Welcome to my author page!
I am a teacher, musician, reader, and avid Harry Potter fan. I am originally from the Midwest and now live a bit farther south. I am thrilled to be a proud member of RAVENCLAW House and enjoyed being a site moderator for a time as well.
I hope you enjoy the many stories and poems I have written. I am proud of them all and appreciate any feedback you might care to leave (in other words, reviews are love!) I've listed them below with a short description since I know trolling through summaries can be tedious. Thanks for reading!
EDIT: Someday I will categorize my stories by genre. Today is not that day. ;)
Summary: It is June 1976 and The Marauders are at the top of their game. From the outside they look to have everything.But appearances, as the saying goes, can be deceptive.
James is discovering that not everything in life is his for the taking. Sirius knows he will have to defy his formidable family. Remus lives in constant fear of his life beyond Hogwarts. As for Peter... Well, Peter is struggling to live up to his friends.
The ties of friendship are strong, but war is raging and with a dark power rising those ties will inevitably fray.
Added to the mix is an adversary called Severus Snape, some lost House Points, a prank or two and a whole lot of Lily.
This is a Marauder tale.
This is a story of what made them special.
This is a story of why it started to go wrong for The Lions of Gryffindor.
OH MY GOOD GODRIC! Lions of Gryffindor won the 2009 QSQ for Best Marauders' Era Story. Amazed and incredibly grateful to those who nominated, judged and have beta'd this fic. THANK YOU.
Trick or Treat!
3. She clicks on her mouse and swipes her wand;
Some stories go up, and some stories are gone.
Stories of her own? Why, she has plenty!
Fewer than one-hundred, but far more than twenty.
Noooooo, cliff hanger! Don't be too long, because I must know how James defends his Sonia! Or vice versa, lol.
I think I've said this before, but I love that Fabian is on staff. Very cool scene. And I KNOW I've said this before, but I still don't like the flash git and I'm VERY glad that James, Fabian, and Lily's friends have issues as well.
And good for Peter, taking it like that. Although you could be setting something up, I suppose...
Good chapter, my dear!
Author's Response: Mwahyahahahahahahah - it's the thought of Rich Soule that keeps me writing - heheheheh. Actually, no, there's a scene I am desperate to get to even thought the road is now very long and tortuous. (Darn plot bunnies!)
Thank you so much for the review, Gina, much appreciated. ~Carole~
There's the bit about Sirius I was asking about then. I quite liked it! Wow, you've given him a really grim home life, but a really great attitude. I like how how protective he is of Regulus. Not sure of the scope of the story, but I hope it reappears.
Loved the bit about Amortentia, especially Remus and James's talk. I wonder what Lily smelled? I hope to find out next...
Oh, and I like how James and Lily differentiate between calling each other by first or last names—probably because I did the same thing, lol!
Author's Response: You'll find out what she smelled in a few chapters time. It's complicated by her the scent of coffee. Sirius and the grim homelife. We saw enough of Grimmald place to see what it was like, but also I wonder if things would have been better for him if he hadn't been Sorted into Gryffindor. Plus I think Sirius - even pre-Azkaban - is a ripe candidate for depression. Not sure why I'm saying that in this response - ha ha - but that's some insight into my take on Sirius for you. Thanks again ~Carole~
I knew it was Legilimency! Great detail! And I love that Fabian let Sirius in on it!
Sorry these reviews are rather trite, I just want to let you know I'm reading and enjoying. :)
Author's Response: Thank you, Gina. Yes, I fugured Snape would be accomplished and love to try it out on Sirius
Ooooh, nice! I love the mystery. I already have a guess about who it is. :) And what's really interesting is that while some people might view Peter as timid, fearful, and whiny, he was in fact the only one with his head on straight and concerned about what might happen. And then he was right, and did the best he could about it. Loving Peter!!
Hope Sirius is okay, too. ;) ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Were you right about the mystery man. No one else got it... well, they didn't say. Sirius will recover ... ~Carole~
Ooh, it's getting sooo interesting! I loved J/L in Arithmancy!
What I like best is how the point of view is staying more focused. The earlier chapters skipped around from paragraph to paragraph, but I prefer limited third person myself. The readers may not get to see the scene from other viewpoints, but so far you've picked the right characters to focus on and show us the scene.
