Writer's Showcase
created by
Annie Lansbury

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Lois & Clark The New Adventure of Superman Writer's Showcase. At the bottom of this web site you will findlinks to past featured writers. Just click on the any writer's name you might have missed or want to read again and you will be taken to their interview.

Now, in keeping with Annie's famous words, without further ado I am proud and honored to present this week's Writer in the Writer's Showcase ...

Annette, Labrat, Kaethel, Avia

Featured Writer of the Week
Marilyn Puett

Personal Information

Author name
Marilyn Puett

E-mail addresses

Huntsville, Alabama (AKA Rocket City USA)

List, AOL, or web affiliations
Nbr1SuperMom on AIM, LOISCLA-GENERAL-L, Zoomway's Message Boards, Supermom on IRC

Lois and Clark or Superman Status

How long have you been watching L&C?
I never watched the show during its original run. I stumbled upon it by accident when TNT first started running it in syndication in the afternoons. After a few shows I was hooked. I've always liked shows with romantic tension and this fit the bill. Not to mention that Superman looked kind of hunky too! Now remember, I'd never seen the show before, so I had no idea who Dean and Teri were. I was new to the internet at that time, but had done a little research on some other shows I enjoyed so one day I typed "Lois and Clark" into the search engine to see what I would find. WOW! I found all sorts of show info, cast biographies, gossip, photographs, and eventually the fanfic. The Fanfic Archive was the first place I found and once I started reading it, I was hooked. About 10 months ago I was introduced to the IRC and, as the layer of dust in my house indicates, spend too much time there.

How long have you been a fan of Superman?
For as long as I can remember. I was born the same year that the George Reeves show began filming, so I always remember there being a Superman on television. I can remember running home from school to watch that show. I've always had a thing about flying. I remember being so disappointed as a child when I stood in my backyard, thought lovely thoughts, sprinkled myself with fairy dust (actually mica-filled dirt from my mother's flower garden), and could NOT fly away. But even if I couldn't fly, I could still fight for truth, justice, and the American way! The first Christopher Reeve movie came out about five years after I got married and my husband and I saw all of that series (and even the Supergirl movie too!). Back to flying...the flying sequence in the first movie remains one of my favorite movie scenes to this day (you will find that song in my Napster files). I can't say, however, that hubby shares my Lois and Clark enthusiasm.

How long have you been writing?
dabbled a bit in high school with some poetry and I kept a journal for part of my four years in college. Then I spent 4 years working for a government contractor where part of my job was to write technical procedures. Talk about exciting! And because I was the new kid on the block, I also got the "Weekly Notes" dropped in my lap. Those are about as thrilling as the procedures. (segue to next question)

How long have you been writing L&C fanfic?
I wrote my first L&C fanfic almost a year ago. It was called "Be My Smallville Valentine". I have to laugh a little because I gave away a lot of story ideas on Zoom's boards before I actually jumped in and tried to write one myself. Every now and again, I'll re-read a story where the author will began with "This is in response to SuperMom's 'What If' challenge...." Do I get a half-credit for those? -)

What types of Fanfic have you written?
My stories have been short, frothy, WAFFY bits of fluff with short gusts of angst. I've also contributed to both the Silly Revelations and the L&C Musicals, wrote one Tank ending (it was a beginning really), and even wrote part of a naughty little Round-Robin-type story based around the episode "It's a Small World After All."

Most recent story posted? Where?
"I'm in the Nude for Love" was posted in December, 2000 on both Zoom's nfic board and annesplace.net.

Favorite story you have written? Why?
"I'm in the Nude for Love" has to be my favorite because...well because...just because it was such fun to write the characters in such a sticky and uncharacteristic situation.

Current project/projects?
I currently have a sequel to my first story in the works. It's about a return to Smallville for Valentine's Day. I'd like to have it finished for THIS year's Valentine's Day. But please don't hold me to that! I also have a couple pages done on a sequel to "Clark.doc" but again I won't make any promises about if or when it might be completed. My muse has been known to make sudden, unscheduled trips abroad and doesn't seem to respond to bribery.

