Today we’re joined by Ell. Ell is a phenomenal fanfiction writer who writes in a few different fandoms. She’s currently focused on Star Trek and Babylon 5, but has also written some Sherlock fics. She is very passionate about fandom and finds a great deal of enjoyment through writing fics. It’s clear she’s a very talented and dedicated writer, 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 write fanfiction. I mostly write for my ships from Star Trek and Babylon 5 at the moment, but I sometimes write for other things. My first published fanfictions were Sherlock ones. I love fanfiction and fanfiction writing because the community is (for the most part) amazing! There are so many lovely and interesting people I have met through reading and writing fanfiction.
What inspires you?
All sorts of things inspire me! Personal experiences, other fanfictions I’ve read, songs, anything could inspire me! Mostly it’s personal experience (or wanting a personal experience) and stories I want to give characters that I feel deserve it. My friends and fellow writers also inspire me. Their stories always seem so carefully thought out, and they’re never afraid to do something different.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I have adored writing since I was 8 years old. I actually started out writing original stories. Now I look back on my first story and think it’s really cringey, but I also know that that was where I started, and look at me now! I may only have two complete original stories, but I stuck with almost all of the fanfiction I started, and I know that just as much effort has gone into those stories as my original ones, if not more so. I can’t actually remember how I got into fanfiction writing. I guess I just started to read a lot of it and thought that maybe I could do it too!
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?
I usually project at least one thing about myself onto the character I relate to most. Whether that is my sexuality or my state of mind. I also tend to focus on writing from the point of view of the character I don’t relate to that much but still love just as much. For example, when I’m writing Spock/McCoy, I usually focus on McCoy. I also usually put an author’s note before the beginning of a chapter.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Dare to be different. Go against stereotypes. If something hasn’t been done that you think should be, do it yourself. That may seem scary, but if you care enough about it, your care will overrun your fear.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as asexual and biromantic. I am also mostly sex-repulsed.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have not, thank god! And I hope I never do, though that’s unlikely. I know that there is a lot of it out there, and what to expect, so I’m prepared.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we’re all the same. That if one of us is sex-repulsed, so are all of us. That if one of us is aromantic, so are the rest of us. We are not all the same, and people need to realize that.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Go with your heart. If your heart says you’re asexual, believe it. If it’s confused, maybe look up some other a-spec orientations. Don’t trust people who aren’t asexual to tell you whether you are or aren’t asexual.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I post things occasionally on my Tumblr, which is fangirl-star.
My active fanfiction account is on Archive of Our Own is FangirlStar. I post my Star Trek and Babylon 5 fanfiction on there, along with a few other bits and pieces. The ships I currently write for are Spock/Leonard McCoy (Star Trek) and Vir Cotto/Lennier (Babylon 5), but I’m going to start writing Thor/Bruce Banner (Marvel) soon. Everything I post on there is slash and rated T at most. I only ever imply at sexual content.
My very first fanfiction account, which I don’t post on anymore, is Ellis Jenkins on FanFiction.net. About two thirds of my stuff on there is Sherlock Holmes. I wrote OC/Mycroft Holmes. My very early Star Trek slash is on there as well.
Thank you, Ell, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.