Today we’re joined by Hannah. Hannah is a phenomenal fanartist who writes fanfiction. She has dabbled in a number of fandoms including Miraculous Ladybug and Voltron. When she’s not writing fanfiction, Hannah also has a few original novellas that she’s working on. She’s clearly a dedicated and passionate writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I’m a fanfiction writer, but I’ve kind of put that on hold
for a while as I work on my university senior thesis, and my other original
ideas. My earliest fandom was the anime One
Piece, but I’ve written for Detective
Conan, Miraculous Ladybug and Voltron: Legendary Defender, too. My
original story is still in its early stages, only about five chapters in, but
it’s coming along.
What inspires you?
Reading other people’s fanfictions, actually. Whenever I’m
in a slump I go and reread my favorite OTP fics and tell myself that if they
can publish a 50k fanfic, for free, then
I can eek out a few more pages of a chapter. Also going back and reading
comments on my older stories; I occasionally get a comment on my old stuff on
fanfiction.net and every time I’m stunned that someone dug around and found
this unfinished Detective Conan fic
in the depths of an ancient website, but it still makes me happy whenever I
look at those comments.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I guess read a lot when I was a kid, and wrote short (and
honestly very bad) stories on notebook paper. I went abroad with this program
called People to People, and I met a girl there with whom I would roleplay this
kind of Avatar: Last Airbender-esque
game. The story was so good I wrote it down. It never went anywhere, but the 15
or so chapters I still have it on a flash drive somewhere haha. Around that
time I was really into cartoons and anime, and discovered fanfiction.net. I
read other people’s stories and AUs, and started to create my own. I didn’t
start writing original stuff until high school, and though I have a lot of
dropped projects, I think the one I’m working on now will be a keeper.
I don’t really want to be a writer in the future though; I’m
planning on going into linguistics and East Asia Studies, so anything I do
publish will likely be academic. But just because I’m publishing non-fiction
doesn’t mean I can’t write fiction for fun!
Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?
Hehe, none that I can think of!
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
READ. I don’t care
if it’s novellas, classical literature, or more fanfiction, just read. It will
constantly give you new ideas and ways of thinking and describing, and you
might find yourself adopting and adapting ideas, which is totally okay (as long
as it’s not blatant plagiarizing lol).
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I’m a heteromantic asexual, though I’m kind of somewhere
between demi and ace. I have little to no sex drive but might be willing to do
some things with someone I’ve been with for a while without actually doing it, y’know?
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Luckily my parents were accepting of my sexuality, though my
Mom frets sometimes that she feels like I’m “missing out,” and I tell her in
return that “I can’t miss what I never had.” My university is also very
accepting, so no problems there.
It’s when I try to get into the dating world where I find a
lot of trouble. Whenever I tell a guy I’m interested in that I’m ace, the most
common question I get is “So are you a virgin,” which is honestly one of the
worst things to ask a person. I actually have an Asexuality FAQ note on my
phone that I send/show to people to avoid going through the same “What is
asexuality?” conversation again, lol. I have yet to find an asexual guy in my
area though (Ay, near Milwaukee, WI!)
Some of the guys think they can handle the whole “no sex”
thing, but end up leaving after about two weeks. It’s routine, but also quite
hard on me emotionally. Handling and re-convincing myself that I am valid is
the hard part: Am I that unattractive that this person doesn’t want to even
try? No, you’re beautiful. Do I wish that I wasn’t asexual? Sometimes. But I
think that being asexual has its perks, like communities like this online.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Speaking of my Asexuality FAQ, one question on there is
pretty common (besides the virginity one): does everything work? And it just
makes me laugh at this point. I can have sex, I just don’t want to. (A funny
question I got once was: “So do you reproduce by cloning like plants?” and I
responded “That makes about as much sense as saying your nose is running when
it has no feet.”)
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
It’s normal. Maybe no one label works for you. I’m almost 22
years old now, and only just last year understood that I was floating in
between demisexual and plain ole asexual, so really there’s no shame in calling
yourself one thing and deciding later that something else makes more sense, no
matter how long it takes you. Take your time. It’s hard to be on the aspec in a
world that is obsessed with sex, but you come out the other side stronger for
it. Don’t feel pressured to have sex because it’s what society expects of you.
I almost fell victim to that kind of mentality, and really screwed with my
mental health the first few years of university. Raise your ace flag high!
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
My Archive of our Own name is 1004_Angel, and if you
want to read my really old stuff from fanfiction.net, that’s 1004-Angel (with a
dash instead of an underscore; fair warning, I don’t remember what is on there
at all, so browse at your own risk!). I also have some one-shots on my Tumblr
at the-noble-idiot (tag:
Hannah Writes) and other ace positivity things (tag: acengers assemble). My
original stuff isn’t online, but if you like I can send you the first chapter,
just message me on Tumblr! ;D
Thank you, Hannah, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.