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. ;)
That was fascinating! Very well done. Your chapter notes definitely got my attention and I'm very glad I read this particular one-shot. You tackled a tough subject in the Potterverse in such a unique but totally believable way. You've not only written a good story, but also made a very pointed commentary on how HP is often perceived by others. The end in particular was very clever. Great job!
Author's Response: Dear Gina, I am so glad I attracted your attention! That penultimate paragraph was the whole point of the story (as well as the whole point of Harry Potter). I did wonder whether it was fair game to refer to "Deathly Hallows" in an in-universe setting; it was only after I'd finished writing that I remembered that "Deathly Hallows" doesn't exist in Lucy's world, so Anna can talk about it as a hypothetical. Thank you for telling me the story wasn't too didactic. And if you ever meet one of Pastor Evald's gang, be sure to insist they read "Deathly Hallows" before you they enter the discussion. Thank you so much for writing in, GhV
Minna, I really liked this, it was very sweet! I love the idea of a witch being able to confide in a non-witch. I mean, when it comes to family, they couldn't have all been keeping secrets from their Muggle relatives, could they? That would be too hard.
I'm guessing Susan's mum recognized that Susan needed to reconnect with her cousin. I really liked Georgy. For some reason, I had been under the impression that Georgy was a male cousin, and for some reason the name seemed ridiculous. But it fit perfectly for this character. She comes alive almost immediately and the name fits perfectly.
Did you think about adding a mention of Amelia Bones, Susan's aunt? I know she was probably on the other side of the family, but the mysterious circumstances of her death probably would have been known. Just curious.
I was worried for a moment that Susan was going to tell her all these things and Georgy was going to brush it off as another make-up story. But this line:
"I can still read you like a book, stupid. You weren’t lying."
was perfect. That line made me smile.
Lovely story, Minna! I'm so glad it's worked out for you!
Author's Response: Hey, Gina! Thanks for reading and reveiwing. =) As for your comments: I figure you can tell relatives and spouses about magic because otherwise things might be too odd/hard. And Georgy is totally fun. She just kind of popped up and was like "I'm gonna steal the show, k?" And - I dunno, I don't know of any of my cousins' aunts or uncles or grandparents on the other side of their family, so it never occurred to me. And since mostly Susan's dad's side of the family doesn't know about magic, I doubt they'd know about the circumstances of Amelia's death. As for Georgy's line - she still knows Susan well enough, and it'd be a slap in the face if she still disbelieved Susan after she told that story. So - yay for happy endings? Lol. Thanks again for your review. =D
I think it's pretty amazing you've written not one, but three sonnets that string together and tell an actual story. That it's about Harry and Draco is even more amazing. Did I believe in the ship? Hmm. I think I preferred them at a certain club. ;)
All jokes aside, I thought the form of this poem was great, and the rhythm almost always spot on. There were a few places where I tripped but reading it again I don't know that my initial suggestions would work better so I'm not going to make any, sorry, lol.
Draco's character really came out as remorseful and bitter. The only thing that seemed off was when he 'let my show the strange new feelings stirring in my mind.' I can see it, but only if it's wrenched out of him in some fiery confrontation. But then you beat him down in the last couplet, and I thought that was quite the appropriate ending for him. Heh heh.
Really good poem, twin. You've got a knack for sonnets and rare pairs! ~Gina :)
I don't know if 300-something words would ever sell me on a ship, but those ever dreaded 'between the lines' connotations are necessary. The line in question was said by Draco via 'beer goggles'. You notice the difference between the way he thinks of Harry after the hearing and how it changes as they work their way down to the bottom of the bottle. That's why it seems a bit off and Draco gets all flowery. :D
Honestly, I set out to write ONE sonnet, but I didn't even believe in these two after the first one, so I decided to add another one for more emphasis. That, er, didn't cut it, so three it was. Yay for Drarry and their eventual Witches 'n' B!tches encounter!!!
Heart you, Twin!
Very nice! Sad, but then this really happens to a lot of people. I love that it was Andromeda who pointed it all out to Harry, that was well-done. I think you really picked up on why Harry would be so focused on work, and the idea of Harry taking some time off to be with his children was brilliant. Good for him! And lovely story! ~Gina :)
Nominated for Best Poem in the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards
Oh, that's lovely! The title is gorgeous, and the poem itself is beautiful. Great job with the rhymes, and the repeating lines were perfect. Congrats on the win!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thankee kindly, Gina. I'm glad you liked how it came together. =)
Thanks to Natalie for her mad, QSQ-winning beta skills
That was adorable! I loved the end, the subtle little implication Ron made. Too funny! And I really liked this line:
"as tall as Hermionally possible"
I doubt it's a real word but it's hilarious, lol.
