Tell us something about yourself: Where are you from? Age/Gender? Hobbies? Anything you'd like to share.
I'm from Jersey, born and raised, mid-twenties, female. My hobbies include long walks on the beach, and I have no problem spanking men...oh, not that kind of profile, huh? Theatre, music, television, etc etc. My life is only exciting when I'm breaking the law, and I won't be exploiting those details in a public way ;)
How did you begin writing in general?
Nothing specific and exciting unfortunately. Remind me to fabricate something really witty and amusing before I get famous? At any rate, we got assignments in grade school to write short stories and the like, and I always ended up going way, way, way over the assignment length. I just couldn't stop.
What inspired you to begin writing fanfic?
Just wanting to see more of the show I loved. 22 eps a year wasn't enough! So I started with MOTW and gen-type stories and went from there.
What do you enjoy about writing fanfic?
This may sound crazy, but meeting new people. I've met some amazing people because of fic, as both a reader and a writer, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. From a pure writing standpoint, I love getting to try new styles and storytelling techniques.
Why have you chosen to write about Spike? What do you find interesting about his character?
Spike's just an incredible character to play with. He's complex, funny as hell, and has such a fun sense of how to enjoy life that he's just an awful lot of fun to write.
What other characters or relationships do you find most interesting to write?
Wesley, Lilah, Faith, Spike, Buffy, Cordelia, and Gunn in various combinations (preference to Wesley/Lilah).
Of the work you've written, which piece is your favorite? Why?
My ensemble, comedic, MOTW stories, like Lovely, Dark and Deep
are usually my faves because they're fun to write, and I do love a good pratfall. But my two favorite stories sadly don't include Spike. They're Body Count
(a.k.a. Vamp!Wesley/Lilah) and So Many Little Things
(Wishverse!Buffy/Wesley). As far as why they're my faves? Who knows (though the B/W gets points for taking nine freaking months to finish).
Which piece was the most difficult to write? Why?
Actually, looking over my list of Spike stories, most of them were among the easiest I've ever written. Like I said, Spike is fun to play with. That said, In Good Company
went through half a dozen drafts, and kept changing direction mid-stream. I had the same problems with Nowhere's Now Here
(Buffy/Xander) - 1500ish word stories should not take months to write, dangit.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a fanfic writer?
Strengths are comedy and dialogue, weaknesses are...well, everything else, heh.
Do you feel that your work has improved as time has passed? If so, in what areas do you think you have improved the most?
Lawd yes. I think my writing's improved a lot over the past two years, and hopefully I'll be able to say the same two years from now.
What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of writing fanfic?
Finishing. I tend to write linearly and without a clear ending in mind, so I'll often stall out halfway and have to take some time to figure out what happens next.
What advice would you give to new fic writers?
Read. Read as much as you can, read five times more than you write, and don't get stuck in ruts (stylistically, plot-wise, character/pairing-wise). Challenge yourself.
Do you read other fanfic? If so, what are some of your favorite stories and/or authors?
I read a lot. A lot a lot, and love too many authors to mention. But generally, I trust anything by Yahtzee
, and Doyle
to be fabulous.
Do you write original fiction? Or fiction in other fandoms? (If so, where can we find it?)
Original fic's coming along slowly. As far as other fandoms, I'm mostly in the dabbling stage right now, but some Alias and other fandom fic can be found at my site