Del Floria's Interview with ChannelD

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Title: Del Floria's Interview with ChannelD
Interviewer: Del Floria (Live Journal)
Interviewee: ChannelD
Date(s): March 11, 2012
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Man from U.N.C.L.E.
External Links: Del Floria's Interview with ChannelD; Archive
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Del Floria's Interview with ChannelD is an interview with a Man from U.N.C.L.E. fan.

It is part of a series at Del Floria's. See Del Floria's Interview Series.


How would you respond to a critic who says, “Oh, you write fan fiction. You’re not a real writer.”

Bite me.

Why MFU? What is it about the show that fuelled your creativity?

I don't know. I know that is not very helpful. I am a first cousin, having fallen in love with the show back in the day when I was quite young. I always saw and hung on to the slash angle without knowing that was what it was called, without knowing anybody else in the whole world felt that way, always thinking I was crazy and that if anybody ever knew about my sickness they would recoil from me in horror. It was ST K/S fandom that opened my eyes and what that did for my self confidence I cannot even begin to say. And then I returned to my first love, I/N, and that is my only fandom now.

What do you consider to be your strongest piece of work and why?

Well, I have to favor A Trackless Domain because it is my heart on paper. Would I do some of it differently if I had it to do again? Yes - and in fact I did, in "The Rumor of Rain". I can see OCs that didn't need to be there at all because they neither advanced the story nor pointed out areas of characterization. I can see scenes I would rewrite etc but overall it began and ended with Trackless Domain. I wrote it unaware that anybody else would ever read it. I wrote it in secret, only for myself. I called it my private secret book. Then finding that someone would read it, someone would publish it, someone (many many someones) would buy it and write to tell me they liked it - like Illya in that last paragraph of book 5, I was free.

Are you swayed by others' reactions to your work or have you set a course and stayed upon it?

Yes. For example I stopped writing Illya with a ponytail because although it was an extremely beautiful and sensual image to me (and remember, when I began writing it I thought I would be the only reader ever) enough people said it threw them out of the story that I stopped. I only put in the ponytail now if I am writing in a universe where it was there originally, like the Child series, or when I wrote "Rumor" because that was actually an AU off of the Trackless Domain AU. The funny thing about that is I got a slew of mail bemoaning the ponytail!

What do you look for in other writers' work?

Passion, romance, sex, plot, good characterization, good grammar, good sentence structure, action adventure is never a bad thing, and a happy ending. Always a happy ending. Life is hard, gloomy and depressing and sad enough at times. I don't need that in my fanfic.