This particular survey was filled out in 2008, so yes, some of the details are old and may have changed since then. ~~ Kim
What is your first real name?
What name do you write under?
Shawn or Shawn30 at fanfiction.net
Why did you choose that name?
Well, after the extreme badness I chose
to simply write under my first name. Kinda like Prince, only without
What was your first thought upon discovering fan fiction existed?
MY GOD TOMMY AND KIM JUST HAD SEX AND I READ IT! Seriously, I was
just staring at the screen in disbelief.
When and why did you start writing?
I was late to the computer world
and only got my first one just after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
debuted in 1999. I came across stories that went so far beyond the
fandoms movies and TV show plot lines that it was like a moth to a
flame. Suddenly their worlds opened up like never before.
Did you tell anyone outside the Internet that you were about to start
writing? If so, who and what was their reaction?
Only my best friend,
Vahn. His reply was, what the hell is fanfic, lol.
What fandoms do you write for?
Power Rangers, Star Wars prequels, and
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Describe your writing area in detail?
I have a two-story white desk
area with a kick-ass HP 820 Intell VIiv technology Pentium D
processor. Comparing this computer to my old one is like comparing
Optimus Prime to My Little Pony. I have a photo of my fiancé and my
son, a black cordless phone, a GQ magazine with Jessica Beil on the
cover, and a stack of folders both work related and filled with
fanfic notes and outlines. My area is in the back of my bedroom. Its
messy, cluttered, and perfect.
What do you love about writing your fanfic?
Being able to truly open
up the characters and the universes to infinite possibilities. Being
able to entertain and touch people, while enjoying the thrill of
creating something in a world you already love with characters who
move you. And I love the idea of doing big, crazy storylines
sometimes. And I love the naughty stuff too, lol.
Favorite fast food?
Wendy's Jalapeño Double Cheese Burger
What state or country do you live in?
Age, only if you want *smile*
33, lol. Yeah, I'm old now. (This was posted in 2008, so you can do the math from there)
What sort of stories reach you the most and inspire you to write?
Ones that humanize the characters. That pulls them down to Earth
closer to us. We all love drama, romance, action and all that. But I
love it when despite the strange or amazing circumstances our
favorite characters live in, when a writer manages to have them say,
feel, experience, or live through something we can all relate too,
that's when a story has me no matter the plot.
Name five movies that you are sure fan fiction writers could have
easily written a better script?
Dear God where to start!
1. Dumb and Dumber - I could have written that garbage while taking
out the trash.
2. Dumb and Dumber 2 - again, what fanfic have you read that had a
worse plot, dialog, and settings than this film? Yep, thought so. You
gotta dig pretty deep to find one.
3. Little Man - Who in God's name gave the Wayan's brothers nearly
twenty million dollars to do a film about a grown midget masquerading
as a newborn baby? My head hurts just thinking about that movie. So
fanfic writers of the world, new and old, YOU CAN WRITE IN HOLLYWOOD
FOR A LIVING. OBVIOUSLY YOU ONLY NEED A BREAK!.
4. Basic Instinct 2 - If it made sense then I must have accidentally
ingested crack cause it made no sense to me.
5. Norbit - Again, all any of us need is for one person in Hollywood
to read our screenplay. People love to down fanfic writers and all
that, but when accomplished writers in Hollywood turn out garbage
like Norbit we should all realize all we gotta do is get a chance.
Ask yourself honestly if you were given twenty million dollars and a
professional film crew could you write a better movie than White
Girls, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Hellraiser 1 - 96, any film starring
anyone in any of the Jackass movies, Death Proof, or any of the
National Lampoon films.
What's in your CD or MP3 player right now?
Alicia Keys new CD.
If you write erotica/smut and have or will have children someday, how
will you deal with your kid if he or she ever discovers you once
Oh boy..... Man, uhm.... Wow! Look, since Gina
and I have both written adult stories we will have plenty to answer
for. And I will have it worse than her with the sheer amount of mine
out there. I may just have to buy the kid a car. Yep, a new car.
Cause once he and or she gets wind of the kinky sex I've written I
will never be looked upon the same again, lol.
Have you ever read a fanfic that made you truly laugh out loud?
yeah, some of Brooke's BX stories had some killer lines in them.
Nope, can't say that. I don't blush easy.
Describe the funniest outfit you've ever written fanfic in?
bought me a pair of Ball and Chain boxers with wedding rings all over
them. That made for a funny sight.
Do you have a pet?
yep, a 16 pound long-haired girl cat name Frisky
who is anything but these days. Damn lazy animal. But I love her. (poor kitty passed away)
Link me to what you feel is your best chapter or full story that you
have written and are the most proud of?
I'm gonna do 3 I'm most proud of.
