Well well... What could I tell you about me?
I'm 27 years old, I live in Canada.
For as long as I can remember, I've always loved reading and writing; it's been a part of my life since forever! Books have always been there for me to help me get through difficult times, as a way to ease my mind and forget about my problems.
I wrote many fics in French, but on another subject, and now I'm having a great time writing about Harry Potter. I hope I'll be able to communicate to you my passion for fanfictions!
All of my stories, in order of publication:
Eye Contact - A one-shot from Sirius' point of view
The Perfect Time of Year - A glipse at the Weasley family on Christmas Eve
A Thirst To Prove Her Worth - My first Gauntlet entry from Ginny's perspective, in the Department of Mysteries
To His Muse: A Wizarding Tale Of A Desperate Housewife - My second Gauntlet entry, co-written with MrsMcclnt, Gilderoy Lockhart/Molly Weasley pairing
The Second Waltz - George Weasley/Angelina Johnson pairing, at a ball on New Year's Eve
A Solution To Everything - A night with Andromeda Tonks and young Teddy Lupin
Fight With Me - My new chaptered fiction, George Weasley/OC
Laura has been a good friend to Percy for seven years. She took his side during a fight between Percy and Oliver their second year. She accepted Percy the way he was, something most of his brothers couldn't even do. And when the one brother who did understand Percy died, Laura was there to help Percy through it, even though the death hurt her greatly as well.
Yes, Laura has been a good friend to Percy. So why, during their seventh year, is Percy allowing his friend to be lonely and miserable?
A fellow Gryffindor decides to try to ease Laura's loneliness by interfering in her life. The result is that Laura must suddenly deal with new relationships, including an unlikely reconciliation with Oliver.
Laura succeeded in being a good friend when she only had one friend. Now she must learn how to be a good friend to several people... including herself. Oliver/OCComplete!
"Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy - for friendship's sake." -William Blake
Wow! That's the first word coming to my mind. I wanted to finish reading all your chapters before leaving you a review, and now I'm done! What a wonderful story you wrote! This is one of the best that I read so far. Laura is a great character, I could relate to her in so many ways. I love her intelligence, her stubborn side, the way that even if she's sometimes afraid of admitting her feelings, she finds some strenght to do it anyway. And what can I say about Oliver? We didn't really know him from the books, except when Quidditch was involved, so of course you had a lot of space to develop him. And you did it perfectly! I think that, like Laura, I fell in love with him during my readings. I was so angry at him when he broke up with her, but in the end everything turned fine! That's the beauty of love...
You're really good with dialogues, it's flowing well when there's a conversation. And I like all the details you put about Laura's job, it was interesting. All I can say is you're a really good author! I just can't wait for the epilogue. I want to know how everybody's doing!
Author's Response: Thanks very much for the long review, Viv! I\'m glad you enjoyed the story. I certainly enjoyed writing it (most of the time; there were a few rough spots). School\'s been keeping me VERY busy, so I still haven\'t finished the epilogue. But I will! Promise.
Ohh!! I was so happy when I saw that the epilogue was up! And I'm so happy now because you finished this story admirably well! I have to tell you: I just love your story so much! Each chapter was a real pleasure, well written, detailed and with a believable love story. And Laura and Oliver will get married, so I couldn't ask for a better ending. Yes, your chapters were long, but I think that's why this story was so good. You put so much efforts in developping your characters that we have been able to identify to them; in my case, to Laura. I'm a bit sad it's over, but it has been so nice to read your work that this sadness is worth it! You're a really good author! :)
Author's Response: Aww. Thanks very much, Viv. I\'m glad you\'ve enjoyed the story.
I did put more effort into the characters than the plot, but I hope I put in less effort than it seems. ;-) The truth is that many of the characters didn\'t take much effort. The secondary Seventh Years are admittedly not as developed as they could be, even if they aren\'t in the forefront of most of the story. Percy, Laura and Oliver were easy enough because they were always there. The hardest character to write, by far, was Mr. Wood, whom I had problems relating to.
