I am a 38 year old mum of two, live in Yorkshire and am a self-confessed, unashamed bookworm. Brownie is a nickname left over from uni days and has nothing to do with my love of cakes and baking.
I became a Harry Potter fan when my younger sister left Chamber of Secrets lying around at home and I thought I would just check out why she was so keen on it...I discovered fanfiction immediately after the release of Deathly Hallows, when someone on the Harry Potter forum on Amazon pointed me in the direction of Melindaleo's The Seventh Horcrux, and I have been addicted since then (as my husband will tell you, it has taken over a scarily large part of my life...seriously). I used to exclusively read Harry Potter fanfiction, but I've expanded my horizons a bit to include Narnia, A Song of Ice and Fire, Anne of Green Gables, Avengers and a few others.
Having come to Harry Potter fanfiction via PhoenixSong-net it took me a little while to discover ships other than Harry/Ginny but once my eyes were opened to the possibilities...I now read most ships, as long as the story is good and the build up to the relationship works (especially if the couple are in separate Houses at Hogwarts or something, eg Harry/Daphne). My favourite ships are Harry/Hermione, Harry/Ginny, Harry/Luna, Ron/Luna, Ron/Hermione and Remus/Tonks, although I do investigate some of the more "out-there" pairings on occasion. I enjoy stories that address some of the plot holes which cropped up in the later books, when JKR seemed to be trying to fit in a whole load of stuff towards the end. I quite like time-travel fics (clichéd, I know), with Harry going back to do things "properly", so long as they are well-written.
I've discovered some amazing Narnia fanfictions here on ff-net, but my preference is for those that use the books rather than the movies as canon, although as long as the story is good and the characters act in character I am generally happy to try most Narnia stories, except when they involve actual, non-parodied Mary-Sues (shudder).
I am attempting to write my own stories to post on here, but as my imagination doesn't seem to transferring itself particularly well onto the page, it's taking a while! I am trying for a Narnia one-shot, an Anne of Green Gables story and a series of Harry Potter one-shots, but I don't get much time to work on them at the moment (thanks work, kids etc)
A little bit more about me...
My favourite books (of which there are rather a large number) include the entire Discworld canon, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Sharpe (and other Bernard Cornwell works), Jane Eyre, all of Austen, the Anne of Green Gables series, Little Women (and sequels), anything by Mary Stewart and Eva Ibbotson, Joan Aiken's James III sequence, The Secret Garden (and anything else by Frances Hodgson Burnett, for that matter), Poirot, Miss Marple, A Song of Ice and Fire, His Dark Materials, and historical mystery or crime novels such as David Dickinson's Francis Powerscourt series. My (crowded) bookcases also contain a large number of history books, mostly Medieval but with a good few about the Early Modern/Napoleonic period in there as well. I also still love to read the other books I enjoyed as a kid, from school stories, to adventuring with the Swallows and the Amazons or the Famous Five, to the Redwall books and Roald Dahl. I'm now thrilled to introduce my daughters to the joys of these worlds...Elder daughter is already showing signs of becoming a bookworm; she has enjoyed all of Dahl's children's books (some more than once) and made a good start on Enid Blyton, and has already devoured the Chronicles of Narnia (much to my delight) and the first four Harry Potters. Next up, Heidi and more Eva Ibbotson! Younger daughter's bedtime stories have progressed from Julia Donaldson to Jill Murphy and Allan Ahlberg, amongst others, but she also loves "reading" her big sister's books (this is frequently hilarious when done out loud).
I also love movies - my favourites include Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Marvel films (especially those featuring the Avengers and the X-Men), Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the first three Bourne films, Gladiator, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one...), pretty much all the animated Disney movies, and the Monty Python films. TV-wise I love Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Doctor Who (although we are a bit behind!), Poldark (both TV adaptations), Torchwood, Blackadder, Morse/Endeavour, The Big Bang Theory...and quite a few others!
