15. Your guilty writing pleasure?
I have a few. Some don’t always make it in, and some make it in a lot. One for example that I find really irresistible: character crying from sensory overload during sex. Lol. Thankfully a few other people don’t really mind that one either. Another is actually writing out aftercare each and every time, or not really fading to black on sex scenes (though I don’t really feel guilty about either of these). Hmmm…I’d have to say one I don’t actually feel like I indulge enough for myself is how much I like hurt/comfort after captivity/torture/long-term abuse scenarios. And another I don’t write too often - woobification of a character. For example: people criticise ‘woobified Loki’ a lot and it’s actually one of my favourite things to read (and write). Like, I like ‘realistic Loki goes through trauma’ too, but sometimes I just really want to go to other places with what I’m reading/writing. I do sometimes write things like this, but I tend to actually keep them off the internet. 18. How old were you when you started writing?
I don’t remember. I know it was primary school. I’d won some kind of state competition for poetry when I was maybe 8 or 9, so I know I’d shown some kind of interest around then. I think I concertedly started writing prose at around the age of 11/12. And I had produced about 120 pages of a dystopian science fiction novel before my first year in highschool. That’s gone now, because I printed it out and saved it all on a floppy disc, and all of it - including the ancient computer - was thrown away when we moved house. It was probably one of my first most devastating creative losses (it wasn’t something I had any control over), but it did teach me something - I loved writing.
19. Why did you start writing?
I couldn’t find what I wanted to read. *rueful smile* I was a heavy reader, but I often felt like I wasn’t quite finding what I needed to read. Not always, anyway. And I think I needed a way to express some of the things that I felt were difficult about my past. Because it’s one thing to read it and feel resonance, but it was quite empowering for me to write it and live that resonance.