BeyondCanon Author Interview
We are thrilled to kick off this series of Author Interviews by publishing beyondcanon’s responses first! I think it’s safe to say that she’s known as a prolific writer in our fandom, a scroll through her tumblr or fanfic page demonstrates the wide range of Brittana stories and verses she’s created for our reading pleasure. Thank you again, so much, for taking the time to answer these questions for us, BeyondCanon! We hope you all enjoy!!!
1) What do you think are your particular strengths as a Brittana writer? What do you wish you did better? (Submitted by Lindsey via email)
I would say my greatest strength is characterization. Through whatever little canon gave us and, I won’t lie, some of the wonderfully perceptive Brittanalysis I’ve read, I found Brittany’s and Santana’s voice.
That is the hardest part to writing fanfic: unlike an original story, you don’t get to build your characters yourself – you’ve got to find them. You’ve got to find their strengths, hidden fears, the way they move and what it says about them, and how they speak.
That’s one of the main reasons I write AU. I get to play with the characters, find the deeper truth within them, as I change the variables of their world. If Santana were raised to be a Mafia boss, what would remain the same? Her insecurity about being loved and the way she hides the softer, loving part of herself, maybe?
What if Brittany was a professional dancer in her twenties, looking at Santana for the first time? How would they connect, and how would they discover each other and fall in love if they haven’t known each other all their lives?
I’m great at building universes and watching them fall in love over and over again. Even if everything else changes, they were meant to love each other; it soothes me.
I’m not that great, though, at writing longer stories. I have a very limited time frame in my brain for each story, and I’m definitely not a fast writer. I can’t really keep up with my brain’s speed at drafting the story. It’s why I struggle so much to finish a story: my brain moves on to the next world too fast.