Author has written 4 stories for Harry Potter, and Warhammer.
My username was taken from a minor character in Kim Newman's Anno Dracula. (The same character appears in Drachenfels, also by Kim Newman (who was using the pseudonym Jack Yeovil at the time.)
(I love Kim Newman's stuff, but I don't know if I'd feel comfortable writing fanfiction for a book that is already a kind of fanfiction.)
The Harry Potter books were a big part of my life when I was growing up, and there is such a wealth of related merchandise, films and games, and also fanfiction, that there need never be an end to my obsession. So Harry Potter was an obvious choice when I decided to write fanfiction; I've read some excellent Harry Potter fics.
Many AU stories are built around the conceit of 'for the want of a nail', where one tiny change to a story causes big, sweeping changes. That's sort of what Chaos Theory is all about (in my limited understanding of it, at least): basically, it's impossible to perfectly predict the future down to the last detail because there are so many millions of tiny contributing factors that can change what is going to happen, in some small way.
And that's what I had in mind when I came up with Broken Lives.
There is no one minor change to canon that is the cause of everything that happens in this fanfiction. Rather, I had a few ideas and I decided to incorporate all of them in the text. For example:
1. Why do the other teachers at Hogwarts put up with Severus Snape's blatant favouritism? What if it had serious consequences? What if Dumbledore didn't believe that "there are all sorts of lessons in life... and horrible teachers are one of them." (That's a quote from J.K. Rowling when she was asked why Dumbledore didn't do anything about Snape's bullying behaviour. When I heard that, I thought: 'Seriously?! Did Dumbledore really think that giving kids some kind of obscure lesson about horrible teachers justified giving them an overall substandard education?! What the hell?!' And then I spent the next ten minutes banging my head against the wall.)
2. What would Remus Lupin do if he found out that his best friends' son was being mistreated by the Dursleys?
3. What would Severus Snape have done if he found out that the boy he'd sworn to protect was being mistreated by the Dursleys?
4. How would Dumbledore react if he was confronted with the mistakes he'd made? What if he wasn't an evil manipulative git? (Er... yeah, I've seen a lot of fanfics where Dumbledore is evil. I've tried to stick to canon in that the version of Dumbledore that appears in 'Broken Lives' is a flawed but ultimately benevolent individual.)
And so on.
The Inferi Wars is the story of a secret war in the Balkans and how a Dark Lord was (apparently) defeated. It is set in the same world as 'Broken Lives' and it takes place a few years before Voldemort first came to power.
21st April 2013: I'm abandoning Broken Lives. Here's why:
For the past eight months I've been at university, working hard on completing my degree. I promised that I would come back and continue 'Broken Lives' afterwards, but I now realise that I've lost interest. I was only ever writing this for fun, and it's no fun for me anymore. And so, I must inform you that I'm abandoning this story.
In fact, I'm bored with the Harry Potter universe and with fanfiction in general. There are so many clichés in fanfiction (especially Harry Potter fanfiction) that I just can't stand: harems, soul bonds, mary sues, magical cores, Harry Potter is suddenly a member of nobility and the heir to the largest fortune in the wizarding world and dastardly Dumbledore concealed this from him (uh, yeah... isn't Harry Potter speshul enough without making him into 'Lord Potter' and making him fantabulously rich?), some characters behaving wildly out of character and others with horribly exaggerated character traits... the list goes on and on.
You may think I'm a hypocrite. It's true. Some of the reasons why I fell out of love with Harry Potter fanfiction are quite hypocritical. In Broken Lives, I focused on some very minor elements of canon, exploring the possible implications and trying to explain them away. But I roll my eyes when I see other fanfic writers doing the same thing, and I think 'whoa, everyone's taking Harry Potter way too seriously'. So yeah... it's hypocrisy.
I would like to say thank you to Arpad Hrunta and Arsinoe de Blassenville for inspiring me to start writing this in the first place. I've really enjoyed reading their fics – I would recommend them to anyone – and they've given me a lot of encouragement in reviews and PMs and suchlike.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has read Broken Lives, favorited it, reviewed it or added it to your story alert lists. It was great to know that there were people who liked this story and wanted me to keep going.
(I originally posted this as an Author's Note at the end of Broken Lives, but I've taken it down in order to comply with fanfiction dot net's rules.)
1st November 2013: I've written a fanfic for Warhammer 40k called The Road to Disappointment. It started as the backstory for a character I wanted to play in a PBP game of Rogue Trader and grew wildly out of control, voraciously devouring all my spare time until I'd written something I was fairly satisfied with.
3rd November 2013: My new avatar is 'the Spider' (sometimes called 'Dark Millionaire'), a minor character from Warren Ellis's Planetary. I love that series.
23rd April 2014: I have decided to continue 'The Road to Disappointment' as an ongoing series. I'm trying to write an amusing subversion of the usual 'shoehorn the characters of Warhammer 40K into a romance fic' nonsense while examining the Imperium of Man from an alien perspective, eventually building up to an epic tale of a desperate fight for survival against all odds.
12th October 2014: I want to say an especially big 'thank you' to sarista wow, who has been a great friend and helped me in writing all of my stories. I've always been able to bounce ideas off him and he's given me good advice.
21st December 2014: I have rewritten the first chapter of The Road to Disappointment. Check it out, will you?
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