Author has written 16 stories for Harry Potter.
I live in Colorado, and love it here because it's one of the few states that has four distinct seasons each year. Although, I have to say that getting more snow in March and April than in December and January gets a bit annoying sometimes.
I am a History major at the University of Colorado. Someday I hope to be a teacher and a writer, and if luck is with me, I will get to meet J.K. Rowling and thank her in person for all the inspiration she has given me over the years.
I love to read anything, with the exception of murder mysteries and horror stories. I'm a romance-junky and "chick lit" junkie (see my "Must Reads" list at the end), but I also like reading offbeat stuff like Tom Robbins, as well as the "Twilight" series by Stephenie Meyer. I also enjoy well-written memoirs, especially "Tis" and "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt.
If you glance at the stories that I have written, you'll notice that I have a special place for Ron and Hermione in my heart. I understand those two characters better than any character in the series, and rooting for Harry has always been equal to rooting for them, in my opinion. I've felt the emotions that Hermione felt in Half-Blood Prince when Ron appeared to choose Lavender over her, and I've felt the way that Ron felt when he thought that he had no chance in a "competition" with Viktor Krum for Hermione's heart. Ron and Hermione were lucky to meet each other so early in life, to encounter that love and comfort and security at a young age. I'm still waiting for "my Ron" to appear, or, more apt to the Ron/Hermione relationship through the years, for him to get his head out of his arse.
"Must Reads" List (Harry Potter is, of course, a given):
- Tis - Frank McCourt. A wonderful memoir that details the Irishman's journey from Limerick, Ireland to New York City. McCourt uses humor as a catharsis, and I think that allows each reader to find a piece of "Frankie" inside them.
- Twelfth Night - Shakespeare. In my opinion, the best of Shakespeare's plays, and certainly the best of his comedies. What happens when a young woman, thinking her brother dead, pretends to be him? A tale of cross-dressing hijinks that ultimately ends in a happily-ever-after. And no, the Amanda Bines movie ("She's the Man") in no way, shape, or form even comes close to substituting for the book.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston. You have to like reading stories that aren't in plain English. This book is written in the African-American vernacular, meaning that you have to really read between the lines to understand the plot.'
- The Princess Diaries Series - Meg Cabot. Call it juvenile all you want, but this is a GOOD series. I've read the books since the first one came out when I was 11, and I'm going to see it all the way through. (The original movie, "The Princess Diaries," a hybrid of the first three books, is the only one worth watching.)
- White Noise - Don DeLillo. Sigh. Nothing beats postmodernism, the literary genre in which you can finish a novel and proceed to ask: "What was that about?" This book is satirical commentary on American materialism, which in itself is ironically beautiful. But the most important question that can be drawn is this: Where IS the most photographed barn in America?
- Scrambled Eggs at Midnight - Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler. Ultimately, it is a heartfelt love story of Calliope, a teenager with a mom who at times acts younger than Calliope herself, and Eliot, a young man trapped with his born-again father at his uber-Christian Fat Camp. It's quirky, but heartfelt at the same time.
- Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld. Yes, it is about the interactions of spoiled rich kids at a New England prep school. However, this book is the antithesis of books like "Gossip Girl" and the "A-List." It's a coming-of-age story told by a narrator that you have love for, but that you want to kill and/or shake at times. And that makes the story worth it.
- Second Comings - Megan McCafferty. Truth be told, this is only the second in the series, but it's really the only one that I like. Once you hit the third book, Jessica Darling becomes, in my opinion, more like the villain of the story than the heroine. In this book, however, she's growing and learning that perhaps depending on someone else, yes, even a boy, might actually not signify the apocalypse.
- Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen. Any girl who has ever read or written a comedic love story should acknowledge Jane, the original women's "chick lit" author. This book is the basis for my obsession with Ron and Hermione's love story because it, like their story, is a tale of enemies and total opposites falling in love and using their differences to their advantage. Every girl has a bit of Elizabeth Bennett in them, I like to think.
- The Odyssey - Homer. I love this book not so much because of the adventure story, but because of the history that surrounds the mythology in each of the short tales depicting Odysseus's journey home. Did Homer exist? How much of the story is true? I would love nothing more than to go to Greece and explore the areas where these mythical people allegedly stood.