The Story behind the
first story I ever wrote was
the first released story was Speak
Now). I wanted
to do a Sappho story with her being a female Autolycus - a real ladies lady (G)
who had eyes for the bard. It would force Xena to make a decision. But I needed
a plot to put around my simple 'first-time story' to put around it so I made a
simple murder mystery. People reacted enthusiastically to it so I created the
sequel - Coming Home.
had the warrior and bard returning home to tell their families of their joining
on Lesbos. I used my own personal 'coming out' experience with my parents - my
father was upset and (although he didn't react quite as harsh as Gabby's dad) it
didn't sit well with him at all. It took him awhile to feel comfortable around
me. My mom told me the next day that I was her mom no matter what choice I made
in life. I saw Gabrielle's parents in a similar light with mom being the more
accepting of the two. An online fan wanted to see something with Artemis so I
added a 'God Problem' (G) to it to add conflict. It also gave me the chance to
spotlight Cyrene which I was hoping to do. People reacted enthusiastic to this
one as well and kept asking - 'what happens next?' I answered them with Home
Sweet Home is
a title built on irony. There's nothing 'sweet' about it. I felt the series was
getting to sugary sweet and the characters cartoonish in their love for each
other. Stories lose interest to me when the terms of endearment get me nauseous
(G). Don't get me wrong - love is grand. But it can also be hell. I wanted Xena
and Gabby to have a rift more believable than the third seasons (LOL). But I
wasn't sure what it should be. Given Gabrielle's mothering, affectionate nature
the choice was easy - motherhood. Something that Xena, a woman who would give
Gabby the world if she asked, couldn't give her. It's also something that
Gabrielle herself doesn't understand until Zagerus (the warlord buffoon from
'ADITL') lays siege on the Amazons. But I wanted to add a modern day element,
which the series often does. So I did - Couples relationship therapy courtesy of
the village healer.
the next tale, No
Place Like Home,
I did the unthinkable. And boy did I catch Hades over it (LOL)- I killed the
bard at the very end. Xena and Gabby get their wish of a child (two children
actually thanks to a screw up by Cupid (G)) but their happiness is short 'lived'
when Gabrielle has complications with the pregnancy. When my own daughter was
born I got an infection that they didn't identify for three days. She was fine.
I was not. But as you see it did work out because I'm still here(G). Once I had
my idea, I had a plan to bring Gabby back (unlike TPTB on X:WP(G) if I killed
one of the main characters I better damn well come up with something better than
'I hit my head and therefore I don't remember'). I debated about whether to end
the series here. I almost did because of the hostile letters I received stating
'I was terrible for ending it that way and I HAD to continue'. My favorite
insult however was from someone who claimed my name was 'winters' because of my
cold, unmerciful heart (or words to that affect(G)).
instead of giving up. The reason you may ask? It wasn't because of the hate
mail. It was because of all the people who said they actually cried as they read
Xena struggling with her loss of the bard. It was for all the people who begged
me to continue but didn't bully me. It was for those kind folks that I continued
the series. As I said, before I finished No Place I had the idea that Hades was
Xena's father. I never believed the Ares paternity theory for a second. But I
figure she must be a demi-god like Herc on some level. Herc had strength but
what did Xena have I asked myself. The answer - survival. Xena escaped many a
situation that would take any other mortal to Charons boat. How did she manage
it? Easy. Her FATHER HADES. Hades calls Gabrielle to his realm so she can
'straighten things out' for when the duo finally arrive for good. That means
tying up the loose ends with our favorite red shirts (G) Perdicus and Marcus. Of
course Xena has to deal with her grief. Of course the Gods have to be petty. And
since I loved 'Clash of the Titans' if felt like a wonderful way to put Xena in
the situation like she did in Ulysses. Of course the bard is returned in the end
and Hades reveals himself to his daughter who's very thankful to have her wife
home with their children.
