This time we are getting up close and personal and fanfic author Emania. A consummate author since the age of 3, she has written fics for the Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, and Teen Titans fandoms. Read on to hear what she has to say about reading, writing, and the lessons one can learn from the enjoying the works of others.

Penname: Emania

  • How long have you been writing?

    I’ve been writing since before I knew how to write. I would make up stories in my head all the time and tell them to my cousins or friends. As to how long I’ve been putting stories down on paper, I don’t remember, but my grandmother has stories of mine written on notebooks from when I was in 3rd grade and in 4th grade, I entered a writing competition at my local youth fair and won first place. (The first money I ever made from my writing. A check for $5 was the prize.)

  • What first got you interested in writing fanfiction?

    I always wanted to see certain storylines continued in cartoons and movies that didn’t get done, so I would come up with the story of how it could go in my head. I didn’t write them down until I was in a creative writing class in high school and my friend and I had an assignment to write a story and we did it to Sailor Moon. After that, it was all downhill when she told me there were communities online for people to post their fics.

  • Are there any fanfic authors that have influenced your own writing? If so, who are they and what do they write?

    Every fandom of fanfic that I’ve been involved in has had incredibly talented writers that have taught me things about the fandom and I’ve met many writers who have been so far advanced in writing particular genres like comedy or angst or action.

  • What are your favorite shows to write fiction for? What about these shows lend themselves to the creative exercise of fanfiction?

    Currently, I’m in the midst of a Teen Titans kick. I’ve been on this kick for quite a while, and I still have stories to finish, and stories in my head to be started for this fandom, so I think I’m going to be sticking here for awhile.

  • Which of your stories is your personal favorite? Why?

    Of the Inuyasha fandom, I think Lullaby is my favorite because of the personal connection to it. In the Teen Titan fandom, I should probably say It Only Takes A Moment since it’s probably my most popular, but I think, most recently a favorite of mine, is one of the one-shots I’ve done called Silent Night.

  • Who is your all time favorite character to write for? Why?

    Probably Raven, because she’s so complex and has so many facets to explore.

  • It is an old adage that the best writers are also readers. What types of books do you read, and who are some of your favorite authors?

    My all time favorite author is Shakespeare. Lately, I’ve been on a Jane Austen kick, re-reading all of her books. I like the classics, some mysteries, although not too many, some horrors, but they should all be character-oriented as opposed to strictly plot oriented. I’ll enjoy any book if I like the characters. Other authors I like are Jasper Fforde, I really have a lot of fun reading Charlaine Harris and Mary Janice Davidson’s books are such hilarious crack. I liked Laurell K. Hamilton for my horror fix, but I’ve been disappointed recently.

  • Have you tried your hand at original fiction? Do you have any aspirations with regards to original fiction?

    I have. I’ve written a lot of original fiction in a few different genres and for a few different reasons, including contests, personal enjoyment, and classes. As for aspirations: I always hope that anything I submit to a publisher or contest gets recognition, although I haven’t had anything lately that I feel is publish-worthy, so I haven’t submitted. I would love it if something of mine were to become published.

  • If you have written original fiction, is there anywhere we can go to read it?

    There is one posted on my dA page, called Touched. It’s the only piece of original fiction that I’ve ever posted.

  • How do you conquer the problem of writer's block?

    Generally music. I set up a playlist that I feel stands for the emotions or scenario I’m stuck on and play those songs on repeat, and just let myself feel the moment, try to see it in my head. If I can see it in my head, figuring out what words to put down on the screen is a lot easier. If that doesn’t work, I just move on to a different project and try to write in that, thinking it’s better to break the block and write something, as opposed to keep trying to write something that isn’t coming and keep feeling stuck. The feeling stuck, as far as I’m concerned, is the biggest problem with writer’s block, because you tend to psyche yourself out.

  • Have you discovered any tips or tricks that help with your writing that you would like to share with our readers?

    a. Share with other people. Get betas or friends who would just read your story for you.

    b. Learn to take constructive criticism well. If you can never allow someone to criticize your work and learn from what they’re saying, you will never improve and will always remain stagnant in one style of writing or one method of producing that work. You don’t always have to take their advice at face value, but at the very least, if people keep pointing out that they don’t like one particular facet of your story or plot, then consider WHY they don’t like it, and try to adapt it so that it satisfies both your particular vision of what it should be, and the reader’s perception of it.

  • If you could meet any one person from history or fiction, who would it be and why?

    I always suck at answering this question. I have a history minor from college, so I know a lot of people that I would love to meet. It’s hard to pick just one. And when you add fiction into the mix, that’s nearly impossible to decide.

  • Which has the greatest coolest factor - Ninjas, pirates, or zombies? Why?

    Heh. Someone asked me this question before. I think after much deliberation, my answer was ninjas. Zombies I discounted off the bat. I’d hate to have to keep their brain habit fed and rotting corpses always stink up the place. There’s nothing cool about their lumbering about everwhere, either. Pirates have the whole freedom thing going for them and the bad boy appeal and charm. But they have the tendency not to bathe and to have loose morals and although sometimes loose morals are fun, if you can never trust the person, that’s bad. So, I guess Ninjas would have to be it. They have a strict code they follow, they kick ass, and they’re clean. Presumably, they don’t smell, either.

Have you read Emania's stories? What did you think of them? Do you have a comment on any of her answers? Let us know!

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