Author has written 23 stories for Babylon 5, and Hunger Games.
If you've made it to my profile, it's because my writing either impressed or intrigued you enough to want to know who is behind it. Either way, thanks!
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I grew up writing fanfiction. I wrote fanfiction before I even knew it was called fanfiction, before there was even a computer (much less a computer with internet access) in my house, and way before I discovered fanfiction.net. When other girls my age were playing with dolls and having tea parties, I was supremely more comfortable with a pen in my hand. Looking back, my muse was tracked by my maturity, beginning with "Ghostwriter" and "Power Rangers" when I was a pre-teen, to NSYNC in my teenage years before I took a haitus from writing while I dealt with real life.
It's been about ten years since I used a quirky disclaimer along the lines of, "I don't own this, someone else does, and please don't sue me." In that time I managed to write some original poetry, but I seem incapable of creating original characters and a plot that would carry a novel. Someday, this is my ultimate goal. Clearly I'm still working on it.
My newest, greatest and most mature muse is the Bablyon 5 Universe as created by J. Michael Straczynski. I was immediately drawn into this story from the very first episode I watched ("Confessions and Lamentations"), which happened by accident in the summer of 2009. My husband (who is much more knowledgable of all things sci-fi than myself) had borrowed the series from a friend as something to keep his sanity while he was unemployed. He worked his way through the series during the day or at night after I had gone to bed. One night, I couldn't sleep. I sat down to watch, and the rest, as they say, is history.
As a writer, this series played right into my hand. I'm a character writer, and I love to explore emotion and the general flawed human condition through writing. In life, the series also played to my personality. People, in general, fascinate me. My job-I-get-paid-for is in Human Resources, and I took a lot of psychology in college. As such, one of my favorite things to do is get to the root of what makes someone who they are - metaphorically speaking, take them apart, figure out what makes them tick. It bugs the heck out of my friends and family, but fictional characters... well, they sit down and play nice, let me get inside their heads. I appreciate their cooperation. :)
So, in general, this series spoke to my nature, first as a viewer and then as a writer. When I bought the series myself and sat down to watch it from beginning to end, I was so drawn into the characters - their strengths, their flaws, their growth through the series - that when it was over I had myself a good cry. And then I set out to find out what else was in this universe. That led me to the movies, and then to The Lost Tales, and finally to fanfiction, written by others, and then written by me. JMS created some wonderfully flawed characters who are so much fun to poke and prod... and torture... sorry. As I said, I like to explore emotion. That probably means you'll see a whole range of stuff from me, from simple and sappy to dark and foreboding.
It feels good to be back in the writing saddle again, and I thank JMS whole-heartedly for this wonderful playground. It is expansive enough to keep me entertained and busy for quite some time. For how carefully and wonderfully he crafted the B5 universe, my goal is to do it justice... though I will most likely stray from his "no robots or cute kids" promise, at least where the "cute kids" part is concerned (mostly, I don't do robots.) I liken the Sheridan family, post Season 5, unto a brand-new jungle gym that somebody built as a late addition to a playground and then just walked away from, leaving it all shiny and new and glistening in the sun. Who wouldn't want to play with THAT?
Finally, I would like to thank Straczynski for a couple of great pieces of writing advice, which I will list here, and which I hope I can learn to put into practice, now and in the years to come:
1) If you show a gun on the wall in Act 1, Scene 1, you must fire that gun by Act 3, Scene 1.
and 2) Listen to your characters. Let them tell you the story, and just write down what they say.
Thanks again for reading, and if you read, please leave me a review and/or a personal note! It's the only way I can improve.
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