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Author has written 4 stories for Batman Begins/Dark Knight, and Batman.

UPDATED 1/8/2012

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~ How long does it take to write a single chapter of "Dear Joker"?

Longer than it appears. On average, about 4 to 4 1/2 hours of work goes into every chapter. (Some require a lot more time than that.) Half of the time it takes to write the chapters is spent on the formatting. MS Word automatically corrects purposeful misspellings and random capitalization (the hallmark of the Joker's scattered thought pattern), so I draft the skeleton of the story in Word, then upload it into the FF word editor. This is where all the editing takes place. It's very time-consuming to capitalize random letters, and select certain (hidden) phrases with bold font, but every bit of formatting is done with precision and with a purpose. Often I increase the length of the letter between 50-75% with additional thoughts after it's been uploaded into the FF editor.

~ Why does it seem to take so long for updates to "Dear Joker"?

Unfortunately, my career is fairly demanding. In the nearly 10 years I've been with my current employer, I've worked a 40-hour work week only about 3 times. Overtime is expected, and it's not compensated. (See what some of you have to look forward to when you're out of school?) I'm in front of a computer for at least 8 hours at work every day, usually working with multiple spreadsheets in a reduced-size font, so there are many days when I literally cannot see font on a computer screen when I return home from work. I've written a few chapters of "Dear Joker" with tears running down my face, because my eyes are so strained that they sting horribly. On the weekends, I run errands to finish the things I couldn't do during the week, so finding spare time to write is very challenging sometimes.

~ How do you select which letters to answer in each new chapter of "Dear Joker"?

Up until Chapter 37, I was trying to be fair by answering every question in the exact order in which they were received. However, this is creating a tremendous bottleneck. Also, many of the letters have the same theme: namely, written from the point of view of either a reader or a fictitious character who is infatuated with the Joker and either proclaims it to the Joker, or says something to provoke him. Now, don't get me wrong -- I *completely* understand the appeal of wanting to engage the Joker directly in some frisky banter. However, there is a finite number of creative responses that I can summon to the same type of question. I also want to provide a bit of variety for the readers. Please know that if I pass over your letter, it's nothing personal! Going forward, I'm trying to pick the letters that will offer different replies.

~ Does it get on your nerves when readers write only a brief comment as a review?

Never. I don't know if I can possibly understate this: I THRIVE ON REVIEWS. Truly, they mean a lot to me. It's great to know that people are reading my stories, but it means so much more to get feedback, as validation that someone connected with something in the Joker's reply. I'd rather get a review of "Hellz yeah!" or "Ha ha, a bat-schlong!" than nothing at all. However, if someone waxes philosophic about something I wrote, or if they expound with a lot of detail, it's the literary equivalent of a Girl Scout Samoa cookie. :)

~ Do you reply to all reviews?

I do everything I can to reply to everyone. If a reply is just a straight-up question to the Joker, I won't reply until the question comes up and becomes a chapter. However, if a reader has chosen to spend their time reading one of my stories, and furthermore takes time to comment on it, I feel that I owe them a thank you for the courtesy of feedback. (The Joker wouldn't recommend replying to every review, but Ms. Grace would. I think that she's got the better hold of polite etiquette of the two, so I prefer to reply to everyone. Don't tell the Joker I just dissed him.) However, sometimes (for the time-constraint issues I mentioned above) it may take a while for me to reply. If I have not yet replied to one of your reviews -- no matter for which story they were submitted -- please know that I appreciate your feedback and will send you a note as quickly as I can. However, if a reviewer is not signed in when they leave their review, I won't have a link to click on to send a direct reply. Also, if you've disabled Private Messaging (PM) in your profile, I will not be able to reply to you.

~ How much do you write in your replies to readers' reviews?

I write as much as my time allows. Please know that a short reply from me does *not* mean that I don't appreciate your input. I appreciate all comments. Particularly the positive ones. However, for the sake of time-management, I'm afraid I just can't reply to all reviews to the degree for which I wish I had the time.

~ What's the deal with "Not Playing with a Full Deck"? Is it ever going to get another update?

ABSOLUTELY. Believe it or not, "NPwaFD" is my true writing passion, much more so than "Dear Joker" -- as much fun as "Dear Joker" is to write. "NPwaFD" is a fairly complex story, with multiple story lines and characters to manage, so there is a tremendous amount of planning that goes into each chapter. The last few chapters I wrote took between eighteen to twenty-two HOURS to write. That's for EACH chapter. The plot is very heavily driven by details, and it's important that all the details be accounted for. The next chapter is going to be a pivotal one, where Batman, the Joker and Lois get down and dirty. I am looking forward to writing it tremendously.

