Our next contestant in the Meet the Authors series at Lucent Dusk is Pareathe, a writer with over 20 years of experience under the belt. Primarily focusing on the Inuyasha, Dragon Ball Z, and Prince of Tennis fandoms, Pareathe admits to a love of fantasy. Read further to discover the inspirations that influence the writing of Pareathe!

Penname: Pareathe

  • How long have you been writing?

    Over 20 years now...wow, I feel old admitting that!

  • What first got you interested in writing fanfiction?

    I used to write primarily poetry and felt my prose needed serious work. To do that I decided to try finishing stories I felt were incomplete when they "concluded." Little did I know fanfiction would be the best practice I could get for moving into original works later on, which had always been my ultimate dream.

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

    If so, who are they and what do they write? There were several actually. Syldana comes to mind first because her fanfiction is still always my favorite to read, even on series I've never seen. And there's Anna, who writes some of the most interesting Harry Potter fanfiction I've ever read.

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

    I've written mostly for DBZ, InuYasha, and now Prince of Tennis. And in any fandom I choose to write, it's always the characters and their interaction which draws me to write fanfic. I'm fascinated by interpersonal relationships and misunderstood character types.

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

    My baby of all my babies will always be The Ones They Take For Granted, because I managed to pull of a romantic DBZ pairing that a) had honestly not been done before, and b) made it work even when I had my doubts more than once. So that's still my crown jewel, as it were.

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

    So far it's been Goku from DBZ, but I'd love to take a shot at digging into Naruto's heart of hearts, or perhaps play with a few of the Haruhi characters. I'm enjoying the PoT guys right now though.

  • 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?

    It's true! And I'll read anything, literally. Madeline L'Engle and A Wrinkle in Time will always be my favorite book of all time. Followed closely by R.A. Salvatore's Legend of Drizzt series, anything John Saul, Poppy Z. Brite, or Stephen King's In Writing..., non-fiction (particularly history-oriented), etc.... I could go on for days.

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

    I have, and I did complete one novel-length manuscript. It's not bad, if I do say so myself.

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

    It's posted at Fictionpress under the same penname I use everywhere.

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

    Writer's block is something I have yet to conquer. When the words aren't there, I'm completely stuck until they come back. And thankfully they always have.

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

    Stick with what you know and don't ever turn away constructive criticism, no matter how much it stings. You'll learn more from the one reader who tells you what's wrong than the hundreds that dote on what's right.

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

    No doubt, it would be Drizzt Do'Urden from Salvatore's Legend of Drizzt series. He's just an onion begging to be peeled!

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

    Undoubtably ninjas. Anyone can cut off a leg and attach a wooden pole, and everybody dies. Depending on your theology, people die over and over and still come back all the time. But doing cool ninja stuff? That's specialized work that only a select few can master. I applaud them and, maybe someday, will write about them too.

Have you read Pareathe'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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