Very cute - you picked the perfect resolutions for both of them, of course. And of course they were destined to fail. Now maybe Hermione should try cooking. ;)
Lovely job, Lori! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Hey, Gina! I actually sat with my finger over the "backspace" key, thinking about changing "Hermionally" because I was afraid the mods wouldn't go for it. But I got lucky! :) Hehe. I definitely think Hermione should try cooking next... much easier than letting up on Ron. Thanks, as always, for the read and review, friend! ~ Lori
I stayed up late last night to read this, because I thought the idea of the Marauders finding the Mirror was just such a great idea, and I really wanted to know what they each saw. I thought you did a very good job with them and their desires. I agree with your last reviewer that putting the point in bold is probably not necessary and only detracts from the narrative. You've written things clear enough and your readers will get it without having to be so obvious about it. :)
I liked Sirius's vision of the four friends. I think he would see that because he's lost his own family. I don't know if he wants to go off and be Aurors with them, since even he recognizes their shortcomings in that area, but seeing them as brothers forever was good - and very sad, knowing what happens. I would only watch that Sirius doesn't act too immature - at times he seemed to pout or sulk a bit too much for a Marauder.
Remus was fantastic. Of course that is what he would see! Poor Remus.
I thought using the Mirror as a bit of a wake-up cal for James was interesting. I can definitely see him burying his feelings for Lily by seventh year to the point where he doesn't even recognize them. I do think, though, that he might be a bit young to be seeing himself getting married. And I think that the Marauder's friendships were just as important to him as to Sirius, so I could see them being part of his vision with Lily, but that's just my personal opinion (and I'm an avid J/L shipper, go figure!)
Peter was great. I was a bit worried because throughout the first three he was a bit cliche - weak, wimpering, not someone you'd think the others would be friends with. Watch out for that, because there must have been something there that they saw, as well as something strong enough to play spy for the Dark Lord. You really nailed his motivations, though, because I do think that he was the lesser of the four, and that his feelings of inferiority probably played into his turning. Ending with his part was exactly the right way to end it, because we know that his vision comes true in a far worse way than any of the others.
Again - such a unique idea for a fic, and very well done! I'm glad I read this, good luck with your other writing!
Author's Response: Thanks for the feedback! It really helps to get in-depth opinions! As far as the bolding goes, I apologize, lol. It was a friend's suggestion and it seemed like a better idea at the moment. The positives of the idea are fading fast, ha ha. With Sirius, I was trying to capture his sense of adventure with the Auror idea. Sirius doesn't seem like the type who would really think it out and rationalize, he kind of acts on impulses, ha ha. As for the immaturity, it's more that he's playing to get his way than pouting. Reading about Sirius as a teen, he reminds me of a close friend of mine, who acts like this with his close friends. XD Sirius gets better about both things when he gets older, though. Remus is my favorite Marauder, so I'm glad to have done him justice. Very much a J/L shipper! Ha ha. It's possible that he would be too young to consider marriage, but I'm glad you liked it anyway. :) Peter was the hardest. I can't stand Peter and it took a lot not to let that colour my writing too much. I read a fic about the Marauders where Harry dreams that James is narrating a memory of the four and says "Don't turn away when you see him. Yes, he will betray me, but right now, he hasn't and he isn't ever going to." It really helped me to get in a mindset where he's not so much a villan yet, but a nervous young boy with an inferiority complex. I thin that he probably had a good sense of humor and a few good prank ideas that would have made him fit in well with the Marauders, but in the fic he's more thinking to himself, you know? I think he had a very negative self-image, especially after so long with friends like his, and he can't see the good in himself. Though if James had heard Peter's inner monologue, he definitely would have told him he was wrong and tried to make him feel better. Thanks so much for the imput! Helpful comments like this makes me a better writer! X)
That was fascinating! You know I have no way with minor characters whatsoever, so reading one of your stories that writes them so well is always a treat. Especially when you take a "bad" character like Pansy and give her motivations that are understandable and not all bad. I did feel sort of sorry for her. She brings it on herself, but her feelings about Slytherin and how she wished she didn't have to play those games were particularly sympathy-inducing. I wouldn't want to see her get her hooks into Seamus, but hopefully she'll get something better than Draco. You weren't very nice to him, were you? ;)
Very nice! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Hehehe. I don't imagine Draco as being great in bed during school - he appears too selfish and self-centered. I believe I angered Carole with that part. Khi khi khi. Thanks for reviewing Gina! I always look forward to hearing what you have to say about my fic. :) I'm glad you liked the characterisation. And as for Pansy/Seamus - there is more coming, I'm afraid. D:
It was the worst news a father could receive: his son was marrying his worst enemy's daughter.