I should really be working on my own story, or washing dishes, but I suppose I'll have to get to Hogsmeade tonight...
Author's Response: Thank you for this review, particularly. If I changed one thing in the early chapters it would be the head hopping. I agree it's a bit untidy now and I enjoy the focus of one person's head now. Work on your own story and ignore the dishes - heh heh ~Carole~
I still love your Peter. I almost wonder if you are setting things up for after graduation?
And there is the barman. . . Poor, poor James.
Okay, the other thing I've noticed along with the more focused POV is that things don't seem as rushed as the early chapters. I feel like I'm really into the story now and can enjoy it unfolding. Great development! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Mmm, Peter. Well, he can't suddenly have decided to betray them, it must have been a growing thing. My feeling really is that Lily changes the dynamic so much between the four of them, but other things contribute as well. So many theories - so little time - ha ha - ~Carole~
I KNEW IT!!!
And I have some other suspicions as well. :D
Good for the girls. Nice set up with non-verbal spells. Loving Fabian and Peter!!
Sorry, now that I'm almost caught up I should try to be more constructive, shouldn't I? Ah well. . .
One more! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you .... I'm pleased you like my girls. They're coming into their own, I hope. ~Carole~
I'm all caught up with reading - and totally caught up with the story! The development of your writing is amazing. The last two chapters in particular just read so differently. And yet the characters were there from the beginning, which is the best part. I love them. Your canon characters are so engaging, and your original characters are so fleshed out. The dialogue is so fun and snappy - I smile to myself every time I see one of those insults we've chatted about, lol. Right now I feel very bad for James. I love what you are doing with his character, from the captaincy to Lily.
I also thought the bit with Peter and Snape was fascinating, in part because I wrote a challenge piece once in which Peter was bitter about his friends and got snared by Snape. I totally think it could've happened! I look forward to seeing where that goes.
I have my suspicions about Rich, especially that lead he was following up on. The use of the word glamour also jumped out at me. Not sure what you are setting up, but it's neat to try to pick up on clues and think about where they might lead, even if they lead nowhere.
I remember a FB update about James and Sonia so that will be interesting. ;)
Really lovely, fun story. I'm enjoying it tremendously and am glad I finally read it. Good luck as you continue!
Author's Response: Thank you for all your wonderful reviews, Gina. You've picked up on so many bits, and made me think about the whole story with refreshed eyes. Snape/Peter ... mmm, no not slashy, just ... Snape was a good manipulator, wasn't he? ~Carole~ PS - new chapter should be up very very soon.
Oh, I loved the dialogue at the beginning - some great one-liners, especially! And the Bowtruckle Challenge was incredibly creative and cool! I absolutely loved that Lily saved James life. But I have a question: how come no one acknowledged that it was the girls' fault that James fell into the lake in the first place? I guess they are all so glad he survived that it was forgotten, but on the other hand, I could see some angry word traded about it as well. He fell because the girls sabotaged him when he was way up in a tree-that was a lot more dangerous than some of the stunts they've pulled, I'll wager. Well, it still made for a nice moment in the hospital wing for James and LIly -and I loved seeing Sirius so scared for James. Dumbledore's speech at the end was perfect too. Looking forward to the summer holidays! ;) ~Gina
Author's Response: No, they didn't sabotage him. Someone hexed him, but it wasn't Lily or Mary, they didn't even know where James was, and James doesn't realise he was hexed. No one realised he was hexed, they just thought it was the Bowtruckle Queen, and then the wind blowing away his broom. He dropped his wand because his eggs were slimey from the egg things (from what I can remember). Hmm, now who else would possibly have hexed James ...
Shoot, I forgot to mention Peter. I can't write him worth a damn, but you gave him a brilliant part here. I loved that even his friends were impressed with him, lol! It's so easy to forget who he must have been at Hogwarts based on the ugly person we meet during the trio's years. Great job with him! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Ah, credit to Terri here who kept telling me that I had to make him more likeable and worthy of being a Marauder. Thanks again ~Carole~
Great chapter! I remember you asking about James's glasses and the fact that it crippled him in battle was a great idea, as was the way it affected him as well as the spell Fabian gave him. Still loving the Prof. :)
The battle was well done, you wrote some vicious Slyths there! And I must point out that you've injured James rather seriously so you can't give me a hard time for that anymore. ;)
Curious to see where this goes for James and Sonia, as well as the overall reaction to the fight and James's injury, esp. from Lily. Good luck with the next chapter!
