This week's author has plenty on her shelf to keep you entertained, meet WildwingSuz. With 130 stories published on A03, you'll be busy for a while! WildwingSuz tackles all kinds of topics from werewolves, to an a/u of Mulder and Scully as old-time private investigators, to the effects "all things" has on Mulder and Scully's relationship. And if you're looking for something more, er, adult, well let's just say you'll find plenty of that as well!
We talked with WildwingSuz about writing and The X-Files.
How long have you been a Phile?
I didn’t watch the X-Files until 2008, although I was aware of the show when it aired. Everyone who knew me told me to watch it, but I was raising 3 children by myself and couldn’t afford a VHS to record episodes. Then my friend Silke mentioned that I should watch it in 2008 and I began renting the DVDs from Netflix. I watched the entire 9 seasons in 8 months, working full-time during most of it.
What was your first episode?
The pilot. I was instantly addicted.
How long have you been writing fic?
Since I finished watching the entire series, November of 2008. I feel very bad that I missed the heyday of XF fanfic, though I certainly enjoy reading all the stories.
What inspired you to start writing?
I used to write ST:TOS fanfiction in the 1980s, and I have written several novels, one of which was published. When I started reading fanfic on Gossamer, I realized that I could do it, too.
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Who is your favorite XF character to write?
That’s a hard one. Probably Mulder, though I love seeing through Scully’s eyes just as much.
Are there any XF characters you dislike or find too difficult to write?
Krycek. I like the character, I just can’t identify with him. He only has 5 minutes in one of my stories.
Is there a story you're most proud of or that's a favorite?
"Eyes Wide Open." I think it’s one of the finest things I’ve ever written, fanfic or not.
Where can people find your work, and what's the best way to send feedback?
Do you take fic prompts from fans?
I do. I’ve written six or seven, I think. A particular favorite is "The Best Part," which was written as a birthday gift.
Have you written your own original characters outside of fandom?
Yes. I have one book published, "The House on the Mountain" (a ghost story), and several more I’m still shopping around. The characters in my story "Shapeshifter" are from a trunk novel I wrote back in the 1980's which will never see the light of day--it’s awful. But it was fun revisiting that world.
Anything you’d like to share about your writing process?
When I get an idea I jot it down, and if it sticks with me I work on it. It depends on what gets caught in my mental filter. I have almost 150 story ideas waiting to see if I’m going to do anything with them.
Do you have a favorite author? (fanfic or published!)
I’ve been a major Stephen King fan since I was 13 and given the novel "Carrie" for my birthday. As for fanfic, my friend Mimic117 is THE best.
Is there any advice you'd give to aspiring writers?
As Scully said, Don’t Give Up. And always use a beta reader or editor.
Anything else you'd like to share that I missed?
I’m 6 months younger than the character of Mulder, which is probably why I can write the 1990's so well. Also, all my friends call me Scully because I’m such a skeptic.
Thanks to WildwingSuz for talking with us!