~ Is the next chapter of "NPwaFD" going to be the end of the story?

Not. Even. Close.

~ Do you like artwork based on your stories?

To me, having a reader create an original work of art based on something I've written -- whether dramatic or comedic -- is about the highest form of praise I can think of. If you are so inspired, PLEASE feel free to let me know if you've drawn, painted or created anything based on my writings! I will link to your pictures in my profile below, so that all other readers can enjoy them as well!

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I want to take the space here to pass along a genuine Thank You to everyone who is reading my stories! Knowing that people are reading these stories is very fulfilling. Seeing that people take the time not only to read, but also review, is incredibly flattering, and I really appreciate it. You've all been so understanding and patient in waiting for story updates. I appreciate it so much, and your loyalty does more for my spirits than I can put into words.

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One of the greatest compliments I could receive is to see that a story of mine has inspired a reader to submit a graphic depiction of a particular scene. I am thrilled that there are some very talented readers who were generous enough to share their drawings with me! I invite you to view them -- they're wonderful.

(If there's anyone else who feels compelled to draw something inspired by a story of mine, I would be flattered if you'd submit it to me. I will definitely put the link up for others to view!)

Not Playing with a Full Deck

Take a look at the following works of art, based on this story of the Joker exacting revenge on Lois Lane for an insulting broadcast about him.

The first were submitted by Kichi, a fellow FanFiction author (check out her stories!), who was generous enough to take the time to make the following drawings and share them on her Deviant Art account. Thanks, Kichi, for creating this fantastic visuals for the story!

1. Who knew that an abused, battered and scarred body could look so enticing?

2. Here's a great picture of the Joker taunting Lois Lane... his favorite pastime in this story:

3. Here he is looking quite badass, yet with a hint of a come-hither look:

4. As Lois is pushed further to the brink of guilt-induced madness, the Joker enjoys shoving her closer and closer to the edge with his verbal digs:

5. Make sure you enlarge this one to see all the detail! This one is from Chapter 47, where the Joker confronts his new hostage -- the Batman!

And now there's a new submission to add to the group, from Absoluteroro. Thank you so much for sharing this great picture, based on Chapter 42, where the Joker disrobes in front of Lois!

Here is a truly jaw-dropping graphic manipulation, based on the pivotal moment in Chapter 5 ("A New Insult"), when the Joker sees the broadcast of Metropolis Live, which gets the whole story rolling. Thank you, lisbuff!

Dear Joker

This interactive story now has a few graphics as well, thanks to a drawings made by Kichi. Be sure to check out the rest of her artwork!

1. This drawing depicts a scene described by the Joker in his reply to Dr. Crane's letter in Chapter 17:

2. This drawing illustrates a suggestion from the Joker's reply to Dr. Crane's other half, the Scarecrow, in Chapter 21:

The wonderful Lauralot also submitted her own work, based on the Joker answering an advice question she submitted:

mY fAVoritE tHinGS

Kichi was generous enough to make another drawing for one of my stories -- look at what she came up with for this little ditty the Joker likes to sing:

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Heroes or Villains? Villains, definitely. Always.

Favorite Film Villains: Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins is a genius), The Joker (Heath Ledger's rendering was jaw-dropping), Dracula (and most renditions of vampires) and from childhood, I've got to add Darth Vader (as a kid, I thought he was the ultimate guy not to cross)

Favorite type of stories: Anything dark and twisted; those stories that push the minds of the author, as much as those of the readers; always liked vampire stories.

Favorite books: Phantom, The Mummy: Ramses The Damned, The Silence of the Lambs, Kiss the Girls, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal... and my all-time favorite book, by my favorite author Stephen King, is Gerald's Game. Unfortunately, I average reading about 1 book per year, maybe 2 if I'm lucky. Work takes up almost all my time. I'm about the only person in the US who hasn't read a single Harry Potter book. It would take me 7 years to do so.

Admired authors: Stephen King, James Patterson, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice, Christopher Moore

Favorite tunes: Anything haunting or trance; some favorite groups include a-ha, Sarah McLachlan, Depeche Mode, The Tea Party, U2 and Chris Isaak... which actually seems pretty upbeat considering how dark I usually like my art and music.

