|Name:||Melissa Good, Missy Good|
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In April 1997 she posted the first part of an epic Xena/Gabrielle altfic series that departed at some point from canon and became quite popular. Xena and Gabrielle are depicted as soulmates and, when sharing an apple and a kiss, that magical connection even gifts them with a child.
Arguably her most important work is the uber novel Tropical Storm, which was released in September 1998. The main characters, Dar Roberts and Kerry Stuart, remain the best known modern-day incarnations of Xena and Gabrielle. The story was an immediate success and several sequels followed. In early 1999, Tropical Storm became the first commercially released Uber-Xena novel, which started a trend that led to more and more Uber-Xena print publications.
At some point there was talk about a Tropical Storm movie, but it doesn’t look like it’s meant to happen.
Missy is a true BNF, has a loyal fan following (called Merpups) and her own mailing list that was developed to give fans of Melissa Good (Merwolf) a place to chat and praise the Goddess of Bards. During its height the list produced a lot of traffic, between 6,000 and 7,000 messages per month. With almost 3,400 members and 1,000 messages each month it is still fairly active.
In 2000 Renaissance Pictures commissioned Missy to write a Xena script for season six, and she later came back and wrote a second episode for the series.
- Melissa Good. A Journey of Soulmates Series. (Accessed 14 October 2008)
- Lunacy. A Very "Good" Thing For Fan Fiction, published in Whoosh! #46, 2000. (Accessed 14 October 2008)
- See the Amazon.com reviews for the first print edition. (Accessed 14 October 2008)
- Melissa Good. Dar and Kerry Stories. (Accessed 14 October 2008)
- Ladyhawk Productions Current Projects. (Accessed 14 October 2008)
- Merpups' Den. (Accessed 14 October 2008)
- MerwolfPack. Founded on 2 November 1998. (Accessed 14 October 2008)
- Bret Ryan Rudnick. An Interview With Rob Tapert, published in Whoosh! #52, 2001. (Accessed 14 October 2008)