Sittin’ On The Porch With Kelly – Author Susan Kite – On Writing Fan Fiction #amwriting

Good Morning Readers! It’s a beautiful day on the porch today. It’s a little warm but we’ve got our sweet tea and I’m excited about this morning’s visitor.  I’ve heard a lot about Fan Fiction and even read some, but today we get a perspective from Author Susan Kite who cut her writing teeth on Fan Fiction. Let’s listen in as Susan shares her journey:

For years I wrote fan-fiction. Occasionally, I still do. Oh, good grief, the little voices declare, that trash? You don’t have anything better to do, other little voices ask?

So how did I get into writing fan-fiction? The television shows I watched in the late fifties, sixties, and into the seventies caught my imagination. I watched and loved the characters. The settings intrigued me. What the plots lacked, my mind supplied. When the episode ended for the week, I imagined all sorts of adventure that these heroes might have beyond the TV screen. Unfortunately, I wrote only a fraction of what my mind created.

Even when I married, had children and was working, I still plotted stories with Mr. Spock, Buck Rogers, the Barkleys and other characters. Again these remained in my brain. It was only when my children were almost grown and I found others of similar passions, that I began writing down the ideas that came into my mind. Zorro was the catalyst. A series I had watched as a young child, I now watched in the 90’s on the Disney Channel. Viewing it as an adult gave me ideas that came from my years of experience. I took Diego de la Vega/Zorro on journeys well beyond what Walt Disney’s writers conceived in the late 50’s. But something else was happening. I was developing skills in writing. There were other fan-fiction writers who “beta read” (edited) my work, as I did with theirs. We had our own little online writing groups. Some of us even got together in person to discuss our plots, settings and characters. 

I wrote, and wrote and wrote, often well into the night. I continued writing Zorro, then Lost in Space, Buck Rogers, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and a few other television shows. I wrote short vignettes, short stories, novellas and series of novels. I improved my researching skills for the historical pieces, how to let imagination fly in the sci fi and fantasy. I even wrote some poetry and essays. In short, if I had not spent so much time writing fan-fiction, I would not have been able to write decent original fiction. I also wouldn’t have fallen so much in love with the written word.

Not too long ago, just before my first book was published, there was a very talented author on one of my fan-fiction groups. We were excited for her when she got a contract with a major romance publishing company. Immediately, she informed us that if we wanted any of her fan-fiction stories, we had better download them, because she was going to take them off the internet. She wasn’t the first. I never could figure out if these were contractual issues or if suddenly the fact that they had been writing stories about TV characters was something to be ashamed of. I will be honest with you—I am not ashamed. I owe a lot to those years of writing fan-fiction.

Thank you, Susan for joining me today. I enjoyed your journey and I agree with you. As long as you’re writing you’re improving your craft. If you’re writing something you enjoy and learning at the same time, I say Write On!

You can find out more about Susan on my Porch Guests Page.

About Kelly Abell

I am a writer, blogger, and graphic artist. My aim for you is to utilize this blog to help you improve your writing skills, and to educate you on the publishing business. If you need help with writing, want to self-publish a book and need advice, or just want to kick a story idea around to see what works best, that's what I'm here for. As I gain knowledge from editors and publishers, I will share that knowledge with you. As writers we should always strive to improve our craft and grow. A day should not pass where you haven't learned or tried something new with your writing. Many thanks to my Night Owl Friend, Lea Ellen Borg for editing my posts! Best to you and all your characters and stories. Write on, my friends...Write on.
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