Author has written 7 stories for Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew.
Long-time crazy writer person who's into anything interesting -- I've been a 1-900 tele-psychic, a computer tech, a radio DJ, and a fraud investigator. I'm an artist, a cartoonist, a writer, a website designer, a kite-flyer and bike-rider who makes the Best Pizza In The World and who has been married for over 25 years to the Absolute Best Husband In The World & owned by four adorable fuzzy cats. I've had two short stories & one real novel published, along with a huge backlog of original tales all mostly set in the same world that's been eating at me for over 20 years.
So...let's talk a bit.
My HB fanfic is based on the old '70s TV series, "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" & twisted through the lens of my original (published) universe, which feature the rock band Karma. The published Karma tales take place in more modern times (2000s-ish), but my HB fanfic (like the TV show) is firmly based in the '70s...though Karma appears in those tales as an established, famous-in-universe band.
Just quote the MST3K Mantra: "Repeat to yourself it's just a show & should really just relax". It's a paradox & I'm not even going to try to untangle it because...well...
Karma only ended up in Voodoo Doll after I found out that FFNet didn't allow real-people fic. I'd initially used a real rock band in "Doll" & intended it as a just-for-fun, anything-goes crossover mashup for NaNoWriMo. By the time I found out FFNet's rule, Doll was done...so because I'm lazy, I just swapped names out with my fictional band and did some minor editing.
I'd burned out on writing Karma's tales a few years back, I had no clue what to do for National Novel Writing Month (every November) and between my health issues & resulting life chaos, the Karma tales had just...died. Around the same time, I got on a nostalgia kick, fueled by a YouTuber who was posting the '70s series episodes, and was having a cheesy blast watching those things.
Then...I hit the episode "Voodoo Doll."
Oh dear gods. If you ever want to travel back in time & see the '70s attitudes towards women & non-mainstream religion & persons of color...if you want to see those ugly attitudes in all their condescending total-bullshit glory...watch that episode.
At the time I saw the episode again, I didn't know much about New Orleans Voodoo. But ye GODS, I wanted to grab the Hardys and SHAKE them.
Seriously. They walk into a public NOLA bar (which is decorated in Hollywood-style Voodoo trappings); they're surrounded by NOLA residents, both Black and White. And the Hardys say -- out loud -- "Wow, get a load of this place. Guess people really do believe in this stuff. (snort) 'Voodoo' (laugh)."
If that's condescending & offensive to read, believe me, it sounds a lot worse uttered by two pretty white boys without a single clue.
Voodoo is a religion. It's completely syncretized with Catholicism & accepted by the Pope (yes, really). Now -- imagine walking into a Bronx bar in NYC and going, "Wow, did you believe that St. Patrick's place? Guess people really do believe that stuff. (snort) Catholics. (laugh)"
White Boys would be lucky to leave that pub with their pretty faces still attached.
And that's the LEAST of the issues with the episode.
Anyway...at that point, where both I and Brett were watching that and Brett stopped me from throwing my laptop across the room in total rage at the episode...something clicked. Certain characters from my original 'verse were YELLING. They wanted to rip those clueless white boys a pair of new assholes. They wanted to rip the Hollywood Voodoo into pieces & show what would really happen if the Hardys had run into anyone with those so-called "powers" in real life. I also wanted to take the miserable excuse for "Nancy Drew" in that episode and drown her deep in the bayou.
My fanfic series of "Blood Circles" had just been conceived, born & fighting to get written RIGHT THEN, RIGHT THERE...and NaNoWriMo was still a week away at that point.
It was the first NaNoWriMo where I hit the 50k goal in two weeks and had the entire story finished by 11/30.
Things kinda spiraled out of control from there. I'm nowhere near done with the series, and the stories still aren't done with me. There was so much potential in the show that I keep seeing -- and so many issues with it that I just can't leave alone -- that the Hardys & the Association & the Blades have taken things over for right now.
The Karma books are still being worked on. But I'm finding that the Blood Circles series is actually adding to Karma's tale, too. Hopefully, I'll get the second Karma book, The Bloodied Land, out next year in real-world publish-dom. But for now, you have all the upcoming tales in the Blood Circles books to look forward too.
So far, my story order (in progress, completed, and planned) goes:
Blood Circles: Voodoo Doll (posted. Based on ep of same name.)
House on Possessed Hill (set 3 years before Voodoo Doll -- posted. Based on ep of same name.)
In Excelsis Deo (set 9 years before Voodoo Doll -- posted. Original: the '70s show Frank & Joe as kids).
The Secret Santa Caper (sequel to In Excelsis Deo -- posted. Original: the '70s show Frank & Joe as kids)
Blood Circles: The SF Vampire (set two months after the end of Doll -- posted. Original.)
Arson & Old Lace (Frank/Nancy, based on the ep of the same name -- posted)
Soul Survivor (yes, THAT episode. now being posted)
The Witchmaster's Key (not yet posted, work in progress -- TV show rework of the infamous blue-spine.)
Wind That Shakes The Barley (my retake on "Last Kiss of Summer". Working title only; not yet posted, in progress)
Heritage (Original, not yet posted, in progress: Frank & Joe search into Kris's past, only to uncover secrets that could rip their lives apart)
The Secret of Ferngully Road (original, not yet posted, in progress. Another '70s-show-as-kids tale: haunted Ferngully Ravine holds an even deadlier secret...)
Words (original, set a few months after "House On Possessed Hill", not yet posted, tentative work in progress -- a prequel to "Creatures")
Creatures That Came On Sunday (yeah. The aliens episode. planned, not yet posted)
Dangerous Waters (a re-take on the 3rd season ep of the same name and a sequel to 2nd season "Acapulco Spies"; the revenge of Alexander Cartel. Tentative work in progress, not yet posted)
Today (Original, not yet posted, work in progress)
Rocky Mountain High (original, title tentative, not yet posted, work in progress)
Wipe Out (title tentative, original work in progress, not yet posted.)
Yes, I really DO have this many projects in the air. It helps the creativity! I get stuck on one story, I move on and work on another. It really does help smash writer's block in its tracks.
Anyway, my blog's over at Live Journal; look for user AcrossTheShadow. You can also find me on Twitter @zenfrodo. Don't say I didn't warn you. I ALSO post tales over at the Hardy Detective Agency fan board.
Favorite writing music: Celtic/Worldbeat, Loreena McKennitt, John Denver, James Taylor, all the awesome weirdness that was the '70s.
Favorite Movies: The Princess Bride, Star Wars (the original trilogy), Up, Spirited Away, The Others, Guardians of the Galaxy, Brave, Pan's Labyrinth
Current Favorite TV Shows: Mythbusters, Masterpiece Mystery's "Poirot" & "Miss Marple", the BBC's "Sherlock" with Benedict Cumberbatch, the Jeremy Brett "Sherlock Holmes" of the '80s and '90s...along with the HB/ND Mysteries of the '70s!
Favorite books or authors: Zenna Henderson (her stories of The People are must reads), The Deed of Paksenarrion, Diane Duane's Young Wizards, Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Charles deLint, Neil Gaiman, Gael Baudino, Sharyn McCrumb, Tamora Pierce, Agatha Christie, Spider Robinson's Callahan stories. I was also into the Hardy Boys Mysteries (blue-spines & digests) when I was young -- and those have never quite left my head.