"Whisper" Padme/Anakin erotica - I think its the best erotica story
I've ever written as it stayed true to the definition throughout.
"Comes the Darkness" Chapter 4 - One of the longest chapters I have
ever written. It encompassed probably five separate storylines, a
powerful sex scene, nearly ten characters, and had some truly dark
material going on. It was brutal to write, and I'm very proud of it.
"Six Months" - The overall plot is silly in that a guy marries a girl
and has to stay secretly married for six months to inherit a couple
of million dollars. But its so enjoyable to write, so much fun and
zany and sexy at same time. The feedback for it has been great and I
just feel the tone of each chapter has hit its mark. I'm very proud
of it. Its a feel good story.
What do you snack on?
How long have you been a fan of the fandom you write in?
began on television or in the movies.
Are there any fandoms you would like you write in but just haven't
Lost and Smallville
Do you use a beta reader?
For PR and Star Wars, yes. But for PR only
The Glory Days so far.
If you could pay your beta reader, what do you feel would be fair
Two extra large boxes of Popeye's Cajun Fried Chicken
and a two liter of iced tea per week for life.
If someone looked under your bed right now what would they see?
Katana blades and a Highlander sword (I collect swords)
What the latest you have ever stayed up writing fanfic?
5:00 AM and I
was dead afterwards.
Tell the readers something interesting about yourself no one would
Probably that I'm black, not that it matters.
(Thus Ends Stage One)
(Stage Two) "HOW DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO, OH CRAZY, CASH-STRAPPED
From concept, start to finish how long does it take you to write a
Two days per scene, but that's if I have time to write.
What the longest story you've written so far and why did you take on
something like it?
Comes the Darkness is my longest story to date and
still unfinished. Instead of going the shipper route totally, I
wanted to write a big, epic story with allot of action, darkness, sex
appeal, angst, intrigue, and mystery. I wanted something that
wouldn't be over the moment Tommy and Kim hooked up. In fact, I
didn't want that moment to even be the watermark of the series. I
wanted something that eventually involved all the original twelve
Rangers, as well as gave them a new, more modern villain to face with
things from their past still chasing them. So far its 123 pages long
Do you do research on things like locations, clothing, technology,
etc for your stories? If so please list a couple of links that you
use? Google search engine is your friend.
I do tons of research for
everything from furniture, apartment layouts, clothing, cars,
weapons, fighting styles, city locations, history, you name it. I am
a detail freak when it comes to trying my very best to not only paint
a picture with words, but as accurate one as I can. Here are a couple
of helpful places.
Google search engine for about everything else
What helps you get past writers block?
Writing in another fandom. I
just can't fight inspiration if its not there, so for me if I'm stuck
on a scene I can usually just start something on a story in another
fandom and because they are all so different my creative juices get
What helps you set the mood to write?
Music. I have a entire fanfic
writing album that I just play and it always helps.
Do you write down notes and an outline or just write off the top of
Yes. I have folders for each fandom that I write in with
complete story outlines and then scene outlines, My memory sucks ass,
lol. So I have to write everything down. I have stories like Comes
the Darkness and the Ties That Bind where I've outlined the ending to
them many, many months in advance.
What is your personal style of planning your story? Do you plot
things out well in advance or wait for readers output/reactions
Like any other writer I don't write every idea that comes in
my head. No one can as well all have a life. But for me I run ideas
past good friends like Kim, C, Anne, Lexie, and Gina to name a few.
Some ideas rock, others fizzle. But once I've bounced the idea around
it begins to take shape, and the people I talk to the most, like Kim
for instance, give feedback and suggestions and stuff. It usually
Do you run plot ideas past friends or your beta reader before you
See above answer.
What sort of stories do you write?
Mostly shipper centric adult
pieces, but I'm going to broaden my portfolio out this year.
Do you enjoy long stories or shorter ones? Why?
Longer mostly as I
appreciate how much effort it takes to write them, but anything thats
well written irregardless of length is a plus to me.
Who are your favorite characters to write for?
Xander, Kim Hart,
Anakin and Padme Skywalker, Buffy, Faith, Tommy, Jason, Katherine,
Palpatine, Dawn Summers, Lord Zedd.
In your own words, describe as many of them as you like so that the
reader can get an idea of how you personally see them?
Wow, where to begin? I'll do three.
