Inside the Head of Bat Morda

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Interviews by Fans
Title: Inside the Head of Bat Morda
Interviewer: Amy Murphy
Interviewee: Bat Morda
Date(s): May 5, 2002
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Xena: Warrior Princess
External Links: full interview is here, Archived version
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Inside the Head of Bat Morda is a 2002 Xena: Warrior Princess fan interview at Whoosh!.


For others in this series, see Whoosh! Interview Series.

Some Excerpts

I like writing action and dialogue when stuff is really cooking, when I've got this idea in my head and I'm riding it out like a wave. That usually happens with the plotty stuff and dialogue. It doesn't really happen with sex. That's more of a chore, I suppose. Try to make it different, not like everything else I've written or read. I remember really enjoying the conscious parts of Is There A Doctor On The Dig. That was cool. The majority of Uber Madness was fun to write, too, especially the dream sequences. I thought those flowed pretty well.
For good or ill, I think my writing is fairly consistent. My least favorite might not be someone else's least favorite or necessarily the worse, craft-wise. I thought Search For Amphipolis, or the first two thirds of it pretty much sucked when I'd first finished it, but I guess it's aged okay. I'd have to say What If is my weakest. I wimped out on the sex scene because I was trying to get it done on a deadline and I remember having a terrible migraine the night before I promised someone I'd have it done. Having to write a sex scene with a migraine just doesn't work. Yuck.
I just wanted to see if I could do it. My friend Patricia Ennis had written some Xena fiction and I thought, "hmm, I wonder if I could do that", so I gave it a go and The Broken Arrow popped out and I was off. I suppose it was a test for myself to see if I could hold a cohesive thought together to tell an entire story and finish the thing. After that, it was other sorts of challenges that inspired me to try new things. "Write a bondage story" my friend Pam said, so I cranked out The Binds That Tie. I wanted to tell the same story twice from two points of view so The Binds That Tie II came out. I wanted to be totally self indulgent and Uber Madness happened. I'm finding though that self indulgence is a recurring theme with me.