I'm a 50-something American woman. Even though I've always loved to write, I've put it aside for some time. Now as I contemplate my nearly empty nest, dusting off my writing chops seems to be a good move.
My favorite literature includes:
C.S.Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia, Space Trilogy, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander series
L.M. Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables series
Sigrid Undset - Kristin Lavransdatter
My tastes vary, depending on my mood.
I have always been an avid reader, and love all things Potter!
Summary: In the wake of the Final Battle, the Order has opened Headquarters to house its youngest members during a summer of Ministry-sponsored social events. With Snape as a chaperone, and engaged to another woman, the advent of a busy Hermione, determined to see her friends in love-matches, can only be a recipe for disaster.
I loved the novelty of Severus having younger sisters, and how he related to them. It showed a whole different side of him that we usually do not see.
Hermione and Severus' wedding was so romantic, especially their beautiful vows.
You have a gift ā“ never stop writing
Summary: Callie and Lia, a Gryffindor and a Slytherin. A lady and a tomboy. Two opposite souls. Two sisters. Separated at birth by circumstances they are determined to discover... and undo. Yes, after being reunited, the siblings plan to reunite their parents as well. Let’s see them accomplish House Unity, too!
“It’s our rule not to dredge up past things, remember?”This rule is about to be broken.
~Inspired by a worldwide beloved film.
Thanks for the new chapter. I'd forgotten how much I like this story. I'm also a huge Snape fan and am thrilled that you've introduced him into the storyline (though he seems less than thrilled to be included in the wild and crazy collection of former Headmasters!).
Author's Response: Thank you, Martha! Gosh, I'm glad a Snape-fan took notice! Hee. Yeah, I giggle whenever I picture him up there, stony-faced while the rest of them gossip. LOL.
Summary: After the fall of Voldemort, an inexplicable illness plagues the surviving Death Eaters. Albus Dumbledore has a plan to save Severus Snape—but how, exactly, is Hermione Granger involved?
All of your Hermione/Snape stories are excellent, but this one is my favorite by far.
I am a huge Snape fan, and you have a gift for keeping him in character yet stretching him in a totally believable way. Your 17-year-old Snape's POV is spot on.
I'm very much a sucker for stories that give characters a second chance. This one touched many chords. Loved it, loved it, loved it!
The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours.
Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2011 and
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Iām loving this story, Neil! It has been a refreshing break after reading too many romances lately. All the interactions between the moms waiting for their kids bring back many memories of when my kids were in elementary school. This is such a universal experience no matter what part of the world you live in. And by the way, I could swear that you must have been spying at my school gate. I recognized Scary Mary, the gossipers, and some of the others right away.
Looking forward to more chapters! - Martha
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
I thought that this was a romance (of sorts). It may not be young love in all its angsty uncertainty, but this particular chapter involved a couple going on a date. Iāll admit that (as a schoolgate Dad) I was a little uncertain about this story, but the school gate experience does, after all, seem to be universal. Does every school gate in the world have a āQueen Beeā?I try to update once a month, thatās pretty much top speed. The next chapter will be another āInterludeā and but in the meanwhile there will be one (possibly two) chapters of Hunters and Prey. That story isnāt very romantic, either.
Summary: It’s been almost a year and a half since the war ended, and life is looking good for Susan Bones. She shares a flat with Hannah Abbott (and occasionally Ernie Macmillan, now Hannah’s boyfriend), plans on applying to train as an advocate soon, and follows no less than five programs faithfully on the WWN. And then things get even better when she falls into a weird but wonderful relationship with a violinist named Robin Chanticleer, a larger-than-life character who reminds her of her favorite radio personalities. In fact, you could probably sum up her life right now with the phrase “weird and wonderful.”
But good things don’t always last forever, and her relationship with Robin, and even Robin himself, are not all they seemed at first. Will she and Robin work things out and live happily ever after, or is their relationship doomed to founder?
This story is a sequel of sorts to Honest to the Bone, but you probably don't need to read Honest to the Bone to understand what's going on so whether you choose to read it first or not is up to you.
