Emancipation Proclamation is my favorite fan fiction story, so when the Avant Garde Awards "sat down" with Kharizzmatik, I was over joyed with the wonderful questions. Enjoy...
Q: EP is such a moving story, can you tell us the inspiration behind it?
Khar: I'm passionate about the subject of human trafficking and have been for quite some time (since I was in high school and was introduced to the concept of modern-day slavery). It was about a decade ago (Good God where has the time gone?) that this strange and twisted plot started playing out in my mind about a girl trapped in the world of human trafficking and her journey toward freedom. I've always been fascinated with organized crime so it just seemed natural to pair the two together. I guess my inspiration for writing it is to help spread the word about the real life horrors that still exist in the world. I figure if it even opened one persons eyes to the truth, then it was worth it.
Q: Apart from Rob did you base PrinceMafiaWard on anyone else?
Khar: Actually, my main character was never really Rob to me. I used photos of Rome Rob to portray him (mainly because he was gorgeous with his out-of control hair and he looked downright stoned), but my main character was more of a unique person. He was formed using some qualities of someone I know in real life, but he's really just himself, all finicky and irrational and sexy.
Q: We notice from the blog that you have a different actress as your Esme, can you tell us why you made that choice?
Khar: I adore Elizabeth Reaser (LOVED her on Grey's Anatomy) but she just was never Esme to me. I saw Esme as classy and beautiful, with striking features. She was refined but had a sense of humor, and was compassionate and loving. Esme, to me, was simply motherly... and that's just not how I see Elizabeth Reaser. She's playfully, has a certain look about her like she's mischievous and out to have fun. She seems more of a party girl or a social butterfly, so that's why I went with Italian actress Anita Caprioli. She's how I envisioned my Esme.
Q: Is there any particular chapter that is a favorite of yours, either to write or read?
Khar: My favorite chapters to write were the Mafia-related ones, although I toned them down a lot from what I envisioned sometimes. Reading-wise, I think my favorites are the more light-hearted ones, like the game of twenty questions and the cleanup from the Halloween party. I'm my biggest critic, though, so i don't do a lot of reading of my work.
Q: Are there any stories out there that you are reading that you really love?
Khar: "We Were Here" by sweet lola-pops. I loved her story "Summer of Salt" and am loving this one just as much, if not more. Her words are pure poetry.