I’ve been a fan of Muffy Morrigan’s fanfiction for a while so when she asked if I wanted to review her latest original fiction novel ‘The Hunt’, I jumped at the chance. You can read my review of the book over on my other blog HERE.
When I finished the novel, I decided I wanted to know more about someone who’s gone from writing fanfiction to publishing her own work. I also figured my readers would like to know about her too.
So here it is, my first ever interview…..
First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who is Muffy Morrigan?
I guess when I say who I am, I tend to say I am a writer. It is how I have always identified myself. No matter what career I was pursuing–and there have been a few–I always kept that identity as a writer.
Somewhere along the line, I decided that a lot of jobs rather than a single career was the way to go. So like Louis L’Amour I bounced around a lot. I have worked as a librarian, archaeologist, receptionist and news reporter, editor and columnist.
I am a trained Master Herbalist, archaeologist and historian–at least I have pieces of paper that attest to those things. I currently live and work in the Pacific Northwest.
When did you first start writing fanfiction?
I started writing fanfiction before I was even conscious that was what I was doing. It started when I was eight and my parents bought me a set of the old Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew books–the ones from the Forties and Fifties. I read them all and wanted more, and that was when I figured out that I could write more, if I wanted them to have more adventures, I could do that, and then read them over and over.
That was the beginning and over the years I have dabbled in more fandoms than I often admit. I remember in college, rushing through papers and other homework so a friend and I could work on a fanfic were were writing. That was before fanfic.net and other sites– it was just for us and a few friends who were also into (dare I say it?) Star Trek. I think it ended up being an epic five or six hundred typed single spaced pages.
What’s your favorite thing about writing fanfiction?
That’s hard, let me give two answers–the first is personal, I love to write fanfic because I love to read fanfic. When I fall in love with a show or movie or book, I always want more and I love that I can write more. I read my own stories. A lot of people find that surprising, but I write those stories because I want more–and it is the awesomeness of the modern world that I can share those stories with other people.
On the technical side, I love to write fanfiction because it disciplines me as a writer. Writing is not only an art, but a craft, and like other crafts–or playing a musical instrument–you have to practice. When you have to conform to other people’s characters and universe, I think it really tightens your writing skills. You have to play by the rules of the verse that they have created and this can really hone the ability to create character and mood, and it really helps me define characters, it’s the ultimate exercise in writing for me!
Do you write for a living? If not, what do you do in the “real world”?
I have in the past, as a reporter, columnist, book reviewer and writing teacher. Now I sort of write for a living, doing freelance work. I want to focus on my fiction and when I am turning out seven thousand words a week of news or features, it cuts into my other writing if that makes sense.
In addition to writing fanfiction, you’re also a published author. When did you publish your first novel?
That kind of depends on your definition.
My first “pubished” novel was when I was six and I wrote it out long hand, added illustrations and tied the pages together and sold them door to door in the neighborhood. I made enough to buy a Hershey’s chocolate bar.
My first novel The Legacy came out in November 2008 and the sequel, The Hunt, in February of 2010. The third book in the series as well as two other novels are in the works
Got any tips for any new writers out there or for those who’ve wanted to try it but have been afraid to take the plunge?
I say take it! But research your options as you get started, the publishing world is changing and looking into you options will really help you understand what you want from your work. On that note, think about that really hard, the why you want to be published, because that will help determine your choices.
Also, be aware that it is hard work. Hard to get it written, hard to get published–and then the really hard work begins. Most authors below the number one bestseller status do a lot of their own leg work. And if you are not on the bestseller’s list, expect to do most of your legwork. Over the year as I have reviewed books, I have been contacted by fairly well known authors looking for reviews!
Is there anything else you’d like to say about yourself, your writing or any other subject?
I love to write. I love to experiment with ideas and try out points of view or experiences. I tend to think in the written word, rather than pictures and through writing fanfic and other things, I get a chance to express myself. And I have done that for as long as I can remember. I was honored to have a one act play I had written produced and a poem was published in a scholarly collection. It still amazes me that people want to experience what I have written!
And, about fanfiction and fandom in general. It is a wonderful way to get your feet wet in writing or illustration and a fabulous way to make friends. Over the last few years, I have made friends through my writing and fandom that have become family. I have gained sisters, brothers and true family, they are my support system and I know that without the experience of fanfiction I would have taken far longer to take that plunge that led to getting my novels published. I can’t ever say thank you enough.
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