I like the way youāve portrayed Susan in your story. Hufflepuff characters are often written off as dull workhorses, and giving Susan a love for her comedy programs and music adds dimension to her character. I can see her getting involved in a more serious relationship with Robin, and hope it works out for them J.
Author's Response: I'm a Hufflepuff myself, so I can't write off the canon Puffs! (Love them to death actually). And we'll see how it goes with Robin. :D Thanks for reviewing.
Summary: She has managed to wreak more chaos in one day than the Weasley twins could in a typical week. What more could go wrong? How about a matchmaking witch, an unplanned pregnancy and an unexpected meeting?
I love this continuation of Rabbit Test, and would like to see more of our heroine in future stories. Nice job!
Author's Response: Thank you! And thanks fore reviewing, even though it took me over a year to realize you had!
Summary: After the war, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is in a financial bind. Special Ministry worker Hermione Granger is on site with a team of helpers, full of fundraising ideas, and it seems that Headmaster Snape objects to her very presence there. What prizes will be carried away by all those who embark on Miss Granger's madbrained Regency gamble?
A suitor for Sybill Trelawney - good for her!
I'll never grow tired of your SS/HG stories. The plot twists that you put in each of them makes them so unique. I'll miss checking for updates for this story. Do you have any more in the works?
Wonderful laugh-out-loud silliness! This chapter literally made my day - can't wait to read more.
Summary: There is a thin line between love and hate. There is an even thinner line between Gryffindor and Slytherin; the willingness to do anything to achieve their goals. Gryffindors cannot see the big picture, and if they come to a decision to choose between the greater good and their loved ones or himself, they would sacrifice the world for their friends.
Slytherins are different. We know the value of sacrifice, but there is something else that separates us from those who wear red and gold. We will fight as hard as we can, in any way possible, even if it may be seen as unjustified or morally wrong. Gryffindors let their consciences get in the way of the greater goal. We donāt, but no one believes that we can fight for the right cause. They remember us as the evil, idiotic, or simply power hungry. They donāt remember us for what we are; who we are. Weāre here to change that.
They will remember us, and they will remember us as those who fought all prejudice and cruelty simply because were were done with it. They will remember us, and the next time they think of a phoenix rising from the ashes they will remember this phrase:
Remember the Slytherins.
Nominated in the 2012 QSQ Awards - Next Gen/OC for Nick.
Ellie, first of all, your story is very inviting. The beginning summary and prologue really drew me in. I totally love stories about redemption, and am looking forward to seeing all the things the Slytherins will do to change othersā perceptions and to accomplish their goal of winning the House Cup.
Donāt feel that you have to change your characters or your universe to suit other people. Iām a very AU kind of person myself, and I frequently like to tease myself with my very own āwhat ifā kind of prompts when I write. The problem with writing AU, though, is that not everyone wants see things the way that you do. I donāt like or agree with the story line of every single non-canon pairing or AU story that I read, but if it is well written I enjoy it for what the author is trying to portray.
You are writing about families that have become dysfunctional because of their experiences in the war, and that alone is rather dark and difficult. You are doing a good job with it, your story does allow me to comprehend why those who have been hurt badly can harbor prejudice, even towards their own who have made choices they donāt agree with.
The only thing I might add is perhaps a little more background about Alās relationship with his family. Somehow I canāt see Harry or Ginny not getting what Al goes through at school. He doesnāt tell them, of course, but both his parents are very insightful people ā¦
Keep on writing ā“ Iām looking forward to more!
Author's Response: Thank you, Martha. :) You don't know how glad I am you responded. I understand what you're saying; the way I used to tend to avoid Slash, and with it all being compared to the reader. I know that the summary is a bit of a mindful, and honestly, I don't know who wants to read about Slytherins being good. :) I'm glad you decided to take a look.
I'm also thrilled I'm getting the point across about the changes I created. (I wonder if it could almost be considered AU ...) But I'm glad I'm not completely murdering it. :)
As for Al ... I've kind of been avoiding that on purpose. There is a certain point coming up in around five-six(ish) chapters in the story which will cover that, but I promise I'll get into it a bit more. I'll post the next chapter after I'm done here. :) Thanks a million, Martha, for the fabulous review.
