August 13, 2010

SUE's interview with BellaFlan about her fic Becoming Bella Swan


YES this post will have NSFW things in it: words, ideas, pics etc.
You know how people are ALWAYS begging for something different? Something unique? Something that will mess their minds and OWN them from start to finish?
I have to say this, one phrase of warning before you decide to read this:

Be careful what you wish for! BWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

From the scary mind of BellaFlan (by scary, I mean fascinating, amazing and bizarre), I am not kidding when i tell you this story is a mind fuck from chapter 1, all the way through. I have no idea which end is up, I am all confused and glued to my seat, having no idea what is real and what is not real!

HERE is how she explains it in her summary:
INDIE TWIFIC AWARD WINNER! Bella Swan is being hospitalized for an Identity Disorder...Or is Bella Flanagan being hospitalized? Set after Edward leaves in New Moon or I'm writing this from an asylum. WARNING MA only. VERY DARK COMEDY.
So you have no clue what I am talking about? Well, let me TRY to explain.
This fic takes places right after Edward leaves in New Moon, Bella goes crazy and ends up in a mental institution.


Is Bella Swan real? Or is Bella Swan a character from a book that 30-something-year-old Bella Flannagan, married mother of 2, read? WHY do we have Bella Flannagan?? Well, she is another patient in the asylum... or IS she??

Like I said, SO MANY things going on! You do not know which end is UP.

Is Bella Swan real?

Is Bella Flannagan real?

Are they two separate people ?

Is one or the other a figment of the demented mind?

As I type this I get all freaky and giddy, because THIS is the idea in this ficdom mess that you just wanna latch onto and squeal with delight!
THINK about the things one would do if they were insane, and NOT know what is real and what is not real.
What does Bella do to Jake? Or to Edward? How do these men in her lives react, and what about Bella Flannagan? How does she deal with Jake, Edward and her husband? What happens when Bella Swan and Isabella Flannagan talk?

HOW did Isabella Flannagan get into the insitution?

AND WHY is there talk of frozen Turkeys???

I just cannot say how much I love it when BellaFlan fucks with my head!!
OK, now, without further BS on my part, lets get to this really, really good interview. We had so much fun. We talked fic, writing, boys and I wish I did podcasts, because this was a blast!

Go big or go home! (NOPE! This one scares me!)
Sue: What was it that gave you the ‘spark’ for your story? Was it a picture? A moment or event? Can you remember the initial inspiration?

BellaFlan: Yeah, the original spark stemmed from a dream I had about House, the television show. I woke up as a character in it and no one would believe that they weren't real. As the dream progressed, I became convinced that I wasn't real, and my dream character was! The dream haunted me for weeks, so I took it as a springboard for a Twilight fanfic. The context of it was great because I got to fuck with canon, while at the same time, write what I love: a mindbender with lots of sex!

S: Do you have a particular process when it comes to your writing, perhaps a certain mood, environment or music? Do you have any ‘triggers’ to get you in the writing mood?

B: Triggers? Music? Excuse me while I laugh!!! Dude, I wish I had that kind of luxury. I'm a mom and I work full time. My trigger is my kid's gone to bed!

S: Give us an elevator pitch. Say you’re in an elevator with a prospective reader for 2 minutes – what would you tell them about the story?

B: Um, no. How? I can't!

S: I've had to tell people what this story is about, and I have no idea how to do it.

B: Yeah, me neither...all right, basically there are two stories going on at once, and the reader doesn't know her ass from her eyebrow the entire time she's reading. Don't feel bad if you're not sure if the narrator really is Flanagan or Swan. It doesn't really matter. That's not the point.

Picture Fight Club, meets the Matrix and Alice in Wonderland and Girl throw those stories into a Twilight blender and add lots of cheesy porn.

S: cheese and porn gets very gooey

B: you need lots of bounty clean it up

Sonja (wordslinger): NO FLUIDS PLEASE

S: Do you picture particular actors for your characters, or are they someone else entirely? If so, who?
The thing is, I read the books long before I saw the movies. I pictured composites of various actors and imaginary people while reading the books. Honestly, I don't really agree with the way Twilight was cast. I mean, no disrespect to RPattz fans. I'm just one less fangirl you'll have to wrestle him for!

Browns_ TBG: Is the skinny thing?

B: Um, skinny? Meh, typically he does not look like something I would want to mount.

Jkane180: Rob looks like someone who BellaFlan would break because he is

B: Did you just call me fat? He kind of looks like a pansy ass, but not in an underthebedward way. Again, just not my type. Nothing personal.

SUE: Here, I have to say this before some people decide to skewer my BellaFlan. WE are all allowed our opinion. Some people find Rob hot, others do not. Being able to accept that fact gracefully shows maturity and poise. If you do not like that, click the X in the top corner and kiss my tushy!

S: Is the story all planned out or do you do it as a fly by the seat of your pants thing?

B: Oh my fuck, I could not fly by the seat of my pants with this fic. There's an outline which morphed into a flow chart. I mean, it's not a pretty flow chart because that's just not how I roll, but it keeps me organized.

S: Do you have a Beta and would you like to give him/her a shoutout here?

B: Yes! Hi Jess.

J180: Hi!

B: My betas are jkane180, Mac214 and my pre-readers are  wordslingerkatinki and Hezpixie. My Twilighted beta is Lumedog7 - It takes a lot of people to make me sparkle and stuff.

S: Have you got any other projects going on? Any planned for the future?

B: Yeah, boy, do I ever. I'm a TwificPimp which is a podcast blog I participate in with Twicharmed, AltheaJams and Jkane180. Yes, I do have projects I am a twificpimp.
I just wrapped up a contest called the Monster in Law contest, which I ran with Katinki and an awesome panel of judges.

