Del Floria's Interview with Lindafishes

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Title: Del Floria's Interview with Lindafishes
Interviewer: Del Floria's
Interviewee: Lindafishes
Date(s): August 6, 2017
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Man from U.N.C.L.E.
External Links: [1], Archived version
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Del Floria's Interview with Lindafishes was posted August 6, 2017.

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


What first drew you to MFU?

Spy movies were hot at the time. When it first aired, my group of friends and I were glued to our television screens once a week. The other 6 days, we talked about the episode and wondered what the next one would bring. We were all 'Illya Girls.’ I saw myself as a writer back then. I’d make up my own episodes with Illya being the center of attention. Good vs. evil, good cop/bad cop. I didn’t understand the fear of Soviets at that age. There’s no memory of the Cuban missile crises as it unfolded.

In recent years, I found MFU LJ by accident and the first story I read was slash. At the time, I had no idea what that meant but I knew it wasn’t my cup of tea. I don’t really have anything against slash, I simply don’t see the guys in that light. Digging around in fan fiction led to gen and het stories. What a find! I do read slash stories today and find many wonderfully written and enjoyable, as long as they’re not graphic or only about the sex.

What drew me to the Canteen was you, Charlie. You welcomed me in with open arms. The comments of welcome from everyone else was overwhelming (in a good way) and I knew I’d found a home here. It’s the first place I go to at the start of the day.

I know I’ve said it before but, finding MFU fanfiction was like finding gold. Still is. ;D

Would you ever willingly leave?

A lot of folks have left because of the new LJ policies. The way I see it, they own the site and they have the right to do with it what they please. I don’t feel intimidated and plan to stay. Someone pointed out that the new rules state they can take our works and post them elsewhere or even plagiarize. I believe I’m a very small fish in a huge pond. If someone likes what I’ve written so much that they want it for their own, they’re welcome to it. My ego can take it.

How have you seen the fandom change over the years?

Change is the only constant in our lives, if we can’t live with it, we get left behind. Honestly, I’ve not been here long enough to notice any big changes, just little ones here and there.

When I was employed as a registered nurse at the local hospital, I transferred to the resource pool. That meant I worked a different unit every day. I learned a lot, taught a lot and met a lot of new and interesting nurses, doctors, and patients. I was used to changes and grew to like them.

The influx of new writers is a welcome change. I pride myself on having recruited one or two. They bring new ideas and keep it fresh. That’s not negating the ‘older’ writers. Different styles makes life more interesting.