Author has written 77 stories for UC: UnderCover, Mummy, Gundam Wing/AC, Poltergeist: the Legacy, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Magnificent Seven, James Bond, Star Wars, Robin Hood BBC, Torchwood, Transformers, Captain America, Into the Storm, Avengers, Misc. Movies, National Treasure, Arrow, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
I've been writing fanfiction for a VERY long time, even before I knew what it was called. That was, in fact, how I first started writing as an eight year old girl, dreaming up new adventures for the characters I loved on tv. In addition to what's listed above, I've written fanfiction for Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, the Magnificent Seven tv-show, Homefront, Buck Rogers, and the original Battlestar Galactica. The picture in my profile is from a Highland Games I attended a few years back. Yes, that is me and yes, I am of Scottish descent...also German, English, Swedish, Irish, Dutch, and possibly Italian.
You might notice that some of the actors I've listed below are italicized ... these are actors, and actresses, whom I've met at various conventions. I've adored Sean Bean for twenty years, and others who have won my heart are: Oded Fehr; Dale Midkiff; Tim Dunigan; Richard Armitage; Hugh Jackman; Michael Biehn; Craig Parker; Robert Downey Jr; Dylan Neal; Jon Voight; Adam Baldwin; John Rhys-Davies; Ted King; Ron Perlman; John Barrowman; Arnold Vosloo; Peter Cullen, Nathan Fillion; and Sean Connery. Honorable mentions goes to Douglas Henshall (Nick Cutter in Primeval); Gareth David Lloyd; Brian Drummond (voice of Zechs Merquise in Gundam Wing); Christian Bale; Jude Law; Gerard Butler (if only for Leonidas in 300), Daragh O'Malley; Ewan McGregor (if only for Obi-Wan Kenobi); Josh Duhamel; Chris Evans; and Jason Carter. While I went to see all four Transformers movies for the giant alien robots, I freely admit that Will Lennox and Bobby Epps are my two absolute favorite human characters, although SecDef John Keller comes in right behind them. No, the four teenagers (Sam, Mikaela, Miles, and Leo) don't interest me.
Favorite actresses include: Patricia Velazquez; Laurie Holden; Kristin Lehman; Cote de Pablo; Robin Christopher; Summer Glau; Grace Park; Mira Furlan; Alexa Havins; Gina Torres; and Famke Janssen. Honorable mention goes to Naoko Mori, Colleen Rennison and Abigail Stone (the latter two because they broke my heart as Senephra in the Doppleganger episode of Poltergeist: The Legacy and as Ebrill in The Dark respectively). I play a game with my friends, casting actors as siblings. A few of my favored sibling groups include: Robert Downey Jr, C. Thomas Howell and Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Sean Bean, Jude Law and Ewan McGregor (maybe Douglas Henshall as well); Oded Fehr, Patricia Velazquez, and Cote de Pablo; Dale Midkiff, Paul Gross (aka Constable Benton Fraser in Due South) and John Barrowman; Dylan Neal, Robert Sean Leonard, and Kavan Smith. More to follow as they occur to me.
In addition to my fanfiction stories listed below, I'm also in the process of writing several original novels, which are too numerous to name. My main project at the moment is doing research for a story about an underground city. I couldn't swear to it, but I think it was inspired by watching the episode of Cities of the Underworld which featured Cappadocia, Turkey.
I don't mention my political or religious beliefs, because quite frankly, they aren't anyone's business. I suppose you could probably figure out those beliefs (or ask directly), but I'm also sure you have better things to do with your time and energy. However, I will let you know a few things that irritate me enough to make me stop reading a story. A) demonizing and deifying characters. Quite frankly, even if I detest the character who is being demonized, or adore the character being deified, it still annoys me. Do I do it? I was very bad about it when I was younger, but I hope I've mostly grown out of it and it's something I do try to avoid. On very rare occasions (but it does happen), if I don't trust myself to write a character fairly, I simply won't do anything with that character or will write that character as little as possible. B) The usual bad writing. I don't mind occasional typos. . .I'm also inclined to cut people who speak English as a second language leeway. Nor will I hassle someone for using British/Australian/Canadian spellings. By the same token, I'm an American, and unless I'm writing a letter from the perspective of a British or Canadian or Australian character, I'll use American spelling. C) I will stop reading any SW fic which attacks the Organas or the Lars families for 'stealing Leia/Luke from their rightful parents.' As someone who plans to eventually adopt, there aren't words for how much this offends me. Now, I won't flame the story. I just won't finish it (and think twice about reading further stories from that author). Considering the twins' mother in ROTS was a pathetic coward who gave up on life and their father was in the thrall of Palpatine (who would have destroyed any good influences Vader had), the Organa and the Lars families didn't steal the twins. They saved them. And that is all I have to say on that matter.
