1. What attracted you to fanfic?
Well, I always used to be pretty reasonable at English at school, and grew up a voracious reader of books. Even now, I can generally start and finish an ordinary sized paperback in a couple of hours. Having the ability to read fast though has the inevitable downside in that you soon run out of things to read. While I was a student or unemployed, the library was my solution to that problem. Trouble came when I got employed. I work slightly odd hours to everyone else : 2pm-10pm at the time. Thus, library closed and not much else was available but the internet.
And thus I found fanfic.
And I read it. And I read it. And then I read some more. And then I started feeling guilty about not leaving feedback, so I started on that. And then came laney_1974, who replied to my feedback, so I replied back. And we became regular correspondents whenever a new part of her work came out. Looking behind the scenes, so to speak, got me interested for the first time in ages in possibly writing my own fanfic. So I shyly did a short piece and offered it up to Laney for ripping apart.
For some reason she liked it. I still didn't feel ready to stick any work out on the web until I came up with Just Passing Though. Because it had the whole Military Report structure to it, I found it a lot easier to write and I didn't worry quite as much. So August 2003, I launched myself on TtH. Basically, blame Laney for all my fic.
2. If you could only pick one fandom to write for, which would it be and why?
Tough choice, but it would have to be the Buffy fandom. And mainly for the sheer number of possibilities. All the characters spread over 12 seasons worth of stories (including the Angel seasons too) - that's 254 episodes to play with, and some of the most interesting ideas and interactions still haven't been explored that much. The whole buffyverse1000 stuff's convinced me of this especially.
Much as I enjoy the Harry Potter stuff, it's still only based on 5 books worth of stuff. And the main reason this would be a tough choice is that I love crossovers - writing them, reading them, thinking them up. Cutting me down to just one would be torture.
3. One person on earth you can sleep with. Who and why?
Jennifer Anniston. Because I'm shallow. No, seriously.
Really? I've always liked her a lot since the first couple of episodes of Friends. The whole early Ross and Rachel romance just echoed a lot of my life at the time, and it didn't help that Ross was basically then the sympathetic geek who actually got the good looking girl (let's just quietly ignore the complete frigging idiot he turned into in later years, shall we?). Jennifer Anniston was good looking, great with the humour and timing, and just seems to have the all-around fun vibe.
By the way, if I end up sleeping with her, that means Brad Pitt'll be free again. Anyone want to help me split 'em up?
4. Fictional character you'd most like to have dinner with.
Nero Wolfe. One of the world's biggest detectives and gourmets, it would be fascinating just to sit there and eat the classic meals prepared by Fritz, and to share in the sparkling and highly informative conversation provided by Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.
Good company. Good food. What more would I want?
5. Fictional character or historical personage you'd most like to be?
Historical, no. I'm most definitely a city boy, and an advanced technology lover. Back in time? No thanks. But the future? Hell yes.
Always been a big sci-fi buff, and love that whole milieu of space opera or military sc-fi. But if I had to pick one, I'd probably pick the Doctor. With the TARDIS able to take you anywhere in time and space, there'd be new sights to see, people to talk to and things to learn for years and years and years. So much to do, and so many things to see. Evil to be thwarted, companions to be rescued, mustached Military officers to make jokes with.
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