sure if I'll continue this series anymore. I've considered jumping forward to
the children being young all the way to them being teenagers. Inspiration hasn't
struck yet but if it does you just might see another tale of gals and their
first saw the Xena Scrolls I hated it (LOL). I did but then I fell in love with
wonderful tales by Bat Morda and Della Street and I realized there's a lot to
Janice Covington and Mel Pappas than the one ep allowed.
of Egypt was born
from the first scene. I tried to be very descriptive. Big Band Music. A crowded
dance floor. A smoky room and a gorgeous dame in blue (G). I also wanted to
'femme' Janice up a bit but keep her in true forum - absolutely lovely in
shimmering gold but incredibly uncomfortable (G) in the process. I loved the way
it turned out and their story of discovering Xena and Gabrielle had been lovers
was a wonderful prelude for them to take the step as well. As for the 'subplot'
of Xena and Gabby, I loved the end of King of Assassins and wanted to use
Cleopatra. And as for the ending I was stuck for two weeks on how to wrap it all
together. One night at 2 in the morning I woke up and said 'That's it!'. I hoped
on the PC and the rest is Xena fan fiction history (G).
fans asked so I delivered Magic
of Paris. I
wondered once more what could cause a conflict big enough to shake up Mel and
Janice's relationship. The answer was a child. Unlike Home Sweet Home I wanted
to add elements of 'modern day' to the dilemma. I also wanted to show the
'cocky, fearless' Janice in a new light - 'uncertain and scared'. I added many
other issues into the story such as health as we age, parenthood, lesbianism and
a few Sinatra tunes (G). I also wanted to deal the Xena's past and how that
would effect her future in every step of her life. I'm very proud of this work
as well. My computer crashed on the last chapter (I'm not sure what it is about
tying up these stories but it feels like bad karma(G)) but it turned out to be a
blessing. I think my revision turned out better than the original.
Short (and not so short (G)) stories:
now or Forever Hold Your Peace
was the first
story I ever released. It was the second one that I wrote (behind Homecoming). I
think Joxer is a great character with lousy scripts. I wanted to make Joxer the
hero - someone who could be braver than Xena in fact. I also wanted to include
many of the other Xenaverse characters. After seeing the Xena Scrolls I asked
'what was that battle between good and evil all about? and how DID Ares get
stuck in that tomb?' And there you have it. My first 'first-time story'.
next story was The
Play. I love
Salmoneus. The only Sal ep I saw at the time of writing this was Miss
Amphipolis. When I saw the Herc eps and The Greater Good I almost fell out of my
chair. I thought - People are going to think I copied this!! In truth I didn't.
I just had a real handle on Salmoneus. . .I just didn't know it (LOL). My goal
was to write Sal as I saw him but also to write the story as an episode - going
a lot further too I should add (G). I knew the censors wouldn't let Xena and
Gabby kiss unless it 'wasn't real' (for lack of a better word) so I figured a
theater play would be the most perfect place to start. A story within a story within
a story (yes you read that right) is incredibly difficult to write but folks
said I pulled it off very well (G). And it's probably still one of my favorites
Xena isn't the right woman for Gabby then who is. I couldn't help but see how
Ephany (my spelling BTW) lit up in 'The Quest' when Gabby announced she was
staying with the amazons. Only trouble was how did I get Xena out of the
picture? Once I managed that I had a new problem - what would Xena do once she
returned? After I managed that I wondered, how can I keep them all as friends?
Like the old saying, if it's not one thing it's another (LOL). After I answered
all these questions my next fan fiction was born -
Queen, The Regent, The Warrior.
asked if I ever planned on doing a story of the Gods. I wanted to have the
bickering siblings of Aphrodite and Ares taking on each other in a battle over
the warrior princess. With that came The
should say of all the stories I wrote this is the one I think I fell flat on. If
I knew why I could change it but for some reason it just doesn't 'fit'. . .and I
don't know why. People did enjoy it though and I think it does have some good
scene but as a whole I don't consider it a 'shinning moment' in fanfic.
