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Free Life Posted on 8/16/2014 1:03:46 AM
Chapter 7: 4000 words and counting
Hero Posted on 3/25/2012 7:32:33 PM
Chapter 6 Chance and Choice: 3,600 words and counting
Long Lost Brother Posted on 4/21/2010 2:57:30 PM
Chapter 5: 0 words and counting.

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About the Author

Hello. My name is Matt Van Spankeren, though those of you from the fanfiction world will know me better as fake a smile. That pen-name came from a song title from the band Radford. If you're into alt. rock, check them out. You can learn about them and a whole slew of other bands you've probably never heard of at Alternative Addiction.

Now, about me... I'm currently 24 years old. I'm from the NW suburbs of Chicago. I went to Marquette University where I got a BS in Computer Science and Math. Right now I work as an Application Developer (Computer Programmer). I'm really into listening and singing along to music, if you hadn't already guessed as much from the shameless plug above.

As for my reading preferences, I'm mostly into the fantasy genre with some healthy interest in sci-fi, but I occassionally branch out into other fictional books. Besides the HP books, I've also read Tolkien, Paolini, Orson Scott Card, C.S. Lewis, Heinlein, Pullman, Nix, and Dostoyevski. I've also read a ton of HP fanfiction (naturally).

I became obsessed with fanfiction shortly after the release of Book 6, and I've been hooked since. Taking Control was my first attempt at writing any type of fictional work. I started writing it in November of 2005 and began posting somewhere around the end of May or beginning of June 2006. Looking back on it, I'm rather displeased with the first several chapters and would like to some day go back and fix them up, but for the moment I'd rather focus on moving the story forward with TC's sequel.

Taking Control is set pre-HBP. This might seem odd seeing as I started it well after HBP was out, but I have my reasons for it. For one, there's not much you can do with the story after HBP. But more importantly, there were some things I didn't like about HBP, namely Harry's complete lack of development in the book. After the way OotP ended, I expected to see a lot of changes in Harry as he prepared to face his destiny, but we didn't see anything like that. Harry doesn't seem to take his studies any more seriously. He doesn't go out of his way to get any more training - even deciding not to continue with the DA. We don't get a sense that Harry is any stronger magically than the previous year, and that bothers me. Harry can't even connect with a single curse on Snape at the end, so how is he supposed to fight Voldemort It bothered me so much that I just had to fix that by writing my own version of book 6.

Eventually, I plan to start writing original fiction, which I will include in some capacity on this site, and it is my goal to some day get an orignal work published. But that's a long ways off yet.

If you'd like to contact me for whatever reason, you can email me at