Interview with Rhoda Nightingale

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Title: Interview with Rhoda Nightingale
Interviewer: Bethany
Interviewee: Rhoda Nightingale
Date(s): September 2016
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Hanson
External Links: September 2016 Author: Rhoda Nightingale – Spotlights, Archived version
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In 2016, Rhoda Nightingale 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?

“Why” is such a difficult question. I’ve been making up stories about my favorite actors, musicians, and fictional characters for as long as I can remember. When I was really little, I called them “imaginary friends” and went on make-believe adventures with them. When that changed into me writing things down and calling them “characters” instead, I couldn’t say. My first Hanfic story probably got rolling around 1997, although that one was never posted anywhere, and it eventually turned into this sci-fi epic that barely resembles what it once was.

You’re working on some original fiction as well. How is that different from hanfic?

Well in my case, the biggest difference is no one sees it except my writing workshop, betas, and the agents and publishers I send it to. Also, original fiction can go slower because there’s no one commenting on individual chapters and pushing me to know what happens next. In both cases I have trouble with procrastination, having way more ideas than time to actually flesh them all out, and getting distracted by “research.” (I’m procrastinating on another story RIGHT NOW.)

What are your favorite hanfic stories and authors?

The Quiet One” still holds a special place in my heart, as does Krystal. She was one of the first people to actually read my stuff and give me feedback, and I loved that her imagination was as twisted as mine was. She’s one of those rare people who can blend horror, humor and everyday slice-of-life stuff. There’s always “Walls/Roads”–a classic by most standards, I reckon. And one called “Death and the Rock Star” that’s a crossover starring Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels that I liked a lot. As far as the more recent stuff, I haven’t been reading widely, but I’m really digging Asphodelia’s “Innocents” series. The world-building she put into it is phenomenal.