The Darth Maul Estrogen Brigade Interview with Red Sith
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|Title:||The Darth Maul Estrogen Brigade Interview with Red Sith|
|Fandom(s):||Star Wars, Darth Maul|
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I think I've always wanted to write. About six years ago I met a writer named Sheri online. She's the first person who encouraged me to put the stories in my head down on paper, and then wonder of wonders, when I did she actually liked them! I'll never forget that first timid attempt and the terrific feeling of getting a positive response. Since then I've joined a local writers group, and although they don't critique what I write, just being around other writers is encouraging, especially being around those who are making a living at it. But my best support and encouragement comes from my friend Melissa, who's one hell of a beta reader, and who's also quite good at reminding me that I won't get anything written if I don't keep my butt in the chair.
Hmmm, by fondness do you mean something approaching my single-minded Maul obsessiveness? No, can't say that I have. Ok, I've liked other movie characters before, and I'll admit to a crush on Han Solo from the original Star Wars trilogy, and Kyle Reese from The Terminator. And let's not forget Fox Mulder and Alex Krycek from The X Files. But I've never seen a movie character before who so fascinated me that I'd spend every Saturday in the theater watching the same movie again and again. And no, I've never had this type of fondness for a character who wasn't exactly human.
The spark of the idea for "Emily" came from a market listing seeking stories where fictional characters cross over into the real world. Well, the fictional character I was obsessing over was Maul, so I started thinking about how Maul would really react if he suddenly found himself in our world. While I was mulling over the idea, I saw the Maul poster display in Sam Goody's at our local mall, and I thought about how rude it was for Maul not only to be cut in half in the movie, but here his life-size poster was cut in half as well. Added to all this was my hatred for the way Maul died in the movie -- such an out-of-character moment for him to have just stood there without even making a defensive move -- and my overwhelming desire to change what happened so Maul wouldn't have to die, and the basic plot for "Emily" was born. At 19,000 words, the end product was much too long for the publication that gave me the original idea. I'm happy the DMEB gave it a home, and I want to thank everyone who took the time to send feedback.