Whoosh! Issue 63 - December 2001

INSIDE THE HEAD OF REDHAWK
By Amy Murphy
Content © 2001 held by author
WHOOSH! edition © 2001 held by Whoosh!
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Introduction
Redhawk's Head (01-70)
Redhawk's Stories
Acknowledgments
Articles
Biography



INSIDE THE HEAD OF REDHAWK



Introduction

Redhawk is a well-known and respected writer.


Redhawk's Head

AMY MURPHY:
[01] Why did you start writing?

REDHAWK:
[02] I'd read everything I could get my hands on. I was bored and I wanted to see a decent Xena/Highlander crossover.

MURPHY:
[03] If you had to do it all over, would you write?

REDHAWK:
[04] I've been writing stories since fourth grade. I expect so.

MURPHY:
[05] Years from now, how would you want to be remembered?

REDHAWK:
[06] My writing, my artwork.

MURPHY:
[07] What is your pet peeve?

REDHAWK:
[08] Can't think of one offhand.

MURPHY:
[09] Who is Redhawk?

REDHAWK:
[10] Me.

MURPHY:
[11] Do fans expect too much from stars?

REDHAWK:
[12] Depends on the fan.

MURPHY:
[13] What are your feelings on censorship?

REDHAWK:
[14] It sucks. Rather eloquently put, don't you think?

MURPHY:
[15] What do you see yourself doing in the future? Future projects?

REDHAWK:
[16] Continuing the writing. Future projects include another cyberpunk genre, another Infinity tale. [17]

MURPHY:
What advice can you give to future writers?

REDHAWK:
[18] Don't stop.

MURPHY:
[19] How did it feel to be published?

REDHAWK:
[20] Absolutely magnificent! I've waited for this day since I was 17 years old! I'm glad it finally arrived!

MURPHY:
[21] What has the show Xena meant to you?

REDHAWK:
[22] Admittedly, not much. I fell for the fanfic and had to catch up on reruns. Still love the fanfic more.

MURPHY:
[23] How do you feel about its end?

REDHAWK:
[24] Didn't like it.

MURPHY:
[25] What would you say every writer needs?

REDHAWK:
[26] A decent thesaurus.

MURPHY:
[27] How do you feel about subtext?

REDHAWK:
[28] It's all maintext!

MURPHY:
[29] What theme would you like to tackle in your next work?

REDHAWK:
[30] Obsession.

MURPHY:
[31] Do you have stalkers?

REDHAWK:
[32] Not that I'm aware of.

MURPHY:
[33] How would you categorize your best writing, and give the URLs for them if posted?

REDHAWK:
[34] I don't categorize my writing. I tend to write all over the board in genre and am constantly playing with my stories.

MURPHY:
[35] What, if anything, can stop you writing, if only for a while?

REDHAWK:
[36] Airbrush.

MURPHY:
[37] Is there any part of the writing process where you usually get stuck? What have you tried to change that, successful or not?

REDHAWK:
[38] Finishing. By posting chapter by chapter, the fans have forced me to be disciplined and finish the story. [39]

MURPHY:
Does the best writing flow for you, or does it come from rewrites?

REDHAWK:
[40] The first writing is the best. Despite rewrites, once I see the scene, it usually just comes out.

MURPHY:
[41] Which part of writing do you enjoy most and why?

REDHAWK:
[42] I'm a research junkie. I love to dig into the details to make the story come alive.

MURPHY:
[43] How often do you think about a piece when you're working on it and when do you think about it?

REDHAWK:
[44] All the time.

MURPHY:
[45] Do you feel in control of your writing, or do your inspiration or characters carry you away?

REDHAWK:
[46] I am not in control. The initial 'what if' is mine, the first inkling of the character is mine. After that, anything goes.

MURPHY:
[47] What books are you reading now? What about it/them is holding your attention?

REDHAWK:
[48] Just finished Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell. Currently working on the Dreamweaver 4 manual.

MURPHY:
[49] Do you type with your fingers on the right keys?

