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Joined 11-11-10, id: 751614, Profile Updated: 12-10-13
Author has written 21 stories for Humor, Supernatural, Romance, Love, Mystery, General, General, Fantasy, Life, Thriller, Horror, and Sci-Fi.

I'm also on fan fiction.net under the author name Bookworm-gurl

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Hello there readers, writers & fandom's of all forms!

My name is Brittany, I am a veteran of fanfiction.net and fictionpress.com, for which I have posted my profile too in here for my follower to take a peak at, if they so choose.

I have been writing since I was at least ten years old, getting my first taste of fan fiction when I was 13 beginning with my all time favourite series, still to this day, CSI. I know that show is a dinosaur at this time, being on the air for 14 years, going through more changes and alterations than some ladies wedding dresses, but it is a very sentimental show for me, and it spawned my writing career. I never really thought I was that good of a writer up until I started posting on here and people that I never met before claimed to love my work. When I won the "Best Comedy" award from the GSAS (Greg Sanders Appreciation Society) for my story "Livin' Like Pigs" back in 2003 I was floored. First of all I didn't even remember entering the contest and 2nd I was amazed so many people found that story to be hilarious. Needless to say the GSAS gave me the confidence to pursue writing, even if at the time it stayed within the realm of Fan Fiction.

Ever since then I have been posting on here, which I believe at the moment amounts to the past twelve years and I do not plan on stopping for quite sometime. I am slowly making changes to stories I posted so long ago, realizing as I gain my voice and perfect my writing that a lot of what was on here before was very childish and needed quite a bit of polishing. I am not afraid to admit that editing is not one of my strong suits, but this is where my readers\reviewers come into play. I LOVE getting comments on what I write, either congratulations on a chapter well done or constructive criticism on how that chapter was, what to change etc. I try my best to respond to things like that in Private Messages, understanding how valuable one author's opinion can be to another. I also enjoy getting reader's engaged in the story, asking them what their predictions are, what they would like to see happen, how they feel the story is progressing etc. Also, I try my best to pay it forward, by reading and reviewing the work of those who take the time to do the same for me, I can understand how frustrating it is sometimes to post a work on here and never hear from other writers, or when you do to get the one word reviews. Don't get me wrong, I love hearing from those people too, but showing a bit of effort in your review, since you took the time to read the story which in most cases is a lot longer than the time it takes to write up a little blurb about it, would be appreciated...just sayin!

Aside from my fan fictions (as you can tell by the link above) I do also write my own work. My account on fictionpress houses only I'd say about 1/4 of my original work. I love to write short stories, one of my New Years Resolutions this year, and probably will be the same for 2014, was to write 6 short stories a month. I was doing really well until November of this year when I decided to enter NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time and challenge myself to write 50,000 words in a month, which I was able to pull off. The official word count was 50,034 and I did that on Nov 28th, with two days to spare. I would recommend any new or old author to challenge yourself to do NaNoWriMo, it was amazing how focused you become. It is something I will be doing in the upcoming years to challenge myself as I continue my writing career.

Most of my original work is taken from events of my own life, or things I see\dreams I have, since I have been told by my friends and boyfriend that I have some of the most insane, vivid and fiction worthy dreams they've ever heard of. I also try to go a bit out of a comfort zone and dabble in poetry. I am not the best poet by far, I find that I need to be really inspired to write a poem, but every one in a while I like the challenge. The main reason I have not posted a lot of original work on-line in the past five years is because I have been trying to enter contests\get published through on-line journals, etc. where the work needs to remain "unpublished" on other platforms to be eligible. That is also a new avenue I have taken a liking to recently, where I get this on-line magazine called "Authors Publishing magazine" that details out platforms that are currently accepting submissions, what they are looking for, etc. Basically they do all the work for you and all you have to do is give them something if their journal sounds appealing to you. So far I have had no such luck, but that is normal for the publishing business and it will not discourage me from sending work to other platforms in the upcoming months.

Recently I have also entered the Canada Writes competition, that ended on Nov 1st of this year. It is a nation wide contest for short story fiction. I entered a short story of my centred on bullying, which is a large problem with campaigns in high schools and elementary schools across the nation in the past few years. I have to wait until March of 2014 to see if I made the short list, but the prize is 6,000$ for first place which is something a recent University graduate and struggling author would love to have in their back pocket, so wish me luck and I will keep you posted on the progress. I am also polishing up a story for another contest that is London England and due for March of 2014.