S: (gee I have no idea what that one is )


S: Go read The BOOK. SUE's one and ONLY attempt at writing fic

B: Other then Becoming Bella Swan, I just started an angst/comedy called Stigmata Tomato and also a collab, with Mac214, called Sweet Tooth.

I Beta for Wordslinger and Amanda_Wilder and I preread The Stiletto Talisman for Mac214.

Speaking of Mac214, she won me in the Fandom Gives Back and made me write the most uncomfortable fic I've ever written. My prompt included a poly/slash between Bella/Jasper, Jasper/Emmett and Emmett/Bella/Edward/Jake - also, she made me include a frozen turkey. Dude, it turned out to be like 6,000 words of inappropriate porn.

B_TBG: I didn't even know where to start with that one when I reviewed.

S(wordslinger): I pre-read and my eyes were bleeding.

S: What was it that brought you to Twilight fanfic? What is it that has kept you here (besides your own writing)?

B: I was dissatisfied with Breaking Dawn, like most of the fandom, and I wanted to continue the story and explore some of the themes that Meyer never fully realized, such as sacrifice. A friend of mine who writes in the Avatar fandom encouraged me to give it a go. Although, I do regret some of the decisions I made in my first fanfic; I was still trying to find my voice in fanfic.

S: Do you have a background in writing?

B: Yeah, I have an Honours BA in Creative Writing.

S: How about your creative self-confidence? By nature writers tend to be a notoriously insecure lot so how are you finding the online writing experience?

B: I find it really gratifying! Writers are their own worst critics and I find the instant, often positive feedback really keeps me motivated. There's always the fear though. Every time I post a chapter, I'm looking over my shoulder for the pitchfork-wielding villagers. Also, I tend to get a lot of flames, particularly on BBS...usually one per chapter.

S: Do you tell your friends and family that you’re an online author with a devoted following, or is this something that you tend to keep for yourself?

B: Yeah, my husband knows, and likes to help with my research, but only when it involves lemons, particularly blowjobs.
My parents aren't all that interested in reading my fanfiction. They don't understand why I'm investing time in a project that I'm not making any money at.
I'm really careful about revealing my identity simply because of my job, not because I'm ashamed of what I write or being part of this fandom. I work in publishing, although, not anything glamorous: I publish really really dull magazines that you guys will likely never read.

S: Is there a particular character in your story that you identify with the most?

B: In Becoming Bella Swan? Well, shit; I guess it would be Flanagan. Like a watered down version of her...

S: like socially acceptable?

B: I wouldn't go that far. She's like my primal scream.

S: Which RL author(s) inspires you?

B: Oh, lots! I love Christohper Moore's humour. Also, I adore Alice Sebold, Marian Keyes...I'm a Modernist so I love the great post WW1 authors like T.S. Elliot, James Joyce, Hemmingway...

S: Did any FF authors inspire you? What was it that had you reading FF and thinking “I could do this”?

B: The first fanfic I read and became obsessed with was Wide Awake by the spectacular Angstgoddess003. I read that fic all in one go and thought, "Well, shit, I CANNOT do that!" Yeah, but I tried anyway.

At this point in the interview we discussed all things about Angstgoddess003. Like the fact that I think WA was not her best fic, and how I love watching her writing get better and better. If you doubt this then please go read Withering the Ferns and Company loves Misery and argue with me after that!

S: What advice would you give to an aspiring fanfic writer?

B: ummmm, well I'm going to sound trite, but the advice is trite and true, lol: write for yourself!  Try to ignore stats because it takes a long time to garner a following. It's also really great to have someone you can bounce your ideas off of like a spouse or a friend. There's no harm in reaching out to other authors for advice...tactfully.
Also, it's a good idea to write with an outline, or at least have a sense about where you want your story to go.

S: Give us a Random Fact about yourself?

B: Everything on me either too big or too small. Seriously! My tits are massive and my feet are freakishly small.

S: If you could have 15 minutes with any Edward FF or SM's, which one would you choose and what would you do?

If you do not LIKE any of the Edwards, feel to substitute an actor here. Rob, Kellan, PFach or Jackson, or my personal favorite Colin. *SIGH*(taking a moment to contemplate Colin) Any actor at all really.

B: I would really really like to do Vampire Eric from True Blood
...and a frozen Turkey. the same time.
...just me and Eric and turkey (blows raspberries at Mac214 for her ridiculous FGB prompt)
Let your imagination wander
(Sue typed those in there just to be a shit during the interview, we were all a little punch drunk by this time)


B: ok stop putting words in my mouth

(We got off topic, yet again, and brought up weird Twi stuff, like Twilight themed ice cream and a strange wall shadow to give your daughter, her very own bedroom stalker!)

S: What is your FanFic Pet peeve?

B: CUM, because it's totally not a verb. Also, I don't like it much as a noun. The only fic I read with that word in it Daniel Gale, Cumming to America. I fucking love Daniel and his mummy, Annette.

If you are using it as a noun use a better word. Like Jizz
I like making Canon Edward say Ejaculate. Makes Candace think of latex gloves and dixie cups

S: What is your Fandom Pet peeve?

B: People who wax all emo about how they are leavin the fandom... and then don't.
Fanfiction is supposed to be fun. If it's not, then flounce. No need for the drama.


B_TBG: I just saw this and thought I share

B: That was awesome!

S: I loved it too!

B_TBG: Sweet!



S: Do you have anything else to add?

B: Dude I can't remember anything I said. Do I have anything to add? probably!

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