For me I think Kimberly Hart as a adult is a woman going after her
place in the world. I think she's opinionated, loyal, confident, but
emotionally distant when it comes to relationships. I think she's
complicated, and unlike many of the male Rangers not eager to go back
to the Ranger life unless its the last resort. I think she's bold,
beautiful, and unafraid to face whatever life may throw at
her. She's a part of this close knit family who for a time shared
something amazing. I think she wishes she were taller, lol. I think
she regrets the letter, but not the life the letter allowed her to
live. She fiercely independent, but has trouble trusting people,
especially men that she could become romantically involved with. Her
parents divorce still resonates in subtle ways throughout her life
and her dealings with men. She's perfectly imperfect and a blast to
Anakin Skywalker is the best and worst of us all. His capacity for
kindness and cruelty go hand in hand. His very existence is tied into
his love for Padme and his mother. Both women are the deciding
factors for whatever life he leads. He is not only powerful, but he
knows it. And he knows his power will only grow. He fears everyone
around him in one form or another wish to control him. All he truly
wants is a life with Padme. But to have that he isn't sure which way
to go and whom to trust. He is loyal and deadly. He is a good friend
and your worst nightmare. Fear doesn't exist to him. He reaches to
test life to its fullest and prove he is the best there is, period.
But even with his name, fame, and power if you gave him a hut on
Naboo and told him he had to live the rest of his days with Padme and
nothing else he would knock you down racing towards the starship to
begin that life. He lacks patience, but makes up for it with immense
courage. He is the Chosen One and a orphan. A Father, son, and
brother. He is also walking the tightrope between love and
Xander Harris is the glue that holds Buffy and her gang together.
He's the everyman, seldom given his due but worth his weight in gold.
His sense of humor hides his pain and fear, but that's a quality and
not a hindrance. He is as courageous as anyone around him, yet credit
alludes him. He survived the Hellmouth with no more than common
sense, luck, and iron will. He doesn't fit the hero mold, and yet the
mold wouldn't encompass him. He has saved as many lives as the Slayer
and has suffered as much or more than anyone else in that universe. I
can't help but to root for him even when no one else does. And
despite all the crap he's taken he won't abandon those he loves. He's
opinionated and can be self-righteous in his own way, but truly loves
and is devoted to his family. He'd die for any of them at any time.
His wit is legendary.
What do you strive for with each of your stories?
To truly entertain
What five absolute DON'T's would you warn a new writer about?
1. Don't write stories without outlining where you want the story to
go and what happens. This helps give your story structure and you a
path to stay on until the end.
2. Don't post a story without showing it to a friend or two for
advice, help, ideas, etc. A supportive ear can help you so much when
you start out.
3. Don't ignore grammar and spell checking. Ask for help. Usually
someone out there will help you.
4. Don't hold stories hostage until you get X-amount of reviews. I
HATE THAT!!!! Write for yourself and post when you feel it hits the
notes you want it too. Don't worry about how many reviews you get.
Just write. Reviews will come in time.
5. Don't be afraid to post. You can sike yourself out sometimes
worrying about getting flamed or few reviews or anything like that.
You have to flush that from your mind, take a deep breath, and jump.
Go for it. So what if your story has only 2 reviews. I have stories
at FF with only two reviews. The number doesn't matter. Only that you
get your work out there, listen to the feedback, work harder next
time, and gain confidence.
What five absolute DO's would you tell them they need?
1. Do try to check for the proper time lines your stories take place
in. There's nothing worse than say, a PR story that takes place in
2008 and has Kim with a teenage daughter that's Tommy's and he never
knew about her and now she's in high school and both Tommy and Kim
are under thirty. WHEN DID KIM HAVE THIS KID, IN EIGHTH GRADE?!!!
Check time lines.
2. Do try your best to write an engaging summary. And ask for help as
that summary can lure in interest to your story. Its okay if you
write to me for help or ideas.
3. Do try to add details as they paint the picture in the readers
minds eye. Don't just take for granted that because this is fanfic
and everyone knows how everything looks and most of the locations
that you can just ignore time of day, weather, surroundings,
clothing, sounds, feelings, physical emotions, etc. Try to slowly
incorporate more details into your stories. They help the reader see
the story being acted out in their mind.
4. Do outline where you want your story to go. Have a plan. Look at
it. Show it to a person or two. Ask what makes sense and what
doesn't. Take criticism with an eye towards getting better than
5. Do be yourself. Write your type of stories. Don't emulate anyone
else. Don't try to write what's the new fad to get the most reviews.
Write your inspiration.
Do you have any helpful links for any aspects of writing you'd like
to pass along?
No links. Read. Read. READ! How can you ever hope you write if you
don't read? Watch how those who's work you enjoy do it. Become a
student of the art form of writing. Read tons. Take notes on how
scenes are set up. How set pieces are used. Read!
Best writing advice you ever read or heard?
No one is the master of writing and no one will ever master it. Its
impossible to master a craft that's based solely on each individual
person's opinion. You will never master this and neither will any
writer, professional or fanfic. So take the pressure off. Don't
compare yourself to others. Simply be yourself and do you.
What do you feel are your current strengths and weaknesses as a
Strengths are details, weakness continue to be grammar on my
stories that aren't beta read and I'm a bit to shipper in most of my
How many hours a week do you honestly have to write?
