How did the Switcheroo Series come about?
It all started as a Star Trek Enterprise writing challenge posed by a friend. The challenge was to write a story where the senior staff was in different jobs, but to keep their relationships and personalities reasonably intact. I put Hoshi Sato and Travis Mayweather (the two lowest-ranking officers in the “Real Universe”) as captain and first/science officer, respectively.
Was it difficult to reassign roles?
Jon Archer was the easiest to “reassign”...I always pictured him as more of a diplomat and wanting to know other races and cultures. The others were more difficult...it took some shuffling around, but I put them in their present AU positions. I was at a loss as to where to put Malcolm, since Trip was the Armory officer in this AU. Then a friend and I got into a discussion about whether or not Malcolm was “too sensitive” to be an Armory Officer in the Real Universe. That sparked an idea, and I made him the Chief Medical Officer.
What was the first Switcheroo story?
The initial story was Captain Sato's Enterprise, which introduced the crew in their new roles. Each chapter is told from the viewpoint of a different person. At this point, I wasn't planning on making it a series, so there were significant differences in the original fanfic. Then I wrote Whips, Chains and Plomeek Soup, which was a direct continuation from CSE. I'm planning on rewriting WCPS to fit the new continuity.
Why did you continue this AU (alternate universe?)
Well, I was a latecomer to Star Trek Enterprise (didn't see it on its first network run), but once I saw the series, I was hooked. There were many things I liked about the series, but other things I definitely disliked. I knew STE was supposed to be a prequel to the Star Trek saga...how the Federation was supposed to have come about. I thought I could do that in this particular AU...to boldly go where no man (woman, beagle and Pyrithian bat) have gone before.
This series was almost completely scuttled at one point, thanks to some trolling. I removed the entire series from ff. net, reworked it, and put some of the series back on ff.net. New stories will be put here on this site.
Which actors/actresses do you imagine in these roles?
Many writers I know will visualize a certain actor/actress in a role to get a better grip on the character. I'm one that doesn't usually do that. If I did, I'd still see Connor Trineer, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock and Scott Bakula in their original roles with little change. For Malcolm, I still see Dominic Keating, but with the beard he wore in the episode “Twilight”. As for the characters of Captain Sato and Commander Mayweather, they need to be older than Linda Park and Anthony Montgomery. Maybe Michelle Yeoh and Denzel Washington? Shrugs Any suggestions are welcome.
Any long-term plans for this series?
Eventually, I'd like this crew to explore the universe, discover new planets and meet new cultures. The original premise of Star Trek Enterprise was to show the establishment of the Federation and I want to show that. If this series goes on long enough, I might even write about the Romulan War in this AU.
Is there any particular order to read the series?
If you want a bit of background, read Captain Sato's Enterprise. But the series itself begins with May the Wind be at our Backs. The listing of stories is in chronological order, with longer stories interspersed with shorter, one-shot “interludes” that happen between the stories. You can read them out of order, but there may be some details that might not make sense until you read the earlier ones.
I have a Star Trek Art Blog, The USS Sarasvati. It includes my drawings and sketches from various Star Treks (Enterprise, TNG, DS9, and soon Voyager and the 2009 Movie Reboot). It also includes the Mirror Universe (Most ENT-era), so I wanted to include my AU drawings too. The Switcheroo art is also included in this blog.
Is this series open? Are you open to ideas?
The series right now is a closed one, though I'm open to ideas and collaborations. Artwork is also encouraged. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas or suggestions.
Enjoy reading the series!