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!
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 â€“ never stop writing
“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.
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!
Iâ€™m 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. Iâ€™ll 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 â€œQueen Beeâ€?I try to update once a month, thatâ€™s pretty much top speed. The next chapter will be another â€œInterludeâ€ and but in the meanwhile there will be one (possibly two) chapters of Hunters and Prey. That story isnâ€™t very romantic, either.
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 youâ€™ve 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.
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!
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.
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 othersâ€™ perceptions and to accomplish their goal of winning the House Cup.
Donâ€™t feel that you have to change your characters or your universe to suit other people. Iâ€™m a very AU kind of person myself, and I frequently like to tease myself with my very own â€œwhat ifâ€ 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 donâ€™t 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 donâ€™t agree with.
The only thing I might add is perhaps a little more background about Alâ€™s relationship with his family. Somehow I canâ€™t see Harry or Ginny not getting what Al goes through at school. He doesnâ€™t tell them, of course, but both his parents are very insightful people â€¦
Keep on writing â€“ Iâ€™m 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!
This is a nice beginning. I'm looking forward to more.
I like it, especially the teenaged snarkiness. How did Neville produce such a little prat anyway? Looking forward to more.
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 :)
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.
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~
This is wonderful - all the makings of a classic saga.
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review. I had a lot of fun writing this, although I chewed my nails over the rhymes. ~Carole~