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Heather Janes

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I'm an aspiring fiction author, working through the first draft of an adult urban fantasy. I'm the oldest of 5; my oldest younger brother is serving his second tour in Baghdad and is due home in July (best birthday present ever!).

I'm a TV junkie--strange thing, I know, for a writer--but really I'm just drawn to great characters in any form, on the page or on the screen. Perfect characters bore me; I like the guys who have skeletons in their closets, shady pasts, uncertain futures. Give me someone who has a secret he wants to hide or the sort of history he just wants to run away from and I'll fall in love forever.

I get antsy, a sort of pseudo-withdrawal, if I don't have a book to read. I read a lot of young adult fiction, suspense, mystery and, lately, particularly urban fantasy. If it has vampires, magic, or shape-shifters and a kick-ass female lead, I'm in. Rachel Vincent, Patricia Briggs and Kim Harrison are the authors currently holding me in thrall.

I'm an unabashed fan of Star Wars (and if you haven't read any of the books published after the films, you're missing out) and I'm even (mildly) a Trekkie. We might be kindred spirits if you know what a Tribble is. I have a lot of love for the world of Harry Potter that J.K. Rowling created. I'm big into 80s television and music, despite the fact that I barely remember the 80s themselves. I blame my parents; I watched more 80s TV than 90s TV when I was growing up. And that's not counting the westerns from the sixties ... .

I also love modern history - think World War I on - and the only nonfiction books I've purchased of my own volition are about the Kennedy family. The miniseries Band of Brothers is an amazing piece of filmmaking, though I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read the book.