WriterCon Q&A: Martha Wells

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Title: WriterCon Q&A: Martha Wells
Interviewer: Scarlett Girl
Interviewee: Martha Wells
Date(s): May 19, 2009
Medium: online
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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In 2009, Martha Wells was interviewed for WriterCon.


Some Excerpts

[I realized I wanted to be a writer]: Very early on. When I was a kid, I used to try to write stories, and draw maps of fantasy worlds, usually based on things like Land of the Giants and Godzilla and other monster movies that were on TV. After I started college, I wrote fanfic that was published in Star Wars fanzines, and also started going to SF/F writers workshops. I sent out a lot of stories to magazines, but I didn't sell anything until I wrote The Element of Fire, a few years after I graduated.
[My first fandom]: Original trilogy Star Wars. Around the time The Empire Strikes Back came out, I saw an ad for a fanzine in the back of Starlog Magazine. It was for Facets, which I believe was the first Harrison Ford fanzine. I ordered it, then found other zines from the flyers that came with it. I'd already been to my first SF/F con -- I somehow persuaded my parents to take me and a friend to ArmadilloCon in Austin, I don't remember how -- so I've been involved in both media fandom and general SF/F fandom since I was around 15 or 16.
["My" fandom]: Stargate: Atlantis, though because of personal issues I had to stop my fandom participation late last year.
[Most rewarding fandom experience]: Finally getting to go to MediaWestCon with friends, and selling home-made zines out of our room and the dealer's room, staying up all night watching VHS tapes of our shows, building elaborate door decorations, and basically having the best slumber party ever.