The last thing, writing wise, I want to mention, that has to do with my writing ventures at least, is the biggest news of all. I am an actual official published author! I know that for some of you on here this is probably the final step, the place where you want to be, the peak of your career. Let me tell you, it's no picnic. I published my very first, original work of fiction called "Secretive" four years ago through this self publishing company named PublishAmerica. If there is one piece of advice I can offer it would be to stay away from this company. The fact that I did not have to up front any money was very appealing to a student at the time, but trust me, you basically are left to fend for yourself. My dad and I had to edit the story, and whatever condition we were going to be sending it to them in was how they were going to publish the work. I got basically no say in cover design, how it was to be formatted, etc. which was a real let down, since I wanted to have a part in ever step of the process. Sadly, since they have a hold on the rights to my book for 7 years I am not able to go to another company and get a better version or print of it done yet (three years is a long time to wait), but their is a silver lining to all of this.

Since "Secretive" was the first in a now six part series, it is the only one that is published and it is a prequel to the series it self. I am currently researching and counting pennies to find a self publishing company where I will have to pay for services up front but offer a better, more engaging and personable experience than the last company. All of the books have been written with the exception of the final one, and the next two in the series have been polished, formatted and edited to my liking. I still do have a lot of work to do on them, and this has been an ongoing project for ten years, but I know it will pay off in the end. If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy of "Secretive" you can get it on Amazon.com\Amazon.ca and also barnesandnobels.com. I will include the synopsis that I use to describe this book to anyone who asks to see if it would be appealing to you and also links to the book if you want to get a copy.

I feel it is my obligation to tell you that is a bit expensive (I believe it is being sold for 25$, soft cover, only 162 pages) and that the editing is not perfect by any means. The fact that my dad and I had to do that in a month in between me doing school work, it is the best that two non trained professionals can do.

- Secretive Synopsis -

"Rachel Sanford, a young woman who is aspiring to be Nurse ends up with a completely different occupation: an agent for MIRAGE (Ministry Institution Requiring A Genuine Existence) where guns, bombs and nearly escaping with her life are her daily routines. There was a price for Rachel to be apart of this underground Government Agency; she had to keep it from those she loved. It was harder then she had hoped for her boyfriend Mick and best friend Evelyn were her roommates and those she considered to be her 'family' after her parents died when she was young.

Travel with Agent Sanford as she tries to juggle her life and job, going through the ups and downs of a relationships, death and being faced with one of the toughest exams of her academic career. One that could possibly cost her, and her country their lives. Welcome to MIRAGE and welcome to Rachel's secretive and deadly world as a spy..."

- Links to Purchase Secretive -

Amazon.ca - http://www.amazon.ca/Secretive-Brittany-Smith/dp/1456079174 - $25.00

Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Secretive-Brittany-Smith/dp/1456079174 - $25.00

barnesandnoble.com- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/secretive-brittany-smith/1100727719?ean=9781456079178 -$24.95

booktopica.com - http://www.booktopia.com.au/secretive-brittany-smith/prod9781456079178.html - 50$ through them! Holy poop!

-Interests -

So besides my probable unhealthy obsession with writing, I do enjoy many other interests that help me pass the time when I am not at work, hanging out with friends, or family. Something I have really taken off doing in my spare time in cross stitching. I know, this probably makes me sound like some old lady (I promise you I am only 25) but I am 99.9% done a Christmas gift for my roommate\wife\best friend. It's taken me 2 months but I know she will love it. I don't want to give away what it is encase she comes on here and reads this.

Some of my other interests include:

  • Reading (Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaughter & Elizabeth George are among my favourites)
  • Dancing (I would like to become a ballerina again some day)
  • Listening to music (I like all genres from classical to heavy metal)
  • Crafts (I have recently been introduced to Pinterest and it is slowly taking over my life)
  • Scrap booking (another guilty pleasure)
  • Magic: The Gathering (my boyfriend is slowly introducing me to this, still learning the ropes)
  • D&D (man I wish i played this as a kid)
  • Watching movies (horror is my favourite genre, but I will watch almost anything except for sappy romances unless I am in the mood to cry)
  • Video Games (Lara Croft is my idol, I love her games & still play my game boy I've had since I was twelve)
  • I think that about sums me up. I am now living in Ottawa, moving to our nations capital from my small home town of Sault Ste. Marie just over a year ago with my best friend. I have a cat named Lilly that I treat more like a daughter than a feline companion, and my roommate recently got a kitten named Rylee who love to play and get into trouble. I have a wonderful boyfriend who I've been dating for 8 months come the 20th of December. We work together, as in, being in the same building, but rarely get to see one another throughout the day. He is a painter, a real bookworm and a classic nerd.

