Since Fall 2016, MTT admins have picked an author to showcase their stories in our Author Of the Month series. Authors of the Month get their name in the front page for the month, a special banner on their profile and a short blurb written by the mods or a fan highlighting their best stories.
What’s the criteria for an Author of the Month (AOTM)?
For AOTM, we aim to pick authors with a varied catalog so our readers have plenty to pick from! Generally we look at authors with at least 5 completed stories. We also strive to have a good mix of authors and select them in roughly the following order:
Month 1: a more recently active author
Month 2: an all-time popular author
Month 3: a lesser known or over-looked author
By "Recently Active" we mean they have updated a story in the last year or so. "All Time Popular" is for authors who's stories occupy the all-time Top Lists , and lesser known/over looked author are for authors who both haven't been active in a have many stories with lower jellybean or review count but are still well worth reading.
Can readers select Author of The Month?
Though the mods will make the call, readers are certainly free to “nominate” authors they think are worthy of the AotM title, so please don’t hesitate to contact us either via the contact form or a direct email to MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com letting us know who you’d like to see!
Some of these author blurbs are kind of thin and leave out their best stories, can I write/rewrite one?
Absolutely! We want this list to be by fans, for fans. Plus some of the "recent" authors add to their great catalog after getting AOTM so we appreciate additions to keep the list up to date. Whether you only have a sentence to add to a blurb or want to rewrite the whole thing, send your additions and changes to us via contact form or email.
2020 (in case it's not obvious, this year's been rough XD)
November: Duchess Cupcake
September: AOTM re-feature!
February: AOTM Re-feature!
November: Dundie All-Star
February: Cassandra Mulder
Blurb in works, message us if interested in writing!
JennaBennett is not only one of the more prolific and active members on the archive, but she also has twenty-three incredibly written stories and one collaboration that has readers impatiently waiting for more from this talented writer. Her profound knowledge of the characters lends itself to perfectly detailed and constructed dialogue and driven narratives and storytelling that have the reader breathless and yearning in the end. Her most legendary works include You, Me, and the Sea, a beautifully crafted experience in timeless imagery, and So Much to Save, a delightful season three fix that not only captures Jim and Pam perfectly but also incorporates Michael's character with humorous, truthful accuracy. These are both ideal examples of her excellent word choice and descriptive writing that evoke such an emotional response from the reader. We would be remiss if we didn't include Tears Making Tracks, a painful and earnest story of an experience all too familiar to countless couples and that she profoundly conveys with gorgeous authenticity. (thank you boredhswf for the blurb!)
June: Annabel Winslow
If you want your JAM fic well-written, packed with insight into our beloved characters and wildly sexy, Annabel Winslow has you covered. Annabel wrote seven stories of her own and participated in two collaborations, mostly in multi-chapter fics that you will want to re-read. She filled the long wait between The Job and Fun Run with not one but two classic first date fics - a charmingly complication-free dinner date in Prelude , and Talk, featuring some jaw-dropping phone... conversation. She also gave us breath-taking smut set in the darkest days of Season 3 with Open and Vanilla, and a collection of angsty one-shots expanding on the big moments of the first three seasons in Again. Perhaps the strongest recommendation for Annabel is that Layover, in which she had Jim and Pam reuniting for the first time three years after Casino Night on a flight to Europe, is an absolute must-read in spite of being tragically unfinished. (Annabel, if you read this: please finish Layover!) (thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!)
Blurb in works, message us if interested in writing!
Steph created 38 terrific stories for MTT, and went largely overlooked as a later-season writer who focused on fleshing out the ensemble. She's the archive's most dedicated chronicler of Toby, writing him in a(n admittedly AU) way that will make you understand and empathize with him, and crafted a believable connection between him and Kelly. She wrote thoughtfully and creatively about the experience of the secondary characters watching the documentary and its impact on their lives, including her What The Kids Are Watching series featuring Toby, Kelly, Sasha and all the kids from Take Your Daughter to Work Day; Lessons Learned From The Documentary in which Toby gains some insight on his own life from reviewing the raw footage, and the delightfully meta After It Airs, for which Steph came out of retirement to let Toby react to the infamous "Toby Is The Scranton Strangler" video. She demonstrates her ability in capturing the voice of every Dunder Mifflin Scranton denizen in Get In Line, a very funny fic in which Toby quietly gets a bit of revenge on Michael, and takes seriously the pain Michael might be causing Toby in Damage Control. If you're curious about what everyone else is up to while Jim and Pam are building their life together, Steph's catalog is can't-miss. (thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!)
