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Author Interview – Superglass

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This officially marks the one year anniversary of my author interviews for No Stunts Magazine. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to talk to so many of our beloved Larry fanfic authors. This month, I am so excited to introduce you to Superglass. Their Angel of Little Deaths is one of my favorite historical-fiction fanfics. 

This is a regular installment of No Stunts Magazine, so if you’re excited about authors and peeking behind the curtain in their brains, I encourage you to look at the last few issues for profiles of BananaHeathen, ItsMotivatingCara, CuckooTrooke, _LilyBlue28, Green_Feelings, BoosBabyCakes, KingsOfEverything, Jacaranda_Bloom, Sunflouwerhabit, Outropeace, and Lovelarry10.

If you like this feature, want to chat, or give me suggestions for future profiles, please hit me up on Twitter @Rosann_1986 (formally @FlyWishing).

Without further ado, I introduce you to Superglass! 

Handle: superglass on AO3 / @gaymoustache on Tumblr

Pronouns: they/them

Works: Angel of Little Deaths, Tupelo Honey, Just Like a Woman, Diamonds and Pearls

Rosann: Thank you so much for being here. What do you like people to call you?

Superglass: Superglass is fine! I don’t really have an author name aside from that.

Rosann: Welcome! How did you decide to get started writing fanfic for the 1D/Larry fandom? How long did you write before you published for the fandom?

Superglass: I used to do playwriting and screenplay writing before I began making short stories. This is really a hobby of mine and an outlet for creative or historical obsessions I have. I was really drawn to the way that Louis and Harry are figures that are so timeless— I really think their love can exist anywhere and in anything. I started writing fics of them during quarantine, after listening to 1D and being a fan when I was a teenager.

Rosann: That’s a lovely origin story–they do feel timeless. Do you write in any other fandoms?If so, which?

Superglass: I don’t, partially because I haven’t found any other fandoms that I feel like could allow me to create the stories I write. Other than this, I write original stories and things of that nature, though not recently, and I don’t often share them with the internet. 

Rosann: I’ve found that a lot of fic authors stick to one fandom for writing. What’s your favorite fic that you’ve written and where did the idea come from? How long did it take you from first idea to publication?

Superglass: My favorite story I’ve written at this point is probably Tupelo Honey, which came from a long journey I took while writing Larry which you can see from my earliest works to now. It felt like I as an author went through a sort of transition when writing these stories. Tupelo Honey was a way for me to tie all of what I learned from the characters together into this long (for me) and winding road of soft, slow, genuine queer love in a timeless space. I think the atmosphere of it is really what got me so attached to it. Louis’s character especially made me feel so good to write. It felt like when I finished it that I could see the two of them standing there at the edge of a highway somewhere out West. I really like when the characters in a story feel real, and it feels like you have helped them through something as an author.

Rosann: That’s such a beautiful image! What’s your favorite trope (if any) to write?

Superglass: This is probably obvious, but I really do enjoy historical AUs… the times in which I’ve written established relationships or canon compliant fics have always fallen through, for me at least. I feel like it is so much more satisfying to go into a story with a beginning and an end to it. I need to be able to start a relationship with the two and see them and their relationship grow in the writing, rather than have all of that have happened before the story even starts. Historical AUs are also just quite beautiful to me in their nature. 

Rosann: I adore the lyrical way you seem to write historical. It’s so lovely. How do you handle writer’s block (if you experience it).

Superglass: I’ve been going through that recently, and my advice is not very helpful, because I usually just wait it out. I’m hardly consistent with writing, and as of late feel as though it will be a long while before I write again. In these cases, I feel like that’s the way it’s meant to be. Can’t force it. 

Rosann: That is helpful! Sometimes all you *can* do is wait it out, in my experience as well. Do you read other things while you’re writing? Why or why not?

Superglass: I do research, listen to lots of music that fits the storyline, and read books set in the time that create the mood I want to create. Reading (and research) makes you a better writer and all that.

Rosann: Great advice–I love the idea of filling your creative bucket. I’ve noticed that a lot of writers include people from the boys’ real lives/situations. What are your thoughts for including personal things like that or not? 

Superglass: I think I have done it before, but my general opinion in hindsight is that I feel like it’s easier and sometimes more fun not to. For example, I’ll sometimes make up characters and their backgrounds anyway, and it will serve the story better than if I chose real people out of the boys’ lives to try to fit into a role or action I want them to fit into. Because I don’t know those people or how they would react, so, I don’t know, I just don’t try to. It doesn’t really bother me if others do it, though. 

Rosann: Lately there has been some discussion on stan Twitter about what authors of fanfic “must” do (for example, provide trigger warnings). What do you think a writer has responsibility for to their readers? Conversely, do you think readers have any responsibility to writers (for example, leaving kudos or comments)?

Superglass: My fics are a bit different in that I feel as though they speak to specific times and places and identities that intersect with those that are important to note before the fic starts. I have trigger warnings, or just general notes of what you are getting yourself into, before almost every fic I have published. It’s important to me that I do that, especially for fics that deal with gender or illness or drugs.

I don’t think readers have a responsibility to give anything back to writers. I do see it as sort of common courtesy, the way you would treat it in a writing class or something, to give comments on works you enjoy or had thoughts on. I appreciate comments because they remind me that there are real people reading these. Kudos are nice as well, but that’s just a number on a screen. It makes me feel really fulfilled as a writer to have readers quote scenes they liked or had emotions about.

Rosann: Do you have favorite fics that have inspired you?

Superglass: I have admittedly not read many fics, but I have greatly enjoyed and have been genuinely moved by anything written by coffinofachimera— such beautiful stories have come from this author. 

Rosann: Great recommendation! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and for agreeing to be profiled!

Please go find Superglass on AO3 and @gaymoustache on Tumblr

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