Author's Response: I don't injure him as much as you ... At least, I don't think I do. I did nearly drown him - eeep!
Thank you very much for the review, Gina. Much appreciated. Hmm, Lily's reaction .... wait and see, my pretty, wait and see ...
Thanks again ~Carole~
I love the way you write wizards in the Muggle world, like your Dancing Queen story! Very good! And Sirius got played - ha! But the best - and most heartbreaking - was seeing what Sirius had to deal with at home. I liked the glimpse of a relationship with his brother, but his mother sure is scary. No wonder he ran away! Very well done! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: I'm particulalrly fond of this chapter because I'd had it in mind for a long time and nearly wrote it as a oneshot. But it suited the story and I liked the aspect of Sirius getting drunk in a London park - LOL. Thanks for reviewing. ~Carole~
Summary: Set against the backdrop of the cold, yet proud Durmstrang School, the Tri-Wizard Tournament is about to begin. Sixth-year James Potter is selected as part of a small delegation to travel to Durmstrang, one of whom will become the Hogwarts Champion. Amidst the pleasantry of the Tournament and the new friends that are made, one young man, with the help of his brother, is devising a sinister plot to become the most powerful wizard of the age. All he needs is a wand.
Good start! You interwove the back story with the present story very nicely - it flowed back and forth very well - and all sounds very plausible and real so far. James seems like a good character to follow through this Tournament - good luck as you continue!
Author's Response: Thanks, Gina! I hope James will be a good character, and some of the OCs too, as I've spent a lot of time with them. I just find the first chapter of a story is the hardest to write. I want to get right into the meat of the plot, not deal with all the setup stuff! :-) Oh, and happy birthday to the baby! :-)
Summary: Nobody can slow the seasons; and for some it seems every step we take leads us further down the path to winter. A poetic take on the tale of two boys, and their growth and falls.
Wow, another fantastic poem! I tend to favor poems that rhyme, but this is one of the best free verse poems I have read here. I love love love the form, and how you maintainted and developed it through each section/season. Your word choice is wonderful, and the ending is sad and beautiful. I am so impressed! Great job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Wow, really? ThankyoU! Yeah, I tend to prefer to read rhyming poems, but writing free verse (I feel) leaves your options a lot more open. Glad you liked it!
Summary: The Greek breed of merpeople are known as Sirens, and have entranced many a foolish sailor to his watery doom by means of their fair singing. But in many cultures there are tales of Sirens who have succumbed to the same snare they have spun so many: love.
Wow, that's fantastic! Your vocabulary is just wonderful, so colorful and varied and complex - and it rhymes too! It's also beautifully subtle, as well as tragically sad. Great job!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: *blushes* Thanks, Gina!
Summary: Draco gets sorted into Hufflepuff, very much to his dismay.
Hi Ritta! So this is the Ravenclaw Story of the Week! Congrats! You should totally have more reviews, because it's a lovely story. I've said it before and I'll say it again: you *get* Draco. You always write him exceptionally well. I also loved, loved, loved how you wrote all the other Hufflepuffs. I think of all the houses, Hufflepuff is probably the only one who could have accepted Draco if he hadn't been Slytherin, and the way you characterized them made that happen and made it all very believable. You must have done a lot of research for this, wow! I liked the structure and pacing of this piece, and since it's part of *Harry Potter's* story, I liked how you included Draco's interaction with Harry in it as well. Luna's appearance for the title was spot-on. The only suggestion I would make would be to work on punctuation, as I did notice some missing commas throughout. And of course, you could totally continue it as the idea of a Hufflepuff!Draco is really fascinating, and you've presented it so well. I want to know if he still joins the Death Eaters?? Great job, dear! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks for your lovely review, Gina! XD I'm glad you still think I get Draco. This is one of the few stories for which I've done a lot of research. I reread SS and took notes about the Hufflepuffs and all the major events in the book. It drove me crazy, but I was determined to make it believable, I'm glad it shows. =]
Summary: In this second story about the Bast (the first one being "Bast in a Basket") Professor Snape sees the Bast in action.