of Virginity was
a short little tale. I wanted to do something ambiguous in the narration -
Something the reader doesn't understand until the end. I think I succeeded with
this tale. It's not as long on lust as many of my tales and it's a bit romantic
of Truth came
next. I wanted to be original. I wanted to be fresh. I copied someone else work
(LOL). Not intentional mind you. I try to read as much fan fiction as I can and
use premises other folks have not but someone pointed out to me that it felt
similar to another story on the web - I check it out and sure enough there it
was (LOL). I don't mind though, I enjoyed this story because my premise was
'Would Xena turn away from battle to please her bard?' If you read the story you
know the answer (G).
the Gods for Henbane is
one of my favorite passionate, comedy pieces I've written. Gabrielle's henbane induced
'YOU . . .ARE. . . BEAUTIFUL!' was priceless. I figured after a few years on the
road together and Xena would see her this time as a passionate woman and not a
hero-worshiping teenager like years before. Let's face it. . . an intoxicated
bard is always good for a laugh(G).
It Should Be was
written in 45 minutes. I wrote and wrote and wrote. Didn't even answer my phone
when it rang!(LOL). Why? Because the story just poured out of me. I wanted
something loving and sensual and down right sexy. I wrote it for my friend
Dexterus - the consort to me, 'The Queen of Subtext'. After a flame war on the
netforum our little amazon tribe was born (aka improv writing group) and Dex won
my hand. As my gift for her well fought battle (G). I dedicated this story to
her. It also is one of my favorites that I look back to now and then.
much like Magic of Egypt - one scene that I couldn't get out of my mind. It was
meant as a short, subtle comedy but ended up being about 20-30 pages long (LOL).
I loved the idea of a broken down Xena, crying for her mommy. I knew of only one
man that Xena would ever 'bow' to - Gabby's dad. Not for his sake mind you. .
.but for her bard. I liked exploring Gabrielle's relationship with her parents
and the part that Xena played as well. I wrote this story before Xena's foot
shuffling, toe digging, nervous to the core scene in 'A Family Affair'. After
that fourth season ep, I patted myself on the back(LOL).
next. People were up in arms about rumors that subtext was dead and on and on.
It happens from time to time (although it's never true(G)). It was also talked
about that LL would be playing Sappho in season four (although the producers
couldn't find a way to keep the subtext 'sub'). They didn't know. . .but I
did(G). I wanted Sappho to be a relative of the warrior - a rival of sorts she's
had for years. Gabrielle's 'commitment' is suddenly the prize in their latest
'fight'. Once more I wanted to put Xena and Gabby in a do or die situation. Not
the death of their actual lives but a death to the partnership. If a woman who
looked like Xena and sounded like Xena had wanted her - what would Gabby do?
This story is 'relationship' heavy and if anyone's every been in unrequited love
they would surely understand this little tale much, much better.
hit a slump in my writing. Nothing about the rift inspired me to write and I
found myself starting season four wondering if I'd ever write Xena fan fiction
again. Then I saw Sin Trade and the crucifixion scene. I didn't know if they
would use that scene in the series (they will(G)) but I had to write my own
story about it. Many folks said this was a real tear jerker for them to read. I
simply called it The
still wasn't up to writing too much but Tim Wellman asked me to write a story
for his racy page called Callisto's Dirty Stories. I titled it Truth
or Dare. He
wanted someone to do something with the campfire scene from 'ANE'. I had my idea
for a 'missing scene' from the ep and ran with it. I was reluctant because I
never thought I could write Callisto but the fans who have strong heart rates
and don't shy from erotica says I hit the nail on the head with this tale. Be
warned. It's not for everyone.
