Author has written 10 stories for Phantom of the Opera, and Twilight.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011
Well, I know I've been away for a loooong time... Sorry about that...
I've decided to start a blog, where I will not only be posting book reviews, but also literary musings, as well as my contributions to several book memes.. Catch up on my news at. Hope you visit soon!
I have four Twilight stories up on this site. The first one, "Shadows and Meadows", has 11 chapters so far.
The second story, "The Rainbow at the End of the Bridge", has 6 chapters so far.
The third story, "Saturday Night in Port Angeles", is a one-shot. It's also an "alternate flashback" story. It describes how things might have gone if Edward had not been as cautious and restrained around Bella as he was, at the very begining of their relationship.
I have added a fourth, titled "Twilight Into Night".
All four stories concentrate on the relationship between Edward and Bella, because I'm Team Edward ALL THE WAY!! YEAH!!
Well, so I have apparently switched from Erik, the Phantom of the Opera, to Edward, the vampire of Forks. Ironically, it was Erik who got me hooked on romantic vampires. I had been reading paranormal authors like Amanda Ashley and Christine Feehan when I encountered Edward, back in 2006. Although I still read these authors, my favorite vampire is now Edward Cullen, hands down!
Both Erik and Edward are dark heroes. Erik is tormented by his ugliness, and his obsessive love for Christine. Edward is tormented by his constant struggle against his vampire nature, and his equally obsessive love for Bella. Naturally, it's quite interesting to read about romantic heroes who have 'a tragic flaw'!
Let me clarify something here. In the case of Erik, I prefer the version portrayed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as the one by Susan Kay, who wrote the fascinating book, "Phantom". My Erik is a combination of both of these versions. The original Erik, as depicted by Gaston Leroux, is an utterly repulsive monster with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. This Erik was first played by Lon Chaney in film, back in the 1920's. Since I completely DETEST horror movies and novels, I also detest this version of Erik, although it is the original one.
I will eventually go back to finish my Phantom of the Opera stories. For now, though, I am so enchanted with Edward, I think I'll be writing about him for quite a while!
I hope readers here enjoy all my stories, whether they're about Erik or Edward! (Both names begin with the letter 'e'. Hmmmm...that's interesting. Another romantic hero of mine is also named "Edward". I'm referring to Edward Rochester, in the novel "Jane Eyre". This is on my Favorites Books list)
Here are a few details about myself...
First of all, my real name is Maria, and I live in sunny (sometimes) Miami, Florida, USA. My mind, however, frequently roams through different fictional realms, so I am not always in my body! Hee, hee!
My husband has no choice but to share me with Gerrik, as well as Edward Cullen, now.
MY THOUGHTS ON BOOKS
I am an obsessed book addict!!! To me, books are one of life's most important necessities. After all, what is a desert island without a slew of great books to delight in? I probably own somewhere in the vicinity of 1,500 to 2,000 books! Have I read them all? Heck, no! Sigh..."So many good books, so little time..."
I enjoy reading non-fiction as well as fiction. Non-fiction topics that interest me are: psychology (textbooks as well as general self-help), philosophy, theology, and art.
As to fiction, my favorite categories are romance, fantasy, and science fiction, as well as great literature, not necessarily in that order.
Here's a list of my faves:
The Twilight Saga - Stephenie Meyer
Embrace The Night - Amanda Ashley
A Darker Dream - Amanda Ashley
Sundays at Tiffany's - James Patterson
Tryst - Elswyth Thane
The Nightworld Series - L. J. Smith
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
The Glass Bead Game - Hermann Hesse
Narcissus and Goldmund - Hermann Hesse
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
Night Magic - Charlotte Vale Allen
Sunshine and Shadow - Sharon & Tom Curtis
Simply Unforgettable - Mary Balogh
A Precious Jewel - Mary Balogh
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
The Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling
The Best Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith - Cordwainer Smith
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin
The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
Stranger In A Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
On Being a Christian - Hans Kung
Creative Visualization - Shakti Gawain
The Story of Philosophy - Will Durant
Man and His Symbols - Carl Gustav Jung
A Kabbalah for the Modern World - Migene Gonzalez Wippler
MY THOUGHTS ON WRITING
I have always wanted to write, but went about it in a very sporadic fashion. I frequently get struck by writer's block. Then, back in July of 2005, I discovered the Webber/Schumacher Phantom of the Opera film. Well, it was love at first sight! I wanted more of Erik, so I read the Leroux novel. That version of Erik, although the original one, did not appeal to me at all. Webber's Phantom is a tortured soul, totally obsessed with Christine. And yet, he gives her up to the Vicomte in the end. That was what inspired me to write. I simply couldn't tolerate Erik and Christine not being together! So I started writing fan fiction, in order to correct what I saw as a problem, as well as a fictional injustice. Since I didn't have to invent the characters, I was free to just...write.
Now the same thing has happened with Twilight, except that, in this case, I don't have to correct any "injustices". I simply want to revisit the characters, to have them "around", so to speak, for a while longer, since the series is already over.
Eventually, I will get to my own original characters. I hope, anyway...meanwhile, I'm having fun with the ones created by Meyer, Leroux, and Webber.
Even when I start creating my own characters and fictional worlds, I will still write fan fiction. It's just too much fun!
If anyone wants to write to me, my e-mail address is available above. I would be very happy to hear from you! If you prefer, you can also send me messages through the website's private message feature.
Ciao, phellow phans!
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