How original! I love how well you've woven so many of your own creations into the Potterverse. The Bast is such a neat creation, the osseraptor sounds like something right of out Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and even Anne made an appearance! I laughed out loud when the giggling was revealed to be the Sorting Hat with the Bast underneath it, it was very well done. You also did a great job with Snape and Dumbledore. Lovely story! *turnip hug* ~Gina :)
Summary: Kill the snake... That was Harry's last request. Neville knew he had to do it. For everyone's sake.
Nice poem! I love the idea of the repeating line, it works great. The lines in between were good as well but a few of them were a bit longer than others and thew the rhythm off. I missed the rhyme in the last two of these - chance and fate - so I'd suggest retooling the end a bit, just to clean it up. I love the last two lines, though, so I'd just tweak the ones before them, if that makes sense. And the reviewer who suggested turning this into a one-shot had a great idea! Good luck with your writing, poetry or prose! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you! I agree that the rhythm was a bit funky, and I'll go back and clean it up a bit. And the rhyme with fate is mistake in the penultimate stanza. Chance had no rhyme. :) And I will definitely think about turning this into a one-shot- when I have the time and the muse. Thank you for the review! ~M_W
Summary: Now in his seventh year, Remus Lupin is a calm and responsible student. His friends know this and often take advantage, knowing that he never takes it to heart.
But sometimes, just sometimes, Moony longs for revenge, especially when Padfoot takes things one step too far.
But Padfoot is wise to Marauder pranks, so for April Fool's Day this year, Moony enlists the help of four girls who are also champing at the bit to humiliate the 'too damn adorable' Sirius Black.
I am Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry in the April Fool's Day Challenge set in the Great Hall.
Thank you to Alyssa (Harry4lif) and Wendy (Kiley) for their help in beta'ing this tale.
The song featured in this story is Hot Legs by Rod Stewart which was a huge hit in the early part of 1978 and seemed to lend itself very well to Sirius Black!
Disclaimer Sirius and Remus are not mine *sigh* but belong to JK Rowling as do James,Lily and Peter. The Harley-Queens however are my rather fluffy invention.
That was such fun! What a great set-up, going all the way back to Remus and Carla getting stung one too many times by Sirius and then plotting to get him back. I thought the song was funny but then at the end when it turned his legs all hot, that was brilliant! I thought you did a fantastic job with all the characters - they all seemed very natural, and their dialogue was fantastic. And I was sort of cheering for Remus and Sarah, are they going to get together?? Wonderful job, good luck in the challenge! ~GIna :)
Author's Response: Thanks, Gina. I'm glad you enjoyed the story but am more pleased you liked my characterisation. I do love the Marauders. I want to write about that gang of girls again so Sarah may get her man ... they're well on the way I think. Your entry, by the way, was wonderful and a worthy winner. Carole xxx
Summary: Peter Pettigrew wasn't always a traitor. He was a Marauder, a prankster and a good friend.
Peter Pettigrew wasn't always called Wormtail.
Perhaps, one change led to the other?
Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling but I doubt you're surprised by that revelation.
Nice job! I really liked your other Peter story so when you mentioned this in your Dueling Thread I thought I'd read it too. I love what you do with Peter. You captured his voice very well. You made him way more than the snivelling character we meet later on. I liked his relationship with him mom, and I LOVED reading his transformation for the first time. Great reactions - his friends didn't bat an eye but he was disappointed. Perfect.
I liked the subtle switch to the nicknames after they could all transform. Nice touch.
Meeting Regulus was also a great touch - have you written anything else with him?
And have you written anything about how the Maruaders found out about Remus? Because I would read that in a second! :)
More than anything, though, this story leaves me wanting more, sort of like your other one. The ending does seem a bit abrupt - was losing the map the beginning of the end? It wasn't clear why it ended with that scene, which was part of the reason I wanted to keep reading. I really want to know what happens in between this story and the challenge entry you wrote!
You are very talented and I really enjoy reading your stories.
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing, Gina. Peter is a bit of a WIP for me, which is probably why it ended a bit abruptly. I was thinking that him losing the map wasn't just where it began to fall apart, but also started showing the differences between James and Sirius, because James is clearly more mature at this stage and less likely to blame Peter.
Oh stop giving me plot bunnies, Remus year two ... eek ... *shoves to back of mind*. Regulus, hmmm, actually I haven't thought of much about him - not sure why. Thanks again. ~Carole~