29, 1942 was
a little Janice and Mel story I couldn't get outta my head. Hard as nails
Covington struck me as a real romantic gal once you won over her heart. I played
with the idea now and then and finally decided to put it on paper. As for the
date- it's my dad's birthday (G).
written after a friend posed the question 'If you think Xena and Gabby are now
lovers in the series. . .when did it happen?'. I was still having a hard time
writing and coming up with ideas. As a way of thanks I dedicated this to her and
her lover of 15 plus years. I wanted to have one situation scene through three
sets of eyes. . . before the logical conclusion (or consummation - you pick the
term(G)). I liked doing this first person present tense style which was new and
very hard for me. It was a nice challenge and it was worth it to see how happy I
had made my friends with a simple dedication(G).
contacted TNovan after reading many of her Raising Melosa series stories on
MaryD's site and ask if she'd like to work on a project. Something
to Talk About was
the finished product. I liked the way this little tale turned out. Not so much a
slap stick comedy or a high drama - it's a nice little yarn about Gabrielle and
Xena trying to pull the wool over their friends eyes and finding love in the
process. I just can't stay away from those first time stories(LOL). I am
currently working on another tale with NTovan which will hopefully be released
That Matters was
written more of a challenge than an idea (LOL). My amazon elder smeef, wanted me
to put a story together with heart and real feeling, not sex. I think I managed
it well. I liked the end of 'Takes One To Know One' with Gabrielle surrounded by
her family. With little dialog and mostly Xena's thoughts of the bard, I thought
this one was nice - smeef said it caused goosebumbs. . .and yes that was a
'series' I did was Conversations
by Campfire set
during Season Four. I took parts of the episode and worked them concentrating on
the relationship between Xena and Gabby. Not my best episode series but it was a
humble start to a much better one called Changes of Heart.
pal Barry Marshall had an inventive idea for a story. What if Gabrielle was
actually the one behind all the folks who influenced Xena's journey toward good?
That was the making of Warlord.
He asked if I'd be interested in writing with him and I was pleased with the
results. This story takes a lot of different twist and I consider it one of the
more original pieces out there right now since the fan fiction market is so
saturated with stories at this point (VBG). At the moment we are currently
working on another story in the Janice and Mel genre.
to do a Christmas tale that brought all the characters together. I had two
versions in mind - one alt and one general. So instead of writing one or the
other I wrote both. I enjoyed being able to bring the family of Xena and
Gabrielle together and 'home for the holidays' in Have
Yourself a Merry Little Solstice.
Moments: A Day In the Desert is
a Janice and Mel story. I was going to make it a series but my muse took me
elsewhere and I haven't picked it up since. But that's okay. The story - one
through Mel's eyes and one through Janice's - stands just fine on it's own.
of Heart/Bonding of Souls Series
'story' comes in two series Changes of Heart and Bonding of Souls. Let's face it
folks - season five sucked. The warmth and compassion and trust had gone out of
Xena and Gabby's relationship. Changes
of Heart takes off
where the ep 'Motherhood' leaves off, with Gabby walking away from the warrior
over the 'Gabchak'. It was also born out of the frustrations I was having
with my (now ex) girlfriend at the time so if it seems very 'realistic and raw'
at moments then that's why. Bonding
of Souls picks up
where COH ends with Xena and Gabby back together. Each 'episode' is an expansion
of the episodes of Season Six. So far Tapert hasn't disappointed and has given
me great material to work with. I hope the trend continues this final
current project is a work I'm doing with Tonya Muir called
She's a wonderful new bard to the Xenaverse and her descriptive powers blow me
away. I'm more of a dialog person myself - between the two of us I think we've
got a wonderful tale in store for you. Before Gabby's trip to India (Heck before
the fourth season) I wondered what two uber characters would Xena and Gabrielle
be in modern times. My first thought - a cop and a hippy in the early seventies.
Both characters fight for the greater good - both go about it differently much
like Xena and Gabby. As I said, work continues on it so don't click that link
yet (G). It doesn't function. But I will say this is shaping up to be a
wonderful, insightful uber tale.
was a novel I wrote about 8 years ago that I dusted off and decided to
publish as an uber. It was written years before Xena's premier but the stories
sounded so much like an uber story that I had to rewrite it and put it out there
for fans to see. I hope to have it published by the next year. It's the
adventures of a police detective and a witness she's trying to protect to
testify in a murder trial. Always being a big Cagney and Lacey fan I had to
write a 'cop story' and I really enjoyed doing this tale.