Today we’re joined by Alyssa. Alyssa is a wonderful writer who writes both fanfiction and original poetry. She’s currently working on a fic based on the US version of The Office. When she’s not writing, Alyssa enjoys knitting and knits plenty of things for friends and family. Alyssa is an enthusiastic and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am a fan fiction writer, poet, and knitter. I am currently writing fan fiction for The Office (US). My poetry has been published in a few books by the American Library of Poetry. Knitting is more of a Hobby, I make almost anything mostly for friends and family.
What inspires you?
I honestly don’t know what inspired me to start writing fan fiction, maybe out of boredom, but I am really enjoying it. In poetry it is nature and my life experience.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
These 3 things are not my ultimate goal, which is to be a costume designer, which I have wanted since I was 12, and I consider that a type of artist so in short, yes.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t think that working in some other field will not help you reach your ultimate goal, other experience may come in handy.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I haven’t really, and I hope not to in the future.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That Asexuals can’t have a dirty mind/make sexual jokes. (This may not be the most common one I hear, but I don’t see it mentioned a lot.)
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Find someone to help you talk through it, find an ace chat etc.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
You can read my fan fiction on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/users/Pan_Cake_Cats/works
My poetry is here: https://poetryonpancakes.blogspot.com/
My knitting isn’t really anywhere, but if you would like to order a custom handknit hat or handwarmers visit my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitknacksByAlyssa?ref=seller-platform-mcnav
Thank you, Alyssa, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.