The Darker Side of Sunnydale Interview with Jacqui

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Title: The Darker Side of Sunnydale Interview with Jacqui
Interviewee: Jacqui
Date(s): 2001
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Angel and Buffy
External Links: full interview is here; reference link
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Jacqui was interviewed for The Darker Side of Sunnydale, a Buffy site.
[On killing Willow in a fic]: It's a combination of things, really. I know this may sound odd, but sometimes I get in a really angsty mood and I think "I really need to make a character suffer." In this case, it was Buffy. I was trying to think of something that would really send Buffy over the edge, something that she wouldn't get over in a week. You see that so often in television, something incredibly life changing happens and nothing actually changes. I was listening to the "Boys on the Side" soundtrack, and that has the song "Willow" on it (which I put in the fic) and the idea just clicked. She's Buffy's best friend, she plays a major part in Buffy's support system and I also savoured the thought of killing off one of the show's most likeable characters. You always hear that Buffy is what people want to be, but Willow is who everyone relates to. You're right, too, she is one of my favourites. Originally, the fic was about three little parts long, very short and only had the funeral and a little bit of angst. Then, it didn't seem real, so I stretched it out longer, gave Buffy some more time to recover, gave her some anger and confusion and bitterness. It still wasn't right, though, and I'd gone off on this incredibly idiotic tangent that I had to pull back from, it took away from the seriousness that was the point of the whole fic. So I trimmed it again, made some changes, and there you go. I don't think I'll ever be satisfied, I look at it now and think of countless little changes I'd like to make.
Routines? No... I'm one of those people you see on the train with a notebook and a pen, scribbling away, I take them with me everywhere, because I get ideas at the strangest of times. I once wrote this story which was a heavy piece of smut, really, and I actually wrote it on the train in peak hour, surrounded by strangers. It was an odd experience, to say the least. It depends what mood I'm in. Sometimes I like to write strictly pen to paper and then others I type directly into the computer. I've been working on a novel for a while, at least I *was* working on it. It's gotten pushed back behind anything and everything, I've been thinking about rehashing it.
You want me to name just one [favorite authors/stories]? Or even just a few? That's hard. I'd have to say Robin Nance as a writer (she hasn't written for Buffy yet, but she's written some great stuff). The obligatory Kris Walberg with the Transformations Trilogy, I mean, who hasn't read it and loved it? Anybody who has ever received feedback from me. It's widely known that I'm a feedback slut, I'll do anything for it, but I rarely give it. So, if I've ever written to you, it's because I've loved your fic.

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