! So please go check out this post and leave some comments for me!

Click here to read my post about Werewolves The Natural Enemy of The Vampire: A Look into Lycanthropes

Update!!! MVF has closed down and the site is no longer available.

The Original Character Awards aka The OC’s!

Written by Pemberly Rose

A while back I was asked to be a part of the Original Character awards as a Judge. Now I’m a canon h00r but I also happen to love a really fleshed out original character. Naturally I jumped at the chance to be involved. Boy was I so HAPPY that I got involved! All of us judges were paired up based on certain likes/dislikes (like if we disliked Real Person Fic or preferred canon/AU over all human.).

I was paired up with the wonderful Bforqueen. You may know her as a Volturi  and wolf girl. She wrote a little fic called Fallen Princess which tells the tale of Lucy, a hybrid of Volturi lineage. If you’re a wolf girl and want to see some really interesting ideas played with in canon then please go read B’s work. She’s fantastic. She’s even got a Demetri fic that is a companion to FP called Absolution.

Anyways I was nervous because I thought I was more of a vamp/canon lover than anything else. Well I proved myself wrong. The funniest thing is that Bianca and I agreed on so many of the nomination choices we made. I realized I’m much more of a wolf slut than I thought and that I really have a majorly inappropriate girl crush on Leah Clearwater. Huh who knew? Each of our three categories we had to finalize had many stories that we had to both wittle down to our top six picks and then choose six out of those twelve. This has honestly been one of the best experiences I’ve had with awards and I can honestly say, being a part of it that it’s one of the most fair and balanced awards processes I’ve ever seen. Kudos to Leanne Golightly and all those who thought up the rules and such.

Now I can’t really say which categories, B and I oversaw but I will tell you that our picks for those categories are really wonderfully written and most deserving of your time and vote.

All in all it was a pleasure working with Bianca and I think I made a good friend in her. She’s a total sweetheart and she gets the awesomeness that is the wolves and the Volturi.

To view all the nominees before voting begins please visit the link below and check out everyone’s fic. They all deserve massive amount of recognition in this fandom as OC’s are often overlooked and underrated! Happy Reading and be sure to leave these authors some love!

The OC's

Click here to navigate over to the blog and see all our wonderful nominees! They're really worth some fandom love!

Forum Signatures and coding blips

By Pemberly Rose

I’ve noticed that I only post really late at night my time. Maybe I’m just weird. Well I knew that already hah! Anyways over on the Banners, Buttons and Blinkies page to your right, I’ve figured out how to create grab boxes for signature codes. You know for all those who want to post a visual link to the blog here. You know no pressure =) lol. Anyways I should really sleep and soon but anyways if you’re lazy like me here are the two blinkies I have coded and ready to go for you, just c&p the code information in the box to your signature (under control panel on most forums) and there ya go you’re very own pimpage link to the blog!

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Easy peasy no? Glad you think so =p

New Button!

Written by Pemberly Rose

So I couldn’t sleep and decided to play around in photoshop. Let’s just say I have made CS4 my bitch. Here is the end result!

Yes I have totally used Ms. Foy as our Renesmee. She’s the perfect fit to play her and I can’t WAIT to see how she does next November. Sigh…one more year! At least DH is coming out next week *squee*

Over to your right you can grab our linky code in the box there under the faboo button. Of course if you’re going to link to us, email your button to me Pemberly Rose, through the site and you will be on the affiliates too!

Muah!

PR