Featured Fig: Bijou Lee

What makes Figment Figment? Well, there are forums and blog posts and writing groups and featured books. But what really makes this place special are all of you Figs. So you should get some love.

This week, we’re introducing you to Bijou Lee (a.k.a. Bijou), a 22-year-old Californian with a passion for comic books. Know a Fig who should be featured here? Tell us about them. Interviews may be edited and condensed.

How did you first get into Figment?
My friend sent me a link that featured the Junot Díaz Contest. I believe she saw it on Facebook. I was working on my piece for NaNoWriMo when she told me about Figment. As soon as I registered, I wrote my first short story, which was called Mum-in-Law’s the Word.

When you start a new piece, what are your first steps?
I usually stare at nothing and just think. Or, instead of doing nothing, I type aimlessly, and let the characters do the talking, moving, and deciding their next course of action.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write every day.

What’s your weirdest quirk?
My friends accuse me of loving cartoons and comics, which ought to be reserved for little boys only. Another quirk of mine is food-related. My friends think I’m always hungry, because whenever I’m done eating and someone describes a type of food, I usually say, “Yummy.”

We hear you’re a big comic book/cartoons fan. When writing, do you often think about the images that might accompany your story? 
Yes, images do play a huge role in my stories. If only I were an excellent artist, I would write my own comic book. My head is basically like a short film: brief, disconnected from reality, and random.

If you put David Sedaris, Neil Gaiman, and Michael Chabon—some of your favorite authors—in a room together, what do you think would happen?
Wow. A lot of friendly jabs and funny banter (because their genres are so different), Handel’s Hallelujah (playing in my head), and bottles of red wine.

You write stories of all themes and genres, from short glimpses of everyday life, to your NaNo story, “444,” to Justice League fanfiction. Which is your favorite to write and why?
Justice League fanfiction, first of all, because that’s how I started. I will always be thankful for fanfiction because it made me realize my love for writing. And because I love the Justice League franchise. Another story that I enjoy writing is my latest piece, “Once a Full Moon,” because I love fairy tales and I always enjoy adding my own twists to original stories. Just shows my lack of originality I guess.

If you could invent a useful device, what would it be and why?
You know how Dr. Octopus from Spiderman has additional legs? I think that would be awesome. My closest friend is disabled and unable to walk, so I would love for her to use that kind of contraption so we could climb up the stairs or mountain together.

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