Favorite artists: Miro, Dufy, Kandinsky, Gockel, Behrens. I tend to be drawn to bold works of asymmetry and color. I don't know how people go through a life painted in beige, from their homes to their personalities.

Age: Walt Disney World and I have the same birth year. You do the math.

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How the Joker Stole Gotham by Lauralot reviews
The story of The Dark Knight, in the style of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,497 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 50 - Follows: 4 - Published: 12/23/2010 - Joker, Bruce W./Batman - Complete
Vitiate by Kichi reviews
Set after Dies Irae - Day of Wrath. Joker/Harley with a twist. Joker is the one obsessed! Joker POV.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 30,667 - Reviews: 67 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 4/10/2010 - Published: 8/4/2009 - Joker - Complete
I Don't Want Anybody Else by Lauralot reviews
It's a perfectly logical system. It isn't a fixation at all. Joker/Crane
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,944 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 4 - Published: 2/20/2010 - J. Crane, Joker - Complete
Misery by Kichi reviews
just a 1 shot that takes place during ch. 6 of Mask
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,271 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/15/2010 - Joker - Complete
Shadow Selves by Lauralot reviews
Living together against both parties' will is hard, and romance is never easy. Especially when your alter egos hate each other. Eventual Wayne/Crane. Sequel to The Knight and The Prince.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 100 - Words: 268,766 - Reviews: 1263 - Favs: 229 - Follows: 64 - Updated: 12/31/2009 - Published: 5/24/2009 - J. Crane, Bruce W./Batman - Complete
The Knight and the Prince by Lauralot reviews
Joker decides he wants to play mind games with Batman, and brings the Scarecrow along. Somewhat slash. Sequel to Say That We're Sweethearts Again.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 55 - Words: 167,979 - Reviews: 826 - Favs: 146 - Follows: 40 - Updated: 12/20/2009 - Published: 2/20/2009 - Joker, Bruce W./Batman - Complete
Say That We're Sweethearts Again by Lauralot reviews
It's never easy to reconcile a friendship, especially if you broke the friendship by breaking your friend's ribs. Sequel to The Accidental Therapist.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 13,599 - Reviews: 90 - Favs: 79 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 12/20/2009 - Published: 2/14/2009 - J. Crane, Joker - Complete
Crazy by nohfase reviews
“Everything was custom, no labels or anything.” Joker gets himself a personal tailor.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Crime/Suspense - Chapters: 8 - Words: 43,766 - Reviews: 69 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 33 - Updated: 11/10/2009 - Published: 10/24/2008
The Horrible Sickness by Lauralot reviews
What's worse than the Clown Prince of Crime? The Clown Prince of Crime with a fever. Rated for language, violence, and briefly disgusting content, but mostly for safety.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,840 - Reviews: 46 - Favs: 82 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/4/2009 - J. Crane, Joker - Complete
The Accidental Therapist by Lauralot reviews
Sometimes you end up helping the villain, when all you intended was to bring him in. Sequel to Act Like We Are Fools. Rated for gore.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Friendship - Chapters: 27 - Words: 86,458 - Reviews: 402 - Favs: 126 - Follows: 34 - Updated: 9/2/2009 - Published: 1/11/2009 - J. Crane, Bruce W./Batman - Complete
Dies Irae Day of Wrath by Kichi reviews
Sequel to “Mask”. The Joker has escaped Arkham. He is driven by hatred and vengeance, not the usual fun and games…COMPLETE
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 4 - Words: 15,023 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 7/23/2009 - Published: 6/21/2009 - Joker - Complete
So There We Were by Nurse Joker reviews
Joker POV. The shrinks at Arkham decide it would be therapeutic for the Joker to take up writing. This is the result.
Batman - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 1,291 - Reviews: 74 - Favs: 71 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 7/13/2009 - Published: 8/10/2008 - The Joker
Dearest Doctor Arkham by Lauralot reviews
The Joker writes a complaint letter to Arkham's administrator. Rated for language and mention of violence.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,088 - Reviews: 78 - Favs: 208 - Follows: 9 - Published: 4/22/2009 - Joker - Complete
The Eyes of a Bat, a Jester, and a TwoSided coin by Sugary Snicket reviews
A set of three little poems for the little trifecta of main characters in The Dark Knight. Stop me if you've heard this one - a bat, a clown, and an attorney walk into a room...
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 253 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/13/2009 - Complete
Leporiphobia by Lauralot reviews
Anything can be terrifying. Even a rabbit.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,596 - Reviews: 44 - Favs: 85 - Follows: 5 - Published: 3/29/2009 - J. Crane - Complete
