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Author has written 2 stories for Criminal Minds.

Cyril Connolly said:

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for your public and have no self.


About Shudder and Burn:

After I wrote this story, I posted it on (then deleted it from) this site to work on it and polish it up. Since then, I've had several copies of my book printed (Thank you, Bookpatch) and gave them to friends and family members, who have responded quite favorably. Once it's all done and edited completely, I'll have a few more copies printed (for posterity).

After nearly two years, I started posting chapters again to many positive reviews. Still, I research, study, polish, and edit (and edit and edit again), and then I read it again and edit some more. I am still editing it, as of today. Thankfully, I found a wonderful Beta-reader to help find the errors I've missed.

And when I make mistakes, I take the hits (not taking it out on the readers or my Beta-reader) and fix those mistakes. And I admit there have been some doozies. I've read through this story and edited it more times than I can count. First, I had to fix the glaring, "how the heck did I manage to do THAT" kind of mistakes (Like a plot hole so big one could a truck through it). It surprises me no one called me out on it. And I've run Word Editor AND Grammerly (and a couple of other FREE editing programs). Some mistakes haven't been (and won't be) caught by an app. Only real-live humans will find those. This is where you, my dear readers, come in.

And every day (literally), I find a different way to write a paragraph, or a bit of dialogue, in order to make it better (the characters deserve the best, don't they?), so I scrub and I polish and keep at it. Also, I've cut paragraphs out and taken dialogue out that didn't quite work. After two years of writing, I've trimmed it down from 647 pages to a mere 511 pages. That also doesn't include the 2nd book, now up to 278 pages. And now I've written a third story, What If...? (if Spencer met Susan in 2006, after the lecture at Georgetown). It brought up some interesting (legal and moral) issues regarding the age difference. I've been told I handled them well in my writing.

And every day, I am full of doubts, full of wonder at how this story came about in my dreams. And I'm full of questions, constantly trying to find the best way for my characters to tell their story, while honoring the characters we all know and love so well, by bringing them along for this ride. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.

If you have any advice that may help me become a better writer, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

I found some great writing tips online that I use - https://www.fanfiction.net/topic/91554/42621992/1/10-Easy-Tips

Thank you,

me

UPDATE: 9/18/2022- I'm working on editing, getting ready to send BOTH manuscripts to the printer. The set should be finished and ready to ship, very soon!!

For the anonymous review sent to me concerning copyrights, there are legal ways to get around those. And I'll be self-publishing my books.

If you are interested in being on the list for Shudder and Burn and Side Stories (for hard copies, or e-book), please drop me PM.

LW

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The Flame in the Blizzard by DragonGecko18 reviews
Love... It's a flame that sends you soaring high above cloud nine yet simultaneously burns your heart into ashes. For Hotch and Emily, they're just two people, trying to navigate this complicated blizzard called love. Will secrets, enemies and death draw them closer and keep that flame alive? Or will it tear them apart? Sequel to A Touch in the Dark.
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 21 - Words: 70,624 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 53 - Updated: 9/17 - Published: 6/11/2021 - A. Hotchner/Hotch, E. Prentiss, Jack H.
Fanfiction Trauma by IncognitoGirl1993 reviews
When an extremely bored Reid stumbles upon Fanfiction dot net his world is turned upside down. Watch as the genius and the rest of the BAU team tackle on a threat worse than any unsub they've come across with: badly written fanfiction stories featuring them. 4th and 3rd wall will most certainly be broken. Absolute crackfic! Now taking requests.
Criminal Minds - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 40 - Words: 99,506 - Reviews: 1427 - Favs: 500 - Follows: 576 - Updated: 8/7/2021 - Published: 2/28/2013 - S. Reid
A Touch In The Dark by DragonGecko18 reviews
A wise proverb once said that waiting is a sign of true love and patience. Anyone can say I love you, but not everyone can wait and prove it's true. Hotch is losing his marriage, Emily just wants to fit in and find the right person. Amongst it all, they're hopping flights to all four corners of the country. How long can they wait until the inevitable happens?
Criminal Minds - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 42 - Words: 138,900 - Reviews: 145 - Favs: 84 - Follows: 77 - Updated: 5/9/2021 - Published: 7/16/2020 - A. Hotchner/Hotch, E. Prentiss - Complete
Kingdom Hearts: Lock of Fate by BabyRodent reviews
"To find is to craft, to craft is to find..." A young Nobody without a past, a quest to piece her memories together, and a power that can mend her or break her. Takes place during "Kingdom Hearts II". No romance between canon characters and original character. OC-centric. Reviews are welcome. Current World: Hollow Bastion
Kingdom Hearts - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 22 - Words: 123,166 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 3/13/2018 - Published: 6/28/2013 - OC, Meow Wow
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The Later Years reviews
A few one-shots (starting with this one) based on Shudder and Burn and Side Stories that didn't fit in either. But stories I want to tell. I hope you enjoy.
Criminal Minds - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 257 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 9/22
What If reviews
What if Spencer had met Susan after the lecture in 2006, instead of thirteen years later? A reimagining of Shudder and Burn with some twists and turns. I changed a few things, fixed a few plot holes, and added a few new goodies in the 16 chapters. I hope you all enjoy it.
Criminal Minds - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,214 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/16