Author has written 20 stories for StarTrek: The Next Generation.
I'm a published writer and have been in publishing for a long time. I've just this year joined the online fiction experience, and my preferred fandom is Star Trek TNG, although I also love TOS (and am old enough to have watched the original when it was original)...Although I enjoy all types and genres of stories, I am currently writing exclusively in the rarified fandom of Picard/Riker, which may make the Picard/Crusher and Riker/Troi fans cringe but the way I write this relationship, it works.
A Million Sherds began as a one shot on AO3, and you may find the novel in its more complete form there -- currently there are 53 chapters and I guess I'm about sixty percent done. The character -- particularly Riker's -- turned it into a novel, and I've been writing it ever since. Here are my opening notes, which I can't figure out how to post in this work:
This novel deals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as it develops from child abuse. While I have tried to maintain integrity to the canon here, there are minor elements of AU here as well. For those of us familiar with the survivors of extreme child abuse, William Riker's character resonated, as his "good child" persona, so over-the-top, promiscuity, hyperactivity, risk-taking (combined with timidity), refusal to leave the ship, and his sexual insecurity are all symptoms of a severely abused child. None of us who understand this believed the episode "The Icarus Factor," which was a complete abdication of responsibility on the part of the screenwriters to deal with this important issue, especially as Riker continues throughout the series to exhibit symptoms of an adult survivor. The bitter Admiral Riker in the AU timeline was very much in keeping, for example, with an adult survivor of abuse who has never been healed. While this novel is not for the faint of heart, I do offer hope from all of us out there who have not only survived abuse but who have also been able to thrive. Lastly, this work is dedicated to two young people whom I hold dear in my heart, who suffered horrific abuse as children, but who continue to grow in ways that constantly amaze me.
This is a serious work. There are triggers, for those who have been abused, in this story, and readers who may be triggered should be careful, especially with the chapters dealing with William Riker's childhood told in flashback. Also, as I post further chapters, there will be triggers as William Riker begins his therapeutic sessions with the specialist in PTSD that Troi and Picard bring aboard the Enterprise, Dr Alasdair McBride.
This novel deals with a holistic treatment of PTSD, and my chapter notes on AO3 cite new information regarding treatments and therapies, quote psychiatrists and other specialists in working with traumatised and abused children, and discuss such separate issues as respite care for caregivers, anti-social personality disorder, and the Jewish concept of tikkun olam. For those who are interested in those notes and information, you can find them on AO3 or you can contact me privately and I will do my best to give you the information you might need.