>What's your favourite genre in fiction and/or on THP?
Stories derived from touhou seem to have enough common ground that it's rare to get the "out of genre, unfamiliar, this is uncomfortable" feeling. Much more willing to explore other genres in this case, not to mentioned the limited supply. Oddly enough this applies to touhou music as well.
>What is most important to you in a story: plot? Characters? Setting?
All of them!
Honestly, if any one of these categories is strong in a story, I would strongly consider reading it.
For exploring story idea? Characters and settings, because it's easier to think of those that haven't been done, then plots.
For writing, I prefer to start with a setting or characters who I want to depict, and then brainstorm possible plots threads or nodes to create a story. As opposed to coming up with plots and then assembling the characters. I suppose this means characters & setting > plot. Or it could just mean, get the most complex/important part of your story down first. If it's character-driven, characters. If it's a high-slung murder mystery, better build that plot well.
>Where do you stand on quality vs quantity on the spectrum?
Minimum writing standards. I do like it when someone who doesn't seem to be so strong of a technical writer, still manages to produce something that is easy on the eyes and easy reading.
Minimum plot/character standards. Have a story to tell. Characters can bend to fit the plot or you whims, but they. It's fine if you can't produce the exact lines Yukari or Shiki would use, but at least keep their language and tone consistent with the character.
That aside, Quantity. And please consider using time skips to keep up with the plot. It seems like most CYOA choose to go at a VN's pace, covering each day and all non-trivial actions, which is great everyday immersion, but is not a pacing which 95% of writers will be able to finish an average sized plot with.
>Is there something -- a plot point, a character, etc -- that you wish would show up more on this site?
I would love to see plot/action stories reach mid-to-late story, where tension is high and the starting circumstances have changed substantially. It's mostly those Juggernaut classics that have gotten this far.
>What boards are you most favourite? Least favourite? Why do you like or dislike these boards?
>th ~8 active stories
>eientei ~Mostly Inactive
>shrine ~1.5 active stories
>sdm ~4 active stories
>youkai ~3 active stories
>underground ~6 active stories (damn second most active board, I swear I remember a time when underground was silent)
>others ~6-7 active stories
No real board preferences. I might just be ok with this level of activity. There aren't that many stories, but the ones that are running seem quite steady on their shoulders. I don't even read most of the stories, only follow about 6. Some of the stories are rather opaque: despite seeing them everytime I visit the boards, I'd have to read them thoroughly to get what they are about.
I can never remember all those story stubs that never got off the ground. Some actually stayed for a while. Think /others/ has the best in this category. It also holds AU slice of life.
Honestly I slightly dislike the board system based on geography. I would hope writers when thinking of stories ideas would not restrict themselves to heavily to the characters of the board they are planning to write in. One example that comes to mind is Chronograph. A shrine story does not mean it must be focused around suika, Reimu, etc.
>Do you like crossover stories?
Less so now that the novelty has worn off. Crossovers automatically give the author a somewhat new premise, but they need to actually have an idea of character-character, character-plot interactions just like with a normal story.
Why are you as an author putting them there? Just wanting to see your two favorite casts together and abilities interacting, is equivalent to adding an OC for the same reason. Except people who know the cross'd series may tend forgive the lack of story until you run out of steam. If you make the crossover assemble, then even others can enjoy the sparks. You'll still run out of steam without a proper setup.
>How about OCs?
They gotta earn their importance in the story. And also need to be interesting for the readers. Start from square zero. After all, a completely unknown book is all OC's.
>What's your opinion on 2hus as MC or as antagonists?
>Lastly, what perspective (first-person, second-person, third-person) do you prefer, and why?
Almost entirely first person with seldom and discreet third person switches *if* the scene requires it. This works for character based stories and vocal/distinct MC's. For stories with lots of multi-character action or a protagonist's who's actions speak louder than their thoughts, third person.