Now that I\'m done rambling about that.... ;-) Thanks very much for reading and reviewing!
Summary: There was something about him that made him irresistible to her. Siobhan Murphy will go to any lengths to ascertain her deepest desires - but when the object of those desires is a married man twice her age with secrets darker than she can imagine, she will find herself caught in a scandalous liaison that she can't walk away from. Not Canon-Compliant.
I'm so happy you updated that fast! And I was also pretty happy to see him Apparate on her balcony, as I said in my previous review. That was a partial reconciliation, but a good one I say! Me is happy! :)
Aside from the lack of silky evasion in his voice that might usually reveal he was skilfully crafting truths to his advantage, this was hardly something he could afford to lie about. Partly regretful, partly relieved, Siobhan accepted his answer.
It's always hard to tell if Lucius is telling the truth or manipulating it so he can have what he wants. Though this time I'm with Siobhan on this one, I don't think he could afford to lie about those murders... No wonder why her heart is playing yo-yo with her emotions. It's confusing enough to be in love in the first place without having to forgive someone for their actions. I honestly don't know what I would do if I was in her shoes...
Again, Jenna, what a lovely chapter! Can I say that Shannon Murphy is an annoying woman? :P You really got me hooked to your story, you know. I'm almost sad that I have to wait again for another chapter. But I'll be patient, don't worry! The more the wait is, the better the chapter will be!
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing - again :) And yes, Shannon Murphy is annoying, I honestly can\'t stand her myself. Ah, sorry for you being hooked. >.> I\'ll try to write the next chapter in a timely manner. Once again, thank you very much :D
Ok! I wanted to wait until chapter 22 before leaving you a review, but I just can't hold it! Jenna!! *screams like a fangirl* Oh your story is so good! I started to read it a while ago, but never got the time to finish all the chapters that were up. Now, I'm back again and I notice that I missed Siobhan. What a great character you have created here. She's smart, cunning, got great lines, I mean, we all love the independant woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. And I want her curls! :P
I have to admit that I wasn't sure how her friendship with Harry would turned out, but I find that they have more in common than we may think. The same stubborness, the boiling temper. It's refreshing to see them argue, I couldn't help but smiling at many places when they were talking. Two little kids arguying over a chocolate bar!
It amazes me to see how you seem to know Lucius' personality so well. I've always thought he was a very interesting character, even though in the books we only tend to see his "bad" side. You portray him justly, showing his usual coldness and condescendance, but adding more to him, a soft side maybe, or his weaknesses...
Even if we know he's the bad guy, I kind of wish that Siobhan didn't leave him like that. There's such a good chemistry between them that makes it so much pleasant to read scenes where they're together. So I'll go read chapter 18 right away! Good job!
Oh my God!! I can't believe he just showed up on her balcony like that! There's really no limits to what he can do. He must really want her though... Ah, can I hope for a reconciliation?? Please, please!! *is almost begging* Sorry, that's just my romantic side taking control.
I must say you're very good with dialogues. Each time I'm like "Wow, if only I could write like that!" You don't say too much, just what's needed for it to be effective. Great scene with Hermione, the connivence between them didn't surprised me so much, after what they went through.
“I…” Hermione averted her eyes to the blur of green outside the window. “I thought maybe he was… your father. And that you’d made up that bit about finding him attractive to hide the truth.”
God! Now, she has me wondering if it really is just a weird theory from her way too active brain or a hint to what's coming next... The problem is that Hermione is rarely wrong when she theorizes. *is now officially scared*
I'm so glad I finally made it to your last updated chapter! Can't wait for the next one, this story is so intense, my heart starts pounding just when I click on the title! :D
Author's Response: Oh, no! Lucius is NOT Siobhan\'s father, or related to her in any way, I promise. It was really just Hermione\'s... innocence, thinking \"Siobhan has a close connection to Lucius Malfoy - what is the nature of the relationship?\" I assure you, I don\'t do incest. Phew. But, other than that, glad you\'re enjoying the story. The next chapter should be up soon :D
Hey there! I want you to know that I liked your story a lot! I think it's the first one I read on MNFF, but I couldn't leave a review back then because there was a problem with my account. Ginny/Harry is indeed my OTP and I think you did a great job writting their love story. I was so happy when Ginny said yes to Harry when he asked her to marry him for the second time! Your intrigue is well developped, it was a good idea to use Malfoy, I'm pretty sure he would want revenge if Harry had put him in Askaban. Nice dialogues too! If there's one thing "bad" I can say is maybe the fact that sometimes Harry and Ginny were, in my opinion, OOC. You had warned us about it though... but still, Harry's attitude sometimes was a bit... well not him! Anyway, don't worry about it, that's a very good story you wrote!
