What is your favorite Doggett/Scully fanfic that you've written? Why?
I had to go back and re-read my fic! Out of all of them, I'd say my face lit up the most when I read "Linger" again. I think at the time, I really wanted Scully to understand what kind of man John was, but through ways he most likely wouldn't offer. ie. Through memories and emotions. It's almost Scully's "lightbulb" moment, as it were; she finally 'gets' it.
Tell us about your writing process. How do you begin? Where do your ideas come from? How do you come to finalizing your story?
I visualize the story in scenes, so more often than not, I usually start because I've envisioned this one particular scene in mind, then I work around that scene. I try not to start writing until I have an ending, though. It prevents me from starting a story and then never finishing it. There are the rare occasions where I have a general idea, and then see if I can make it work around my characters. (I just did a cliche horror fic in another fandom, for instance.) If I've already got an ending in mind, finalizing is pretty simple. If it's a general idea, it usually makes its way to its own ending; I'll get 3/4 of the way through and realize where I can take it to its conclusion.
What can you tell us about the story picked for the Fanfic of the Month?
Ah, my first foray into smut! :) And one of those instances where I had the general idea first- Doggett and Scully stuck in an elevator. The sex aside (because we would have never, ever seen this on the show!), I would have liked to have seen these kind of moments; moments of them just being two people, without the heavy-handed drama. I also liked the fact that these two people had an adult relationship. By that I mean, I didn't feel one was the parent and the other was the wayward child who needed to be coddled. The scene in "Roadrunners", where he basically tells her flat out, "Don't do that again. I'm your partner" was a fantastic moment because it showed Doggett wasn't going to take that from her. Yet he didn't make a big deal out of it, either. He said what he had to say and that was it. I really liked that about the character, and I thought had he ever really had the opportunity to move their relationship to the next level, he would have done it, without fanfare, without hesitation.
Do you have any tips for beginning Doggett/Scully authors?
Watch season 8 over and over. :) Not to say that season 9 isn't helpful, but it sort of went away from the potential of Doggett/Scully (which really was never going to happen anyway) and returned to the whole Mulder/alien arc. Doggett got pushed to the side a bit in favour of Mulder's return, and well as the limp introduction of Doggett/Reyes. Try to remember that the story should fit your characters, not the other way around. If you can replace the names "Doggett" and "Scully" with "Frank" and "Gloria" and the story still sounds the same, the characterization is off. It's very tempting to come up with situations and drop the characters into them, but the characters should always come first. That's not to say you can't have Doggett and Scully sky-dive naked; just because you can't imagine them doing it on the show doesn't necessarily mean it can't be done. But the further away from canon you get, the more difficult it is to keep them in character. The greatest compliment I can get about one of my stories is to have someone say, "I could hear Robert Patrick saying that!" or "I could see that in my head."
Oh, and get a beta! I know that the argument is often, "I'm just doing it for fun; it doesn't need to be perfect!" Fair enough, but if you've taken the time to actually write a story, why not take the time to fine tune it? Your readers will appreciate you more for it.
What is your favorite Doggett/Scully fanfic (that you did not write)? Why is it your favorite?
There was a wonderful DSR writer back in the day by the name of Rihannsu. She only wrote a handful, but they were fantastic. I tried to find her stories, but could only find "In Memoriam", because she had archived her fic over at the now-defunct Geocities.
I don't know why I like it so much- there's something quite beautiful about the ebb and flow of the story, the emotional tug-of-war between Doggett and Scully. It's heartbreaking yet uplifting at the same time.
(Webmaster note, I do have more stories by Rihannsu archived here at Semper Fi, check out the Author section in Fan Fiction)
If you haven’t written any new Doggett/Scully fanfic in awhile, do you have any plans on returning to the fandom anytime soon? At all?
You know, I haven't written in the fandom for years. It was my first fandom in terms of fanfic writing, and once the show ended, I sort of lost interest. But I never say never, particularly after receiving these questions! It might be quite interesting to go back to the pairing and see how I might write them now. Stay tuned! :)
Thanks for the questions. It was a great trip down memory lane for me!