|Type:||fanfic writer, fanzine editor|
|Fandoms:||Blake's 7, Quantum Leap, Real Ghostbusters, Sentinel, Stargate: SG-1, Star Wars, LOTR|
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Sheila Paulson has been active in fandom since 1977. She is a prolific gen fanfic writer in many fandoms, much first published in zines, though also later net published. In 2009, she estimated that she may have written as many as 750stories.
In Her Own Words
I discovered fanfic existed when I read a book called Star Trek Lives by David Gerrold way back in the 70s. The first con I went to had zines and I bought them all. I sent my first stories off in '78, Star Wars stuff. Zines were the only option then. Once I was on line, I happened upon fanfic fairly quickly though there wasn't much of it in the beginning. In a way, I find much of the zine stuff more satisfying; maybe it's just that I like to hold it in my hands and curl up and read. TS fanfic on line is usually great, but I've read stuff in other fandoms that my friend's five year old could outdo...
[The first piece of fan fiction I ever read was] ...was Mind-Sifter, a Classic Trek series that came out in a published book as a collection of zine stories. Blew me away. I wanted to write fanfic from that moment on....[The first fan fiction I wrote]: My first TS story was Legends, a crossover with The Real Ghostbusters. I didn't post it, I sent it to a zine, Compadres, a multi-media zine. The first story I posted wasn't a TS one and I'd been writing for zines for so long that it just seemed like one more place to submit. Most of the things I've posted have been stories previously zined. 
Some of Her Activities and Awards
- She maintains The Real Ghostbusters Fan Page.
- In 1993, she was recognized as 'Author of the Year' by the FanQ Awards.
- In 2002 she was awarded a FanQ Award as Best Editor of a multimedia fanzine (Keymaster).
- In 2008 she won the Best LOTR Story FanQ Award for Til Spirit Voices Wake Us, published in Things That Go Bump in the Night. Her stand alone LOTR zine Honor also won an Honorable Mention FanQ that year.
- The Real Ghostbusters Fan Page
- Sheila Paulson's Sentinel stories at the Cascade Library (includes an author interview and short bio)
- List of her Stargate fiction
- Some of her Blake's 7 fiction
- Some of her other fan fiction
- Some of her LOTR fan fiction
- More SG1, Real Ghostbusters, and Rat Patrol Fiction
- Reviews of her fan fiction
back cover of Southern Seven #1
cover of Something... Unfriendly
cover of The Color of Magic
cover of Accelerator Accidents
- from an interview with Sheila is here, posted October 29, 2001, accessed January 29, 2013