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I’ve been a devotee of fan fiction for many years, going back to my teen years when I discovered Star Trek fan fiction.  At sixteen, I even tried to write my own Chekov story, which I’m sure was godawful.   Back in those days, fan fiction was all hard copy, in the form of “fanzines”.

In the mid-90s, I began writing my first serious fan fiction, this time for Deep Space Nine.  I had a word processor machine by that time, and I eventually churned out 22 continuing stories under the title “Cardassian Chronicles”.   The first 16 stories were produced as two hard copy fanzines, of which I sold a modest amount.  After I got my first computer in 1998, I posted these, plus six more stories on my own, now defunct, site.   James Flowers, the author of “The Incredible Internet Guide For Trekkers”, thought my stories were good enough for him to include my site in his book.   But if I were to eventually repost these stories, I’d want to extensivly re-write them.

Also during my first couple of years online, I wrote several NASCAR-themed song filks, winning Racecomm’s filk contest in 1999.

My next fan fiction focus was the movie, The Patriot.   This is the movie where I first discovered my then-favorite actor, Jason Isaacs.  Once he galloped onto the scene, as the deliciously evil Colonel William Tavington. there was no turning back.  I’ve always had a thing for bad boys, as I think they’re much more interesting and complex than the traditional hero-type character.  Indeed, my Deep Space Nine stories revolved the wonderfully sinister Cardassian, Gul Dukat.

Not long after seeing this movie, I was inspired to write my first story with him as the main character.  I wrote two longish stories, one vignette, and a collection of song filks in this genre.  I got five chapters into a third Tavington story when my inspiration hit a brick wall.  I went for five years uninspired to write anything more than updating my Christmas-themed Tavington song fics.  But after several years, I returned to the third Tavngton story and finished it, ending up with a novel-length story, which I consider the best I’ve written in this genre.  Indeed, I would delete the first two novella length stories, but some readers still like them, so they remain available on Fan Fiction Net.  I do not expect to write any more in this genre, however, as I’ve exhausted all I have to say about this movie.

I didn’t discover the Harry Potter universe until I went to see The Chamber of Secrets.  I’d gone just to see Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy, not expecting to really care about the story itself.  But I was pleasantly surprised — I left the theater and headed straight to the bookstore to buy the four books then available.  The rest, as they say, is  history.  Though I have several favorite characters in this genre, Lucius was and remains my favorite.

After a few years of toying with the idea of writing a story in the Potterverse, I finally began to type and eventually ended upu wth a novel length story, entitled Hermione’s Choice.  It was well-received and the hit counter for this story tells me that it’s still being read by new readers now, four years after its completion.   I have a couple of ideas for a new story in the Potter genre, but I do not expect to be developing them any time soon.

Midway through writing my last, novel-length story set in the Patriot genre, All For Love, a writing friend recommended Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series of books, set in the Napoleonic/Regency era, knowing my affinity for historical fiction.   She pointed out that if I liked Jason Isaacs as Tavington that I was sure to like Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe, both in the books and in the 16 made-for-TV films as portrayed by Sean Bean.  She was right — I took to this series like a duck to water.  Sharpe is not the typical Dudley Do Right hero type of protagonist, but is rather a conflicted, flawed anti-hero, which is just up my alley.

However, to my surprise, it wasn’t Sean Bean’s Sharpe that ended up in my naughty dreams after seeing a couple of the films.  Rather, it was his main nemesis who ended up there:  the malevolent Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill, as masterfully portrayed by the late character actor, Pete Postlethwaite, whom Steven Spielberg once called “the best actor in the world.  Pete was not a conventionally handsome man, but he had such a presence; a certain undefinable charisma that made him leap off the screen in any role he ever played.  And he played Obadiah as the perfect antagonist, menacing, yet oddly vulnerable at the same time, which immediately drew me in like a moth to a flame.  It was such that my interest in Jason Isaacs quickly waned to the point where I had a bit of trouble completing All For Love.  Needless to say, I now consider Pete Postlethwaite my favorite actor and I am currently making my way through his filmography.  Other than his portrayal of Obadiah Hakeswill, my favorite role of his is that of Guiseppe Conlon in In the Name of the Father, for which he was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in 1993.

I was quickly inspired to write a story in the Sharpe universe, but with Obadiah as the main character and from his point of view.  With 21 books (so far) and 16 films, I certainly had enough material in this genre to work with!  In a little over a year, I produced my longest novel-length story yet:  Let This Heart Be Still, which is my personal favorite of all the stories in all genres, that I’ve ever written.

I followed that up with a novella length story, again from Obadiah’s point of view, about how he met and came to develop a lifelong hatred of Richard Sharpe, which I entitled Hakeswill’s Enemy.   The title is a parallel to Cornwell’s book, Sharpe’s Enemy, which focuses on Sharpe’s hatred of Hakeswill.  Bernard Cornwell has yet to write a book covering the time when Sharpe first joined the army, nor has he ever written about how Hakeswill came to hate Richard Sharpe in such an intense, single-minded fashion, despite several fans having requested such a book.  My story, being from Hakeswill’s point of view and centered on what happened to make him hate Sharpe, does not intend to completely fill that gap, nor is it written as most Sharpe fans wish Cornwell would do with a full-length book, but I think it’s an interesting and plausible illustration of how Obadiah might have come to hate “Ol’ Sharpie”.

As of June 2013, I am currently developing and outlining an idea for a third Hakeswill story.  Stay tuned for further developments.



1. Tracey Birch - August 22, 2013

Noticed you`ve removed some patriot stories???

Me - August 22, 2013

The stories in question are still up on FFNet. I just removed links to them here because I no longer wish to promote them. They are not my best stories. But they are still there if you wish to read them, anyway.

Tracey Birch - August 24, 2013

thanks – err whats the FFnet.? i only have this page which i found your stories on

2. Tracey Birch - August 24, 2013

Found the ffnet. cant find those two stories. thanks anyway – i was going away and wanted to read them. Your Patriot fan stuff is really good, better than some i have read.

Me - August 24, 2013

Simple way to find those stories is to click on the one Patriot story I’ve linked here. When you get there, click on my user name and it will give you a list of links to all my stories. Thanks for the kind words about those stories.

3. Tracey Birch - August 26, 2013

Found it! thanks for your help. I shall enjoy reading them on holiday. keep up the good work x

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