Penname: fake a smile [Contact - ]
Real name: Matt
Member Since: 2006.06.06
Last Login: 2014.03.29
Visit my site at www.mvsfiction.com to read updates a week before they hit the fanfiction sites. I also keep a running word count of the upcoming chapter on my homepage to give you guys an idea of my progress. I hope to see you there. Thanks - Matt / fake a smile
Hello. My real name is Matt. Fake a smile came from a song title from the band Radford. If you\'re into alt. rock, check them out. You can learn about them and a whole slew of other bands you\'ve probably never heard of at Alternative Addiction.
Now, about me... I\'m currently 24 years old. I\'m from the NW suburbs of Chicago. I went to Marquette University where I got a BS in Computer Science and Math. Right now I work as an Application Developer (Computer Programmer). I\'m really into listening/singing to music, if you hadn\'t already guessed as much from the shameless plug above.
I\'m mostly into the fantasy genre with some healthy interest in sci-fi, but I get into the occasional other book as well. Besides the HP books, I\'ve also read Tolkien, Paolini, Orson Scott Card, C.S. Lewis, Heinlein, Pullman, Nix, and Dostoyevski. I\'ve also read a ton of HP fanfiction (naturally).
I became obsessed with fanfiction shortly after the release of Book 6, and I\'ve been hooked since. After nearly a year, my obsession tamed, and I only follow a few select stories now.
Taking Control is my first attempt at writing any type of fictional work. As such, I don\'t expect it to be a great piece of work or anything, but I\'ll let others be the judge of that. I started writing it in November of 2005 and began posting somewhere around the end of May or beginning of June 2006.
Taking Control is set pre-HBP. This might seem odd seeing as I started it well after HBP was out, but I have my reasons for it. For one, there\'s not much you can do with the story after HBP. But more importantly, there were some things I didn\'t like about HBP, namely Harry\'s complete lack of magical development in the book. We don\'t get a sense that Harry is any stronger magically than the previous year, and that bothers me. Harry can\'t even connect with a single curse on Snape at the end, so how is he supposed to fight Voldemort? It bothered me so much that I just had to fix that by writing my own version of book 6.
As far as other stories go, I\'m not opposed to branching out a bit as evidenced by my short fic, Unrequited, but I intend to focus my efforts mainly on TC for the forseeable future. If you ever want to discuss TC or Harry Potter in general, I created a website which I have linked above this. You can also feel free to send me a Personal Message or just leave your TC related questions in a review.
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