Del Floria's Interview with Renn

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Title: Del Floria's Interview with Renn
Interviewer: Del Floria (Live Journal)
Interviewee: Renn
Date(s): November 9, 2014
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Man from U.N.C.L.E.
External Links: interview is here; Archive
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Del Floria's Interview with Renn 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.


Are you swayed by other’s reactions to your work or have you set a course and stayed upon it? I've never been a typical U.N.C.L.E. fan fiction writer, in that I don't write hurt/comfort, or dark & brooding, or serious real-world stuff, or slash, or detailed heterosexual shenanigans. I strive to write as if the story is a lost second or third season episode (or the first half of GFU's season, before April cut her hair and things got way too stupid). The greatest compliment I can get is a reader saying "this would have been a great episode."
How would you respond to a critic who says, “Oh, you write fan fiction. You’re not a real writer.” I'd point out my published essays in the Hugo-winning anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords and in Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Authors. I've been paid for my writing, therefore, I'm a real writer. Neener neener neener!
If you could do it over, what one story would you erase from the time continuum… and why?

One of my stories, I assume....

Actually, I would remove a fan film from the space/time continuum. The club I was in back in the day specialized in making fan film parodies, mostly of Doctor Who, but sometimes of other shows, too. I got assigned to write a spy show parody called The Never Say U.N.C.L.E. Again (Affair), with the dictate that the Prisoner meet the Avengers meet the New Avengers meet the Man From U.N.C.L.E. meet the Saint. Well... at that time I had only seen The Prisoner and The New Avengers, so, as you can imagine, it both sucked and blowed. (Plus, I made a really piss-poor Purdey!) I would not complain should that particular piece of drivel be removed from all of space and time.

Otherwise, "The Petit Prix Affair" needs to GO AWAY. It makes "The My Friend the Gorilla Affair" seem suave, urbane, and sophisticated.