First, where you can find me:
AO3 – My stuff gets published to my site first. Sometimes I get it on AO3 immediately, and sometimes it takes me a while.
Facebook – if you feel so inclined, but be warned that I’m horrible at paying attention to my feed.
Twitter – but as of this page creation, I never tweet except to save my favorite dancer. That could change someday.
Tumblr – I use Tumblr mostly for following other folks. But you can leave an ask there if you like.
Live Journal – Same as Tumblr… I use it to follow others and participate in communities, not so much to post.
NaNoWriMo – This is my author profile on the NaNo site.
I’m a writer. That’s in my soul and defines me.
In more pragmatic terms, I spent years as a technical writer, and now work as a Program Manager. In the world of fandom, I joke that I’m a Dragon Handler. Considering what I actually do, that description isn’t far off.
I’m in my early 40’s and live in California. I’ve been writing since I was a wee sprout, but writing fanfiction since 1999 (maybe ’98). I wrote about 1.7 million words of fiction from 1999 – 2007. And probably triple that in technical documents and publications.
I retired my pen name sometime late 2007 — and no, I won’t tell anyone what it was.
You can call me Jillian, Jilly, or JJ. I hate being called Jill… seriously, don’t do it. Close friends sometimes call me Jilly Bean. My Internet Spouse says my full name is: Lady Jilly of Bean, Mistress of Dragons and Princess of the Biting Politeness. There’s a warning buried in that name. Heed it.
I’m asked, a LOT, to point people to my older works, but it’s something I’ll never do. There are myriad reasons, but chiefly because there are people from back then who I don’t want haunting my writing today. The only way to keep a secret is to keep it to yourself.
I actually discovered fanfiction only about six months before I started writing it. It was the slash. I spent a lot of money on m/m fiction and was largely dissatisfied with the quality and depth of it. The first bit of fanfiction I read was epic and so much better than anything I’d read in my m/m anthologies.
Of course, I later discovered that the first story I read was truly a masterpiece, but in general, I’ve always been incredibly impressed with the quality of writing in fanfic. I started with one fandom and didn’t branch out for the longest time (read: about 5 years) but then I discovered the mighty crossover. I am a crossover whore. I was incepted to all other fandoms through some crossover route, and now I have more fandoms than I can keep up with!
I prefer slash, but read a lot of gen, too. I don’t read much het, and need to have some good familiarity with the author to read it. My only het ship is Harry/Hermione, and it’s definitely not my OTP. I don’t really have any OTPs. More like a set of NoTPs — Like Ginny/Harry (shudders). I guess you could say I have OTCs (One True Character). I focus on that one character that captures my attention, and then read them with just about anyone (sans family members!).
Fandoms I read broadly:
Teen Wolf (TV show)
Avengers (and MCU)
Magnificent 7 (mostly modern AU)
Fandoms I read depending on author and recommendation:
just about any other fandom…
See? Too many to keep up with. But that’s most of us, yeah?
Because my reading tastes are broad, my creative interest wanders around like a 7-year-old with ADHD.
Fandoms I’ve written in (whether published or not):
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
If you have a question about me, feel free to leave a comment.
Thus endeth my page of narcissism.
Now go read some porn!