Featured Showcased Writer of the Month
Erin Klingler

Writers' showcase revisited

What have you been up to since the last interview?
Well, I've still been around FoLCdom, for one thing. ;) I'm still a general editor for the fanfic archive, which is a job I really love. I get to talk with so many great authors that way, and with my pull-your-hair-out-busy Real Life schedule, having a fanfic assigned to me to edit gives me the perfect excuse to read fanfiction without feeling guilty. :)

As for my personal writing goes--I'm still writing a lot of fanfics, but my current project is a third novel (and hopefully it'll be my first published ;). But I've often thought about what would happen if I did get published, and I still keep coming back to the realization that Lois & Clark fanfiction will always be my true love. :)

Although a FoLC is forever, are you still an active part of the fandom? What holds your interest now?
Yep, I'm still really active in fandom. I'm still coordinating the fanfic Kerth Awards, as well as doing my own web design, as well as web design for some friends of mine. I'm on several Lois & Clark mailing lists, and I love that association with all the fans of the show that are still around. I pop onto Zoomway's message boards from time to time as well, even though I seem to be more of a lurker than a poster there lately. <sg>

Are you still writing? If so, what is/are your current project/projects?
As I mentioned above, I'm definitely still writing. :) It is absolutely a passion for me. Having four small kids, I honestly don't find time to get out much and do anything for myself in the way of hobbies, so writing has become such an integral part of my life. I simply cannot imagine my life without it.

As for current projects: most of my writing time lately has been consumed with this novel I'm working on, but I still get the bug from time to time to write a bit of fanfiction. :) I've finished three or so fanfics in the last several months-mostly shorter ones-and have dropped a couple of scenes here and there into my big fanfic project, my Darkest Hour sequel. It may be a while before I finish it, but for those of you who still nag at me about it from time to time, yes, I'm still going on it, albeit slowly. ;)

Do you think your writing style has evolved? How? Why?
In some ways it has. I wouldn't say that my writing style has completely changed. I've often gone back and read my fanfics from my early fandom days, and I can still tell they're mine. I guess that means my writing style hasn't evolved to the point of non-recognition. <g> But I have learned-both through trial and error, and from all the great and talented authors out here in our fandom <g>--how to tighten up a scene, to use different punctuation that I used to be afraid of ;), and to expand my plotting skills. I think that all the practice I've had from actually writing fanfics (plus getting such tremendous and helpful feedback from people when I do!), as well as the opportunity to work as a general editor has really helped my writing. I wouldn't trade my days in LNC fanfiction writing for anything in the world. It-as well as all the writers in fandom-have taught me so much that I feel like I ought to have paid them college tuition. <g>

Has your view on the characters and the show changed, and why?
Definitely not. I loved the characters and the show back when it was on the air, and I still love it now. I don't always find the time to watch all the TNT reruns or my taped episodes like I used to, but Lois & Clark still holds (and undoubtedly will always hold) a very special place in my heart. Not only did I fall in love with the characters and the story lines the very first time I watched my first episode, but it was my first time every connecting with fans of a show on-line. That has made it incredibly special to me. :)

Are your tastes in fanfic, as well as your view of writing in general, different from what they used to be? Why?
No, not really. I'm still a hopeless romantic, and will always love those WAFFy stories.or at least the stories that have some great WAFF in them. :)

What are your most recent picks of other fanfics in the fandom?
Gosh, there are so many great stories out there that it's virtually impossible to narrow it down to just a few! And like I said, I don't get much of a chance to read fanfiction as much as I'd like, since my Real Life is always so hectic. But I always LOVE IT when one of my many favorite authors request me as their general editor for a fanfic they're submitting, since it's always such a treat to have an excuse to read such a wonderful story that I've heard such great things about. ;)

Open forum for author comments.
I've never been very good at these "open forum" answers. <sg> I will say, however, that all of you--my friends--that I've met here in fandom mean a great deal to me. You've all been such a huge part of my life that I can't imagine what my life would be like without you. Some of you have even become such close friends that we've met up in the real world and done things together. That has meant the world to me. :) And every single time I get an email from somebody in our fandom (fanfic related or otherwise <g>), it always brightens my day more than I could ever say. So THANK YOU to all of you out there who have made Lois & Clark on-line fandom such a wonderful, memorable part of my life. There will always be a special place in my heart for this fandom, no matter where my life may lead in the future. :)