Octaves of the Heart Interview with Jane Davitt
|Interviews by Fans|
|Title:||Octaves of the Heart Interview with Jane Davitt|
|Interviewer:||Octaves of the Heart|
|External Links:||online here; archive link|
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For others in this series, see Octaves of the Heart Interview Series.
I've been a fan of BtVS from 1997 when we emigrated to Canada from England and I first saw it. I started to tape it from season three, got interested in Buffy newsgroups in 1999...and had no idea fanfic existed, let alone Buffy based fic. Then in season six I became obssessed..umm, interested in spoilers and that opened up many new doors. Once I discovered fanfic, it was only three or four weeks before I began to feel the urge to write some myself. At that point, I'd only read it on alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative (yes, I know; tip of the iceberg) so that's where I posted my first story, a short fic in which Buffy and Spike didn't even kiss. It was followed by some rather sad Willow ficlets, dealing with the aftermath of Tara's death, and I was hooked, addicted. Eventually I found fanfic.net...then all the thousands of fic sites out there and finally ended up with a live journal and a webpage. So I've been writing fiction since May 2002 and I've written about ninety fics, drabbles to trilogies, G to NC-17, Spuffy to slash. I'm not fickle, just keep finding new 'ships to inspire me.
I think in just over a year I've come a long way from the woman who took nearly three weeks to write a ficlet and couldn't write a Spuffy kiss to save her life. Writing is something that never works unless you're brave and it's taken me a while to get to the stage where I can write stories that expose a little of myself. I'm not saying that doesn't happen in funny fics or PG ones, but for me the biggest hurdle was writing sex scenes that didn't make me blush furiously or cringe when I read them. It got easier the more I did and I went through a time when everything I wrote was NC -17 as I explored the layers it added to fics. Contained within that evolution was the move to writing slash. That's a hot issue, it seems, and I can only say that when I started to write it I did it because I had an overwhelming need to do so.