Being an ardent fan of Sherlock (or any text) can be like playing a game of deduction; using the data you already have on the characters, you must often extrapolate and theorize if you want to know more about them. Writers of fan fiction must be especially comfortable with this process, since often they are filling in the gaps between scenes or between series, or even putting these beloved characters into completely different settings and situations.
I remember actually yelling at the computer in frustration when the credits of “The Great Game” were rolling. ... Over the course of the following weeks, I mutated into a passionate Sherlock fan. Five years, two more seasons and a special, several visits to London and a number of fan-meetings, cosplay shoots and conventions, over 500k words of fan fiction and more than 500 pieces of Sherlock-inspired fan art later, my fascination with this series shows no signs of waning.
What follows contains no euphemisms. What follows talks about erections, damp knickers, and arousal. Because what follows is the brief tale of how Improbable Press, perhaps the world's tiniest publishing company specialising in Sherlock Holmes erotic and romantic fiction, began, and how it means to go on. Wet panties and all.
I've written more about Sherlock Holmes than the man who created him. Books, fan fiction, articles, essays; three quarter of a million words. The thing is, I almost stopped so many times. Because I write professionally, people pay me to write about flu jabs and saving for retirement. They did not pay me to write 600,000 words of erotic and romantic Sherlock fan fiction over the course of five years. So I tried quitting...
There's a constant drive to articulate what motivates Sherlock, what makes him Sherlock. Why did he jump off the roof of Barts Hospital leaving his best friend to believe he committed suicide? How does he feel about his decision? Almost universally (in Anglophone Sherlock fan works at least) the answer involves some kind of childhood trauma...
There exists an utterly foolproof way to spark your imagination, to kindle a mental flame so intense, that you feel your brain will melt if you don’t get words down on paper (euphemism for computer screen.) There is a process so completely, devastatingly Real that you have no choice but to begin writing fan fiction and keep on writing for as long as you wish. Trust me; this works. Here it is. Four little words. You fall in love.