On the Double Interview with Jacquelyn M. Zoost

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Title: On the Double Interview with Jacquelyn M. Zoost
Interviewer: On the Double
Interviewee: Jacquelyn M. Zoost
Date(s): 1987
Medium: print
Fandom(s): Star Trek TOS, slash
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There was an interview with Jacquelyn M. Zoost in On the Double #4.


Since I'd always liked to draw, doing illos for zines seemed like the logical thing to do. And I thank Rowena Warner and Wendy Rathbone for being the first to use the illos I submitted. Having worked mostly in color mediums for years, I was disappointed that they copied so poorly. On the advice of Alayne Gelfand, I started using pen and ink. From that time on, I've been lucky enough to have just about all of my work accepted by various zine editors. I do it strictly for fun, and only when I'm on my days off. Being totally an undisciplined artist, I do only what I want when I'm in the mood. That way, I've kept it fun for close to thirty five years. I figure that when it starts seeming like a chore, I'll stop. So far, I haven't run into that problem. I can't honestly say I'm a creative artist because I usually need a photo to go by. At least initially. And I do portrait-type things best. I love to try to get the right expression on people's faces. Action type things are the hardest for me. I have no sense of artistic perspective. But I'll usually try anything.
My discovery of K/S was rather accidental. I bought a zine not knowing what K/S meant. Fortunately, it was one of the best. Actually, I was about a third of the way through the story before there was even a hint of K/S. The relationship evolved so naturally from the plot that I was halfway through the first 'love scene' before I realized anything was different about it. Few K/S writers can write a tale the equal of NIGHTVISIONS and even fewer try. For the most part, if you took the explicit sex out, there'd be nothing left. And I'm really saddened to see this kind of thing. I think more of ST fandom would accept K/S if the theme of the stories was not centered totally around the sex aspect.
For those who find a moral or religious objection to K/S or same-sex relationships, there's nothing to be done. But for many, it's simply a question of credibility. "I just can't believe that", people say, and they're right. If you can't imagine Kirk and Spock as separate and independent people, bearing no relationship to their actor counterparts Shatner and Nimoy (except for the fact that they happen to look like them), then you'll have a rough time trying to appreciate any K/S story.