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Author has written 6 stories for Harry Potter, and Vampire Diaries.
Hello my lovelies! After almost two years of being on this site, I've finally broken down and decided to add a little something to my profile. With the success of Brothers, Courage and Cunning, and now with my latest adventure, Boredom Is Deadly, I figured this would be the best place to generalize each story and answer some of the top questions that I get about each of them.
But first I'll start off with the least popular one, Raised By Vampires, and it's one shot companion, Salazar Slytherin Meets Lord Voldemort.
Raised By Vampires is a Vampire Diaries and Harry Potter crossover, and it's main character is Lynn Salvatore, who is the cousin of Damon and Stefan Salvatore. Voldemort is dead and gone in this fic, so the main bad guy is Greyback, who resembles more of a Vampire Diaries werewolf than Rowling's.
This was my first undertaking in writing fan fiction, and truth be told, it could be better. Lynn is pretty much your classic Mary Sue OC, (please dont throw tomatoes, I had no idea what a Mary Sue was when I wrote it) and while I think it is ok, it could use some major help. I leave it up simply to remind myself never to make that mistake again.
The main mistake with this fic, (aside from the Mary Sueness) was the Lynn and Klaus relationship. I must have taken a leave of my senses when I wrote it, but what is done is done...as they say. I have figured out that I am horrible at writing pairings and romance of any kind, which is why I have sworn off pairings, unless they are adult canon pairings.
And even then I leave out the romance.
The reason why I don't do pairings!
Im an adult in my thirties, and writing about teenagers and their love lives just feels...odd...to me. I don't know why, it just does. If I do have a pairing in any of my stories, it's back ground only and doesn't really have much, if any, focal point in the story.
Again, pairings just aren't my cup of tea.
This concept is mostly seen in Brothers.
The pairing for that story is Tom Riddle and Luna, and while it may seem like a very odd pairing, for that story, it just works.
Brothers is a tale outlining all the similarities between Harry and Tom Riddle. Harry is literally the Master of the Immortal Being Death, and Death, Fate, and Destiny interfere with Harry's life when Harry walks in front of Voldemort's killing curse in the Battle of Hogwarts. They send him back with knowledge about his 'future past life'. The story goes, Tom is really a good guy, while Dumbledore is the real Dark Lord. It sounds wonky, but according to my readers, they really like it. As you can imagine, there is Dumbledore bashing, as well as Molly, Ron, and surprisingly enough, Hermione bashing. It also has a lot of Independent!Harry cliches as well.
Death brings everyone who died back to life, and dumps them at the beginning of Harry's fifth year. Tom has reabsorbed his soul and done away with all but one of his horcruxes, and because of this, he regains his 16 year old body, complete with a nose. He ends up enrolling back into Hogwarts in Harry's fifth year, and a zany mess of hilarity ensues as Harry and Tom team up to take down Dumbledore, Umbridge, and the Ministry.
This story has major Umbridge torturing of the pranking kind!
Green and Red Glow Sticks masquerade as 'Bottled Killing Curses' and 'Bottled Stunning Spells', the great hall is turned into a skate boarding park, and the entrance hall doubles as an indoor swimming pool, with a life guard who is none other than Lord Voldemort, who (by the way) is Death himself pretending to be the Dark Lord.
It sounds like a crackfic, and truth be told, it could be considered a crackfic, but it's not. There is a lot of underlying seriousness involved with it, so check it out if it has peaked your interest.
Lily and James make multiple appearances, as do Salazar and Godric! ;)
And speaking of our beloved Founders...
Courage and Cunning is my masterpiece! This is a different take on the 'Harry is Salazar' genre, and while it has some minor plot holes and mistakes, I think it is my favorite story that I have written. First year starts us off, and there is major Ron, Molly, and Dumbledore bashing. The bashing of Molly ends after first year, and for Ron it ends after second year. Dumbledore however...well let's just say that i don't want to give away spoilers. ;)
It has no pairings except for the canon pairing of Lily and James, and Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel.
Salazar is immortal, and the story starts out when Salazar goes to the Potters cottage in Godric's Hollow on the night before they were killed. He tells them they have been betrayed by Peter, and sends them off to his villa in Rio, where the real Harry ends up going to the South American School of Wizardy. By using Polyjuice, two willing elves, and himself, it is Salazar who is disguised as Harry when Voldy comes a calling on Halloween night.
