Interview with Chelsi

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Title: Interview with Chelsi
Interviewer: Bethany
Interviewee: Chelsi
Date(s): April 2011
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Hanson
External Links: April 2011 Author: Chelsi – Spotlights, Archived version
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In 2011, Chelsi was interviewed by Bethany for the spotlights section of her website

See others in the series at Interview Series.

Some Excerpts

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

I started writing regular stories when I was about eight or so. Then when I was around fourteen or fifteen, I found Hanson fiction and I dove in, reading everything I could find. It was during that time that I tinkered with my very first hanfic story because it seemed like a natural next step. When it didn’t really go anywhere, I let it go but continued reading, and eventually I started writing stuff again, showing friends, and putting them up online on my geocities website. I guess I started writing it because I thought it was really cool to be able to “see” glimpses into the lives of the boys that I wouldn’t get to see otherwise (even if they were fictional glimpses). I think that’s still my biggest motivation in writing fanfic.

You write Tokio Hotel fic too. How is that different from hanfic?

I think the biggest difference is the band members themselves. The dynamics of the two bands are so completely different, the way they interact, the way they get along, the issues that they deal with. In everything I write, even though it’s fiction, I like to make sure that there’s at least a little bit of realism in it, so I pick up on those little nuances between band members. In Tokio Hotel, two of the four members aren’t related at all, so that adds something new to the combination. And the two members who are related are identical twins, so that adds a completely different aspect to the band dynamic than Ike, Tay, and Zac have. It’s a completely different world.

I write about Hanson when I need to fall back on something familiar and comfortable. I write Tokio Hotel when I want to explore new things, and experiment with different situations. Maybe one day I’ll start experimenting with the guys like I do with Tokio Hotel, and throw them into crazy, off the wall situations. 😉

Which stories are you most proud of having written?

I was really proud of “Between State Lines” when I finished it because it was my very first NaNoWriMo attempt, and I did it with flying colors. I loved the story and the characters and all of it. I was also really proud of finishing my Big Bang story, “The End of Forever,” from this past year because I hadn’t written more than a Hanson oneshot in years, and it was a heavy subject matter, but I managed to fight my way through it and complete it, and I thought it turned out decently.