Hiya Richonners! What ever will we do during this hiatus? No Richonne for six months on our televisions? Read and write fanfiction and re-watch Richonne-centric episodes of The Walking Dead of course. And you can learn more about your favorite authors here as well. Take some time to get to know Vegasloversteel!
Richonnefics (RF): Hiya @vegasloversteel! Thanks for allowing us to interview you. What’s your favorite thing about the Richonne fandom? Least favorite thing?
Vegasloversteel (VLS): My favorite thing about the Richonne fandom is the fact that 95% of the people are nice, welcoming and accepting. I have made some people that are true friends, that I talk to everyday whether it is about Richonne or not. Richonne was just the catalyst for me. I’ve had a rough few months which has delayed my writing. I don’t know what I would have done without people like @sugarysweetzee, @severelybabykryptonite, @thebaetide and others.
My least favorite thing? Hmmm…maybe the constant need that what we are shown isn’t enough? Like everyone loved ‘Say Yes’ but people still needed more. Don’t get me wrong, I would have LOVED to see the deleted sex scene but hopefully it will come.
RF: I’ve met some pretty amazing people in this fandom, people I really consider friends so I totally agree with you about the welcoming and accepting facet of the Richonne fandom. Is there a subject you cannot bring yourself to write about and why?
VLS: I can’t bring myself to write about rape or abuse because luckily I haven’t been through either so I can’t do the material justice. What I mean is, I don’t have the knowledge or basis to write that type of trauma or pain that I’m sure is associated with those acts. I think sometimes in order to justify a ship or a person’s behavior, people write about things and don’t give them the care they deserve, and some people even romanticize them.
RF: What other artistic pursuits do you indulge in apart from writing?
VLS: I draw and I dance. Writing has always been my thing though. I wrote my first multi chapter story when I was in the 3rd grade on a rainy day. I showed it to my teacher for her opinion and ended up getting extra credit!
RF: Nice! Have you tried your hand at any Richonne fanart? When is the best time of day for you to write?
VLS: The best time of the day for me to write is usually at night. I’m truly a night owl so after thinking all day, it comes together then.
RF: Night Owl’s Unite! LOL! Though I really need to change that habit and start going to be earlier. Waking up is always such an ordeal. What did you find most useful in learning to write?
VLS: What did I find most useful? Learning to use descriptions, adjectives and adverbs to set the scene. When I write, I visualize EVERYTHING. I see the scene in my head as though it is a movie. The colors, the outfit, even the furniture placement at times. So I use these tools so that the reader sees them that way too.
RF: I’ve had a lot of writers explain that there is always a visualization of scenes before pen gets put to paper. Where do you get most of your ideas?
VLS: Honestly, music inspires me heavily. ‘My Boo’ and ‘When I See You’ popped into my head while driving home from work listening to Spotify. Other times I’ll just be doing a re-watch and something will hit me. I remember re-watching 'After’ and seeing Andre with Michonne. I seriously thought, 'What if Andre was Rick’s? But he didn’t know it?’ I began 'Found’ about two hours later. Something with my one shot ‘The One You Lost’; When Rick gave Michonne that cat and said that it struck me. Doing the re-watch later that night, I got the headcanon. I then messaged my sounding boards and asked what they thought of it even though I JUST got around to writing it! Lol.
RF: There’s nothing like a good playlist to inspire you. Do you write everyday or just when the writing bug strikes?
VLS: I write when it strikes me. I have a TON of stories I have started but want to finish the ones I have out. I usually get struck late at night after work when I have a big glass of wine and am either listening to music or watching tv to relax.
RF: What do you think makes a good story?
VLS: A good story to me is one that is planned out, where the author has thought about the beginning, middle and end. Chapter 1-3, 20-25 and 40-45. They have an end game and it shows in the consistency of the story. Yeah things might get tweaked or added but for the most part it is planned out well. That and descriptions! Lol. Not of everything but the important parts. Like I said, I am very visual. @herewaskendra draws me in every time just by her descriptions
RF: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
VLS: I have no quirks. Seriously. Well… does Chardonnay count?
RF: If a ZA were to occur, do you think you would survive? Explain why or why not.
VLS: I would DEFINITELY survive. I am a GREAT judge of character so I wouldn’t be hoodwinked by people like The Governor, Scavengers or Terminites. I am in great physical shape and was a girl scout. One thing that could hurt me? I am allergic to EVERYTHING so when the ZA started, I would have to raid all the pharmacies for Claritin and Benadryl! Lol. Now that would affect my reaction time. First thing I would do? Find a weapon like a Katana that wouldn’t need ammo and get a water purifier of some sort. Second thing? Find my own Rick Grimes! Lol.
RF: Thank you so much vegasloversteel for your time and answering these questions about your writing process. It was a pleasure getting to know you and I’m sure the readers out there will eat this up. If you would like to follow vegasloversteel on tumblr, click on her name and FOLLOW and you can find her Richonne fanfiction here on ff.net.