Happy Monday, readers! I am very excited to welcome author Rosalie Stanton to Austenesque Reviews today! While Rosalie has several books under her belt already, she published her first Pride and Prejudice inspired story a few months ago – A Higher Education. (Which I am currently devouring and reviewing later this week!) Since Rosalie was a new-to-me author I asked her to share a little about herself, her writing, and what inspired A Higher Education. I hope you enjoy learning about her as much as I did!!
I cut my writing teeth on fanfic.
That used to be something no serious author would admit. When I was writing it, it was that shameful, dirty secret I kept to myself. I’d be introduced to new friends as an “avid writer” by those who knew me, and while this was true, it often provoked the uncomfortable question: “What do you write?”
How, exactly, do you announce that you write Buffy fanfic? Specifically, Buffy fanfic in the Spuffy (Spike/Buffy) subfandom, and there is lots and lots of sex?
Answer: you don’t. You smile and say, “Paranormal. With vampires.”
When I say I cut my writing teeth on fanfic, I mean it. I’ve been a writer since I knew how to hold a pencil. In my youth, I’d steal scratchpads from my grandparents’ print shop and doodle flip-book-style stories. I filled countless spiral notebooks with longhand YA stories I was sure would actually be published one day. When my mother broke down and supplied our first computer—a piece of ancient alien technology that was ready to be put to pasture by the time it landed in our home—I taught myself how to type. I learned about spaces after periods. I wrote epic-long Star Wars stories (which I thought I could publish, because the EU was a thing). I wrote a combination of short horror stories, novel-length fantasy, and the occasional piece of lofty Mortal Kombat fanfic (Liu Kang/Kitana were my jam).
When I was fourteen, though, and after our dinosaur computer had been exchanged for something with internet capabilities, I discovered that people actually published stories set in established universes online.