Website (if any):
Where are you from (Country and/or State)?
Indiana-Born and Raised. Just like Larabee
How did you get into the Mag7 fandom?
Actually I got into fanfiction altogether
because of Glenda and into M7 because of her. I discovered fanfiction
through Stargate SG1. While I was reading that I came across a magnificent
story called Friendship Lost and had to write the author to tell
her how wonderful it was. She was one of the few who wrote back
and an instant friendship started...Just like Chris and Vin. <G>
She encouraged me to start writing again. After a dozen or so stories
in that fandom she started urging me to write M7. I loved westerns
but had never written one before but with her help it turned out
so much better than I expected.
How long have you been writing Mag7
Since the end of 2000 or beginning of
2001 I think.
How has your writing changed since you
Hopefully it's gotten better. I think,
(thanks to Glenda) I write more emotionally than I used to.
Is this your only fandom, your major
fandom or one of many?
This is my major fandom. I started off
(again thanks to Glenda) posting in the Stargate SG1 fandom but
after starting M7 I really haven't done any more except for the
crossover I've had in the works for awhile.
What is it about this fandom that you
Everything. I love the characters and
interaction between them. They aren't supermen or perfect angels.
They're simply different men with different points of view, different
backgrounds and values who willingly and some unwillingly stepped
into a situation to try and make it better. I do have to say that
I love the people in this fandom the walking, talking, people not
the imaginary ones. Everyone in this fandom is extremely friendly.
I have seen other fandoms where the people barely acknowledge you
exist but here everyone makes new comers feel welcome and other
authors are not only willing to help but don't hesitate to offer
advice and encouragment.
Did you like the Old West before Mag7
or did that come afterwards?
I've been watching westerns since I was
a little kid...a long long time ago. Anybody remember Sugarfoot?
I used to get in trouble because Mom would catch me up late on a
school night watching High Chapparel. It's still one of my favorites.
I love the old west period in our history. I would have loved to
have lived back than although I would probably have been vegetarian
because the thought of killing a animal just turns my stomach.
Did you see the show before you got
into the fandom or after, or haven’t you seen the show yet?
Before. Although surprisingly enough
I've never seen the movie. I caught the ending one time and because
I would keep picturing our guys in their corresponding role, for
obvious reasons decided against ever seeing the entire movie.
What do you think about the show opposed
to the fandom?
I think if some of the authors in this
fandom were writing for the show, it would have had a longer run
then Gunsmoke. The authors here really delve into the characters
and there's so many original ideas there would be no need for re-runs.
If the producers and tv execs would actually go on the web and check
things out, one look at this fandom and the show would be back on
the air before anyone could say Ezra P Standish.
Is the show your main interest and the
fandom comes after or the other way around and why?
I love the show but I think the fandom
is my main interest, although it is nice to sit and drool once in
a while. I've always loved to read and I like the fandom because
it's interesting to see different people's versions of the guys,
their emotions, what motivates them, their history, etc.
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I have two old west stories,
a crossover and a Lil' Pard story in the works. I'm also editing
a fabulous story for Glenda and editing a cross over for a wonderful
new writer to the fandom.
How and where do you write?
Anywhere and everywhere, every free moment
I have. I mostly write on my computer but if I don't have it handy
and the guys decide they wanna start running their mouths, I grab
a pen and any paper handy. I used to drive late at night for a courier
service so between two a.m and eleven a.m or whenever I got back
to the terminal I had a notebook laying on the seat beside me and
would scribble while driving down the highway. The interesting part
was trying to decipher the scribbles when I got home. <G>
What’s the hardest part about
writing in this fandom?
Not feeling inadequate after reading
stories by so many wonderful authors who write for this fandom.
Why do you write?
Because I have to. I love writing. I
started writing in the sixth grade at the encouragement of my English
teacher. She even submitted my first story to a magazine but at
that time they didn't accept anything unless you were eighteen years
old. I guess I was writing fanfiction before I even knew what it
was because alot of my stories featured characters from my favorite
shows or even members of my favorite bands. I stopped for a long
time (too busy supporting and raising my daughter) but it wasn't
until Glenda got me started again that everything in my life seemed
to calm down. I didn't get upset or irritated so easily. I guess
Josiah would say writing helps me stay balanced.
What writers do you think you've been
In life? Louis L'amour, Janet Evanovich,
Mary Higgins Clark...quite a few of them. In this fandom? Almost
every author influences me in some way.
