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Author Interview with the Klaroline Awards Best Smut and Best Creative Author 2016: Angelikah

We caught up with the lovely and talented winner of Best Smut and Best Creative Author in the 2016 Klaroline Awards, Angie, aka Angelikah on Fanfiction/AO3 and @thetourguidebarbie on tumblr.

KM: To those people who don’t know you, quickly describe who you are as a fanfiction writer and Klaroliner.

Angie: I guess I would describe myself as someone who writes a little bit of everything. I like writing a wide range of genres, especially plotty fics and fusions. My favorites to write are definitely my Harry Potter AUs, though. I think that a lot of the stuff I write is targeted towards a very specific sort of reader, like my Pokemon crossover or my moreΒ ‘hardcore’ smut pieces, but I also write things that are targeted towards a broader audience. I like to put the characters we love in situations that are completely different from the show and try my best to keep them in character. I think that’s what I love most about it.

KM: How did it feel to win not just one but two Klaroline Author Awards for Best Smut and Best Creative Author?

Angie: It was great! I was really happy with my wins, and I’m super flattered that people voted for me.

KM: You also won the highest number of single votes in the author category for Best Smut Author, how does it feel knowing that so many people love your ability to convey such intimate details so flawlessly?

Angie: I had no idea that I had the highest number of single votes, so that’s incredible, and I’m happy that people seem to like my writing so much. I would never say that my smut is flawless, and I definitely have a long way to go with it in certain aspects. It’s honestly still kind of mind-blowing to me that people really seem to gravitate towards it.

KM: Smut is something that a lot of people struggle with writing, does it come easily to you? Or is it something that takes a while to master?

Angie: I wouldn’t say it comes easily to me at all. I was very nervous when I published my first smut piece, but after that I got more confidence as I kept going. Like any other sort of writing, I think it just takes practice. I’m still trying to figure things out.

KM: What suggestions do you have for people who would like to write smut but are having difficulties taking that first step?

Angie: Well, the first thing I’d say is that just because you write it doesn’t mean you have to publish it. If you’re very nervous, it’s fine to write it and just let it sit on your computer and edit it over time, or write new pieces and get practice. Don’t be afraid to experiment on your own. Sometimes knowing that something will never see the light of day gives me courage to work on things I wouldn’t otherwise let myself consider doing. Give yourself permission to not judge yourself on content or trying new things.

I think reading smut also helps. Look at your favorite smut authors and try to notice what parts you like best. What words do they use? What aspects of their writing do you find interesting or special? Keep those aspects in mind when you’re practicing. You don’t necessarily have to mimic them, and sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what you like about someone’s writing. You might even find that they do something you like to read but that it’s not really something you use in your writing style, and that’s fine too.

KM: Creativity is such an amazing skill to possess, how do you constantly come up with new ideas and scenarios in your writing?

Angie: Thanks! The ideas come naturally, to be honest. I’ve always had a very overactive imagination, and sometimes just an interaction I see or a word I hear someone say or a conversation or experience I have will spark something.

For instance, I Choose You (my Pokemon crossover) was sparked by a conversation I was having with one of my fellow Klaroliners at literally two in the morning about what a terrible idea it was to send a ten year old out by themselves to wander around and catch dangerous animals that could probably kill them, and I was like “Yeah, they should wait until they’re eighteen or older” and then I was like “Caroline and Klaus trapped together on a Pokemon journey” and then it just sort of happened.

KM: Are there any tips you can share with other writers who are looking for some creative inspiration and may be experiencing some writer’s block?

Angie: For writer’s block on something you’re already writing, I think it’s different for everyone. Sometimes when I’m working on something I’ll open a new document just so I can have that ‘blank page’ feeling, and it can be less stressful when I don’t already have a lot of words on the page. Also forcing myself to write works for me. I can always go back and edit something later, so no matter how bad I think something is, it can always get better and eventually morph into something readable.

As for creative inspiration, one of my go-to’s is coffee shops. I am a caffeine addict, and so I go a lot to sit down to write, and the conversations you overhear are ridiculous. People tend to talk about super private things when they think that they will never see any of these people again, and sometimes random conversations will spark something.

 

Read Angie’s stories onΒ AO3 and fanfiction.net

  • Jusea

    She is one of my favorite authors! Congratulations! I love this interview.