Today we’re joined by Fen. Fen is a talented and versatile writer who writes both fan fiction and original work. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I write short poetry and prose and things that are kind of in between.
What inspires you?
Everything! I can be doing the most mundane thing and suddenly an image will flash into my head complete with the most perfect wording and I will have to get it down right then otherwise it’ll be gone forever.
This usually happens the moment before I fall asleep. I’ve spent many a morning grieving over lost potential.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been a voracious reader ever since I can remember, and knowing that people made a living by creating something that brought me so much joy just made me determined to do it as well. Sadly, my Mum, while supportive of my imagination, never encouraged me to go professional because ‘writing can never be a job’. So I don’t write as much as I should.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Usually in my poetry there’ll be a reference to a storm; someone once described me as a force of nature more terrifying than a storm (because they know they can survive the storm) and ever since then that’s how I’ve described all women.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Be that force of nature. Believe in yourself so strongly that people will bunker down in fear, or risk their lives to revel in what you create. Do not ever let anyone tell you that you cannot make a living doing what you love. And never, ever stop making art.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Panromantic asexual with a sex drive but no sexual attraction. Confusing.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not in my field, no, but I tend to keep myself pretty secular anyway.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
In general: that asexual people just haven’t had good enough sex yet (or similarly ‘how do you know if you’ve never tried it?’)
Directed at me personally: that I can’t be asexual because I dress sexy. Being aware of how damn fine I look does not give anyone else the right to my body.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You’re not broken, or weird, or ‘just in need of a good shag’. If you’ve never had sex, that’s fine. If you have previously had sex, that’s fine. Your asexual-ness isn’t defined by your sexual history. Fight the ones who try and tell you how to identify.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you so much, Fen, for participating in this interview and project. It’s very much appreciated.