Summary: *COMPLETED!*What happens when you put a hopelessly "romantic" man-hussy and a girl with a soft spot for bedtime activities (not THOSE activities, silly!) together in a dark bedroom? Well, I don't happen to know either, so I suppose we'll find out together, won't we? Come with me, Tia C. Spencer, on a lovely ride through the countryside... er, lakeside... okay, so we won't actually be riding NEXT to anything, but it will be lovely, I promise you that. How can it not be, with me as your illustrious (and quite possibly mad) companion?
And no, contrary to beliefs very likely impressed upon you by this summary, I'm not a gormless prat.
Well... not entirely.
Oh. My. God!!!! I just can't believe what an incredible story this is! I just finished to read it and believe it or not, I'm all sad that it's over. Tia is just a crazy character! She made me laugh a lot with her reactions, her pride, her sarcastic lines... And I like the way you portrayed the Marauders, especially Remus. Really, they needed to have a more serious guy around them. And like Tia said, I guess Sirius and her really belonged together! Great story!! I had a great time while reading it!
Summary: Barty Crouch Jr. is willing to give up everything for his master. He would go to any great length do to His bidding.
Follow Barty as he takes his steps through the Quidditch World Cup in GoF. What parts of the story did you miss while reading from Harry's point of view? This is the side of the story that you really care about.
First of all, great job Shayla!
I think it was a good idea to show us what was going on in the trouble mind of Barty Jr. We all knew he was totally obssessed with Voldemort, but to get an insight of his thoughts is pretty interesting. By the hate he's feeling when he hears Harry talk to Winky, you can see that his loyalty to his master is really strong, even though it's been so much time. I pictured him to be like that in the fourth book, so I was happy to read this!
Also, I have to say that you have a great ability to make us feel the tension in the story. We're sensing that something big is coming and you're leading us there without any problem.
Author's Response: Thanks, Viv. It\'s nice to see you back.
Thanks for all the wonderful compliments. I\'ve always been told I was good at description.
Summary: The rain kisses Ginny as she stands under the stars praying for Harry's safety. He has gone to finally fulfill his destiny; to kill or to be killed. In the midst of fear and darkness, Ginny asks the night to bring him back. Will Harry come back to her? Or is his fate already decided? One-shot.
Pablo! I was scanning through your Author's page and I saw this one-shot. That's when I realized that I read this fic a long time ago, when I first became a MNFF member. I didn't know you back then and I didn't know you were a Slytherin either. But I had thought that this fic was so good. It's so sad and melancholic, but full of hope and wonder at the same time. And it's Harry/Ginny, which is great! I really liked it!
Author's Response: Oh, such a pleasant surprise, Viv :D I thought no one would ever review this story again, or the other \'old ones\', heh.
Who would\'ve thought? Our paths crossed again after that ^_^ This also makes me feel like an old member *lol*
Well, the story that inspired this one-shot has that sense of melancholy. But the story turned out to be hopeful too as I wrote it. In all honesty, I like it very much, even when I know there aren\'t many things going on, heh.
I think that my writing style tends to focus on simple things, actions, or events, and try to capture the emotion or magic that occur in such situations... I don\'t know; I\'m weird, heh.
Thank you very much for the review, Viv :) You made my night (as I\'m about to go to bed, heh)!
Summary: Ever wondered what turned Luna into a loony? One-shot.
