Q: XWP fan fic has created
a mythology all of its own - separate from the TV show. Do you find in
your own writing that you try to stay true to the series or have you also
added to the fan fic mythology?
That's hard to say. I've made a point to include
characters of different cultures in my work (especially Kosima the Romany)
and thus different mythologies. I really try to stay true to the characterizations
we see every week; however, since my work is mostly about Joxer, we get
a lot more character development on his behalf. The Black Horse trilogy
is about Joxer's transformation into a true gentleman and hero, without
any spells or outside influences. In a lot of ways, people would say it's
far-fetched, but I think it's totally credible. As for the actual mythology,
there's quite an element of fantasy in my stories inspired by numerous fantasy
and romance classics.
Q: Many readers feel that the
fan fic often surpasses the TV series in its appeal. What are your thoughts
on this? Do you find yourself attracted to themes which are not normally
explored on the TV show?
Yes, definitely. I've read some stories that have
literally brought tears to my eyes. I've read gems that make you wonder
why trash like "King Con" ever made it to the big screen. Fan fiction is
more fun than the actual show since the sky's the limit. One can write
whatever he or she chooses, from the sublime to the ridiculous. I've written
the gamut from silly parody (Aphrodite's Secret) to heavy war drama (You
and No Other.) I also enjoy writing since I really get to flesh out Joxer
as a character; we see more of his true nature as in "A Family Affair"
or "A Comedy of Eros." I also include a developing relationship between
Gabrielle and Joxer, which has caused some to cheer and some to jeer. I
leave it up to the individual reader.
Q: Do you read fan fic written
by others. If so, do you have any favorite authors? Have you been influenced
Yes, but I've read so many BAD stories that I find
it harder and harder to search for the good ones. One in ten stories is
a very good story. There aren't enough pro-Joxer bards out there, but our
numbers are growing. My personal favorite authors include Natasha Lake,
Nancy Lorenz, Phil Hernandez, and M'Lu, among others. I was definitely
inspired by Natasha's work, and many have remarked how similar Phil's and
my own style are. Truly, though, I think I've developed a unique style
based on a good solid tale with subtle humor and witty wordplay. Think
Piers Anthony with a good dose of Twain.
Q: Of the stories you have
written which is your personal favorite and why?
I have several, but the one of which I'm most proud
is "Kosi fan Tutte" simply because Kosima is my original creation. Other
than that, "Anastasios" is my favorite since it was the first story I ever
wrote, plus it got me addicted to writing fanfic. It's very addictive,
and I haven't stopped since!
Q: How is the writing process
for you? What is your "philosophy" of writing? Where do you get your ideas
from? Do you pen a story in one sitting or have to work over several weeks?
I have a nasty habit of starting more things than
I can finish. Currently I have about ten ideas in storage, and basically
if I think of something new I have to write down at least part of it. Usually
I just sit down and let my personal muse talk for me, and it tends to turn
out fairly well. I NEVER edit except for grammatical errors, so what you
see is the original. I get ideas from many sources: movies, a passage in
a poem, maybe just a beautiful sunset. Like any writer, ideas come from
everywhere (ie, the end of Anastasios is a direct takeoff from Beauty and
the Beast.) The Black Horse trilogy has taken almost a year; whereas a
vignettes like Aphrodite's Secret is written in a single sitting.
Q: Any other words for your
I offer my encouragement to all would-be bards, particularly
pro-Joxer bards. Dont' be shy; there are plenty of outlets for you. After
all, everyone starts as a beginner, and the more you write, the better
you'll get. Write from the heart and just see what comes out. Bard on,