I first encountered Beauty and the Beast when it appeared on TV in the late 1980's. It was aired on a Thursday evening at 8pm at the same time that I had to be at a Bible Book study, and I used to video record it, unsuccessfully on our very old recorder, but I got the gist of it, even though the sound was bad and the picture quality poor. I remember this distinctly because in time I was torn between going to the book study or watching the programe on the tv rather than watch a bad recording of it the following day.
I enjoyed all of the episodes, there was something so enchanting about it and the fantasy of the love between Catherine and Vincent captured my heart.
In the late 1990's I watched the re-runs and for the first time I saw Season Three and I was heartbroken when the final episode of Though Lovers Be Lost was aired. I could not stand such an ending and was inspired to write my own happier ending, and thus wrote Oblivion 1, 2 & 3 mainly for my own pleasure, until I felt satisfied that I had given Vincent and Catherine the life they so desperately needed and deserved.
Having written Oblivion, I thought I would share it and so advertised it for sale at UK's Gwen Lord's Helper's Network Beauty and the Beast Fan Club quarterly magazine. Many people purchased Oblivion and every single one of them wrote to me saying what pleasure it gave them and asking if I would write more stories like it. They loved my imagination.
I have been writing stories since I was seven years old, and Beauty and the Beast captured my imagination and my heartstrings to the degree that I just could not stop writing stories with my own happy endings to Vincent and Catherine's love story and I quickly wrote 107 stories, both long and short and printed the long ones into novellas, by hiring a photocopying machine and producing novellas and fan fiction from home. I enjoyed doing this, and I loved the letters of appreciation. The more letters I recieved the more stories I would write, and very quickly I was given the title of the most prolific British Writer in BatB fandom.
There were many good writers of BatB fanfiction, and some would stop writing and I would think 'how could they? They're so good. How could they just stop writing like that?' I didn't think I would ever stop writing and I haven't, but it is nothing like it used to be. I believe there is a time for everything and when that time comes with whatever pursuit one's heart is into at that time, one takes to it with great passion and enthusiasm, but sadly there comes a time when one reaches burnout and that is what happened to me. I believe I just went as far as I could, and covered so many aspects of life surrounding Catherine and Vincent and the tunnel world that I could create no more scenarios that seemed authentic enough to be believed.
At the same time I became more involved with the other love of my life, namely breeding Border Collies and they have taken over the time I have to write. I own 13 Border Collies and breed 4 litters a year, and the puppies are very time consuming as are the 13 adults, but I love them and have room for them in our beautiful 7 acre meadow and I derive great pleasure from my dogs.
To view my Border Collie web site and to see where I live please click here: Shepherds Delight Border Collies
Still I write, occasionally, and a story is never far from my mind. I am always ticking over ideas and possible stories, making notes, building a story but these days my concentration for writing is not what it once was.
Music used to inspire me to write BatB stories, and it still does inspire me but since Batb and leaving the faith that I once followed so religiously, and recognised my psychic ability, I became a Reiki Master and spiritual healer and I am gifted in Psychometry, thus I recognised that I am naturally Clairsentient and so all my stories now revolve around Psychic abilities and spiritual matters.
However, I like to revamp my BatB web site from time to time and am currently in the process of so doing, but it is a laborious task and to do it effectively I have to read through all my stories. In so doing I find that my creative juices are flaring again, and I am ticking over some BatB stories revolving around Narcissa. I think I shall enjoy writing some psychic stories for BatB fandom.
To that end I can only say that I will try. I know many of the readers of my stories would like to see me write some new material and I thank you for your letters of appreciation and encouragement. I have changed though, I still have the same sense of humour, but I am a lot more serious these days and I think deeper and meditate on spiritual and psychic matters. I love working with spirits and angels and I believe that love is the most powerful energy in the universe and that God and love are one and the same. God is love. However, I would not want to write stories that would seem to 'preach' to people but I do wholeheartedly believe in a metaphysical world now, and do not mock what cannot be explained. I believe if one experiences it, who are anyone to say it did not occur or could not happen? I have seen spirit orbs, and auras, spirits and angels, I have been 'saved' by angels at bad times in my life and I have worked with archangels and crystals in healing. Therefore, Narcissa will be a wonderful character to work with to weave some fresh magic into my new BatB stories. I just have to find the time to write them. For a fuller autobiography of my spiritual life please see "F.L.O.A.T." there is a link to it on the home page. Thank you.
Sincerely, Wendy Tunnard de-Veryard (June 17th 2013).
Oh, one other thing, I shall be in New York City, USA for a long weekend from September 5th to September 8th 2013, and staying at The Roosevelt Hotel. I shall be heading for Central Park to inspire me to write more stories, so if any of you are in NYC, it would be wonderful to meet you. Please drop me an email. Thank you.