Meet your Starsky and Hutch fic writers: Dawnwind

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Title: Meet your Starsky and Hutch fic writers: Dawnwind
Interviewer: taass64
Interviewee: Dawnwind
Date(s): April 14, 2016
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Starsky & Hutch
External Links: online here; archive link
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Meet your Starsky and Hutch fic writers: Dawnwind is a 2016 interview.

It was conducted by taass64 and posted at starsky_hutch.


Q: What made you start writing stories? Had you written fic in other fandoms?

A: When I was 14, I started writing Alias Smith and Jones stories. I’d basically conscript my friends into writing with me by teaching them how to write dialogue and in paragraphs (punctuation was not my forte at the time.) I began writing S&H stories in 1977, but it was not until 1999, when I went online for the first time that I discovered other people actually wrote S&H stories and called them fanfiction. I found my people! I’ve written in far more than a dozen fandoms.

Q: What was your first story? Do you still like it?

A: My first S&H online was a rewrite of a story I originally wrote in 1977, retitled Make Believe You’re Brave. It’s on Flamingo’s old dot com site. It’s all right—but I would cringe if I read it again now.

Q: What is your favorite story that you wrote, and in the fandom.

A: That I wrote—probably a toss up between The Day the Universe Changed and Searching the Darkness for Stars. Both are different from my usual stuff. The first I swear I channeled because when I went to edit it, there were sections I didn’t remember writing down. Searching the Darkness is very lyrical—a lot of it played through my head for quite a while before I wrote it down.

In the fandom? A tie again, between Kaye Austen Michaels’ Starsky’s Girl—which is so atmospheric and lyrical I can see and hear Starsky and Hutch speaking, what the place looked like and the music playing. Verlaine’s Merry Merry just amazes me with her incredible ability with the guys (and Merle) and makes me cry every time.