All About Spike Interview with Lesley

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

Series

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

Some Excerpts

Spike - he's bossy that way. I was also pissed off with BTVS and especially the behaviour of the title character. I knew the show and the abusive treatment of the demons I loved wasn't satisfying me, so I thought I'd see what I could do. Friends had been telling me for years that I should try writing fiction, so I thought I'd give it a go. Hundreds of thousands of words later.
The dialogue with the readers. The chance to really push the boats out that ME were too chickenshit to go for lest the questions that the grey threw up for the 'verse have to be really addressed. Exploring the characters at a deeper level and without the black and white moral apartheid crap ME ruined BTVS with getting in the way. Being able to write the grey, the stories that explore that there are sometimes no easy answers, that life and people are complex, grey and not always right, or good, or perfect - and neither is life.
I've written all the characters, and a great deal of Wes and Giles, but I'd have to say Lilah's my current favourite character not called Spike. This may well be because she really is in many ways the girl and human equivalent of my darling boy. My darling girl is smart, sexy, owns her own sexuality and decisions, knows what she wants and goes for it, and is willing to pay the consequences without whining. She's also the female character that exposes the ME black and white reductionist moral structure for the crap that it is. She's Evil, and unashamed of it. She also loves, is witty, overcomes an immense ammount of crap from the men in the workplace to come out on top, while being deeply human in all the complexity that really means, and is fundamentally honest where it counts. I love Lilah.