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Name/s: Dusk Peterson
Fandom/s: Writing: Original fiction, Arthurian legends, The Divine Comedy, Earthsea, Tigana, Northern Corporate Dominion, The Slave Breakers, and fandom. Reading/viewing (current fandoms): Original fiction, Rosemary Sutcliff, The Queen's Thief, and other fandoms of children's literature or young adult literature. Reading/viewing (past fandoms): The Phantom Menace and Harry Potter.
You can find me at: My website, my AO3 account, and my blog and e-mail list.
On Fanlore: My contributions / email me

I stumbled across the fan fiction community in January 2002, entering it by way of slash fiction in The Phantom Menace fandom. At the time, I didn't know that anyone posted original fiction at fan fiction forums, but I bravely went ahead and posted what I eventually discovered was called (by those who don't hate the term) original slash.

I became very involved during the next few years in various projects intended to bring together original slash authors. At the same time, being a cross-genre writer, I took an interest in the gen and het parts of the fan fiction community, as well as other fiction communities whose interests overlapped with interests in the fan fiction community, such as the gay fiction community.

In 2005, I began hanging out with m/m fiction writers, who were seeking publications at small presses. Many of those authors came out of the slash community, though most of them, oddly enough, had written slash fan fiction rather than original slash.

I'm now part of both the amateur and professional fiction worlds. I write original fiction – slash, gen, and a bit of het – and I've written a small amount of fan fiction (much less than I'd like to; I envy writers whose Muses are willing to provide them with fan fiction). I've also created a few originalfic vids (what the professional fiction world calls booktrailers). I'm prepared to defend vigorously the literary worth, and sheer fun, of fan fiction and other fan works, but at the same time I'm very interested in having the posting and printing of original fiction remain an integral part of the fan fiction community.