Author has written 38 stories for Due South, Hogan's Heroes, Justified, Man From UNCLE, Burn Notice, Castle, Avengers, Leverage, and MacGyver.
Hi! I'm a 30ish dame living in the Northeast of the US. I work in... no, you don't want to know. My job is very boring to other people, and I have a tendency to want to explain in depth the joys of industry standards. I love it, but I'm not going to start in on that!
Originally I'm from warmer climes, down under, but I've been living here long enough that I can almost feel confident that the characters I write are not speaking in broad 'Strine accents. I grew up under the impression that I was going to be a writer; my mother is a writer, and I wrote, so it was a foregone conclusion. Then I stopped writing.
You see, my darling mother is a very serious writer. Her tastes in literature run to reading Joyce and then complaining that it wasn't obscure/deep enough. I got stuck in a trap of thinking that there was no point writing if every word dripping off my pen was not a sublime expression of the truth about the human condition.
My tastes are plebeian. I am truly in love with the action/adventure genre - and its related thrillers and mysteries. I think that genre writing, rather than being ghettoized as it has been, has a lot of potential to allow the exploration of abstract concepts such as love, trust, honor, betrayal, friendship, loss and so on, through the entirely concrete scenarios that it presents.
I feel that action in the sense of the modern action film can be used as a productive catalyst for exposing deeper human truths through the behavior of the characters in extreme circumstances. (Of course, I might be one of the only people who thought that Mr. and Mrs. Smith was an effective exploration of the problem of staying true to oneself while in a monogamous long term relationship, not just an excuse to watch Jolie beat up Pitt. It was just like the early years of my now very happy marriage, only we were not actually assassins.)
I really enjoy the opportunity to work on some of my writing skills without necessarily working on my world-building skills. I've been able to identify some major weaknesses- particularly realistic dialogue, and plot pacing- and attack them with more freedom than I find when writing work in original settings. Plus, it's just so much fun! Right now I'm hooked on Due South, because between Paul Gross's superb acting and the creator's obsession with Hitchcock, it's got a lot of compelling material to work from. While things may get violent/dark, I'll try to keep it mostly in the spirit of the show, in that while people get hurt, you can generally trust the creators to keep all the important people in one piece.
Update as of 2011: Well, my fandoms are a bit all over the place right now, but the core theme still seems to apply. I love a good partnership. Buddies, bros, however you want to see it.
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