But for Draco Malfoy, being in the role of the reasonable parent was in itself a debacle as he tried to make the best of a bad situation. But when circumstances forced him to spend more time than he ever cared to with the most irritating Mudblood on the planet, he constantly questioned his sanity, as well as that of his son.
However, Draco might have come to realise that things change, as well as people. Is Hermione Granger Weasley the mad bint he remembered, or were they both a little different this time around?
This story has been nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Non-Canon Romance.
This story has also been nominated for a 2014 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Humour Story.
I love it! As usual, your Draco is a lovely bit of snark. So fun to read, so natural, some awesome lines. I look forward to seeing what further madness ensues in this story. It's a great idea!
Happy birthday, Elene!
Haha, the madness has just started. :D
Cuuuuute! It took me a while to figure out who the narrator was, but I've got her now. So what were they doing in Greece together, exactly? Just curious. They are obviously heading back. I hope they don't splinch!
Lovely start, Natalie. I'll review properly nearer the end. Look forward to reading more! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: YAY! So glad you came and read it. :) I hope you like how the whole thing turns out. The title is no misnomer. Lol!
Fun! First of all, loved the Apparating bit. If it were possible, I'm SURE there would be laws against it. That was well done. And second of all, I'm glad you've voiced Lucy's doubts, since it would seem unrealistic to not have them, especially for her character. There seems to be something more to Lorcan going on, I can't wait to see what it is. Of course, now that Lucy has had a bit of ouzo (which I looked up to see if that was your own concoction or not - how do you know so much about Greece?!) things might get even more interesting with him. *eyes warnings* Hee hee - lovely! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Heeheehee-ing at your last line. :D
Lovely, lovely story! Oh, you've brought Lucy to life so well. She developed so dramatically over each chapter, and yet it never really seemed forced or unnatural. You've got such a winner in Lorcan! I LOVE him!! And I am still so impressed with your knowledge of Greece. The butterflies were particularly impressive. :)
Great story, Natalie. Carole is a lucky lady! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: The butterflies! Yes, that I knew because of a Sidney Sheldon novel. Can't remember which one it was. I do think the real Pateloudes mostly has moths, but I needed colours. I'm sooooo happy both Lucy and Lorcan are well-received by you all, because this story, as I keep saying, was written in such a rush. The original idea I had for them was a long, drawn-out drama. But...I think I like this better, and I see an Evil Twin Sequence coming up in the near future, anyway.
It was going to happen eventually: Oliver Wood had to retire. But when the decision was made for him, he allowed himself to be tricked into grooming his replacement. However, coaching proved to be a completely different animal, especially when the untried and unbridled Roxanne Weasley pushed his limits every step of the way.
This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Non-Canon Romance.
All right, I read this several days ago and am finally about to leave my 500th review! YAY!
What a great story to mark the milestone. :)
Seriously - you so got the better deal out of that AIM conversation we had. I'm so envious of how you (and Natalie) bring minor characters to life so effortlessly. And then make me believe in a rather random ship so quickly and easily! Guh! Amazing!
First, you developed their relationship through the game and their psuedo-date so very well. And then to bring it crashing down when Oliver had to pull her out - so very you, lol. And SO very dramatic. I could SEE that scene in the locker room happening. I sort of thought there might be some lips crashing together at that point, but was glad there wasn't because the twist with Logan was even better.
The scene in the shower was just so dramatic as well. Damn Oliver for being such a gentleman! And yet, it made for a lovely little self-sacrifice when he quit, which lead to a delicious bit of smut. You really do that so well.
Once again you have this romance with a strong plot. I am envious. And to develop it all so quickly is truly amazing. And to make me believe in this ship - Oliver and Roxanne, with such an age difference! - is yet even better. I'm sort of curious what happens to them, yet this was so good and fun it's okay to not know whether or not they stay together and make lots of little Wood-Weasley Quidditch stars. ;)
Great story, twin! And welcome to The List!!
But you got to write COUGAR FIC!
Anyway, as you know, my imagination can take off with just about anything and paint it at least a LITTLE plausibly. I honestly had no idea how fast I'd fall for this pairing. They're threatening to break into my top five ships. And for a ship that I'm reasonably certain didn't exist a week ago. XD
Heart you, Twin, and I may or may not be swinging by your author page soon. *coughspewcough*
Good start, Jess! Yay for late night AIM conversations! I told Carole you definitely got the better idea out of it, lol. I'll get around to the next chapter soon, I'm littering reviews across my flist this week. Good luck with Chapter 3!
