Featured Character: Jamie Fitzpatrick

by Dr. Taniko Kishimoto

Jamie informs me she was "kind of surprised" to be selected as a Featured Character, but I'm writing this off as an innate modesty, as she is a very talented and involved writer. She ably puts herself into the mindsets and backgrounds of the personalities she takes on, and manages to have quite the bit of fun along the way. She, as noted below, survived Survivor: Pan Historia!, which considered the talent unleased in that novel, was no mean feat.

So, with no further ado, let's get on to the interview...

Q: If you would be so kind, do tell us a little bit about yourself?

Jamie: ‘Tis Irish I am, born in Dublin, Eire, in the year of our Lord 2222 CE. I’ve been told I bear more than a passing resemblance to that great Irish actress of the twentieth century, Maureen O’Hara. My family’s all diplomats, but I opted for Fleet service, Communications Division. I wanted to get out and see the universe, and I was fortunate enough to be assigned to the IPA Independence right out of Academy, along wi’ me best friend, Toni Picard. Most recently, I’ve been promoted to full Lieutenant and been made Chief of Communications.

Q: Why did you join PanHistoria?

Jamie: I was introduced to it by my best friend, who’s been here for a long time herself. And, well, it’s a writer’s site (the best one I’ve ever seen), and I like to write...

Q: Have you ever done any other writing outside of online communities, such as poetry, journals, professional publication or just plain personal enjoyment?

Jamie: Nothing professional, no, my interest in writing has always been more for personal enjoyment.

Q: You are a member of Survivor: Pan Historia! The first scenario has gone through its run; how did you enjoy the experience of writing for a novel in which your character might be voted to die at any time? How did this promote character interactions? By the way, congrats on surviving the experience!

Jamie: Thanks! I ended up enjoying it a great deal, though I wasn’t sure about it at first; in the beginning, I didn’t really have a grasp on my character, the Peruvian cultural attaché, Juan Dominguez. I honestly didn’t expect him to last the course, and it DID feel a little strange, setting up and writing a character that was meant to die. Juan just kind of grew in his own directions as the story went on, and he ended up interacting with almost everyone at one point or another.

Q: You are a MoB for Beyond the Stars, and a member of the new novel, Interstellar Geographic, both of which are science fiction tales. Could you tell the readership something about your involvement in these, as well as what draws you to science fiction? What do you find as the most challenging aspect of being a MoBster?

Jamie: What draws me to science fiction?
Andre Norton, E.E. Doc Smith, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Larry Niven, and a host of other authors. Excellent writing and intriguing concepts. I’ve been reading the genre my entire reading life. And watching the genre on TV/in the movies. Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, and other shows that have probably faded from the public mind over the years. I originally joined Beyond the Stars just for the fun of it - a chance to write some of the things I’ve been enjoying in books and on TV for years?

YOU BET!!--along with a friend, and gradually found myself becoming more and more involved in guiding and advancing the overall storyline. To the point where I suddenly found myself being made an MoB. Being an MoB is itself still such a new experience for me that I’d have to say the job as a whole IS the most challenging aspect. I’d never worked as part of such a large ensemble cast before I joined this book. It’s quite a different writing experience, and I’d have to say the best part of it has been meeting and writing with the other writers who’ve come aboard - everyone has their own unique point of view to contribute to the whole.

Interstellar Geographic began as a character sketch in the novel Short Cuts, but very quickly gathered its own identity - to the point where it was decided to go novel with it. Jamie is First Mate and Communications Chief of the IGS Robert Ballard, a civilian exploratory craft in a reiver-infested galaxy, and is in the curious position of being an almost exact lookalike of the ship’s Captain.

Q: In some random hypothetical roleplay, what sort of character would be your greatest "stretch", but that you might consider tackling sometime? If you wish to reveal, what other things do you already participate in here at Pan?

Jamie: Hmm. In one respect, I think Juan Dominguez, over in Survivor, has been that. I’d never written that kind of character, and I REALLY had to work on him. My new character there, Lady Amelie Sinjon, in the High Rise story, will be the next ‘stretch’ I make, so I guess that’s a current and ongoing actuality, not hypothetical.

Q: What are your greatest accomplishments, real life or otherwise?

Jamie: To date, having Juan Dominguez be co-winner at Survivor.

Q: If money were no object, which part of the world would you most like to travel to?

Jamie: Somewhere warm. It snows up to eight months of the year where I live. *S*

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