Author has written 25 stories for Mentalist.
Basic facts: I'm a young 49 year old with a much too vivid imagination who's been at this game since long before there was a fascinating art called fanfiction. I've read in various fandoms over the past twenty years starting with the X-Files; but, I never considered writing fanfic until The Mentalist. I've missed an opportunity or two in the past to publish a novel and I honestly don't regret it. Things happen in life when they're supposed to and those weren't the right times in my life for such a responsibility. The results would have been disasterous. I have won an award here and a scholarship there over the years with my hobby so I'm fully capable of turning out as polished a piece of writing as anyone else when I want or have a reason to.
That being said, is anything I post here of that caliber? Heck no. I'll be the first person to admit it. These stories are what I consider rest and relaxation. I'm throwing out rough drafts as fast as I can write them for fun. These are my stories written the way I want to tell them. They're not finely tuned, well edited masterpieces. I love you guys that produce magic like that; but, it would take two years instead of two months to turn out a 50,000 word piece if I went into full edit mode. Where's the pleasure in that?
All that really matters in the end is there's some of you out there who enjoy my work enough to stick with me through the craziness and I appreciate all of you whether you leave a review or not. All that I ask is you understand I'm going to push the characters as far as I can and still stay reasonably canon. I may not always get all of the facts right. I do try; but, there's a lot of episodes and a lot of years to remember/research and the information I find isn't always totally accurate even though I do cross-reference things multiple times if I'm not sure about something.
Also understand that I don't really subscribe to either Teresa Lisbon or Patrick Jane being pigeon-holed into one particular mold. We've been given enough information about them as people that I could and do see them reacting differently in similar situations depending on the slant I'm putting on the story. Sometimes my willingness to do that upsets people. I'm sorry to upset some of my readers; however, I wouldn't write the story the way I'm writing it if I didn't feel my take was plausible. That doesn't mean you have to agree with me. You do have that right. I totally respect your right to have your opinion as long as my right to tell my story the way I see and feel it is respected in turn.
And, yes, I do feel what I write. Whether I'm writing fanfiction or a novel, I connect deeply with my characters so I'm not throwing a story together just to amuse myself or because I think it might be a nifty idea. The idea has gotten in my head and taken root. I know loosely where I'm going even if I don't know the specifics of how I'm getting there. I'll figure it out before I'm done.
There are certain stories I agonize long and hard about whether I even want to write like the Back From the Shadowlands, Exiting Lodobars, Settling the Scores, and No Turning Backs. Perhaps Darkness Into Light. My more angsty fare. Those are stories I really enjoy writing because I can sink my teeth into them. They're also the stories I struggle the hardest with because I don't have the toughest skin when it comes to the occassional personal attacks for daring to go there with Lisbon and Jane. That's also what makes them worth writing whether they're my most popular stories or not. I get to thicken my skin and I get to delve deeper into the characters in plausible ways the writers have introduced on the show. To flesh them out a little more and give them a bit more of a life of their own. I can't explain the joy I find in doing that. It's rare to have television characters with enough depth to allow such a thing.
I'll hand that honor to the writers for The Mentalist, NCIS, and Castle which are the only three shows I watch with regularity anymore.
I'm sure I'll rewrite this profile soon. I'm never happy with these things. Thanks for checking me out. Calla
*Since I tend to forget the disclaimers, consider this the BIG one for all of my stories: I do not own any part of The Mentalist and do not make a dime off of any of my fanfiction stories. We all know Bruno Heller and the entities associated with the show have all rights as they should.*
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