And happy birthday, Carole!
It's taking a different track than I'd expected, but I think it's turning out the better. I'm just glad she doesn't hate it, lol.
I look forward to being done with all this stuff so I can get back to reading for fun. It's been a while, lol. I have quite a list of your stories that I need to review and read carefully as compared to 'perusing'. Heart. :D
ALL HAIL CAROLEDEMORT!!!
Aww, that was lovely! It was a great look at Marauder dynamics, as well as house relations. The idea of each house perceiving others as well as itself in certain ways was really well done. And I loved Sirius's reaction to both Carrie's take on his apparent rejection, as well as his reasons for not inviting her into the compartment. There's just so much here - great scene and I hope Sirius stays with her! :)
Author's Response: OOOH I don't think I've ever had a review from you before. How terrifying exciting, I mean, that you read this!
Of course Sirius stays with her, and no one ever dies... I swear! (if only.. but she IS a McKinnon...)
I'm really glad that you liked the character and the scene! Thank you so much for this review! :)
I loved it! It's so cute, so simple, so casual yet well-knit. Nothing complicated or convoluted, and like so many of your stories, it sounds perfectly canon and so very JKR.
There are some hilarious lines (like the Vanishing cabinet), some great moments (Remus Langlocking Sirius-I love Remus having some edge), some great character insight (JamesJamesJames!!), some great coversations (Dumbledore and McGonagall) and some really enticing smut that I rather wanted to keep going, heh heh.
The fight with Regulus and Barty was brilliant, and the scene in the dormitory was perfect. I loved gentleman James.
But the last line was AWE- sorry-AMAZING. Does it mean a sequel??
Really great story, Carole. I'm rather envious. You always set the bar so high in these challenges. Good luck!!
Author's Response: Thank you, Gina. Oh, I'm not sure about you needing to feel envious. Your James/Lily stories are sublime and really DO set the standard. There's always some twist you add that makes it well worth the read.
I liked the Vanishing cabinet line - took me a while to come up with it, but it made me giggle.
Oh ... sequel ... um, not sure, really.
Thank you, again and again and again ~Carole~
I like your poem, Meg! It's very visual with the color imagery. Great title. It's also very sad.
My only suggestion would be, if you ever need to reach that 100 word limit for a poetry submission again, maybe you could tell the readers about your inspiration, since I'm curious how this idea came to you and if it was a very visual idea for you.
Author's Response: Um... the idea came to me in English class. I ended up scribbling it down on a sheet of paper in my binder during class. I obviously revised it a bit, but how I got the idea isn't really an interesting story. Most of the poetry I've done so far is very visual; when I write it I'm usually looking at a picture or have a picture in my head. Thank you for the praise and the suggestion. -Meg
Well-written, Natalie! It was indeed quite morbid, but a very vivid and plausible look at Riddle's character. It's scary, too, to think he was so depraved even as a child. I almost shudder to think of the other atrocities he may have committed, especially at Hogwarts. Good job - and a happy, cheerful birthday to Rachel! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: There's something about me and morbid birthday presents. Yours, I am afraid, will be the wildest, most macabre one. But I am going to promise you something: NO SNAMES. :)
I think this is rather tragic. It's just so sad to think this happens to Hannah and Neville. Are they done for good? I don't know anything about tritinas, but I'm assuming three words must repeat? As sad as they are, your three words work together perfectly. I especially like how they can have double meanings.
Very melancholy, but very well done!
Author's Response: Yes, the three words do have to repeat and in a certain order. I rather like it as a form of poetry but it can be tricky getting it to sound unforced. I feel very guilty for writing this, actually because I think Neville deserves happiness ... so perhaps their estrangement only lasted a short while.
Thank you so much for the review. ~Carole~
During the second war, many must leave their homes and run for their lives. What must they feel, forced to hide from a government that hates their very existence?Nominated for Best Poem in the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards.
WOW! That was amazing! I love poems with strong rhyme and rhythm more than anything, and this was spot on. The 'Running, running, breath comes ragged, Fear still cuts like razons jagged;' was particularly brilliant. And then the way it changed at the end - guh! Amazing! I don't have the soundtrack, but my guess is the poem fits the music perfectly. Wonderful job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review, Gina. =D I'm a fan of strong rhyme and rhythm as well - probably why I use it so much when I write. I'm glad a fellow rhyme-and-rhythm fan enjoyed this poem. And you should definitely Youtube "Obliviate." It's just such a beautiful song.