Ask the Author: ratherastory

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Title: Ask the Author: ratherastory
Interviewee: ratherastory
Date(s): October 21, 2012
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Supernatural
External Links: interview and comments are here; reference link
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ratherastory was interviewed for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

So, uh, I'm not sure what to say about myself. SPN is actually my first fandom. I know, right? Talk about diving in the deep end. I knew about fandom before, of course—many of my friends have been in various fandoms for years—but never felt inclined to join one or to write fanfic. I've been writing since I was able to hold a pencil, and wrote a lot of original fiction on my own between the ages of 18 and 30, which is when I discovered SPN (right in the middle of S5) and decided that I needed to write about Sam and Dean the way I needed air. Ever since then I've been gleefully sliding down that slippery slope like it's a Slip-n-Slide covered in olive oil. God, that was a terrible simile. Are you sure I should be here? Oh well, too late to turn back now. At least I didn't mix my metaph… damn it.

Moving on!

So, I guess if I were known for anything in fandom, it would be for gen fic, and h/c. Yeah, I am aaaaallll about the whump. Sam, Dean, Cas, whoever, I am apparently happiest when they're bleeding, broken, or not breathing. This has led me to suspect that I may, in fact, be a terrible person. Oh well, I regret nothing. You can insert the usual comments about h/c being a great vehicle for emotional intimacy between characters who otherwise repress their feelings, etc., right here. I do love it very, very much, especially when there is cuddling/bed-sharing involved.

I do also write slash, though I haven't included any of that in the list below. I figure it's not what I do the most, so I may as well leave it out. Mostly I ship all the things. I have written some J2 (gen and one long-ass big bang), some Sam/Dean, some Dean/Cas, and a fair bit of Sam/Cas. Oh, and het, too. I wear my multishipper hat with pride. :)
The domestic angle is probably my favourite part of Fusion as well, though like I said, I am a big fan of the whump.

I am working (slowly) on original fic. I have some original stuff floating around the internet, and I'm hoping to have a novel ready for submission for publication before the end of the year.

I have a few friends who write original fic and have also filed the serial numbers off their fanfic with a good degree of success. I figure if they can manage that and make the story a strong one that can stand on its own without the accompanying baggage of the show/book/movie it was based on, then more power to the author! I've read some very good stories that started out as, say, a J2 AU. A good story is a good story, regardless of its origins. Occasionally I wonder just how the hell something ever got published, but then I wonder that about a lot of fiction that got published that didn't start out as fanfic. :P

In my case I've considered it, and in the future if I ever actually write J2 I might do it. My SPN fic is so steeped in canon that it would be pretty much impossible to ever file off the serial numbers and publish it as original fiction, so that's a complete no-go, and my one J2 romance was based on the movie Avatar, which also makes it impossible to retrofit. Alas. ;)