Tuesday, November 30, 2010

An Interview with a NaNo Veteran


On the last day of NaNo, I wanted to sit down with a very good friend of mine - so good, she was the only one who took pity on me and gave me a NaNo-related interview! I have known Jaime, AKA b4e, for nearly a year now, and she was a bit part of me re-entering the world of fiction. So, I owe her for more than just the interview, that's for sure.

Jaime is a fanfiction writer who focuses a good deal on the Bionic Woman (hence her nickname). I admire fanfiction writers enormously, because they provide ongoing stories for fans, but often without the hope of monetary reward due to copyright issues. It takes a good deal of dedication to provide so much labour just for the love of a subject!

Before Jaime got me interested in it, I was not sure I wanted to do NaNo - because of her, I now have a NaNo under my belt - and Jaime now has three! Congrats, Jaime!

When did you do NaNoWriMo? How many times?

In 2007 and again in 2009.

Did you make it?

I finished by the skin of my teeth in '07, but in '09 I went about 10,000 words over. (Both stories were a bit shorter after they were edited, but the '09 story was still above 55,000 words.)

How did that feel?

The first year I felt extremely relieved that it was finally over. Last year, I would've liked to have kept going for another few weeks; I was having so much fun!

What was your NaNoWriMo novel about?

Both stories were Bionic Woman/Six Million Dollar Man fanfiction. The first one involved an earthquake and the second story was called 'Legacy'. The Bionic Woman looked back upon her life as she faced her impending death. (It wasn't as morbid as it sounds!)

What has become of the 50k? Did you publish it?

Both stories are posted online, but due to the unavailability of publishing rights, they remain unpublished. They received good reviews from the readers, though; especially 'Legacy'.

How was the NaNoWriMo experience, over all?

The first one was grueling because I started out with a totally different story and changed topics – started completely from scratch – on Day 7 or 8.

What on earth possessed you to do it?

I'm not sure. Insanity?

What did you learn from the experience?

That writing is not a chore if you enjoy your subject and just let it flow.

How did you find the quality of writing?

The first one – where I had to grit my teeth and really force myself to keep going – was....okay. I think that the second one was some of the best writing I've ever done. I'm very proud of 'Legacy'.

Would/will you do it again?

Absolutely! I hope to participate again this year, if my health allows it. Otherwise, I will definitely be back in the future!
You can read Legacy, by Jaime (aka bionic4ever, aka b4e) at her fanfiction site, where she has over 140 stories! Jaime also writes posts for various true crime blogs, and has a passion for unidentified and missing persons cold cases. And she's truly one in a million.

Thanks, Jaime. :blowkiss:

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