Interview with Jenny

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Title: Interview with Jenny
Interviewer: Bethany
Interviewee: Jenny
Date(s): January 2013
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Hanson
External Links: January 2013 Author: Jenny – Spotlights, Archived version
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In 2013, Jenny 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?

For four years I was only a reader. The very first story I read was Kerry’s Lost Without Each Other-trilogy which a friend of mine recommended to me. And… surprise, surprise, it completely floored me (and made me fall in love with Zaylor, haha!)! So, after that, I literally read EVERYTHING I could come across. It was a little insane for a while there, to be honest. But one day in 2008 I stumbled across Ali’s fic What If. I started to read it, and… there was something about the way she wrote that inspired me. I remember that I felt her passion through the words on my computer screen, and it seemed so much fun. So, I began to write a little piece here and a little piece there. Nothing big. By the way, my stories have never been anything close to “big”. lol I’m 200% sure that I write the shortest stories in the universe. Like, seriously. I envy those who can write 8000-words-or-more chapters (like Kerry) and still keep the flow.

What’s it like being part of a mostly American fandom when you aren’t?

I’ve never really thought about that, until now. lol It… has never been a problem for me. I’ve always loved to talk and write in English, so it’s pretty perfect. It can be a little difficult at times, though. Especially when you’re writing and you don’t know the culture that well, or the country itself, to make it believable for the reader. But we do have Internet in Sweden too, so it mostly work out in the end anyway. The language is a struggle at times, too. I shouldn’t lie about that. But after almost ten years of reading and writing in English on a daily basis, I think I’m getting better and better at it. The grammar can still be a bitch though. But if I tell people that English isn’t my first language, they are very understanding. Which, I’m very thankful for.

Favorite songs to listen to while you write or which inspire your writing?

Sadly, I’m not one of those people who have a list of songs they’re always listening to when they’re writing. I wish I was, though. But, I NEED my music. I tend to look for something acoustic. Like; Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill Acoustic or Skin And Bones by The Foo Fighters. I just love the feeling of acoustic tunes when I’m in the writing mood. There’s something so soothing about them.