Ask the Author: obstinatrix

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Interviews by Fans
Title: Ask the Author: obstinatrix
Interviewee: obstinatrix
Date(s): June 22, 2011
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Supernatural
External Links: interview and comments are here, page one; reference link, page one; interview and comments here, page two; reference link, page two
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obstinatrix was interviewed for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

I've been writing in online fandoms for what feels like a very long time, now - since 2001, in fact - but in SPN fandom for only about a year. I was aware of it before I got into it, and a lot of my friends in previous fandoms had drifted here already, so I'd actually read some J2 AUs before I even knew who these people were. The first FPF I read in this fandom was astolat's Sam/Dean, but when I first started writing, I wrote Dean/Castiel before branching out into RPF (anything goes!) and other FPF pairings - Sam and Dean gen, Sam/Dean, Sam/Dean/Castiel. Anyone who knows me is probably aware that I have a tendency to try and prevent anyone getting left out by writing too many threesomes. I now have a foot in every available camp like some kind of multipedal strumpet. It's a good life. I don't know if there's any detectible theme in the fic I write -- I can usually be counted upon to bring the porn, although I would defensively point out that I have totally written G-rated SPN fic. At least once. <.< >.> I'm also fond of genfic that hangs out in the hinterland between 'they're just brothers' and 'clearly, they are gay.'
Plot is actually the thing I find most difficult when I'm writing. Sometimes I have a spark of an idea, a hook, but I usually need to talk it over with a friend first before the rest of the plot gets generated in my mind into something that could actually be written out. The exception to this is Turtledove - that was an epic that just poured out of me like water, although I did discuss it with a friend as I was writing it. Usually, though, I need to get inspiration from somewhere -- a kinkmeme prompt, an idea a friend had -- and run with that. This isn't the same for porn, I guess - then, it's usually more that I want to show some feeling or some sex act and the rest of it just comes together around that. But for long fic, I do find plot hard. I don't tend to be trying to portray a feeling and then work a plot around it for long fic. With porn, my modus operandi is a little different. If it's a PWP, I tend to have either a sex act or a feeling in mind, as I said, and if it's schmoopy porn, that usually indicates that the way the porn felt when I thought it up was schmoopy. If it's rougher porn with just a bit of schmoop or banter at the end, then I probably just tacked that on after because it felt like a natural conclusion to the sex, but if there's schmoop all the way through then it was undoubtedly part of my, um, 'vision' for the fic, to abuse a term. ;)