    The best way to reach me is either by reviewing one of my stories on here or ff, sned me a Private Message or send an e-mail @: brittksmith1@gmail.com :)

    Thank-you for reading and enjoy cruising around the site! Keep those fingers pounding the key board and the pen hitting the paper, being a writer is hard work, but in the end it always pays off!

    Ciao for now

    xoxo

    B.

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    Between Shadow and Deception by Raebie reviews
    Raine is alone among strangers. Everyone captured like her. Everyone a potential enemy or ally. The choices she makes will decide her fate. When she was captured, she was told one thing: "Make friends, make enemies. But get comfortable - you won't be leaving anytime soon. Welcome to the Valley."
    Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 9 - Words: 6,422 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/23/2013 - Published: 12/5/2012
    Only You by Raebie reviews
    For the very best friend I'll never get back.
    Poetry: Friendship - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 147 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 12/11/2012 - Complete
    OoC: Out of Character by Yemi Hikari reviews
    Why is it that fanfic writers think it is all right to make fandom characters OoC? Written from personal experience.
    Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 9 - Words: 5,514 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 10/19/2012 - Published: 11/16/2010
    Shadow the Sun by Raebie reviews
    Today is the day I die, and I am not afraid." When Melodi's dreams start interfering with her real life, will she be able to separate reality from illusion?
    Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 6 - Words: 15,670 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 3/18/2011 - Published: 10/8/2010
    Troubled by Raebie reviews
    Side story to Shadow the Sun. When a woman is in trouble, will her friends be able to save her?
    Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,099 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/23/2011 - Complete
    Masks by Raebie reviews
    One person can find you in the darkness.
    Poetry: Friendship - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 82 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 1/21/2011 - Complete
    Behind Those Eyes by Raebie reviews
    No one sees the truth...
    Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 81 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/21/2011 - Complete
    You Took It All Away by Raebie reviews
    When the most important person walks away...
    Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 143 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/11/2010
    Nobody Sees by Raebie reviews
    Doesn't really have a summary. Just a sorta sad thing I wrote several years ago.
    Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 139 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/11/2010
    Unforgettable by musikangel reviews
    Short, free style essay based on social networking and the real world. Written in first person.
    Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 360 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/14/2010 - Complete
    Consequences of Good Intentions by TheAngstQueen reviews
    Parents just want you to succeed, but what happens when they push you too far?
    Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,498 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Published: 11/10/2010 - Complete
    Empires after Sanctuaries by Raebie reviews
    Have you ever killed anyone?" "No, but I've been dead before." When your only safe haven is taken away, where do you go?
    Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,234 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/29/2010
    Bone Harvestors by Qk reviews
    I wrote this when I was 13. Nostalgia's what's keeping it up. It is legitimately not worth a read.
    Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,478 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 1/14/2003 - Published: 1/8/2003 - Complete
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    Family Ties reviews
    Detective Sara Monroe is about to become a new mom, but not before she has one last case to solve. Her estrange sister Mary calls her, begging for her help. Sara agrees, but doesn't involve her fiancée Scott, knowing he wouldn't approve. That decision becomes costly when Sara gets in over her head & her actions lead to the ultimate sacrifice putting love & family to the true test
    Fiction: Mystery - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,661 - Reviews: 1 - Updated: 5/6/2013 - Published: 5/2/2013
    Altered States reviews
    When dreams and reality become one in the same Nikolai will do whatever it takes to get his love back, even if that means undergoing the harmful and sometimes deadly drug 'Nightshade', putting his own life and sanity to the true test. WIP.
    Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,276 - Reviews: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/23/2013
    Bleeding Hearts
    The changes you make, the sacrifices you are faced with and the decisions you have to live with, these are all questions we face on a day to day basis. In a world that has become more primal, with creatures that no longer understand human interaction, or love, stories from those who have fallen and morphed into something, different, came sometimes fall upon deaf ears.
    Fiction: Horror - Rated: T - English - Horror/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,497 - Published: 4/18/2013 - Complete
    The Cellar
    When the world changes, and you are faced with death, would you recount your past or try to change your future?
    Fiction: Thriller - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,352 - Published: 2/2/2013 - Complete
    Forget Me Not
    ...A girl and boy and a friendship that never became more...but was that really what the little girl wanted? Please R/R thank you
    Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Friendship/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 337 - Published: 10/31/2012 - Complete
    Dancing in the Wind reviews
    Sometimes you get more then what you bargin for... Enjoy - R&R please! B.
    Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,102 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 4/14/2012 - Complete
    Darkblood reviews
    Full moon is on the rise and the need to feed is unbearable for Katarina but there is one problem...she's imprisoned. Can someone free her or will she be left to rot... R/R B.
    Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,634 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/11/2011 - Complete
    Family Reunion reviews
    Sara Monroe, an up and coming Homicide Detective with the Toronto Police Department is a force to be reckoned with. She is strong, independent & above all a super sleuth. When one case however, becomes personal and her family's lives are at stake it will take all of Sara's intuition & help from her partner Scott Bowman to put to rest a cold case from almost twenty years ago.
    Fiction: Mystery - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Drama - Chapters: 23 - Words: 55,782 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 7/17/2011 - Published: 11/13/2010 - Complete
    Truth From Fiction reviews
    Sometimes...you cannot tell what is real and what is not
    Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,224 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/27/2011 - Complete
    Heart Of Man reviews
    Elizabeth is a courtesan in London England and she has a night the she will forever remember
    Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,112 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/4/2011 - Complete
    Secrets reviews
    Imagine if this happened to you.... Please read the author note before the poem : Thanks! B.
    Poetry: General - Rated: M - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 766 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 12/31/2010 - Complete
    The Man reviews
    What if there was one man in the world that could make you feel like this?
    Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 486 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/21/2010 - Complete
    Flying reviews
    A poem I wrote many moons ago about what it would be like if we could fly : Please R&R : Thanks B.
    Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 248 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/21/2010 - Complete
    A Broken Heart reviews
    Break-ups are usually always difficult to get over, for both parties involved. Sometimes the only time you get to express your true feelings is when it is a little too late. The song "Anything for You" by Evanescence is used to help emphasise just how much love can sometimes hurt.
    Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 878 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/21/2010 - Complete
    LifeOr Something Like It reviews
    I was having a depression/morbid moment and decided to write this short story about myself instead of doing something I regret...I hope you enjoy! Please R&R and I will too
    Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Tragedy/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,575 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/16/2010 - Complete
    And Baby Makes Three reviews
    Sequel to "Unforgettable Past" - In the third & final part Carolina reminisces about her own childhood and life before her baby daughter Elizabeth came into her life. She slowly learns that the one thing she holds most precious is the most important thing in the world.
    Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,651 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 3 - Published: 11/15/2010 - Complete
    The Little Lost Lass reviews
    Just a short fluff about a dream I once had. I used this story in my Creative Writing class in high school and thought it was worth a post. Please read and review and I will return the favour!
    Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 710 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/13/2010 - Complete
    Ode to Love reviews
    Love appears to people in the strangest of ways, for some it is staring them right in the face, and for others, they need to learn about pain before they can finally achieve true love. This poem is for all of those who have lost the one's they've loved, or have finally found the one they want to spend the rest of their lives with. xx
    Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 88 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/13/2010 - Complete
    Unforgettable Past reviews
    Sequel to "Mummy Dearest" -Carolina Ingram is now married and has an opportunity of a life time. Her husband Victor on the other hand is not to fond of her leaving on yet another dig. Complications arise overnight, past lovers return, and new miracle arises.
    Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,096 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 11/13/2010 - Complete
    Mummy Dearest reviews
    Carolina Ingram is a distinguished archeologist who is having a bad dig, when you think the worst could happen, there is always more to come. Please read and review and I will return the favour B.
    Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,581 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/13/2010 - Complete
    Sin City reviews
    Getting hitched in Vegas, it's the new craze, and for a young couple this is exactly what they had planned on. Everything else, including the stripper maid of honour, well they did want the true Vegas experience...
    Fiction: Humor - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,991 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/13/2010 - Complete
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