Interview with Aeryn

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Title: Interview with Aeryn
Interviewer: Bethany
Interviewee: Aeryn
Date(s): August 2010
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Hanson
External Links: August 2010 Author: Aeryn – Spotlights, Archived version
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In 2010, Aeryn was interviewed by Bethany for the spotlights section of her website

See others in the series at Interview Series.

"You might recognize Aeryn’s name from the Articles section here. She contributed one of my first articles, a piece one what it’s like to be an Australian fan. We’ve become quite good friends during my return to hanfic and I figured it was about time I gave her an interview."

Some Excerpts

Why did you start writing hanfic? How long have you been writing?

I started to write hanfic mostly because of Middle Of Nowhere. I bought the album two days after Christmas 1997, with my Christmas money for that year – it was the first CD I’d ever bought. The first time I heard the song Weird, I clicked with it straight away (for want of a better term). I’d been writing for years before that, but that was the first time I realised that I had a creative talent that I wasn’t using to its fullest potential – and that if I didn’t use it, odds are I was going to lose it at some point. Not to mention that I figured that if Hanson could do what they were doing, and at such a young age, I could do it as well. I was able to thank Hanson for giving my start as a hanfic writer when I met them just before their Sydney concert during their first Australian tour, back in 2005.

As for how long I’ve been writing? Twelve and a half years, if I count the first hanfic story I ever wrote during my summer break from high school. I’d never heard of fan fiction at the time, though, as I’d never used the Internet, so I basically consider my official start to have come in May 2002, after I discovered and realised that what I wrote actually had a name. So essentially, it’s been a little more than eight years.

Where do your ideas and inspiration come from?

To be honest? Everywhere, but music is my biggest inspiration. Real life also plays a big part as well. The Basement Tapes, which I started for NaNoWriMo 2009, is set in the city closest to where I live, and because I know the area more or less intimately it’s pretty easy to write. My project for the 2010 Boomerang Big Bang, Sisyphus Rising, was inspired by a fanvid of Firefly and Serenity that’s set to the 30 Seconds To Mars songs This Is War and 100 Suns.