Our next interview in the Meet the Authors series here at Lucent Dusk is with someone I call friend: Fayth. Fayth graces the fanfiction community with high quality works filled with a wide range of fandoms, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Doctor Who, X men, The Tribe, Dark Angel, Supernatural, and Harry Potter. Read further to discover the depths of her fascination with sci-fi, and her tips to other writers!

Penname: Fayth

  • How long have you been writing?

    I’ve been making up stories since I was about four. One of my earliest memories is scaring the next door neighbour with tales of the Ivy that grew between our houses as belonging to the ‘Black Claw’ who’d climb into our rooms to suffocate us. I have also been getting into trouble for that long.

    I first started writing when I was about 12 in English Class but didn’t take it seriously until my first year of University, in 2000.

  • What first got you interested in writing fanfiction?

    When I arrived at University I’d never used the internet before and had to get familiar with it for my classes. I started by surfing sites of my favourite shows and stumbled onto fanfiction completely by accident. I read some great stuff and I read some truly appalling stuff and thought- ‘I could do better than that’. So I did.

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

    When I first started I was into Buffy fanfiction and so was heavily influenced by the authors that I originally found. I was spellbound by Inell who wrote some fantastic stories and really got me hooked onto Spillow (Spike/ Willow) which was where I started out. She showed me that it was okay to write for multi-fandoms and to really fall in love with your characters. Through Spillow I met Feen who showed me that NC 17 wasn’t something to be scared of (although one of her fics still makes me blush!). Princess Incognito helped me see that I could be witty without going slapstick.

    There are also some authors who, when I read them, I tend to pick up more tricks about style and form, characterisation and language; WendyMyr in Doctor Who, Abigail Reynolds in Pride and Prejudice and Zacbele in Dark Angel.

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

    I’ve written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Doctor Who, X men, The Tribe, Dark Angel, Supernatural, and Harry Potter.

    I love the realms of possibility in Sci-Fi that you don’t usually get in other shows. You can extend the bounds of reality and really go for it with Sci- Fi. Whether it’s making up aliens and home worlds, travelling in time and trying to put yourself in different time periods or using magic and humans with untapped powers there is just so much scope for imagination. Also the shows I write for tend to have some very interesting characters with depth and fascinating backgrounds, exploring these is just fantastic.

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

    Tough question. The fic which gives me the most satisfaction is probably the Left Behind series, basically because it was not only the biggest undertaking that I’ve ever done but I actually finished it! It started off with a one small multi chapter fic—the first I’d done—which then spawned a sequel, a parallel, a sequel to the sequel and a sequel to the parallel. So in all there ended up being five stories. It was the first story where I had original characters and they kind of took over the main story, they were developed and rounded and flawed and I loved each and every single one. I lived and breathed them for years and sobbed when I finished the story.

    From a more lyrical point of view I adore Glowing (Firefly) and Olenovain (Doctor Who). I count them as some of my favourite work.

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

    It’s a toss up between Willow and River.

    Willow Rosenberg was me at 15, shy and insecure with so much untapped potential. It was often painful to write for her and I put her through a lot of angst of “Nobody loves me because I’m not good enough,” because that’s how I felt at the time. If you read ‘Breaking Alone’ and ‘Enough is Enough’ you’ll see what I mean.

    River (Firefly) is my favourite because her thought processes are so mixed up that you can get away with being as mad as you want. It’s like writing poetry for the insane—love it.

  • 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?

    I read anything but again love Sci-Fi. Fave authors include J. D Robb, Tamora Pierce, Terry Pratchett, Georgette Heyer, Jeff Lindsay (you have to read Darkly Dreaming Dexter right now, go on, I’ll wait…), Charlaine Harris, Jane Austen, Max Allan Collins (Best novelisation writer ever), J. K Rowling, P.G Wodehouse, Lewis Carroll, to name a few.

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

    Yes, often. I would love to write a full length novel and have loads of ideas, but it’s the time and effort factor that I can’t get past. :)

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

    When I post original fics they are at my live journal.

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

    I have a few methods. I try to leave what I’m doing and write something else- which is why I have so many unfinished fics. I use the “give me a prompt” and I just write what comes to me with the word. Or I put my media player on random and write a small story about the next song to come on (especially fun for some of the mixes I have on that- try to write a fic for Honkytonkbadonkadonk!)

    Failing that I read Write by Sarah Quigley. She has some great ideas to get you started again.

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

    Put a piece of yourself into your writing. People say write what you know but I say write what you feel. If you can identify with one characteristic of who you are writing about it makes it flow so much better.

    Willow got my insecurities and Spike had my sarcasm. River got my psychosis. Max got my bitch queen gene and Alec got my confidence. Rose gets my sense of adventure, the Doctor my hero complex. Logan got my loner qualities and Rogue got my love of bad boys. And, of course, Jayne gets my gruff mercenary manliness. :)

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

    Shakespeare. I would just love to know if he actually wrote them, after all the controversy. From fiction, I think I’d like to meet the Doctor- just because I loved some of the adventures he went though, although he would get bitch-slapped for whining so much…and for Reinette. [Garg Note: Amen to that!]

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

    Pirates. Come on, any band that has Captain Jack Sparrow as one of their members wins in cool points.

    Ninjas do have the basic black ensemble sorted out but how wussy are they when it comes to being shot? Hyah, hyah kapoof. Duh.

    Zombies? Flaky skin is just not cool; one word Moisturise.

Have you read Fayth'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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