Ashley, 21, has been writing fan fiction since she was 12. “I have struggled with depression for years, and I had a three-year period of self-harming,” she told me over email. “I’ve always used writing and music as a non-destructive [way of] coping with my issues. When it came to writing about band members, it seemed to have an extra benefit, because I was combining my two favorite things at once through fan fiction. It has always been the best way to get away from the real world for a while.”

Quelle: ‘Never Been Touched Like This’: The Teens Who Write Erotic Metalcore Fan Fiction | Broadly