Author has written 2 stories for Harry Potter.
A conversation with an author made me realise that I should update my profile. I'm still a mother of two (long grown and gone) and now a grandmother of one!! I'm still married to a lawyer and into Draco/Hermione pairings. But recently my husband and I took over full-time care of his three special needs kids from a previous marriage, so I'm a stay-at-home mom again at the age of 46! I've also followed my RL friend SilentG (please read her fics!!) into the Law & Order: Criminal Intent fandom, which is full of great authors and stories.
I now have three things in fanfiction that I hate: 1) Fics that describe a woman's hymen as being inside her body; 2) Sequels that rely on infidelity as the main plotline or source of drama; and now, 3) Fics that use the word "Pro Temp" instead of "Pro Tem" to describe someone in a temporary position.
And... (whew)... I come by my pickiness legitimately... I've never said this before online, but now that I'm out of the business and taking care of kids again, I can admit that my career was as a reader, then an editor, for a major romantic fiction publisher. I miss it, and I hope to go back, but it's not possible right now. I am just thankful that my husband's income allows us to take care of our family as best we can.
UPDATE 12-3-07: I think that all the fanfic authors who believe that adultery is the only way to make a happy couple's lives worth reading (or writing) about should stop writing sequels.
UPDATE 01-04-08: I don't know where the misconception comes from, but it's very prevalent in fanfic; the idea that a woman's hymen, her 'barrier', is somewhere up inside her quim; it's not, it's part of her external genitalia. Check Wikipedia, check dictionary_dot_com, check any reputable sex ed site, they all say the same thing. The hymen isn't inside a woman's body, it's on the outside.
UPDATE 05-16-08: Here are some sites that tell the truth about the hymen:
UPDATE 08-07-08: I've discovered that, when authors write an a/n that says something to the effect of: "I have way more hits than reviews - won't someone tell me why!!" Or, "I have 100 hits for every review! I won't update til I get more reviews!", they don't want an explanation along the lines of, "Perhaps the reason why you don't have many reviews is because people like myself couldn't read past the 3rd chapter because of all the typos and netspeak," or "Perhaps other readers, like me, skipped to the end and were disappointed by the way you tied up the plot at the end."
No, they want an explanation as implausible as the soap operas they use for inspiration. Something like, "I was reading your fic, when I found out that the father of my child, who I thought was dead, was alive and screwing my best friend's wife." Or, "I was reading the fic on my Blackberry while driving and was about to review, when I got in a car accident, killing my unborn child and leaving me in a coma for 3 months, while the father of my child lost his memory and screwed my best friend's wife."
Or it must be, because when reviewers tell them a truth that isn't comfortable, the response is often so acrimonious.