I've been traveling since I was ten months old. At this point in my life, I've been in thirty-nine states, eleven countries (the US, Canada, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, Spain, Morocco, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland), and three continents (North America, Europe, Africa). I'm hoping to finish out those eleven states I haven't reached yet. Some countries I'd love to visit are England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the UK; Australia (which would also add another continent to my list at the same time), New Zealand, Japan; Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, and too many others to name. Suffice to say, I'd love to visit the European countries I didn't get to see during my first three trips to Europe.
My favorite writers? That tends to change, according to what I'm reading at the time. Perennial favorites are Guy Gavriel Kay (my writing hero), Lynn Kurland, the late Vince Flynn, Jude Deveraux, and James Rollins. I listen to music while I'm writing...it helps me to focus. Soundtracks are my favorites, especially the LOTR soundtracks, the scores for the first two Transformers movies, 300, and Battle: Los Angeles. I also like Alkaemy, Survivor (particular during the years the late Jimi Jamison was the lead singer); Celtic Woman, Cusco, Daughtry, Clannad, The Celtic Tenors, Nickelback, Miriam Stockley, 3 Doors Down, John Barrowman, and David Arkenstone. I've recently rediscovered my love for Mr. Mister (Kyrie is an unbelievably awesome song) and am intrigued with what I've heard of Shinedown.
What provides inspiration for my stories? A better question would be, what doesn't! My previous jobs, newspaper stories, magazine stories, people I encounter. My nieces and nephews are additional contributors (a grand total of fifteen between my immediate family and the children of my dearest friends); and they range in age from thirty years old to sixteen months old. A number of the children featured in my stories are patterned after them. I'm hoping to adopt a child sometime in the future, and once that happens, I'm sure I'll find quite a bit of inspiration in that. I do a lot of mental plotting while I'm driving and when I'm in the shower. Partly because I'm either not focusing on anything in particular or focusing only on the road. The Gwethil, of which I'm a member, is also a wonderful source of inspiration. (blows kiss to my brother and sisters in the Gwethil)
I also have an account on Teaspoon and an Open Mind (www.whofic.com) as LadySwan; as well as accounts with Archive of Our Own and WWOMB (Wonderful World of Make-Believe) as LadyDeb. What can I tell you, I like to be consistent in terms of my pen names (shrugs).
Several of my stories are on hiatus, as those muses have gone on vacation, but I haven't abandoned them (eg, The Mummy, Lord of the Rings stories, James Bond and National Treasure stories). At the end of August 2013, my thirty-nine month job search ended when I was offered a position at a local university. As you can likely see, I have three universes for Torchwood: Worlds Apart, a crossover between Torchwood and Bay-verse Transformers, with some of the characters from the original cartoon of the eighties thrown in because that will always come first in my heart; Birthright, which attempts to make sense of the hot messes known as Miracle Day and Children of Earth; and Points of Departure (renamed Themes and Variations), which completely shakes up the Torchwood universe and turns it inside out. And that series will be completed with the next story, The Culling, which will be a re-write of Miracle Day.
Since the stories within Birthright are out of order in my profile, here is a list of the stories IN order (you can certainly read them out of order, but this might save on confusion): The Rising, Torn Asunder, The Sleeper Awakens, The Homecoming; Reap the Whirlwind; To Whom Much is Given; Prime and Prince; The Hidden Child; What's Inside; The Two Captains: Brothers in Time; After the Rain; Dite's Favor; Riding the Storm Out; Winter's End; Lost Little Girls; The Greatest Counterpoise to Fear. The last five stories are also part of the next story arc/series, a sequel arc to Birthright, Something Like Forgiveness.
And that's me!