Act Like We Are Fools by Lauralot reviews
This could only end badly, but he couldn't help but go along for the ride. Joker/Crane. Sequel to Mad Friends.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 40 - Words: 108,255 - Reviews: 439 - Favs: 148 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 1/9/2009 - Published: 11/26/2008 - J. Crane, Joker - Complete
Mask by Kichi reviews
TDKJoker - Joker's first few days at Arkham.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 17,219 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 1/1/2009 - Published: 11/6/2008 - Complete
JxHQ: Snuff by princessebee reviews
An Arkham security guard gets the opportunity of his life when he captures two infamous inmates on video and takes it to the internet. Only problem: the participants never signed a release form. OOPS. Crackfic!
Batman - Rated: M - English - Humor/Horror - Chapters: 15 - Words: 24,334 - Reviews: 197 - Favs: 208 - Follows: 50 - Updated: 11/28/2008 - Published: 8/16/2008 - Harley Quinn, The Joker
Ask The Joker Anything by Moonone reviews
Here is YOUR chance to ask The Joker ANYTHING! Write a question in review, and then they will be answered in the next chapter when the story is updated publicly! All questions welcome. Joker will be in character, and it is Heath's version
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2,882 - Reviews: 84 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 11/27/2008 - Published: 11/16/2008
Mad Friends by Lauralot reviews
Joker wasn't the only one Harleen Quinzel treated. The story of her fall to darkness through the eyes of her patient and friend, Jonathan Crane. Rated M to be safe.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Friendship - Chapters: 40 - Words: 87,535 - Reviews: 218 - Favs: 203 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 11/24/2008 - Published: 10/5/2008 - Complete
Strings by Silential reviews
What if the Joker was telling the truth about his wife and his scars? Returning to Gotham, Anna pledges to help the police find him. Yet when she is used as bait and comes face to face with him again, she sees that some scars never heal. Post-TDK Joker/OC
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Romance/Suspense - Chapters: 19 - Words: 53,897 - Reviews: 444 - Favs: 247 - Follows: 101 - Updated: 10/7/2008 - Published: 8/5/2008 - Joker - Complete
101 Things I Won't Do If Dealing With The Joker by Sugary Snicket reviews
NOTE: THIS is the ORIGINAL 101 Things Joker fic. The copy over in the Comics section of FFN is a copy that someone else uploaded and I am allowing it to exist. Once again, the issue has been taken care of, so do not R&R this fic just to say it's not mine.
Batman - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,817 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 6 - Published: 9/22/2008 - The Joker - Complete
His Collection by The Umbrella reviews
His mother had collected dolls. No so does he. Sort of. Drabble. Characters: Batman, implied Joker.
Batman - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 536 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/19/2008 - Bruce W./Batman, The Joker - Complete
The Joker Cum and Gone by Connor Gourmand reviews
It's a joke you'll see.
Batman - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 524 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 5 - Published: 9/15/2008 - Alfred P., The Joker - Complete
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Not Playing with a Full Deck reviews
Gotham's most feared criminal has been insulted on a grand scale. What type of revenge will he exact on the woman who's responsible? Lois Lane will find out the hard way. This Joker is feral, bloodthirsty and hungry for revenge. Mature content.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Drama - Chapters: 50 - Words: 276,128 - Reviews: 577 - Favs: 208 - Follows: 143 - Updated: 9/8/2014 - Published: 9/30/2008 - Joker, Bruce W./Batman
Dear Joker reviews
What happens when Ledger's Joker decides to take a hiatus from crime, dabble in journalism and dispense his opinions to the faithful readers of Gotham's premier advice column? He's got his own ideas about tact, social graces and virtue: they're overrated.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 38 - Words: 33,813 - Reviews: 534 - Favs: 178 - Follows: 110 - Updated: 1/2/2012 - Published: 6/30/2009 - Joker
mY fAVoritE tHinGS reviews
Ledger's Joker is feeling blue instead of purple. How does he pick himself up? Cue the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical score, replace the Austrian Alps with the backdrop of Gotham, and sing along. You all know the tune.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: K+ - English - Parody/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 415 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 59 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/18/2009 - Joker, Bruce W./Batman - Complete
The Joker's Prayer reviews
What does the Clown of Chaos pray for at night?
Batman - Rated: K+ - English - Suspense/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 148 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/18/2008 - The Joker, Edward N./The Riddler - Complete