Author Spotlight: misshoneywell
This interview is a companion piece to an article written for Panem Propaganda, available at X.
With many thanks to panempropaganda, everlarkedalways, and peetaspenis.
“Misshoneywell is the queen of the dark side, and while I know I can’t replicate what she does, she encourages me to take more risks in my writing.” -sothereff
What is so unique or special about Everlark to you?
Despite going through hell of both the physical and mental nature, Katniss and Peeta still found their way back to each other. On an individual basis, I appreciate Peeta so fucking much- he’s very much a beta hero in a world where fiction is dominated by exhausting alpha males. I love that he defies the stereotypical gender roles of a male.
What inspired you to write Everlark fanfiction in the first place?
I wish I could say it was the books- of course I loved them, and I read them when they were originally published, but I was entranced by the movie. It’s beyond corny, but when the credits rolled to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound,” I immediately had a fic montage fantasy flash in front of my eyes… the rest is history.
What’s your personal favorite of your own fics and why? What inspired it?
Butterflies- it’s the first time I ever wrote a darker Peeta. I was inspired by the horror genre, which is a personal favorite of mine.
What’s the greatest challenge for you to writing Everlark?
Time- it has nothing to do with the actual ship. I learned too late that works in progress are a mistake. One shots are the way to go.
When you’re pushing the limits of character or situation, what ineffable traits of Katniss and Peeta/Everlark do you keep intact to preserve their characters?
Katniss’ loyalty to those she loves, Peeta’s desire to protect Katniss at all cost.
What’s your favorite Everlark trope and why?
Arranged marriage (marriage of convenience)- the idea of being forced together but falling in love anyway fascinates me. It harkens back to Everlark and the inevitability of their relationship- ‘it would have happened anyway.’
What is an Everlark fanfic that has stayed with you? Why?
We Have Not Touched the Stars by zombieboyband was the fic that made me realize it’s okay to go dark.
What is your favorite Everlark head canon or fanon?
Katniss and Peeta showered together in Catching Fire. (We walk down the hallway. Peeta wants to stop by his room to shower off the makeup and meet me in a few minutes, but I won’t let him. I’m certain that if a door shuts between us, it will lock and I’ll have to spend the night without him. Besides, I have a shower in my room. I refuse to let go of his hand.)
misshoneywell is the author of works such as Butterflies, Electra, Heartsick, Inmate, No Unicorns, and The Baker’s Son. She is on AO3, FF, and on tumblr as peetaspenis. Additionally, she is the creator and moderator of promptsinpanem (PiP).