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Fan Fiction A Mod's Tale


KellyAnn Bessa AKA Devil Doll (DD) has a BS in Management from Cardinal Stritch University, and currently works as a human resources consultant for an investment firm. She has been in fandom for nearly ten years as a writer, mailing list owner, community moderator, and webmaster.

In addition to running several archives, she hosts and maintains websites for a number of fan fiction writers. One of her first childhood crushes was Batman, and she still works several hours a week at her local comic book store, and participates in the online feminist comic fan community.

One of those fandoms is X-Men. She currently runs the Woverine and Rogue archive, where I personally have over a hundred of my stories posted, as well as several yahoo groups, a livejournal, and not to mention her work with the OTW.

She's an incredible woman who has managed to create a place for the fan fic author to post their work. Devil Doll has for the past couple of years also provided a home for the Reader's Choice Awards on her WaR archive. She's won with no surprise The Best Mod category twice and is understandably proud of her accomplishments.

I personally have submitted works to her for a four or five years now and have gotten a sense of what she looks for as a moderator. Tough but fair, DD as we call her, is one of the most level headed mod's out there. She's answered my questions, given advice freely, and hasn't treated me with disrespect. When I created the Reader's Choice Awards I have to admit and I'm sure she'd agree that the first year was a minor disaster. What had started off as a chance to see if the interest was there snowballed. This year however, DD came back with some awesome suggestions, tips, and rules that I never even thought of.

For us mere writers, having a moderator like her is a great bonus. She's allowed me and others to develop skills and to give and get feedback that is constructive without demeaning. Personally, I firmly believe that anyone who does what she does deserves an award. I don't think I could handle all the bad attitudes people have when they don't get what they want.

To find out more about Devil Doll, see the upcoming July issue of the newsletter. She's talking openly and candidly about herself and her work with the OTW. Until next time, happy writing.

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