|Interviews by Fans|
|Date(s):||June 8, 2015|
|Fandom(s):||Once Upon a Time|
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amycarey is a 2015 interview at Fannishery.
amycarey is a Once Upon a Time fan.
Amycarey is without a doubt one of the leading authors in the one of the largest femslash ships in fandom, Swan Queen or Regina Mills/Emma Swan from The ABC Show, ‘Once Upon A Time’. Sexy, sometimes hilarious, intriguing, and always heartwarming, her fics over the last four years have diffidently become a fandom staple.
So did you first start off writing femslash? Or did that come later?POV where she had a massive crush on Parvati that was not reciprocated (very much a case of art imitating life, that one).
So I went into OuaT knowing there was a massive femmeslash following and I was at a point where basically everything I wanted to read was about queer ladies getting happy endings. So I binge-watched the first season and saw the SQ pretty much immediately – pretty much because I was looking for it – and then kept watching.
It really ticked every box for me in terms of a relationship I could root for.Like, you’ve got this amazing gradual development of a relationship from hatred to giving each other happy endings (I’ve always loved the slap-slap-kiss trope), and the family aspect, which I will always love writing about and reading about. And these two wonderfully flawed and engaging characters.
Swan Queen ship has a love/hate relationship with the series creators, writers and cast of the show. How has that relationship between the Swan Queen fans and the show effected your writing as a whole?
It hasn’t, really? I’m actually kind of delighted with the way Regina and Emma’s has developed on the show in a lot of ways – it feels like a really natural growth. Would I like them to realise they are in love? Yes. But I have fic for that. I didn’t get into the fandom thinking this was endgame.
I guess, for me, I’m more concerned at the poor treatment of non-white characters by the creators and the lack of diversity in general – rather than the fact that there is no Swan Queen.Some of the messages the show puts across are worrying to me. I know there’s a lot of mishandling of Swan Queen shippers, both past and present, but I try to avoid interviews, twitter accounts etc. that might be dispiriting.
Initially it came from a prompt and some ensuing discussion about 20 somethings living in NYC. I was in the process of finishing ‘Regina (or the Evil Stepmother’) which is a regency AU, and, while fun, I was missing the ease of writing modern stuff.
Then I accidentally took heavy-duty pain meds instead of panadol and wrote 2000 words. And Emma ended up at a children’s bookshop.It was a very strange start but it worked out nicely.
What are the things that you are not proud of as a writer?So there’s some stuff in my writing I still cringe over – I’ve used some kind of toxic tropes before and then there’s some stuff that just feels ludicrously fluffy. I think I have a tendency to write the easy way out of problems and plot is something that I really do struggle with. The popularity of a couple of my fics in particular just kind of embarrasses me – but I don’t know how justified my embarrassment is.