Octaves of the Heart Interview with KCarolJ65

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Title: Octaves of the Heart Interview with KCarolJ65
Interviewer: Octaves of the Heart
Interviewee: KCarolJ65
Date(s): 2005?
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Buffyverse
External Links: online here; archive link
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Octaves of the Heart Interview with KCarolJ65 is posted at the Buffy website Octaves.

For others in this series, see Octaves of the Heart Interview Series.


I came to Buffydom late (mid-Season 5) and fandom even later, after finally acquiring a home computer in early 2004. I'm awed by both the sheer volume of BtVS/AtS fan fiction and the incredible quality of much of it. Fan fiction comprises just about the entirety of my reading material these days; I feel no inclination toward anything else, nor any lack, because all the important genres and themes are represented therein.

I was drawn in by BtVS's delicious mix of romance, angst and humor, the clever, many-layered writing and flawed, real characters. But the main attraction, for me, is and always will be Spike; I see him as a fascinating mixture of Don Quixote, Holy Fool, and disaffected youth. His story arc is so wide and engaging and offers so many fanfic possibilities. And let us not forget the hotness factor, which is ginormous!
While in my teens I wrote stories based on LOTR, Star Wars and Arthurian legendry to amuse myself and my friends. But until I began writing Buffy fan fiction last year (my early efforts are only fit for lining my cat's litterbox), I hadn't written anything in more than 15 years. As a result, I feel terribly out of practice and was extremely reluctant to actually post anything online. Thanks to Judy and Sue for their encouragement and help in doing so, and to the several readers who've sent feedback, particularly Chrislee. I write slowly - no, wait, that's not true. I write very quickly when the mood strikes (key phrases and ideas usually occur to me in rush-hour traffic), cut and revise ad nauseum, and then wait, sometimes for days or weeks, for the mood to strike again. So, the overall effect is that of a slow process. I like to write canon-friendly "missing" scenes that the reader can believe might have taken place off-screen, and I plan to stick to that formula as much as possible. I appreciate that respectfulness in other writers' work as well; for the most part, I heartily dislike those that veer too far from canonic characterizations and situations to be believable.