REDHAWK:
[50] Yes.

MURPHY:
[51] How has online writing affected your life and how you see yourself, your goals?

REDHAWK:
[52] At the time I began writing, it was only as a substitute for airbrush. I couldn't paint due to lack of space in our apartment. Writing only harkened back to my earlier years. Rather than become a science fiction illustrator, I became an author.

MURPHY:
[53] What fan fiction story touched you so much that you still remember it vividly?

REDHAWK:
[54] Surfacing by Paul Seeley and Jennifer Garza.

MURPHY:
[55] What literary character did you most identify with as a child?

REDHAWK:
[56] Oliver Twist.

MURPHY:
[57] Where do your ideas come from?

REDHAWK:
[58] Music - heavy metal, Celtic, soundtracks, Egyptian, Native American. You name it.

MURPHY:
[59] What are the three things you enjoy most about writing?

REDHAWK:
[60] Going places I've never been, seeing things I've never seen and experimenting with people through my characters.

MURPHY:
[61] What were your favorite book, TV show, and movie when you were a teenager and what do you think of them now?

REDHAWK:
[62] The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Abbot and Costello movies. Lord of the Rings is still good, Star Trek: Voyager's better and I haven't seen a black and white movie in years.

MURPHY:
[63] How real is your fiction to you?

REDHAWK:
[64] There's a reason they call it 'fiction.'

MURPHY:
[65] What's your favorite website?

REDHAWK:
[66] Google!

MURPHY:
[67] When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

REDHAWK:
[68] An artist, a musician, a sculptor.

MURPHY:
[69] What do you think we take too seriously as writers?

REDHAWK:
[70] Ourselves.


Redhawk's Stories

Redhawk's Announcement only mailing list: RedhawksRealm-subscribe@topica.com

Redhawk's Discussion mailing list: infinityseries-subscribe@topica.com
Redhawk's email address: redhawk@djordanredhawk.net
Redhawk's website: http://www.djordanredhawk.net/

Stories

Infinity Series
Bored and unable to find much in the way of Highlander/Xena Crossovers, I decided to create my own. Had such a good time of it, I wrote a sequel. Then Joseph Connell approached me about writing one himself, followed by Llachlan and Kristian Fischer. Next thing I know, the Infinity Series was born!

Long Tales
Tales of six chapters or more, these Long Tales are all Ubers at this point. Someday, however, I'd like to introduce a Conqueror piece.

Short Stories
As it says, these are the various and sundry Shorts of the Redhawk variety. At this time, each piece stands alone - no series of vignettes. Doesn't mean I won't get a wild hair and do that someday!

Writings

I've decided to be brave and post things that are mostly NOT fiction (except the one tale I published in high school) and are NOT very new. Most of these are essays from my college days at Lane Community in Eugene, Oregon. I was doing a lot of soul-searching, figuring out who I was (at the tender age of 30!) and this was how I was doing it. There are also a few poems in here. Don't like 'em much so I don't write 'em much. Enjoy what's there 'cuz there ain't gonna be much more. Be gentle and please take each with a grain of thought!


Acknowledgments

Thanks to the Bardic Circle for a few of the questions. Thanks to Kamouraskan for the beta.


Articles

L. J. Maas and Murphy Wilson [Amy Murphy]. One Step Beyond ... Uber, That Is. WHOOSH #49 (October 2000)

The "Inside the Head of…" series in Whoosh issues #58, 61-


Biography

a woman of mystery Amy Murphy
Twenty-nine-year-old Amy Murphy resides in Indiana, and is an avid reader of Xena: Warrior Princess Fan Fiction. If it exists in the Xenaverse, chances are she's read it! Murphy has also tried her hand at writing FF, turning out two very nice pieces that reside on a couple of web sites throughout the Xenaverse.


Favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE
Favorite line: "I have many skills" (various episodes)
First episode seen: THE TITANS (07/107)
Least favorite episode: LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE (100/510)

 

 

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