Blurb in works, message us if interested in writing!
November: Duchess Cupcake
When one thinks of outstanding authors on MTT, Duchess Cupcake instantly comes to mind as she has seven extraordinarily written stories as well as participated in two separate collaborations. Her work flawlessly weaves together canon elements and her own flavor of Jim and Pam that leave the reader absolutely craving more. Her most iconic works to date, the work in progress Hello My Old Heart and the completed Ruin the Friendship, are both powerful AUs that takes the reader on a journey of heartbreak, redemption, and humor that ultimately bring Jim and Pam rightfully where they belong. Both stories expertly portray the honesty and depth of their relationship through perfectly crafted dialogue and engaging character development. Her lesser-known works include Some Mornings, a delightful look at married life, and Second Place is Just the First Loser, an unapologetic look at Karen and the fallout she navigates and ultimately rises above, are wonderful examples of well-written fanfiction. (thank you boredhswf for the blurb!)
Blurb in works, message us if interested in writing!
Much like the month of August, a girl7 fanfic is sultry and slow-burning, focused on the feelings behind the longing looks and silences that Jim and Pam share. She often writes about the "missing scenes" between episodes or "what-ifs" after major JAM events in the early parts of the show, With 42 stories totally nearly a million words, you have no shortage of girl7 to read. You can start with one of her well-known classics like Nearing The Edge, Climbing as We Fall, or Away From The Cameras, then move into her more sleeper hits like All The Things That Keep Us Here , The Surface, or (Karen-centric) Unravel, and you'll still have 36 fics to enjoy. Better get reading!
NobleLandMermaid joined up during the great Season 3 of angst with a handful of fics such as collection of vignettes Five Times Karen Knew (It'd Never Work With Jim) and quintessential chatfic Expressions in Emoticons. After a multiple year hiatus she returned with fics like the fun and fluffy Five Times Jim and Pam Almost Got Busted, a look at the ups and downs of JAM Valentines day in More Than A Day, More Than A Word as well as imagining some plausible what ifs in June In Ten. Now with 18 fics, she's got a few irons in the fire with her long running role reversal Anywhere But Here, High School AU (sort of) First Loves and Second Chances and Jim & Pam thrust into the silence world of A Quiet Place in Safe and Sound so send her some jellybeans and bug her to keep writing!
Vicodinfm is what we've dubbed an "overlooked" author, with their review and jellybean counts not reflecting the greatness of their stories, but you can change that! All 8 stories are relatively short, and offer great combos like sweet with a side of sexy (Four Times Jim kept his hands in his pockets), sexy with a bit of angst (The Seduction of Miss. Beesly), angst with a sweet finish (He's not mine...He's Herr's). If you want more Dwangla in your life, they have some with Monkey and Possum, such as Angela comforting Pam during "Back From Vacation" in House Cat and Dwight proposing to Angela much, much sooner in As long as it's not whorish. We hope you enjoy vicodinfm's stories and give them many more deserved jelly beans!
Stablergirl proved to be as much a painter as she is a writer, using her words to paint vivid scenes that truly take the reader there. Her catalog of 31 stories are full of MTT standards and classics, such as Pam and Jim bonding over tragedy in Father and Daughters. Women and Men., a canon divergent take on Boys and Girls in For what I am when I'm with you, and a darker take on Pam's dilemma between Roy and Jim in How It Falls. In addition to these angsty epics, she showed great versatility with fics like fun X-Files/Office crossover Brought to you by the Letter X and "sexy for the sake of it" post-The Job fic Like a Carpenter that builds stairs.
And of course, no blurb about Stablergirl would be complete without mentioning I just wanted to be famous., a modern AU not quite like any other and an absolute must read at the MTT archive.
We had been planning on making Coley the April AOTM for a while and today (4/5) is the perfect day to do it since it's the one year anniversary of when she started watching the show! Though she's written for MTT for less than a year she's already made a great impression with 8 great stories with amazing banter and humor and a hearty helping of steam, including Practical Magic, the Reader's choice in our Halloween contest, Always One Foot on the Ground, a great canon-divergent tail, and the featured Stilettos and Broken Bottles (Spinning Around in Circles), the wild summer of '06 that Pam and we readers deserved. We love all her stories and are waiting (impatiently) for more!