Most importantly, I am a Christian, and as such I am proud to join with the other users on this site who stand up and declare their faith.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12 v1-2)
whydoyouneedtoknow's Dangerverse sequence (and associated AUs, one-shots etc)
chem prof - Notebooks and Letters, Hermione's Plan, Conversations in the Aftermath and Trust
Seel'vor - Harry Potter and The Quantum Leap, The Real Us and all short stories
Bobmin - Sunset/Sunrise Over Britain, The Power of the Press and Mutant Storm
Jeconais - This Means War!, Like A Sister and Happily Ever After
Muggledad - The Last Casualties, The End and The Beginning, and To Stand Against the Darkness
Robst - all stories, but especially No Hurry At All, Banking On Her and A Different Halloween
Catiegirl - all stories, but particularly One More Day With You and When Tomorrow Comes
CatsAreCool - A Marauder's Plan and A Step to the Right
The Dark Scribbler - Robb Returns
DizzyDG - For His Honour/United We Stand
Fringeperson - many stories, but in particular Calculation, Mischief Managed/Mastered and One Soldier, Two
Quotes I love:
For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight.—2 Corinthians 5:7
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened unto you. For everyone who asks shall receive, and anyone who seeks shall find, and to those who knock, the door shall be opened.—Matthew 7:7-8
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning—Psalms 30:5
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.—John 8:32
Greater love hath no man than this--that he would lay down his life for a friend.- John 15:12
Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and whither thou livest, I will live…Whither thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried. Let naught but death part thee from me—Ruth 1:16-17
"Safe? Who said anything about safe? 'Course He isn't safe. But He's good. He's the King, I tell you!" --Mr. Beaver, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
"In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world." --Lucy, The Last Battle
"It's King Edmund, actually. Just King, though. Peter's the High King..." --Edmund, Prince Caspian (film)
Frodo: "It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him when he had the chance."
Gandalf: "Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death and judgment, for even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many." --The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (film)
“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.” -- J.R.R.Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." --Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
French Soldier: "I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"
Sir Galahad: "Is there someone else up there we can talk to?"
French Soldier: "No, now go away or I shall taunt you a second time." --Monty Python and The Holy Grail
"He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!" --Mandy, The Life of Brian
"Correct-o-mundo! There's a word I've never used before, and hopefully never will again." --The Tenth Doctor
Martha Jones: "So, magic and stuff? It's a surprise, it's all a bit Harry Potter."
The Doctor: "Wait till you read book 7. Oh, I cried." --Doctor Who Series 3, The Shakespeare Code
"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff." --The Tenth Doctor
"I am being extremely clever up here and there's no one to stand around looking impressed. What's the point in having you all?" --The Eleventh Doctor
"You seem somewhat familiar. Have I threatened you before?" --Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." -- Miss Piggy
"The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword." -- Eddard Stark, A Game of Thrones
"Here is what I say to these two kings...Renly Baratheon is nothing to me, nor Stannis neither. Why should they rule over me and mine from some flowery seat in the South? What do they know of the Wall, or the Wolfswood? Even their gods are wrong! Why shouldn't we rule ourselves again? It was the Dragons we bowed to, and now the Dragons are dead! There sits the only king I mean to bend my knee to. The King in the North!" -- Greatjon Umber, Game of Thrones Season 1, Fire and Blood
"In her hand, Needle seemed to whisper to her. Stick them with the pointy end, it said, and don't tell Sansa! Mikken's mark was on the blade. It's just a sword. If she needed a sword, there were a hundred under the temple. Needle was too small to be a proper sword, it was hardly more than a toy. She'd been a stupid little girl when Jon had it made for her. 'It's just a sword', she said, aloud this time...but it wasn't. Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell's grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan's stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow's smile. He used to mess my hair and call me 'little sister,' she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes." -- A Feast for Crows
"We know no king but the King in the North whose name is Stark. I don't care if he's a bastard. Ned Stark's blood runs through his veins. He's my king from this day until his last day." --Lyanna Mormont, Game of Thrones Season 6, The Winds of Winter