Today we’re joined by Mari. Mari is a wonderful aspiring author and dedicated fanfiction writer. When she’s not working on fiction, Mari writes for her school paper and is working toward a minor in journalism. She’s incredibly passionate about writing, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m a writer, both FanFiction and for my school paper, but I’m aspiring to be a published author. Writing is a passion. I’m in college for a major in English and a minor in journalism. I write FanFiction for a few fandoms, such as Soul Eater. As for my school paper, it’s just small stuff, like the football game or a fundraiser. But we gotta start somewhere, right?
What inspires you?
My inspiration really comes from my own life experiences. But my real motivation are my friends. I wouldn’t write anything if it wasn’t for them. Especially my Tumblr friends. They’ve gotten me farther then I could’ve imagined.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
To be honest? Yeah. Ever since I was little, reading and writing was a big love for me. I’d buy book after book. But soon, I wanted to start to write for myself. What I am today, I’ve always wanted to be.
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?
If you asked me, I’d say no. I don’t really notice any unique thing about my writing. But I’ve been told that I make my writing very emotional. I make people feel with the characters.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I’d say that what you want to do is completely you. It’s not anyone’s business of what you want, and no one knows what you want except you. Don’t let them tell you otherwise!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m a sex-repulsed ace, but I’m also panromantic. At least, I’m pretty sure I’m pan. I’m still figuring myself out. I just know for sure I’m ace.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have, actually. In high school, I had a small column in the paper. I could write anything I wanted. I wrote about asexuality, and other orientations. Though everything was anonymous, people found out who I was. I got bullied a lot. From mean notes in my locker to someone actually peeing on my chair. Stupid, huh? Finally, I went to the principle. A new policy was put in; anyone found bullying would be suspended. The teasing stopped.!
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I don’t have emotions. I can’t write without emotions. I actually do have emotions. And I love romance books. Crazy!
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s however you feel. Whatever you’re comfortable with. And if you find out that, hey, maybe I’m ace? Then that’s amazing! And if you realize that you aren’t, that’s amazing too! Your orientation is completely you.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
They could check out my Tumblr, at saucey-and-spicey! All my fanfic work is posted there!
Thank you, Mari, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.