Because Salazar is immortal, the killing curse just bounces off him, and Voldemort is hit by the rebounding curse. Salazar ends up losing his memories and suffers from amnesia for the next ten years, but regains his memories when he gets 'Harry Potter's' Hogwarts letter. (The bouncing killing curse comes back to bite him later in the story, but you'd have to read it to understand how and why.)
Then things get interesting.
Using a bunch of Slytherin cunning, Salazar is able to dupe everyone into thinking he really is Harry Potter, but as you can imagine, people start finding out the truth in various ways. The main cast consists of Salazar/Harry, Neville, Blaise, Hermione, Fred, and George, along with Salazar's pet snake Nora. Nora has become a favorite among most of C&Cs readers because she is a feisty little sarcastic thing, whonever calls people by their proper names.
I cant say much more about the plot really, because I dont want to give away important spoliers, but suffice to say with over 2100 reviews, 2000 favorites, and 2300 follows, it might be worth taking a look at.
It is also in 71 communities which blows my mind!
With C&C, people often ask me why there are no pairings. I think my aforementioned feelings on teenage romances explains this pretty well, but with this story, Salazar is a 1000 year old man. It would be more than disturbing to have him paired with one of the children.
I've tried very hard to keep Salazar from being a Gary Stu, and i think i have been successful for the most part. At times he wants to overpower the story, but i have manged to reign him in. He's not a master of all magic, but he does have his area of expertise. He doesn't know everything there is to know, and he gives credit where credit is due.
I think the main thing some readers dislike about him is the fact that he doesn't 'act like a Slytherin'. Salazar is a prankster, but he doesn't let things get out of hand, (unless it's Umbridge). He is very open to the people he trusts, and he just doesn't act like a typical Slytherin. A lot of readers have this solid Slytherin!Harry cliche stuck in their minds, but Salazar breaks that cliche wide open. He is THE Slytherin, and some readers have no idea what to think about him. Most Slytherin!Harry stories have Draco and Harry bestest best friends, and have Harry paired with just about any one of the Slytherin girls, but this is not true in Salazar's case. He is hated by 3/4 of Slytherin house, and the sons and daughters of Death Eaters are out for his blood.
And he hates them just as much.
He has his flaws, his sorrows, regrets, and has learned to deal with the many mistakes he has made throughout the story, but as of this profile update, the story is not over yet. Im up to fifth year, (so there is major Umbridge torture of the pranking kind), and it still has a lot more to go.
First year is pretty standard and follows canon somewhat. Second year is a mixture of canon's second and third year. Third year is only a chapter long, but deals with a very important item. Forth year, is of course, the Triwizard Tournament, and it has some interesting things going on in it. As for fifth year, well there is a very big shake up in fifth and things start happening very quickly because of Voldy's return.
You'll just have to read it to find out what it is all about. I will warn you though, C&C has some tough moments to swallow, but i ask you, stick with it. I never write anything simply because it sounds cool at the time. There is a reason and purpose for everything I write in this story.
As I always say...there is a method to the madness.
Now, on to my latest story, Boredom Is Deadly. I just started this recently, and as of now, Im just going wherever the story takes me. Its a true crackfic, so expect some off the wall, crazy, NON CANON COMPLIANT happenings. Things will happen in this story that you cant even imagine.
Case in point, the sorting hat has been replaced with a pink and black polka dotted tea kettle of all things!
Harry is the Master of Death, and has to sort souls for all eternity. So one day, two thousand years into the future, he decides to create a whole new alternate reality and go back in time to his first year.
Simply because he is bored.
By a happy coincidence, Tom Riddle ends up needing to be sorted. They end up getting drunk planning Harry's alternate reality, and chaos ensues. I really dont have a firm outline for this story, and since it's new, there really isnt much to say about it. However, i can tell you this is going to be a doozy. Harry is darkish and a major Gary Stu, but there is a twist and he's not your normal Gary Stu.
Just take a look, you might like it.
If you made it this far, I just want to say thank you. My readers mean the world me and I always encourage them to Follow, Favorite, PM and review because each and everyone of you give me inspiration. Flames do hurt, but i have learned to take them with a grain of salt. I know my stories, and i know which direction i want to take them (most of the time), so flames mostly get laughed at. I always encourage reviews and PMs no matter what they say though. Reviews and PMs often give me ideas for future chapters, and in some cases, brand new story ideas.
Follows and Favorites are very important to me as well. I know most authors say REVIEW REVIEW, but Im happy to get a follow and a favorite just as much as a review. It tells me that people want to read what I put up. So as i always say in my A/Ns thanks to everyone who has F, F, & R'd! I truly am grateful for you all! I'll keep writing, as long as you all keep reading!
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