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Penname: fake a smile [Contact - ]

Real name: Matt

Member Since: 2006.06.06

Last Login: 2014.03.29




Visit my site at 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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Free Life by fake a smile starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 152]
** Winner of the May 2010 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Drama **
Sequel to Taking Control. Harry starts taking the fight to the Death Eaters as the Order members are forced to make some very difficult decisions. Will Dumbledore see the benefit of working with Harry or continue to try to keep him out of the war?
R - Post-OotP - Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Romance - Warnings: Death, Violence - Words: 71719
Completed: No - Chapters: 6 - Published: 2009.03.15 - Updated: 2011.10.17 - Hits: 63894

Taking Control by fake a smile starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 1126]
** Winner of the 2009 Annual Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Completed **
It's the summer before Harry's 6th year, and Harry is wracked with grief. But what happens when Harry makes a vow to himself to take control of his life? Harry's life takes a sharp turn when he gets an unexpected visitor one night who helps him on his way.
PG-13 - Post-OotP - Action/Adventure, Angst, Comedy, Drama, General, Romance - Warnings: Death, Violence - Words: 516632
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 28 - Published: 2006.06.06 - Updated: 2008.11.15 - Hits: 538286

Unrequited by fake a smile starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 49]
The time has come for Harry to face his destiny; the final battle with Voldemort has arrived. But Harry has something he needs to do first, someone he needs to talk to.
PG-13 - Post-OotP - Angst, Tragedy - Warnings: Death - Words: 2852
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 2 - Published: 2006.08.07 - Updated: 2006.08.07 - Hits: 11796

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