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Secrets of the Buffyverse - The Eureka Moment

Clara Oswald's secret is shortly due to be revealed on Doctor Who (unless America blurts it out before Saturday night) and we've just found out the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's character in Star Trek - Into Darkness.

Truly, it seems geeks, nerds and Aspergers rule the entertainment world. In The Big Bang Theory, Leonard Hofstadter even said "I am king of nerds", and nerds are king.

But in both cases the scriptwriters knew the secret before the fans. What would it be like if a fan was first to find the secret which could turn the fictional universe of your favourite series upside down?

I'm a bit of a fan and a bit of a nerd, and that's what happened to me. What with finding a vampire flatmate in Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Drusilla, writing her story, trekking across the States to meet Juliet Landau, being published and thereby making the unlikely leap from amateur fan-fiction writer to professional author, it's been a pretty strange few years.

However, publishing Dear Miss Landau did not mean my ongoing interest in writing Drusilla just went away. Every time I finished a tale of Dru, my creative process just took a week off, subconsciously assembled the next entry in the series and then told my conscious self to go write it. It felt less like the bipolar ups and downs of your typical tortured artist and more like a metaphorical Ford production line. Drusilla's Roses was followed by Drusilla's Redemption and Drusilla Revenant. I've just finished the last story in the series, Spike & Dru : the Graveyard of Empires, my production line seems to have shut down and without a U.S. distributor or contacts they will never be seen.

And that's a pity, because they' re all written to the same standard Dear Miss Landau was, and Revenant and Graveyard contain the secret which could turn Buffy's fictional universe - the Buffyverse - upside down.

It was one of those things. I'd just finished Redemption, was watching a Buffy episode with half-an-eye and even less brain - a scene I'd seen a hundred times before - and then...

Well, call it a eureka moment or whatever you wish. I saw something, possibly a story arc left unfinished, so I grabbed the bull by the horns, prayed I wouldn't get gored by Joss Whedon, developed the arc and hoped for the best.

The final scene in Drusilla Revenant worked like a dream, and if Graveyard is up to par the romantic tale of Spike & Dru I understand James Marsters always wanted to see written has been brought to life.

A copy of Revenant, signed by Juliet Landau, sits on a bookshelf in a geek's Glasgow flat, a long way from Hollywood.

Just waiting for a chance to rock Buffy's world.

Sounds crazy, doesn't it?

Yep, just crazy enough to be true.

James Christie is the author of Dear Miss Landau. He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a mild form of autism, at the age of 37 in 2002. He lives and works in Glasgow.