Way back in the day, I was a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. Loved it, and my love for Joss Whedon grew with that love. I loved it almost as much as I loved Star Wars, (and that’s saying a LOT). I totally shipped Buffy/Spike, and I thought Angel was a whiny butthole, and I only liked him when he was Angelous. Spike, on the other hand, had a story. And I loved it.
And I won’t hold it against you if you loved Angel. 🙂 I liked him so much better when he got his own show. Angel and Cordelia became two of my other favorites that I totally shipped.
I even wrote some Buffy fan fiction, (though I wrote a lot more Star Wars fan fic,) so naturally one of my first books was about a BTVS fan fiction writer, though Fantasy Girl was not so much about the writing as it was the online community of fan fiction writers as a whole. A place I found a wonderful world of friends online who were all amazing and brilliant and so loving and supportive of each other.
Naturally these two things meshed together to create a story called Fantasy Girl.
A little ahead of my time, the concept of the story was terrifying, even before shows like Web of Lies on Discovery ID came about. We develop such close relationships with people online, and we never realize just who we really are talking to online.
While updated multiple times to move with the ever changing times, the story is still so relevant. It’s funny and sweet, but it’s also a frightening idea, because we all open ourselves up online, and we think we’re safe, protected and private. But really, it doesn’t take much for a predator, whether a serial killer or a pedophile, to “groom” a person into doing what they want their victim to do.
Fantasy Girl is a reminder, albeit a funny one–let’s face it, Lynn is super awkward, self-depreciating, and snarky–that it’s important to be sure you know who you’re talking to online.
Now, onto that cover reveal!
And if you haven’t seen the Entertainment Weekly Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion spread, you should totally check it out.