Octaves of the Heart Interview with Kyra Cullinan

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Title: Octaves of the Heart Interview with Kyra Cullinan
Interviewer: Octaves of the Heart
Interviewee: Kyra Cullinan
Date(s): early 2000s
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Buffyverse
External Links: online here; archive link
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Octaves of the Heart Interview with Kyra Cullinan is posted at the Buffy website Octaves.

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


I started writing fanfic (Star Trek: The Next Generation flavor) when I was about twelve years old, and haven't really stopped since.

Honestly, everything inspires me. I've had ideas for writing fic about *commercials* and that's just sad. It's like once the flip got switched in my brain, everything became source material, potential fodder for fic, from really bad sitcoms to intensely obscure books. I like trying to find the untold stories behind any surface story, new angles to explore characters, the inherent sadness and connections which underlie any situation, all of which exist everywhere, in some form or other.

I do, in fact, write other than fanfic, although the bulk of my prose fiction is fanbased, which is annoying; I wish I got as many original ideas as I do fannish ones! Mostly I write poetry, descriptive nonfiction and lots and lots of papers. Being steeped in academia means that I end up applying the same sort of critical thinking to fic as I do to essay writing, which makes me see things I wouldn't have otherwise, thematic similarities and the like.
I am such a massive Jossverse junkie because the characters are so vibrantly real: flawed and fascinating and unique. Everyone from the smallest bit part up is so far beyond one-dimensional that there's no way for me NOT to be enthralled and inspired and just totally awed by all the potential for interaction or character exploration. I love how the homoeroticism is intentional and intelligent and how there are more possibilities suggested by the show's complexity than I could ever, ever address completely.