Great one-shot! This is a part of Luna's life that we didn't know about, and it's really interesting to think that Marvin actually started to publish his magazine for his daughter. I like the way you wrote these characters, they're simple, real.
Author's Response: Thanks Viv! I like delving into parts of the character we don\'t know about \'cause it leaves a lot of room for imagination and character-development. Plus, it\'s fun!
Summary: I met her on the train ride to Hogwarts. We both got sorted into Hufflepuff, we take all the same classes, and we're best friends. But I've started to feel a little more for Hannah Abbott.
Two friends, both female. One life-changing infatuation that quickly turns to the greatest thing in the world: love. Susan Bones reflects on her life and explores the what-ifs of her relationship with Hannah Abbott.
It's always so painful to love someone in silence and even more when you know they probably don't feel the same. I can't imagine how desperate Susan must be feeling, especially when Hannah and her are so close. It often is like that isn't it? Wanting something that is so close to you so badly and you can't have it. Life is unfair!
We don't really know these two characters from the books and it's nice to see them in an unusual situation like this one. My only complain is that it is indeed too short. I feel like there's so much more that you could've exploited, gone deeper into Susan's feelings. I would've liked to see more of them together, to witness their chemistry a bit more. Has Susan ever tried to let her feelings show to Hannah? How did Hannah react to it? That kind of stuff. It kind of feels like there's something missing to your story. But it stays a good one anyway TF!
Summary: What would happen if instead of Harry Potter participating in the challenge for eternal glory, it was Tom Riddle instead. Watch as the heir of Slytherin find his way through rows, columns, tasks and obstacles to win the recognition he know he deserves.
Written as a Gauntlet Maze Challenge entry by Cruciatus Love of Slytherin.
This is so good! Oh my God! I really liked it! All the details you put in this story, it makes it so complete. We're feeling like we're participating in the Tournament ourselves. Did I tell you I like descriptions? :P
I have no doubts about the fact that Tom would have used the Unforgivable curses in the Tournament, even if he was still at school. He wanted this cup so badly, nothing could have stopped him from getting it. I think you described his thoughts and his hunger for power very well. Even if he was a young wizard, he knew what he wanted and how to reach his goals. In my eyes, that makes him even more scarier!
The scene with the sphinx was pretty enjoyable! I have to admit that I didn't know the answer to the last riddle... Good thinking you did for that part!
Author's Response: The last answer was \"man\". And I\'m glad you enjoyed it so much. I enjoyed writing it. Thanks for the review!
Summary: Sirius Black discovers that being a godfather isn't always easy, but it can certainly be rewarding...
I have to admit here that it was a first for me, as I had never read a slash fic before. I wasn't sure how I would like it, but I did like it! At the beginning of the story, I had some difficulties to picture Harry in love with Sirius, but Sirius's explanation about boys and girls made it clearer. Cute part with Remus in the second chapter! And the end is just sweet, what a good idea to make Sirius change into his Animagus form! It does fit better, because of the age issue, as Sirius pointed out to Harry. Nice story!
Author's Response: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
Summary: A young woman tells the tale of how she started her life completely alone with no one to turn to, and ends it the same way. She describes how she worked her way up the mountain to find everything she ever wanted, or could ever love, and how she was pushed back down it into the same place she started from. Listen to her as she shows you the story of her doomed life.
Written by Cruciatus Love of Slytherin for the June/July Monthly Challenge option three.
This was really good! I would have never thought of Tom escaping Merope with another woman. After a bad experience like this one, I had imagined that he would have been scared of being with somebody else. But the way you presented the situation, with him getting to know Sara during his moments of lucidity was brilliant!
You did a nice use of the first and third point of view. It allows the reader to get a better comprehension of what's going on with the characters. I like that a lot!
The way you described Sara was nice too. You made us understand well the feeling of resignation that she has about her situation: she was born on the streets and could never wish to escape the streets completely. I felt bad for her. Tom proved her that she could be more than what she thought because he saw something special in her and loved her, but she sticked with her misconception of herself. I have to say that I really enjoyed this, it has a psychological aspect that I appreciate a lot!