She may have two usernames but iamapam1883/spaceorphan is one talented author, with 12 great stories to her names. Head to her iamapam1883 account to read 8 of those stories, including What the Cameras Don't Show, a fun oneshot with a great twist, One Week, the longest story at the archive (sadly incomplete but still well worth reading). Then head to spaceorphan for 4 more stories including fan-favorite The Accident, a fun season 3 AU.
February: AOTM Re-feature!
We started our AOTM series way back in September of 2016 and one of our main goals with this series is to introduce readers to authors that they may not otherwise come across, either due to being overlooked during the peak archive years or posting during later seasons when activity was lower. And ironically enough, these authors may have been overlooked again when they were first featured as AOTMs! So we're going to take this month to refeature our first 4 Authors of the Month. You can head back to the 2nd post of this thread to read their full blurbs but here are the re-featured authors with links to two of their worth-while stories (though trust us, every story from all these authors is worth reading!):
watchthesky84: stories - Ask Me Again, Just Wanted to Know
Deedldee: stories - Fault Lines, Indigo and Crimson
Peskipiksi: stories - In Vino Veritas, Three Minutes
PuffingNoise: stories - Message in a Bottle, Fate: The Story of the Inexperience of Jim Halpert
With a whopping 103 titles to her name, unfold has by far the most stories on the archive. But don't fear, most of them are well under 1000 words, and every one is beautifully written and full of emotion. Many are angsty, such as Jim attending Pam's wedding in Beer Cans to the Bumper or Jim & Pam having an affair in The Distance and the Damage. Some are sweet like The First Year, According to the Weather, smutty like sometimes i talk like a turnstyle, or sweet and smutty like Creaky Mattresses. If you enjoy some Karen in your fics, she's included in several titles such as a little Jim/Karen fluff in outside the window is too far away, a realistic Jim and Karen break up fic in a sidewalk, a subway, walking to sunsets and Karen and Pam bonding in interesting ways in Give Me Your Hand and Let's Jump Out a Window. And once you read those 8 fics, you still have 95 to go! So get reading!
While she got her start on the archive during Season 5, BigTuna returned after a long absence this year to finish up her College AU Sociology 101 then followed up with several excellent fics. She has a string of great steamy one-shots like Jim and Pam working on phyicial communication Nonverbal and Jim growing a beard in Whisker Burn, some great in-progress multichapters like Letters, Numbers, and the Spaces Between and the things that made us you and me and, perhaps most importantly of all, she finally gave the archive the "Nice Morning, too" it deserved in the excellent Stay and Fight. We think you'll love these and all her 15 stories!
November: Dundie All-Star
Dundie All-Star has 7 stories to her name, mostly set during S4/5 based stories with Jim & Pam sweetly navigating their new romantic relationship. All 7 stories are worth a read, we suggest What Not To Wear - a different kind of crossover with Pam getting fashion advice, Philly Jam - an AU where Pam moves into Jim apartment building in the city, and Happiness (is..) - an Angela oneshot set around Moroccan Christmas.
An "administrator emeritus", xoxoxo very much helped shape MTT into what it is today and additional wrote some great fics. And she wrote a lot of them, her 68 stories put her near the top of the Most Prolific Authors list. To start we recommend Beginnings and Moments (both JAMfic essentials), the funny A Mid-Diwali Night's Dream (in which Angela & Dwight and Kelly & Ryan switch partners, and not in the way you'd expect ;-) ), and Jellybean (a sweet and different kind of pregnancy fic).
Though only at MTT for less than at year, agian18 is already in the top 10 most prolific authors (by wordcount) thanks in large part to her epic Wake Me Up. Once you've checked that out make sure to read her other 7 fics, from the angsty Every Little Thing about what Jim and Pam's thoughts after Casino Night, to some great "Jim grows a beard" smut in Black and White, Chocolate and Creme to her current "Pam has amnesia" WIP Restart and of course anything else she writes!
If you're an andtheivy fan, you probably agree she did not get the accolades she deserved Dundie wise or jelly-bean wise so this is an opportunity to remedy that. All 18 of her stories are worth a read from her collection of steamy stories in the Let's Spend the Night Together series, her great college AU Three Man, a collection of moments through the years between Jim and Cece in Daddy's Girl and an AU with Jim and Pam together from the beginning in In My Life, I Love You More. So start with those fic and then read the rest!