What advice would you offer to beginning
Listen to the characters (My daughter
teases me and Glenda about the seven guys that live in our heads)
because they're going to take the story where they want it to go
whether it's what you intended or not and they're usually right.
Listen to your beta or editor or (whatever you choose to call them)
because they see things you may have missed or weren't sure if it
worked. Most of all listen to yourself and remember it's your story
so write it the way that's going to make you happy. Write to make
yourself happy not to please anyone else.
Where do you get your inspiration for
your stories from?
Everywhere. Sometimes it may be something
as simple as reading a line in a story or hearing a line on television
that will set off a whole idea. It may be just seeing a picture
and imagining the fellas in it or hearing a song on the radio. Sometimes
(and it happens more than I care to admit) a conversation between
2 of the guys will start in my head and I take it from there.
Do you read any of the other AU’s
(ATF, LB and so on) out there and do you have a favourite?
I love almost all of the AU's but if
I had to pick a favorite besides Glenda's I would probably say it
would be LB. Especially the stories that involve Ezra dealing with
little Vin and JD.
What do you look for as a reader of
Interesting plots. Good original characters.
I like the missing scenes from episodes because it's fun to see
how the author pictured the episode happening. I want the story
to revolve around the guys and their interactions more than the
OC's. I want to see inside the characters head and understand the
motivation behind their actions.
Do you think there's anything missing
in the fandom?
The only thing missing are the M7 fans
who don't know about this fandom. Actually at the moment I would
probably say no. There's so many different takes on the characters,
stories and AU's that it seems to have everything. Then again, the
next time I get the chance to surf for new stories I'm sure I'll
find something I would have never thought of.
Types of stories or certain characters
that you'd like to see more of?
There's so many diverse stories and characters
that it would be hard to choose. I would like to see more of Yolanda's
Castaway stories. I think it'll be interesting to see what kind
of situations she can put the boys in when they're the only ones
on the island. <G> She's done a wonderful job so far. I was
really looking forward to the sequel Jean had planned for Lil Ez's
return. She was a magnificent writer and will always be missed.
I would like to see some more of NotTasha's Amazon series...hint
hint hint and I would really like to see some more stories following
Freyan's Blue Horse. (BIG HINT)
Are there any characters or situations
that you don't think you'll ever write?
Slash or death fics. I don't think I
would be very good at slash and I can't bear the thought of killing
off any of the characters let alone my fellas.
Who’s your favourite character
That's an easy one...EZRA. Especially
the fandom Ezra. He's funny, mischievious, conniving and looks at
things different than most people. As strange as it may sound, I
identify with him in a lot of ways. I love to play poker and have
been playing and watching the game since I was a little kid. I find
it very hard to take people at face value and I especially identify
with the way he hides his insecurities behind his cocky sarcastic
wit. Just to name a few things.
Who’s your second favourite character
Another easy one. Vin! Like Ezra he's
a mass of contradictions which makes him an interesting character.
He's the perfect western hero.
Who’s your favourite bad guy and
I don't think I have a favorite. I have
a tendency to ignore the bad guys and just wait for them to get
What’s your favourite episode
I don't think I really have a favorite
episode. I have favorite scenes from each episode. If I had to pick
one, it would probably be The Collector. I like the interaction
between all the guys especially Ez and Vin. I love the scene with
Buck and Ez trying to light the dynamite and Ez letting Vin con
him out of the money to save Nettie's homestead, for which he still
owes $3 interest.
What’s your favourite story and
As much as I love each of Glenda's stories
I would have to say...Second Childhood by Jean. It's a fabulous
story. Very original and so visual. It's very easy to picture every
scene in your mind. I grin like an idiot everytime I think about
Chris giving Ez his baff.
Any favourite author?
Lots of them. Of course Glenda is my
absolute favorite but there's also Nottasha, Kelly, Jean, Heather,
Yolanda, Riverbrat, Aimless, Freyan, Twyla and to many numerous
others to name.
What storyline would you most have liked
to see in season 3?
Actually there's probably more than one.
I would have liked to see a stronger friendship develop between
Chris and Ezra. I would have liked to have seen an episode where
Ezra uses a con to help clear Vin's name. And I would have liked
to see Chris get a little justice by Ella Gaines getting what she
If you could change one thing about
the show, what would it be?
That is wasn't cancelled!
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