Personal picks of other Fanfics you have read?
You honestly expect me to pick? Some of the first fanfic I read still remain favorites -- "Camping with Clark," "Heaven's Prisoners," "A Shot in the Dark," the Dayz series, and the Bedtime vignettes to mention a few (can you see the nfic trend emerging here?!). But I also like the work of......see? I told you I couldn't pick! I like so much of it by so many different people.

General Interview Questions

What attracted you to writing Fanfic and what about it do you enjoy?
I've always admired anyone who could put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and craft a tale. And until recently that talent eluded me completely. As I said earlier, I gave away quite a few ideas before I finally wrote a story of my own. The idea just popped into my head, and with the help of some great editors and beta-readers, it became a reality. I think that reading so much great fanfic on all the sites attracted me to the idea. I kept thinking, "I want to do that too." And I suppose I enjoy a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction from writing a story. Oh...and another thing...I enjoy continuing the Lois and Clark adventure!

What about the L&C and the characters do you like the most?
Finally...an easy question! I love the relationship between Lois and Clark. From the beginning (even though you'd never get Lois to admit it), it was based on mutual respect, trust, and admiration -- solid grounds for any relationship. Then the romance developed (and I'm always a sucker for a good romance) and it too was based on respect, trust, and admiration (despite a few arghs along the way). I'm also a great fan of Martha Kent (being the mother of sons myself) and have always loved her sensible approach to life and that little sparkle of mischief you can see in her eyes. If Martha appears in my stories, she's always in a supportive, caring role and/or trying to get Lois and Clark together.

How do you interpret them in your work?
Most of my stories are about Lois and Clark as a married couple. She's the intrepid reporter who babbles and he's the loving husband who is also a Superhero. Whatever situation I have them in, their marriage is always a strong partnership. The several pre-marriage stories that I've written still show respect, trust, and admiration, but also show Lois's fear of letting go of her heart and Clark's longing to fit in, find a girl, get married, and have a family. I try to stay as close to canon as possible, but have strayed a little from the show's chain of events on occasion (Clark's patience gave way in my very first story!).

How did you begin writing in general?
See above.

What are you working on now and where do you see it going?
Right now I'm working on a sequel to my first story "Be My Smallville Valentine." And at the moment, I see it going straight into the wastebasket! Remember that stubborn muse I mentioned a few paragraphs back? She's on one of her sabbaticals again and not cooperating at all!

What is your opinion about the following types of L&C fanfic's?



Round Robin?
I sat in on an IRC Round Robin session one night and was completely speechless. I admire the ability to think so quickly on your feet.


Has *everything* been done in your opinion, and if not, what is left?
As our characters said in an early episode, "There are no old stories, just new angles." So, no, everything hasn't been done and as for what is left -- who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Oh wait -- that's The Shadow! With all the talented writers contributing to the fanfic pool now, there's no end to what can be written. As Buzz Lightyear would say, "To infinity and beyond!"

What do you think makes the best story?
A satisfied reader!

Would you like to add a link or URL to your favorite fanfic for the readers to sample your writing?
http//www.annesplace.net/nfanfic/supmomnude.html (note, you'll need the password to get there - Anne ;)

Where is the best place for a reader to locate your work?
The Lois and Clark Fanfic Archive and annesplace.net house all my work.

Open Forum For Author Comments
I'd like to thank the Academy, my husband and children, my parents.... LOL! I've always wanted to say that! I WOULD like to thank all of FoLCdom for such wonderful entertainment. Shucks! Where else can you get all this good reading material and not have to pay for it? I've made so many new cyber-friends all over the world. If I was ever in desperate trouble, I believe I could just stick my head out of a window and yell, "HELP! Cyber-friends!" and they would come to my rescue. And of course, if you're ever in my neck of the woods, let me know and we'll do lunch.