Q: XWP fan fic has created a mythology all of its own - separate from the TV
show. Do you find in your own writing that you try to stay true to the series
or have you also added to the fan fic mythology?
I believe that Ive added with the enhancement of depth to several
characters, mainly Artemis and the Amazons. I do my best to remain true to
the show, but as an alternate writer, I find I have to go beyond the
two-dimensional characters of television, although I do try not to change the
basic personalities of the main characters. I have had to add several
supporting characters that make regular appearances in my stories, such as
Saras the healer and Trasis the cook.
Q: Many readers feel that the fan fic often surpasses the TV series in its
appeal. What are your thoughts on this? Do you find yourself attracted to
themes which are not normally explored on the TV show?
I personally enjoy the fan fic better than the show. There is no doubt that
the fan fic is better thought out, more entertaining, and limitless in its
possibilities. There are many situations that would be impossible to explore
in the series that can easily be done within the realm of fan fic.
Q: Do you read fan fic written by others. If so, do you have any favorite
authors? Have you been influenced by any?
I would say that my favorite fan fic authors are LN James, Patricia Ennis,
Charmer, and M Parnell. I was influenced by Patricia Ennis The Labrys and
LN James Breaking Bread when I wrote The Show. I am an avid reader and
try to read all the alternate fiction I can.
Q: Of the stories you have written which is your personal favorite and why?
Uggh. What a dreaded question. Its almost like saying which child do you
like best? I guess my personal favorite is The Silent Bard. I asked
myself what would happen if Gabrielle lost her voice and that was it. The
story seemed to just flow out of my fingers and onto the page. It literally
wrote itself. I think its a wonderful portrayal of just how much the two
women need each other in order to survive. Their interdependence on each
other is a vital ingredient to their relationship and I think the story does
a good job of examining that.
Q: How is the writing process for you? What is your "philosophy" of writing?
Where do you get your ideas from? Do you pen a story in one sitting or have
to work over several weeks?
It usually takes me about a week to write a story, sometimes less. I have
so many ideas and plots in my head that there is no way I could work any
slower. I write while at work and then every evening and all weekend (when
Im not goofing off). Im an instant gratification junkie and have to post
my stories as soon as theyre finished. It seems like just as soon as I post
one story, another one starts to appear on my screen.
I get my ideas from several sources, the show, other fan fic, sometimes its
just to answer a question in my mind. For example, I asked myself what would
happen if Xenas and Gabrielles mothers were to meet? That ended up being
Mothers. For The Show, I asked myself what would happen if Xena and
Gabrielle ended up in a strip joint <chuckle>. Then there was that stupid
episode Ulysses. I just couldn'tt resist the opportunity. There are too
many sources for good story ideas, I try not to limit myself.
Ahh, my philosophy on writing. As an alternate writer, my first goal is to
show the deep love and bond between Xena and Gabrielle. I think I tend to
spend more time examining their feelings and emotions than I do on the actual
events that surround them within the story. To me, writing is an outlet for
me, a way to relax at the end of a day. I cant describe the pleasure it
gives me to receive letters from people who enjoy my stories. Each one
encourages me to continue writing. I think I will continue to write fan fic
until the day comes when I no longer receive letters.
Q: 'What made you start writing Xena fan fic?
I started out writing Star Trek alternate fan fic and erotica. One
day, while surfing for more Star Trek Stories, I came across a Xena story on
a sci-fi site. After that, I searched all the Xena sites and became hooked,
having never seen a Xena episode. When I ran out of new stories to read, my
Muse went berserk and forced me to write 'The Cabin'. The rest, as they say,
If I could, I would like to end this by thanking all the people have sent
letters telling me how much they enjoyed my stories. I dont think Ive ever
been happier or felt more fulfilled than since I started writing.
You can find stories by BL Miller at:
B L's site:
A Room of Her Own: A Dynamic Anthology of Lesbian Fiction