Bay City Library Interview with Kate (CMT)
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|Title:||Bay City Library Interview with Kate (CMT)|
|Fandom(s):||Starsky & Hutch|
|External Links:||interview is here, Archived version|
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I've written in several [fandoms] (Bonanza, Lancer, Covington Cross, Simon & Simon, Stargate SG-1, 21 Jump Street, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues). I'm never active in more than one fandom at a time, however, and haven't done much with fanfic (other than S&H) for quite awhile. I do write a lot of mainstream fiction as well (mostly romantic suspense) but lately have just been sticking with S&H.
I'm a first generation fan. I loved it back in my junior high school days, but when it went off the air, I never saw another episode until January of 2005 when I bought the DVDs and fell in love with it all over again. It not only brought back my love for the characters but a nostalgia for crop shirts, feathered hair, platform shoes and all those gaudy colors (olive, harvest gold, russet orange, etc. ) of the 70s. It's amazing how you can look at a wicker fan-back chair or a console TV and somehow find them strangely attractive!
[Favorite character]: That's an easy one -- Hutch -- and I think it's shamelessly obvious in my stories. I have, however grown exceedingly fond of Starsky and have learned to appreciate his many, many charms (thanks mostly to a beta reader who routinely points them out every chance she gets!). I also make a concentrated effort to focus on Starsky equally in my stories (even though I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Hutchie girl!). I love Hutch's compassion and idealism, his combination of reserve and infrequent bouts of temper. Factor in the sensitivity of an artist with the steel edge of a street cop and you've got one beautifully complex character! His devotion to Starsky makes me love him all the more. I see their relationship as equal parts love, equal parts competition... therefore both partners are needed for balance (even if I do tip the scales in favor of Hutch now and again!).
I tend to gravitate more toward stories than writers, although there are several writers I read consistently whenever they post something (as long as it isn't first person POV). There are a handful of stories that stand out as my very favorites in the fandom, and I'd love to let their authors know how much I enjoy these: Vengeance is Mine (the ultimate S&H fanfic read in my opinion) by Striped Tomato; The Nature of Sacrifice and 48 Hours of Sweat and Pain by K. Hanna Korrosy; Scar Tissue by Keri; Blood Test by Minnie K.; Out of the Mists by The Blintz and Brit; The Thousandth Man and Goliath by Sue L.; Mojave Crossing by C. R. Faddis and Wilderness by Lorraine B. and Laurie H.. I realize there are a number of wonderful writers out there I have yet to discover, and I'm looking forward to finding them all. I'm a bit limited, however, in that I won't read AU and absolutely nothing written in first person POV.
Judging by the feedback I get, most readers like my use of dialogue, so I guess that would be a strength. I also get comments on the amount of detail and description I use. Personally, I am most confident when I'm writing what motivates a character to act the way he does. I like to dissect feelings and the reasons behind a character's actions -- I love to get into their heads and scrutinize bit by bit. My major weakness is writing hospital scenes (not the recovery part, but the medical explanation part). I'm clueless on the procedures, terms, gizmos, etc., and generally just bluff my way through, hoping the outcome sounds semi-plausible.
Favored Son. In fact, that story generated more feedback than any I've ever written in any fandom, and I've written in several. I was really surprised at the amount of comments I received on that one. Feedback is important to the continued growth of a writer. It tells me my work isn't just sitting "out there" cluttering up cyberspace, but that someone is actually taking the time to read something I worked hard to create. It's encouragement to produce future stories, and it allows me to "meet" other fans. I'm not active on any of the lists, so the only way I've connected to other S&H fans is through the emails they've sent me on my stories. I've made some great new friends that way. I truly value all the feedback I get and am thankful for the friendships that have developed from them!