I'll have to admit I wasn't really sold on the premise of the story to begin with, but it is really starting to grow on me. You are developing the characters very nicely, and your use of dialogue is very well donel.
Author's Response: Fist off, thanks for the review! I am curious, however, as to what I could do to make the story more ... inviting. Can you help with that? :) I'm glad it's starting to grow on you, though, and I promise things will start to speed up soon. Thanks again for the review!
Summary: It's January 1971 and both Severus Snape and Lily Evans are turning eleven. Both are eagerly anticipating their Hogwarts letters, but not everything goes according to plans.
This is AidaLuthien writing for the Great Hall Cotillion
This is a nice beginning. I'm looking forward to more.
Summary: Life used to be a breeze for Felix Longbottom, who considers himself the poster boy for perfection, but then his world is turned upside down when he finds himself the target of a series of misguided murder attempts. Hilarity ensues as poor Felix starts doubting his closest friends and trusting his sworn enemies in order to get to the bottom of the mystery, once and for all.
I like it, especially the teenaged snarkiness. How did Neville produce such a little prat anyway? Looking forward to more.
Summary: A night of knowing, followed by a morning of quiet reflection and content.
My first James/Lily piece, and an entry for The Random Song Title Challenge over in Poetry Anyone. :)
This is very interesting - obviously from James' point of view, yet it could also be a fantasy/dream of one snarky Slytherin as well
Author's Response: I never thought of it being from Severus's point of view... Although that does work, lol. Thanks for the review; it is so very appreciated :)
Samuel Radley is a wizard born without magic. Coming from a family with generations of witches and wizards, his brother Adrian has never really understood why Samuel has been left without, especially when there are others, with no magical blood at all, who somehow find themselves able to do magic. As he enters his fourth year at Hogwarts, it seems that the Ministry are finally starting to do something about this imbalance and Adrian couldn't be happier. All around him however, there is resistance to the new laws, and suddenly Adrian finds himself an outsider in his class and abandoned by his friends, when all he's ever done is love his family.
This is coolh5000 of Slytherin writing in the Great Hall chaptered challenge, for the Phoenix Rising prompt. I am pleased to say this story won in its section!
I am also really thrilled to say that Adrian Radley won the Chaptered QSQ for Best Original Character 2013! The story was also nominated in the Best General category.
Good start. I've always wondered what the scenario would be in a family such as this one when they find out that one child is a Squib. I'm looking forward to where this will go - keep up the good work.
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the review! It's an idea I've been toying with for ages so I'm glad to finally get going. Hopefully I'll have more soon :) ~Hannah
Adrian didn't know how he'd fallen for her. He didn't want to.
And even though he could not think of leaving her, she acted, every moment, as if she could leave him without thinking twice.
Nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill - Best Post/Hogwarts.
Wow. I don't agree with either of the prior reviews. I found the style of this story to be a perfect fit for the no-win situation that Adrian finds himself in. I actually felt that it ended on a positive note, with two different interpretations: in making the first move Daphne is showing the first sign of caring, or by not chasing her Adrian realizing his ability to move on. Good job!
Author's Response: I want to hug you right now, for no other reason besides the fact that you liked this story.
Summary: The year is 1543, and the heir to the Malfoy estate, Lucius, encounters the young Lady Elizabeth Tudor in the grounds of Hatfield House. It is a meeting, he later discovers, of his mother's engineering, for it is of the utmost importance that he strikes up a friendship with the King's daughter. But the Lady Elizabeth has a powerful protector in her governess, and only the highest political machinations can overcome the will of Kat Champernowne.
In the ensuing Tudor power struggle, no one factored love into the equation, least of all Elizabeth.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, but I think you know that by now.
This is Equinox Chick with her fourth entry for The Great Hall Cotillion.
Intriguing premise. There was much more room for wizarding influence on society before the Statute of Secrecy, and since I'm a big fan of historical fiction, I'm looking forward eagerly to see where you go with this.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. This is based on Pottermore canon, but as I find the Tudor history fascinating I'm trying to keep it as factual as possible (which is causing some problems). There's so much story - ha - it's hard knowing what to leave out. ~Carole~