Featured Fig: Bre Legan

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, Figment is proud to present Bre Legan (a.k.a. B. D. Legan): two-time contest winner, Queen aficionado, epic writer, and Fig for life.

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How did you first get into Figment?

I was doing some research on upcoming writing contests, and happened to stumble upon this little writing site that had just posted its first contest (flash5, I do believe), and was intrigued. It was a young site, but I felt such energy. Needless to say, I joined, and as they say—the rest is history!

You’ve responded to a bunch of Figment’s Daily Themes. Which prompt has been the most helpful to you as a writer so far, and if you could receive a prompt from any author, who would it be?

Honestly, all the prompts have been extremely helpful! They’ve challenged me to try different approaches, and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. If I could receive a prompt from any author, I’d have to choose Edgar Allan Poe, no question about it. Just imagine what he’d come up with. Now, granted he’s not inhabited Earth for 160+ years (unless you believe in ghosts, reincarnation, or conspiracy theories that say he never died and is still living to this day with an “eternal life elixir”), then I suppose I’m out of luck.

So you won the Greek Myth Contest (congrats!) and you’re obsessed with Greek mythology. What do you think of Rick Riordan’s books, and have they inspired any of your own work?

Thanks! I’m utterly in love with Rick Riordan’s writing. I actually began writing fanfiction for the Percy Jackson series when I was thirteen, and posted them on a fanfiction writing site (fanfiction.net), generating quite a fan base. Currently, I’m undertaking a novel loosely inspired by Rick Riordan, titled “Death,” which features the Grim Reaper as the main character.

It seems like you write a balance of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. How does your writing approach change when you switch genres and styles?

I really like to put myself in my characters’ shoes. I get so immersed when writing—I want to know how they think, their responses to different scenarios, their quirks, their pet peeves … I want to be them—for as long as it takes to produce a decent piece of writing. I like to keep things fresh and interesting, and am constantly changing my style—be it bloodthirsty pirates, dystopian lovers, or mental-institution patients, I want to capture their essence completely. I mean, who else besides me will? They depend on me to tell their story!

What is the best edit you have ever received on one of your works, who was it from, and how did it help you?

Ah, funny you should ask. You see, I have the pleasure of being a student to two wonderfully crazy teachers who tell it how it is, plain and simple, which is what I love about them. I recently submitted a piece of writing, “Ashes, Ashes,” to a scholarship contest sponsored by the good ole folks at Scholastic (that I’ve yet to hear the results of—wish me luck!), which would not have turned out the way it did without their critiques and edits (and blood, sweat, and tears) of it. They’ve certainly helped me with my writing over the years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Ms. D and Mrs. M!

If you got to write a song with Freddie Mercury, lead-singer of Queen, what would you write it about?

Ah! Mr. Mercury and I would have a blast (attempting) to write a song together (after a nice lunch and afternoon tea, of course!). I can only imagine the mind-blowing awesomeness that would ensue. I’m thinking: a rock-opera, superhero, bicycle-riding, good-old-fashioned lover boy that overcomes adversity and only becomes slightly mad afterwards. Because Queen’s songs feature something along those lines, right?! Of course, not all together—that’s reserved for us. (Extra credit for those who figured out all the song references—“Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Flash”, “Bicycle Race”, “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy”, and “I’m Going Slightly Mad”.)

Of all your Daily Themes responses, which is your favorite, and would you ever continue it?

Hm, probably my (January 3) entry, about the January 8, 2011 shooting involving Representative Gabrielle Giffords. I’ve been really interested in the case since I first heard about it. And the fact that Jared Lee Loughner, the accused gunmen, is currently housed in the Springfield, MO Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, makes it all that more . . . real. I don’t think I’d ever continue it—maybe expand, but never continue.

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