All About Spike Interview with Kalima

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Title: All About Spike Interview with Kalima
Interviewer:
Interviewee: Kalima
Date(s): between 2002-2006
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Angel and Buffy
External Links: full interview is here; reference link
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Kalima was interviewed for All About Spike.

Series

For other interviews in this series, see All About Spike Interview Series.

Some Excerpts

When the Original Star Trek was cancelled. But I only did it in secret, because I aspired to be a literary artiste and no one could ever know my secret shame/guilty pleasure.
The moment Spike goes from boastful swaggering prick to solictious, concerned lover in School Hard I went Wow, there are layers and layers here and we may never get to see how many. He's the vampire son I never had. He's the trickster and the fool. He went staggering (sometimes swaggering) down the double yellow line on the good vs evil highway. He's pretty. Peter Pan had sharp little teeth too, you know.
In BtVS fanfic, familiarity with the characters and their backstory improved my writing a lot. In original fiction I'm a thousand times better than I was when I tried my hand at a novel the first time. Being in critique groups, taking workshops helped me tremendously. People who know your style and what you're attempting with a particular work can guide you towards making it the best it can be. Fanfic feedback is not the same thing at all, though it is very nice and makes me happy.