Author's Response: I loved that you said you felt bad for her. Because in my other fic I write her as the same way but because it\'s from Merop\'s point of view you view her as evil because she takes Tom away. But I\'m happy to hear that you didn\'t feel that this way. Thanks for the review!
Summary: The House of Black may look beautifully decorated and filled with life through the eyes of someone who had never lived there, but when two boys have spent their entire childhood suffering the pain their family gave them, this same house looks only melancholy and depressing.
So weird how a simple house can hold so much secrets and provide so much pain for their occupants. I like how you portray the relationship between Sirius and Regulus. Two members of the same family, so different from each other but more similar than we think. They both wanted something else, only Sirius took some actions to achieve his goals. I have to admit that I felt sad for Regulus in a way; he was kind of left behind by his brother.
Through my reading, I could feel how life in the Black's house was like. I felt like I was living in there myself! You transported me there... I enjoyed my little trip a lot! :)
Author's Response: Thanks, I think that\'s what an author is supposed to do. Thanks for the review!
Summary: Tom Riddle knows that his Merope is a charmed woman, but he doesn't quite know how far that goes. When it comes to their wedding day, he tries with all his might to release himself from 'her spell'. Little does he know that magic really might be worked into the situation, and that gaining back control is the hardest thing he can try to do.
Written for the Summer Weddings Challenge by Cruciatus Love of Slytherin.
Ah! The fatal moment: the wedding. It's interesting how you brought this up. Tom has so much doubts about what he's about to do and has some certainty about it at the same time. I hadn't imagine the effects of a love potion to be this way, but it's an interesting point of view. I guess somehow it must work like that, the mind must try to fight in some ways to regain control after a while. You never know!
I like your last sentence. What does he know exactly in his trouble mind, that's the question! ;) God job my dear!
Author's Response: Thanks. I\'m glad you liked this.
Again, nice work! What a nightmare it must have been for Tom to realize that he was trapped in his own mind. You could see well his fear of what would happened, all the weirdness that the potion seemed to create in him. It must be freaky to lose control of yourself!
Author's Response: Yes, thanks. I\'m pretty glad it isn\'t me living that nightmare. Thanks for the review!
Summary: Draco Malfoy has had enough of everyone telling him who he is. He's had enough of other people wanting him to be who they want him to be. He wants to show the world that he's his own person, and that if he sets his mind on something he will do it. He will show the world that he truely is the dark character he says he is.
Written for the Extra Credit Challenge by Cruciatus Love of Slytherin.
Your one-shot leads me to this thought: what would have happened if Draco had killed Dumbledore? I don't think that he's a killer, but you showed us his dark side, all his motivations to succeed in his mission. I like the way he thinks, we can see that he's not that weak character we tend to think he is. It's Draco from another angle, and it's great!
Author's Response: Hmm, thanks. I didn\'t really want to stray onto fanon!Draco, so I tried to have him do it for something we know he might do it for-- his father, and because he\'s self-obsessed. Thanks for the review!
Summary: After a conflicting life as the son of a famous and feared Death Eater, Draco Malfoy has turned spy for the Order. After things go awry, his emergency portkey transports him to his Safe House which turns out to be quite the surprise! New bonds are formed and romance is in bloom. This all goes to show that war indeed brings out the best in people — and the worst.
Great start Nikki! Now I'm really curious too to know what this meeting is all about. And who is this student? Are Hermione and Harry dating? The "holding hands" thing made me wonder... Because I don't remember them to actually walk hand in hand in the books. But hey, I guess all my questions will be answered in the next chapters!
Ah well! Draco Malfoy, of course! Even if Hermione is a smart girl and can understand that what she has to do is important for the Order, to think that Draco will maybe appear at her house must be weird. At least Harry's going to be with her. I like the way you portray Dumbledore, we can recognize pretty well his character in your writing. The only thing that I noticed is that the teenagers seem to have a more mature way of speaking, you know they use more complex words and everything. It's... unusual! But interesting! The next chapter is waiting for me!