Ask the Author: Destina

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Title: Ask the Author: Destina
Interviewer:
Interviewee: Destina
Date(s): February 16, 2007
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Supernatural
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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Contents

Destina was interviewed for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

A little bit about myself...I first stumbled into online fandom in 1996 via the Highlander and X-Files newsgroups. I wrote a few incredibly horrible but ever-so-earnest Mary Sue stories, and then I went back to being a contented reader until SW: The Phantom Menace came out in May 1999. At that point, I started writing slash. Since then I've posted about 150 slash and gen stories in around 30 fandoms, including Stargate SG-1, Smallville, The Sentinel, due South, Rome, Brokeback Mountain, and SGA. I was primarily in SG-1 fandom from around 2002 until last fall, when elishavah pimped me into SPN. (It's all her fault, you see.) SPN has been the fandom where I've written pretty much everything I'd sworn I wouldn't: kidfic, second person present tense, vampires, incest, rape, schmoop, RPS...the list just goes on, and it's kind of awesome how fast my personal taboos were gleefully obliterated. *g* SPN is also the first fandom where I've written more gen and het than slash.
Wow, wingfic. I used to avoid that like the plague, and now I eat it up with a spoon. Yet another squick that bites the dust. But I can't see myself writing any. (I know I've said that before, but I totally mean it! *g*)

On to the serious question. When I first started writing SPN, I thought it'd be easier to write Dean. I identify much more with Dean in any number of ways. Imagine my surprise when the first story came out entirely in Sam's POV. I had a very difficult time accessing Dean's POV, at first, and I had to go at it obliquely, in Lantern in the Window, to sort of pry open his head and crawl in. When I sat down to write Higher Learning, it just...happened. All of a sudden, I could hear him, and it was a piece of cake. Since then it hasn't been a problem to write in either POV.

I don't have a preference these days. Of the stories I have actively in progress, there are four Dean POV and three Sam, so it looks like it's pretty evenly split. I generally choose POV based on the needs of the story, so to me that means I'm telling three stories that require Sam's perspective, and four that require Dean's. It's interesting that exploring things about Dean often means I need Sam's POV, and vice versa.