Octaves of the Heart Interview with Vatrixsta Cruden

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Title: Octaves of the Heart Interview with Vatrixsta Cruden
Interviewer: Octaves of the Heart
Interviewee: Vatrixsta Cruden
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 Vatrixsta Cruden is posted at the Buffy website Octaves.

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


I was inspired to write my first Buffy fic (because I'd been writing fic in another fandom for ages -- it's been at least four years since I wrote my first) because I was missing an element of the show (B/A) and I simply wanted to see those two characters interacting again. I missed them. I've never really felt like writing fic that's identical to whatever show I'm working off of, because if the show is satisfying me, I've got no reason to look elsewhere.

My first Buffy fic was Across the Universe and I still like it, although I am tempted -- as I often am -- to take a big red pen to it every time I actually sit down to read it. I never seem to be completely satisfied with any of my fic, which is why I try not to reread it much, surround myself with betas I trust implicitly, and send it off when *they're* satisfied.
Whatever their flaws in my mind, and I don't care how crazy it is, but it *is* just like picking children! I would say that Bittersweet Legacy holds a special place in my heart, for sheer blood, sweat, and tears poured into it. I'm very fond of a fic I just wrote, Paved, but I haven't reread it yet, so it hasn't fallen victim to my ceaseless dissatisfaction. *g* But so far as which fic always makes me smile, and is as near perfect as I think I get, I quite like Cats and Dogs. I've probably gotten the least amount of feedback *ever* on it, but I enjoyed experimenting in the second person style, and think it met with at least marginal success. It's the most I feel I've ever gotten into Angel's head before, completely *into* it, and that makes me happy.