Or: Who is this person?
My name, as you have probably gathered, is Janice. I live in Brisbane, Australia, which is a beautiful place with a nice warm climate (no snow here!). I’m happily married and have two daughters who keep me very busy.
I got my first Trixie book as a present but I didn’t read it for quite some time. When I did I wished I’d read it sooner! It was my ambition at the time to own a copy of each book but money and availability were against me. Then, in the early 1990s, I found some Trixies at a second hand book sale. Over the next couple of years I managed to collect one of each.
Later (probably in 1996 or 1997) I did a search on the net for Trixie sites and found just one. I checked back on it every now and then, but it never changed and there weren’t any links to other sites. Then one day I decided to search again. This time there were several sites. I was pretty excited - though not enough to make me delurk very often.
So, I happily lurked for a few years, occasionally posting on a message board or emailing someone. Then, in October 2002, I read something which inspired me to write. My favourite place to lurk by this time was Jixemitri and the author who inspired me was Meagan with her story "Another Photograph." (I wish I could still recommend her site, but it is unfortunately no longer available. I don’t think this will change.)
I’d always been so much in awe of the other authors that before then I never really had any intention of ever writing. Even when I started I wasn’t sure that I would ever share! But once I started I quickly became hooked. I became a Jix author in July of 2003 and have continued writing Trixie fanfic ever since.
Pairings and Plotlines
So, you probably want to know how I pair everybody up. As far as Trixie and Jim go, I’m pretty traditional; I have only departed from that once, as far as I recall, and that was because someone challenged me to do so. For the rest of them, I’m far more flexible. I don’t mind how other people pair them up and in The Long Way Home and Summer Secrets the others don’t stay in the traditional couples.
If you have a problem with this then maybe these universes aren’t for you. On the other hand, I won’t ever get too graphic, so you could probably just scroll down and say "that didn’t happen" over and over. Or, you could try A Time and A Season, which runs along traditional lines, or Dark Places, which does not indicate who is paired with whom. There are also several traditional-pairing stories on my Odds and Ends page, which is where you will find the stories which do not fit into a universe.
As for possible plots, I don’t read PWP (Plot? What plot?) so you won’t find that sort of thing here. Also, I’m a bit squeemish about killing main characters off so your favourite is probably safe. Other than that, just about everything is fair game. If there’s a particular thing you’re sensitive about and don’t want to read feel free to email me and I’ll let you know if it will feature in The Long Way Home, A Time and A Season, Summer Secrets or Dark Places.
The Pendeville House Affair is another situation entirely. The very nature of it means that I can kill with impunity, match up anyone I feel like and generally defy the laws of physics. *eg* In that story, though, if you don’t like what you end up with, please just have another try!
Probably the other thing I should talk about here is how, when and where I’m posting. All my stories are announced on the Sleepyside Sun, Jixemitri edition, and on the Jix message board in the Story Announcements forum. The date of the most recent story on each page is also listed on my main page.
Stories in The Long Way Home are posted as soon as I’m happy with them and are mostly posted in their numerical order. When I post out of order, there are no spoilers for intervening stories. Summer Secrets and Dark Places should always run in chronological order. I don’t have plans for additional stories in A Time and A Season in the immediate future.
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