Summer Solstice lovely Richonners! We have about a little under a month (24
days to be exact) until San Diego Comic Con.
May we be blessed with lots of Richonne but until then, beat the heat
with another Richonne writer interview.
Please take your time to get to know a bit more about @yellehughes!
Richonnefics (RF): Hi yellehughes! Thanks so much for taking the time out of your schedule for this
interview. Any tips for those that are
going through writer’s block?
Yellehughes (YH): Well,
this is what I do to help me get through writer’s block. Since I write Richonne
fanfics, I immerse myself in Richonne (that’s not weird, is it?) I set up a
playlist on YouTube and the videos consist of crack humor, TWD scenes and music
fanvids. They all feature Rick and Michonne’s voice and it allows me to keep
their characters in my mind as I’m writing. Reading other fanfics helps, but
not too many because I don’t want to make the mistake and accidentally pilfer
someone’s ideas. I go back and watch episodes that are specific to Richonne, or
heck just watch them all anyway. I try and get feedback from my fellow Richonne
fanfic writers when I get stuck and vice versa. One last little trick I perform
for myself: I think of the scene that I’m working on as I’m going to sleep. I
can dream up new things and when I wake up, I write it down. And, bam! I’ve
broken my writer’s block.
RF: What is your favorite word and why?
YH: Epiphany, derived from the Ancient
Greek word, epiphaneia. It means to experience a sudden and striking
realization. My first understanding of the word was when I read, The Miracle
Worker. A story about Helen Keller and how she finally understood that what
Anne Sullivan was spelling in her hand had a meaning. It never clicked in her
mind until, Anne stuck Helen’s hand in water and then signed WATER in her hand
at the same time. That moment stood out to me and every time I learn something
new or realize something, I get my HKM (Helen Keller Moment) and it’s a
RF: I think Epiphany is a beautiful word. It sounds really nice when spoken. Are you a plotter or a pantster?
YH: I’m a little bit of both. When I
started writing my first fanfic, The TWD Chronicles, I outlined and wrote down
the plot for each chapter. Once I have a starting point, it’s all flying by the
seat of my pants from there.
RF: Have you always enjoyed writing?
YH: I’ve always wanted to write stories
since I was in the 7th grade and that was a long time ago. I actually started
writing my first work, Triton, in high school. I had the character’s names,
what they would look like and how they would first meet (it’s a romance, by the
way) Unfortunately, life got in the way and it was only until my kids were
grown, and I took a trip to Greece, that I took my writing seriously. I brought
out my old papers and reworked everything that I had written and self-published
my first novel in 2014. I’ve been writing ever since. And, then I discovered
the world of Fanfiction. I’ve never seen a tv show so good at building
characters and it woke me up (epiphany) on what I was missing in my own
writing. I didn’t understand this before I wrote my first two books. So, I will
be going back over them later and do some tweaking.
RF: Fanfiction can really be an
educational experience, especially with a helpful community of writers. What is
your least favorite part of the writing process?
YH: Writing the ending. That means I say
goodbye to the people I’ve spent a lot of time with.
RF: What is your most favorite part of
the writing process?
YH: Coming up with witty dialogue. I
laugh a lot and I laugh at my characters, a lot. So, I like to make them say
crazy and funny things. Also, envisioning what my characters look like and
RF: A writer typically has me for life if
they can make me laugh. Have you learned
anything from writing fan fiction?
YH: Yup, that sometimes my writing sucks,
and even though it’s not perfect, it’s my story on how I see it. I don’t have
to write it the way others say I should write it. It’s for my pleasure and
hopefully to please the readers. Fan fiction has opened me up to a whole new
world and I’m enjoying the hell out of it. It’s connected me to readers and
writers and so many have made me feel welcomed. Nothing beats that.
RF: The one consistent thing I’ve heard
over the years by Richonners and non-Richonners is how much hospitality there
is within the Richonne writing community.
When and why did you begin writing fan fiction?
YH: I’m late to the Richonne fandom
because I was one of the ones who refused to watch the show because I thought
it was all about killing zombies (oops, I said the dreaded word!) I was a super
fan of Supernatural (at least watching it, never heard of fanfiction) until
John Winchester was vilified. Then it was bye-bye SPN. JDM was the reason I
started watching in the first place. Okay, that’s another story. I could go on
and on why SPN pissed me off. Anyway, I heard he was joining TWD. Now remember,
I had no clue as to what this show was about, besides killing zombies (oh no!)
So, I went online and started watching some videos about Season 7’s last
episode with the lineup. I saw all these people on their knees and I’m like,
“Hmmm…. what’s up with this?” I didn’t know them and that scene made me WANT to
know who they were. So, I went to Netflix and started from the beginning and I
have been hooked from the pilot. Because I’m so nosey, I started looking up
more and more info on the show. I happened to say to one of my author friends,
what if someone expanded on the characters outside the show? Girl, she gave me
a link to a Richonne fanfic, I’d about died! Was this real? Did people really
do this? Yes, and yes! I went on a reading binge of several authors and I
noticed that there wasn’t that many stories too focused on fantasy or the
supernatural (that’s my thing) and I thought, what if I made Rick and Michonne,
Greek gods? How would that go and the rest is history.
RF: Is there anything else about yourself
that you would like to share with the readers?
YH: I talk a lot or type a lot, as you
can see up above. I love helping fellow writers with showing off their work. I
like compliments. I like giving compliments. Sometimes I say the wrong thing,
but I eventually apologize. As a writer, I invite criticism of my work. I need
that in order to improve. I have a busy mind, so sometimes I go off on tangents.
RF: Fun, semi-related question: Mints or
YH: Apples, because I can do so much more
with them. I can slice them and put them in my oatmeal with cinnamon. I can eat
them straight off the tree. I can make an apple pie with them. I can throw them
at my brother and make it hurt (can’t do that with mints) I can eat them with
peanut butter, salt, caramel. Make juice (well not make it, I can buy it) I
will say though, if someone wants to give me mints, especially if he’s a
smoking hot deputy sheriff from King’s County, I’ll take it!
RF: Thank you so much for your time. We really enjoyed getting to know you
better. If you aren’t following
@yellehughes on tumblr, exactly what are you waiting for? You can find all of
yellehughes Richonne fanfiction here on fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/~yellehughes
every time someone shits on my classics/archaeology degree for not being ‘useful’ like honestly employers/interviewers eat that shit right up??? like yeah it’s not better than some very specific degree for a specific job you want but damn sure it’s better than some basic business or communications degree and also i actually enjoyed getting it
Do you have any tips on not feeling like you need someone else to make you happy? I think it’s incredibly important for every person to have their own thing going on. You have to have your own hobbies, because whether it’s a professional relationship or a partnership of love, you’re going to be disappointed if you rely on another person. You have to be content with your own being as well.