1. What was the first fanfic you ever wrote?
My first Fanfic was a little fun one-shot called Personal Space. It was posted on Fanfiction.net in May 2010, and it really was the first step on a long and wonderful road for me. (Including drabbles, I now have 714 stories posted on FF.net.)
2. Is there anything you regret writing?
Not one thing in particular, but when I look back at some of my really early stories, I cringe at the voices and language in them. I have the Winchester boys saying words like 'shag' and 'bloody hell', doing two-fingered salutes and sounding about as un-American as it's possible to be!
3. Name a fic you’ve written that you’re especially fond of & explain why you like it.
My favourite fic of my own is and always will be Wish You Were Here. I got the opportunity to give the boys, and Dean in particular, two weeks of real joy and well-deserved relaxation. It's about 30,000 words and I rattled through it in about three weeks because I was so engaged with it.
4. What fic do you desperately need to rewrite or edit?
I have a fic called Finding Bambi. I set out to write it as a pure hurt/comfort story, and I absolutely love what I did with the hurt comfort element of it, however, about halfway through, and completely out of line with my plan, I decided to introduce a supernatural element. Now, when I read back, the supernatural element feels forced and like it doesn't belong, and I really don't like it. I long to rewrite it back to how I originally envisioned it - as a pure hurt comfort tale.
5. What’s your most popular fanfic?
My migraine hurt/comfort one-shot, Just a... has somehow managed to attract around 200 kudos. This is about ten tiimes more than any of my others!
6. How do you come up with your fanfic titles?
I don't have a formula for thinking up titles; they tend to come to me after I've written, but just occasionally a title will come to me during or even before I've started writing. Usually, I find thinking up titles quite easy, but every now and again my mind goes blank!
7. What do you hate more: Coming up with titles or writing summaries?
If I'm going to struggle with something, it'll probably be a title
8. If someone were to draw a piece of fanart for your story, which story would it be and what would the picture be of?
I've been lucky enough to get amazing art done for several of my stories, and I love all of them. I have a fairly old fic about a kelpie called Stalking Horse which has never been illustrated, so that would be a nice one to get art for.
9. Do you have a beta reader? Why/Why not?
I don't have a specific beta, and don't use one as a general rule, but I have occasionally asked friends to look over a piece of writing if there's anything in it that I'm not confident about. For instance, I did ask a friend to beta the one and only slash I've ever written, because I definitely wasn't confident about that! In my early years as a fanfic writer, I did ask a nice American lady who was one of my regular readers if she would look over my work before I posted it, specifically to pick out any words/phraseology that was too British//not American enough. Why don't I use a beta generally? (Sorry if this sounds arrogant) I have a lot of faith in my ability as a writer, and I always make a point of looking over my work with a fresh pair of eyes the day after, or at least a few hours after I wrote it. Ultimately, I'm very comfortable with posting it as it is.
10. What inspires you to write?
Supernatural is what inspired me to get back into creative writing, and I will always be grateful to it for rthat.
11. What’s the nicest thing someone has ever said about your writing?
When someone tells me I've got the boys' characterisations or voices right, or that something I've written feels like it's come straight out of an actual episode, that always makes me very happy. As a Brit writing American dialogue for American characters, it's wonderful to hear I'm doing it right.
12. Do you listen to music when you write or does music inspire you? If so, which band or genre of music does it for you?
No, when I write, I like silence. Music is a distraction for me, not an inspiration.