Lara Means was a forensic psychologist with the Millennium Group. Her gift, her curse, was that she saw angels. After a season (the second), Lara's gift finally drove her insane.
It seemed appropriate, then, to take her name as a pseudonym.
I'm a writer. Professionally, I've written for television -- I've had half a dozen episodes for various TV shows produced and aired over the past few years -- and a column for a screenwriting magazine. For fun, I write X-FILES fan fiction.
I started writing fanfic in the fall of 1999, after realizing that this was the only way I'd be able to play in this world, with these incredible characters. My agent had submitted my work to 1013 and they passed, saying they didn't think I was "right" for the show.
I also started writing fanfic because I wanted to stretch my writing muscles. Writing prose is a very different skill from television writing. In scriptwriting, economy is vital -- you have to say a lot in as few words as possible. You can't tell us what a character is thinking or feeling -- only what s/he does or says. In prose, just about anything goes.
The best thing writing fanfic has done for me is that it's helped me find the fun of writing again. And there's that nice ego rush you get when people send you feedback on your work (hint hint) -- you certainly don't get that in the TV industry!
Thanks for visiting. Hope you like my stories.
2000 Spooky Awards!
Outstanding New Author -- 2nd Place!
2002 Spooky Awards!
Outstanding Author -- Finalist
(About the picture... No, that isn't me up there. It's actress Kristen Cloke, who played Lara Means on MILLENNIUM. You may also recognize her from the X-FILES episode, "The Field Where I Died." The photo above is a publicity still for MILLENNIUM, and is copyright Twentieth Century Fox.)