Interview with Patraw
An interview with the author of "Electric Demon"
Well, this was not exactly a real time/face to face interview,
it was just questions I asked him via email and he answered it.
This interview is for the readers to understand more about
the writer of the fanfic and his works. The interviewer(Gan) is
me, C.K. Gan, the webmaster of this site of course, and the
interviewee(Patraw) is the writer of "Electric Demon". Mark Patraw
has written other short fanfics on this site, and he is also
the first person who put up his fanfic on this site.
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Gan: Why did you want to write this fanfic?
Patraw: I like Bust (and Slash) Galford, and wanted to do a story about him. The
other characters in the story came later. Actually, as usual when I write
or even draw, the final version is much different than what I had originally
Gan: What were your motivations?
Patraw: Lightning! I love Bust Galford's fast and furious fighting style and his
electrical powers. He's a dangerous character, taking the original
Galford's "plasma blade" attacks to a new, destructive level. I probably
made him too strong in my fanfic, but that was okay.
Gan: What aims did you have? And have you achieved it?
Patraw: I wanted to tell a story about good and evil, Galford's dark side pitted
against the good. As I said before, the final product is different than
what I had originally started with, but it still says pretty much what I
wanted to say. There were things I'd probably add or take away now that
it's all done, but for the most part, I'm happy with it.
Gan: What do you think was the best part of your fanfic? And
what do you think was the worst?
Patraw: Well, the last chapter is freshest in my mind, so that comes through the
most clearly for me. My favorite part is probably when Haohmaru has
Genjuro's dead body before him, and he sadly remembers what Genjuro used to
be like, not what he became. That little section there was actually an idea
I had for a fanfic, but I incorporated it into this story at the last
minute. The thing I really don't like about my fanfic is that I know I
could've done a better job, a lot of the parts are rushed and don't mesh all
that well. It's hard to keep on top of details and events with so many
characters over many chapters.
Gan: Did you have any readers' feedback? If so, how have
the readers reacted to your writing?
Patraw: The feedback I've gotten has been almost entirely positive with a bit of
constructive criticism thrown in as well. No complaints there, I encourage
anybody who wants to tell me how great they think I am (or how much I suck)
to let me know.
Gan: Any suggestions to future/current fanfic writers?
Patraw: First and foremost, don't be afraid to write. You can only get better by
doing it. Giving up and saying, "I'm no good" won't get you anywhere.
Also, don't bite off more than you can chew, there's several unfinished fan
fics on this page already. If you don't think you can handle a chapter by
chapter thing, then just write a short, self-contained story.
Gan: What do you like best about writing a fanfic?
Patraw: Well, I just like to write period. But writing about samurai characters is
fun, it's cool to be the one directing the action. I like to bring them to
life, through my perspective, and see what kind of crazy stuff happens.
There are a lot of interesting characters and relationships to work with in
Gan: Do you like to write the short fanfic or the long fanfic?
Patraw: You can do more with a long fanfic, but a short one is definitely easier in
many ways. I may write another long one again, but I think I'm going to go
back to the short ones for awhile.
Gan: Do you plan to write a sequel or a new fanfic?
Patraw: I have all sorts of ideas for SS fanfics. I'm writing a Charlotte one right
now that I've got about six pages typed up for so far. I don't know if I'll
write a sequel to Electic Demon, but I may, there's plenty to work with
Gan: Are there anyone who have inspired you to write the fanfics?
And who do you want to give thanks to(like the publisher, SS
Forever, and C.K. rulez!, hehe^_^)?
Patraw: I'd say my inspiration for writing fanfics came from reading other fanfics
on other websites (mainly KOF stuff). So, one day I asked CK if he would
start a fanfic page if I wrote one for his site, and he agreed. And, so, it
went from there, and rather well I'd say.
CK does deserve a lot of the credit, it's a lot of work to keep doing all
those updates and everything else that goes with maintaining this page.
Gan: Anything else you want to add?
Patraw: Well, I hope more people will contribute to SS. Write fan fics, draw fan
arts, do an editorial, whatever. Especially some of you nuts on the message
board, you can't tell me you're not creative... Come up with something SS
related that CK doesn't have yet and run the idea by him.
And I appreciate all the people who have read my fanfic (hopefully enjoying
it), thanks a lot!
Gan: I wish the best of luck to Mark Patraw, and
hope to see another kick ass fanfic next time. Thank you.