What is your favorite Doggett/Scully fanfic that you've written? Why?
"Not Even Underneath A Mistletoe" is my favorite Doggett/Scully story that I've written. I like it the most because it just feels right. It's Christmas Eve and Scully gets stranded on bad roads and Doggett comes to her rescue. I include Doggett's mother, sister and niece in the story and I think that adds the perfect touch to make the story feel realistic. My favorite part is at the end when Doggett and Scully are about to enter Doggett's house and... I don't want to spoil it if you haven't read it already, but I find what Scully asks to be very sweet.
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 typically begin writing a story by doing random notes and outlines, eventually from there I'm taking notes on dialog and once that happens then I get into story writing mode and continue on from there. I will go back after I'm done with what I've worked on and fill in the beginning of the story. I'm not sure where my ideas come from. Sometimes I'll watch an episode from season 8 or 9 of "The X-Files" and I see a little something going on between Doggett and Scully and want to write about it, usually those types of stories never get typed up and published online (yes, there are probably about 20 or more Doggett/Scully stories that I've hand written that will likely never make it online). The stories that I do publish online are scenarios that I would have enjoyed seeing Doggett and Scully in if they had become a romantic couple.
To finalize my story, I will reread it a few times over, make corrections, have my sister (Little Albatross) read it to make sure that I'm being clear in my word choices, and then after another reread I will send it off to a beta reader to help tear apart my grammar and word placement. After corrections are made and both myself and my beta reader are good with the story. I format it to a text file and upload it to my site and announce the story at the usual hang outs.
What can you tell us about the story picked for the Fanfic of the Month? ("Falling Beautifully Out of Place")
"Falling Beautifully Out of Place" was a result of John Doggett not being included in the second X-Files movie, "I Want To Believe". It is a missing scene fanfic in which Doggett has been notified that Mulder was hurt and he goes to the hospital to be with Scully. It's a rare Doggett/Scully fanfic, by me, that does not include the two of them in a romantic situation/relationship. I decided to stick to canon with this story and write all characters, to the best of my ability, in character of who we know them to be in the series. Anytime I try to kid myself that "I Want To Believe" is worth a rewatch, I end up rereading this story to set things right in the world of the X-Files. I refuse to believe that if Doggett is still employed by the FBI (as it says he is on an IWTB blu-ray special feature), that he would not get involved in something with Dana Scully. The guy fell hard for her and those feelings that he developed wouldn't just go away. He'd find a way to make time for her (and for Mulder). He's their ally and he should have been in the second movie.
Do you have any tips for beginning Doggett/Scully authors?
Be careful not to villainize Mulder. I've been accused of doing this in my stories, and with the exception of one story, it was not intended (and the other story was just one interpretation of the character that is extreme). It's really easy to say "hey look, Doggett and Scully belong together because Mulder is an asshole", but the fact is that Mulder wasn't intentionally incapable of handling mature relationships, that's just who he is. Bring Doggett and Scully together because of who they are, not because of how someone treated either of them.
Also really go back and rewatch the Doggett/Scully interactions in season 8. During that season the writers really took their time to develop the relationship between Doggett and Scully so their interactions together are really well done. You can still see this chemistry between them in season 9, but it's less because the writers decided that Doggett and Scully would no longer be partners. Just remember who ditched her newborn baby at every chance she had to be at Doggett's site, helping him. And remember who Doggett wanted at his side to comfort him in "Audrey Pauley", and who he wanted to accompany him to New York City when the Screwdriver Killer was released, it sure wasn't his officially assigned partner, it was Dana Scully.
Stick to character. I know that sometimes I write out-of-character, but when I go out in search of new fanfic to read I want to read something DSRy, sweet/angsty, and totally in character of Doggett and Scully from the series.
What is your favorite Doggett/Scully fanfic (that you did not write)? Why is it your favorite?
"Amun-Ra" by L.M. Shard. Doggett and Scully in Egypt. A romantic setting, an exotic country, and totally romantic with just enough angst and danger to keep you reading until the last page. I lived in the Middle East growing up, and L.M. Shard's description of the land and culture is spot on, I felt like I was back in the Middle East in reading her descriptions. I haven't read this one in a couple years now, I'm thinking it's about time to dig it out of my XF fanfic folder (yes, I printed this story) and read it again.
Do you have a favorite fanfic author? If so, who? Why?
More or less I've loved every single Doggett/Scully author I've read. I really only read Doggett/Scully fanfic, I rarely venture out beyond that genre nowadays. I'm going to name a few DSR authors here that stick out in my mind as exceptional writers of the genre: L.M. Shard, Anne Hedonia, and Forbes.
Now one of the best writers I've ever read is in the Scully/Reyes genre, MyGirlReyes. I admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Monica Reyes, but I read one of her Scully/Reyes stories years ago and fell in love with her interpretation of Monica Reyes, seriously, I love Monica Reyes in her stories. She writers her perfectly. MGR writes long stories (novel length) and brings you into the world of the X-Files as she's created it. She's amazing. If you've got the time, I recommend checking out her stories. The story I read was called "She Mends Me". Enjoy!