8 to 10
If you write erotica, how would you describe your own personal style?
Very graphic and detailed. I just don't do fade to black. Even when
at times I probably should, lol.
Any tips for those who are considering it? Links?
Learn how to write erotica by reading some you feel is good and then
visiting a few of these sites for tips. But please don't rush it,
don't write it if you are uncomfortable with it or think its the key
to a ton of reviews. Bad erotica makes the writer look like a fucking
fool. Trust me, it does.
Details in scenes? What does it mean to you and how deep do you go
Like I've said before, details paint the picture. As a
writer my job is to engage you in the emotion and impact of the
characters lives, interactions, and surroundings. I have to show you
where they are. It means so much to paint that picture. Sound, light,
feelings, expressions, mood, just everything. Details adds so much to
your writing and just adding more per new story you write will help
you more than you know.
In character and out of character? Your definition?
The first person
who answered this survey said it best, My fingers hurt, lol.
Why do you write?
Because its fun, entertaining, and I needed to
prove that I can to myself and others who believed in me before and
after the badness.
(Thus Ends Stage Two)
(Stage Three) "NO, YOUR HONOR. I DID NOT KILL THAT IDIOT WHO FLAMED
ME! I ONLY STABBED HIM WITH MY PEN UNTIL HE BREATHED NO MORE. BUT I
DID NOT KILL HIM!"
Will you someday attempt to write something original and get
Someday a screenplay, yeah. I probably will try my luck.
As for a novel, probably not but who knows.
While I'm sure every single fanfic writer on Earth is appreciative of
every bit of feedback that we get, there are times when we work
really hard on a particular chapter. Perhaps its longer than most and
you just feel that the feedback was positive, but too short. How do
you as a writer try to explain to a reader that as appreciative as
your are for any sort of feedback, you just wish they would go into a
bit more detail about that they liked other than a three to five word
We work so very hard, those of us who take the time to
truly give you a length chapters with details and good dialogue and
plot. I guess I would ask the reader to consider how much bad fanfic
is out there and if you find a writer who you truly enjoy, how about
giving him or her a little more of why you enjoyed their story. Just
a little more of your time for all of the hard work they put into the
story you enjoyed so much.
How do you deal with being flamed? Has it ever happened?
happened. No fanfic writer goes without a flame. But opinions are a
part of life. No big deal to me.
What do you think about fanfiction.net?
Its terrible at times, both
technically and the sheer amount of horse shit stories. But it is the
biggest fan fiction website on Earth, and if you want to jump into
the lions den that's where you start. If you can make it there you
can make it anywhere.
What drives you crazy when you read it in a fanfic?
People who don't
write summaries, but say its their first story, please be nice, don't
flame me. People who write awful erotica. People who beg and plead
for reviews instead of letting them com naturally. People who bash
characters in every story for no reason at all. Terrible spacing in
stories. Mary Sue. Cliche's over and over.
Link to a story you love and review it here.
This is a Star Wars :A/P story that I feel is so well written it
shouldn't even be on FF. The details, mood, emotions conveyed are
incredible. The writing style is simply professional in every way.
Its a must read for any AP fan or someone wondering what a
accomplished, amazing fanfic writer looks like.
Talk to the underage fanfic writer attempting to write NC-17 stories?
DO NOT MAKE A FOOL OF YOURSELF!!! Seriously, you're to young and it
will show. Trust me, people will know you haven't any knowledge about
sex. Give it some years, focus on other aspects of writing, and don't
What do you think of the particular fanfic fandom community you
belong too? The whole of all the writers, I mean.
Well, as with all
things, some people truly care and work hard while others simply
throw shit at the wall and hope for the best.
Do you think you'll still be writing fanfic in 2 years? Five?
maybe. 5, probably not. I'll follow the inspiration.
What's the craziest fanfic request you've ever received?
person Power Ranger sex orgy fic with no plot, just a huge orgy on
the Youth Center floor. And the email that came with this request was
four page was long.
Do you save your favorite stories on your hard drive?
In a crazy world if you had 200 million dollars and creative license
to make a movie in the fandom you write in what would be the name of
it, what would be the plot, who would star and how would it end?
"Power Rangers: Armageddon Dawn" Yeah, cheesy name but I;'m going for
crazy action. Original 12 Rangers are adults. Earth is attacked, TK
reunite, massive ILM CGI created Zord fights, and the last scene
would be TK holding each other on the battlefield, bloody but alive
and in each others arms.
By finishing this long ass question and answer session your name has
been entered into a Pakistani lottery worth 100 million dollars. If
you win what will be the first thing that you do?
I would buy my Gina
her dream house and me a great dane puppy:)
(Thus Ends Stage Three)