Twenty-Seven Grilled Bards and One Reviewer: Missy Good

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Title: Twenty-Seven Grilled Bards and One Reviewer: Missy Good
Interviewee: Missy Good
Date(s): July 16, 1998
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Xena: Warrior Princess
External Links: full interview is here, Archived version
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Twenty-Seven Grilled Bards and One Reviewer: Missy Good is a 1998 Xena: Warrior Princess fan interview at Whoosh!.


For others in this series, see Whoosh! Interview Series.

Some Excerpts

I just get these pictures in my head, and I'm forced to write them down. It's fun, and relaxing, and it's interesting to post them on the internet and get responses to them.

I try to write stories that combine action, and relationship - where I can explore different questions as seen through Gabrielle's or Xena's eyes, and reveal new facets of their lives, and their relationship with each other. If that comes out as romantic, cool.. but I don't go into a story thinking "Ok, how can I arrange it so they end up in bed together?" That (ending up in bed together) was never a goal of any of the stories - not even Distance, which has, minor though it was, their first time sleeping together. It's just never been a focus - not that it doesn't happen, it does - but even when I was writing Distance, I never thought of it as a 'first time' story.

Do we pander to the audience? Lots of folks have spoken out on that one... whether we write what we write because it gets good response, and maybe we avoid certain topics because they get bad response, and to that, I'd have to say... I dunno. Maybe - I don't know that there is anyone out there writing who does it specifically to get response, though maybe there are people who do that. I think people who get burned because they do touch on sensitive topics probably don't do it again. I know when I'm writing I don't ever think... gee, I'd better not do that because people might freak out, but I do have my own rules for writing Xena fanfic, and they start off with Rule number 1 - All stories must have a happy ending.