All About Spike Interview with mommanerd

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


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

Some Excerpts

I can remember composing stories and commercials in my head when I was a child. I read a lot of books and would write sequels to them, or make up stories with my friend that we would act out. As I grew older and began to watch television shows that were about more than H.R .Puffinstuf, I began to do the same thing that I had with those books. Once I entered high school and found “creative writing” I was in heaven, because for the first time I was being graded on original ideas and not just a summation of someone elses work. I loved writing the short stories I submitted for classes and would keep those papers when I discarded everything else.
Fanfic was something that I always composed in my mind, but never dreamed of putting down on the page. I thought I was a freak because I did this, and never realized that there were others out there who liked to play with these fictional characters. One day, while going online to find out if Buffy dying at the end of Season 5 meant the end of the series, I stumbled across some wonderful stories about Buffy and Spike and Willow and Xander and Giles and Dawn and Riley. It was fascinating. Not only were people doing what I’d always dreamed of doing, but they were doing it very well! After that I couldn’t get enough and I devoured every Buffy/Spike story I could find. I eventually got to know some of these writers through online correspondence, and after writing a few short, humorous scenes, the encouraged me to do more. So I did.
I enjoy the whole process of recreating the characters as closely as I can. I love duplicating the speech patterns and getting them to do and say the things that I wanted to see on screen. My favorite things to write are not stories that change what I’ve seen, but rather stories that enhance and enlighten what we’ve been given. I like to write what happened between the scenes and to try to get into the characters heads and gaining fresh insight into their actions and attitudes.

I also enjoy writing speculative fics while the show is in hiatus. Of course, I’m always wrong, but it’s fun to pretend the characters might do what I envision.

The biggest charge I get out of writing is bringing smiles to the reader. If I can write something that makes another person laugh out loud then I’ve been rewarded.