Interview with Sarah Irene

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Title: Interview with Sarah Irene
Interviewer: Bethany
Interviewee: Sarah Irene
Date(s): January 2012
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Hanson
External Links: January 2012 Author: Sarah Irene – Spotlights, Archived version
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In 2012, Sarah Irene 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?

About ten years. I’m twenty three years old, and I originally found fanfiction when I was about thirteen years old, completely by accident, at the local library. I can’t remember the name of the website anymore, unfortunately. I started writing in note books by hand around that age, as something to do, because we didn’t have the internet at home at that time. Around fourteen and fifteen, I discovered the famous Hanson Sweet Shoppe and started writing erotica into my fanfiction and posting it online. I used tripod and eventually joined Hanson Steam writing straight erotica when I was about sixteen or seventeen. I wrote for Steam for about a year and then I took a few years off, coming back into the scene in 2008 when I was studying in my first year at college. I discovered Zaylor that year, also.

You write het, slash and cest. Do you have a favorite genre of the three? How are they different (other than the obvious, haha)?

Hmm, the story lines definitely differ a little bit. I find that a lot of Zaylor gets stuck in certain patterns, and though they make great stories, I try to push the envelope in a different direction, lately. The same notion is what pushes me to write slash. I like creating original characters, such as Keaton in Breaking Free, and I also had a lot of fun with the non-related Zac in Breaking Free, featuring his relationship with high maintenance “Divapants”. I have a lot of fun with creativity in those genres. With straight, I find myself thinking nostalgically, and writing in more common patterns and themes, but trying to add unique twists to them. A lot of straight plots have been exhausted and I find that the audience is a lot smaller, so you really have to push the envelope, without stepping over too many lines.

I don’t think that I have a favourite of the three. I try to push myself to be unique in my story lines, and I have different ways of writing each genre and making them my own. I hate to sound like a perv, but I have a lot of fun writing erotica.

Where do your ideas and inspiration come from?

The ideas come randomly, for the most part, but sometimes are based on aspects of my life. I’ve written stories based on personal feelings, but more frequently now, it’s minor things; such as the way I base some of my characters on portions of my life. Characters have been art students, which is what I am studying. Zac in Flawed Design worked at Starbucks, which is where my closest friend is an assistant manager. There are subtle things about my stories that are personal. He swims, I swim. Small details and personality traits come from friends. Sometimes, they’re just me being silly, such as Divapants.

Other times, the ideas come at complete random. My story Faded features a female character narrative, where she feels taken for granted and under appreciated. I’ve never been in the situation myself, but one morning on my way to work, I saw a very stressed out woman juggling a bunch of kids at the convenience store I stopped for coffee at. For some reason, the moment lingered with me and I built on “What if things aren’t always what they seem”.

I try to be creative and unique. Also very provocative.