I don’t like to use the term “amateur writer”, because the fact of the matter is that if you write, you’re a writer. Full stop. But to go at it from a logical standpoint, yes, I’m an amateur. My stuff is self-published, hard to find, and (although well-reviewed) isn’t exactly overwhelming me in sales.
Why do I bring this up? Well, because being an “amateur” of a sort means that it makes it that much more heartwarming when I get attention on something I’ve written, even if that something is a piece that can never be traditionally published in any manner.
The piece, in question, is a fanfiction that I wrote over a decade-and-a-half ago. At the time I was big into Harry Potter (still a fan, it’s just been overtaken by other fandoms since) and had been introduced to the fanfiction world by a friend. I’d already known what fanfiction was, of course, but I’d never before come across any “slash fics”, which my friend thought I would love given my adoration for a couple of particular characters: Sirius Black and Remus Lupin.
Long story short, I read a lot of slash fics (basically, homosexual pairings) centered on these two characters, loved some, hated others, and decided I could do the characters justice myself. What resulted was later edited a bit to clean up my (at the time) messy wording and a plot hole or two, and the final story was uploaded to FanFiction.net. It was never a breakaway hit on the site or anything, but I was surprised by the attention I did get. Every comment basically boiled down to “I love this so much!” and “I need more!”, and for years afterwards I would get random email notifications to let me know that there was a new comment. Literally, I just got one of those emails a month ago. The story has been up (in it’s edited form) on that site for eleven years (more for the pre-edits), and I’m still getting random comments from people who love it.
That kind of thing is really great for a writer’s soul, let me tell you.
So it was only logical that I decided to move Cry of the Wolf over to my An Archive of Our Own account. It’s been there now for two weeks, has over 800 hits, 63 kudos, and a handful of absolutely lovely comments.
The story follows the Marauders during their schooldays at Hogwarts, specifically Remus, who is tortured by the fact that he’s not only a werewolf, but also happens to be head-over-heels in love with his best friend, Sirius. Cue a ton of beautiful support from James and Lily, and some extremely painful misunderstandings. It’s angst and fluff from before I really, honestly understood what either were, and was one of my first real experiences with torturing the ever-loving hell out of my characters because I’m a crazy woman.
So if you’re a Potterhead, or a fanfic junkie in general, please give it a read and let me know what you think! Remember, I literally thrive on your love. ^_~