Interview with Nat

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

See others in the series at Interview Series.

Some Excerpts

I’ve been writing stories ever since I was little, but I started writing fanfiction in junior high. My best friend and I would spend hours poring over our BSB and N’Sync stories. I used to read Hanfic online back in 1997, but didn’t try my hand at writing it myself until I became ‘reacquainted’ with Hanson in 2003. I searched online, was so excited to see that people were still writing Hanfic, and immediately started my own. For a long time, I pretty much just wrote stories that my best friend and I would read because I was too scared to make them public. I had a little Angelfire site that I didn’t tell anyone about, and that was that. But then I got the idea for Damn It. It was then that I knew I was ready to start putting myself out there. I started a new website and took the initial steps towards advertising the story. After a few chapters had been posted on LiveJournal and it had started developing a bit of a following, Brittney offered me a hosted website, and the rest is history!
My all-time favorite Hanfic is By Appointment Only by London and Ivey. The plot was unique, the characters (including the OFCs) were incredibly believable and real, and the steamy moments were, well, freaking awesome. There are many other stories and authors that I have loved, followed, and reread over the years, both finished and unfinished, like Infinite, When It All Falls Apart, Holy Scrubs, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, etc. etc. etc. There are so many wonderful people and fantastic writers in this fandom. I’ve had many friends over the years, some of whom have since disappeared, but the stories that they have left behind are wonderful additions to the world of Hanfic.
Every story is different in this regard, but for the most part, I just get a tiny little wisp of an idea and it unfolds and grows and becomes a story. With Damn It, I just had the idea for the very beginning of the story with Esme self-consciously thinking to herself in the library, with Starter it was a drabble, and with Revelations I had the entire overall arc of the story just pop into my head. It’s always different, and it comes from the most random places. I wish that I could be a little more concise here, but it’s the truth!
Every story I’ve written holds a special place in my heart, but I have to say that Revelations and You Irritate Me are the two stories I’m most proud of. Revelations was the story that I just had to write. I don’t know why, but something about it was just shouting at me and wouldn’t shut up. I needed to tell the story of this crazy Taylor and his journey through self-discovery. As I was writing, I didn’t have an exorbitant amount of feedback on it, but I didn’t care because I was writing it for myself. But the response that I’ve gotten since finishing it has been fantastic, and it has been so nice that other people loved the story as much as I do. It wasn’t always easy to write, and I knew that I was taking a gamble with the subject matter. But I’m really glad that people have given it a chance, even those who don’t normally read slash fics.