This July marks 12 years of MTT online which is fitting since GodInThisChilis is our 12th most favorited author! One thing that makes The Office so interesting is how it's filmed like a documentary, and no MTT author incorporated the documentary element better than GITC. Long before the
underwhelming reveal of the camera crew, GITC wrote several stories about Jim & Pam interacting with the crew such as the fan-favorites Observer's Effect and Nobody's Business But Mine. But all 20 of her stories are worth a read from the Reality Reality TV series to the Beach Games aftermath in Like Sands Through the Hourglass to an ousider's take on JAM in I Was In the Chili's -- An Open Letter from God.
Less than a year ago Rach3l burst onto the MTT scene with the ridiculously hot Words Left Unsaid and since then has published 14 stories. Not one-shots either, but multi-chapter epics whose word-counts have added together to already make her the 5th* most prolific author on the archive! What's notable about Rach3l is the highly imaginative situations she throws our beloved Jim and Pam in. From a 1984-esque dystopia in Freedom First and it's sequel Safety First, a world where everyone has superpowers in Sin Aesthetics, and just a good old fashioned college AU in The music of my heart, or whatever, you'll be impressed how Rach3l can take the core JAM story and make it something different and fresh.If AUs aren't your thing, never fear, she also more canon-compliant stories like first date/first time fic Love Loyalty and Friendship or Pam meeting the parents in Irish Spring. Either way, you can't go wrong with any of her fics!
*since this was written she's moved down to 7th, meaning she needs to pop back in with a new epic and reclaim her 5th place crown!
For May we want to feature an overlooked author and shannanagin definitely did not get nearly the accolades she deserved in the early days of the archive! We hope you'll read all 7 of her fics and give them lots of jellybeans, you can start with her first, Glass which is a great moody look at Jim's thoughts during casino night, her final fic, this is the way that we love which is a very interesting and bittersweet look at Pam and Roy as their relationship came to an end, or her longest fic, Laugh This Life With Me, a canon-divergent epic with Jim and Pam finding their way to each other a bit sooner.
For April we set out to select an all-time fave author and time4moxie was a no-brainer! Not only is she in the Top 3 of most favorited authors and prolific authors (both in story and word counts), her fics Distance Learning and The Love Song of Squirrel McPants are both on the All-time most read, reviewed, favorites and jellybeaned lists. But don't feel limited to just those two classics, she's got 76 other stories well worth reading including House crossover House Call, satisfying S3 fix-it fic Breakdown, steamy Christmas themed My True Love Gave to Me and many, many more!
Comfect has a lot of variety in his 9 stories but is perhaps most notable for his great AUs. Whether you enjoy a You've Got Mail-style chat-fic (Trivial Pursuits), a Chuck-style spy thriller (Asset Management) or an Austen-esque Regency romance (Paying Court), Comfect probably has something in his catalog for you to enjoy!
sillyrabbit is author of 15 stories, mostly fluffy oneshots. All are a nice, quick read but here are a couple to get started:
All the Trees of the Field will Clap their Hands: Sometimes, still, he would wake up in the middle of the night just to make sure that she was okay, that there was no blood. And only when he had made sure of it, made sure that it was just her, clean and peaceful, did he close his eyes and fall back asleep.
Brighter Than Sunshine: Pam makes plans to make a declaration.
If you like fluff, you'll like kells 8995, who in her 18 stories gave us plenty of it, both sweet (such as ground floor, which explored the alternative ending they filmed for The Job) and steamy (like Jim and Pam celebrating her return from new york in may the four winds call you home). That said, she also wrote some of the other office ladies, exploring the uneasy friendship Pam and Angela occasionally displayed in burning your bridges and Kelly visiting Ryan in prison in Visiting Hours. She also wrote a great "what-if?" story about Jim taking the Cumberland Mills job in Maryland in Every Time I Wind Up At Your Door.
In Brokenloon's 13 stories, he did a great job of filling in the gaps of the show, as well as exploring how things could have happened quicker for our fave pair with some little changes. You'll find a great range from silly and sweet with The Newlywed Show to more romance and angst in The Second Art Show. He was also one of the few from the early archive days to return in the final season with the emotional but also satisfying Dukes, a fic about Jim and Pam addressing their issues with Athlead. But really we just suggest reading and giving beans to all his fics!
Dedeen wrote many of her 21 stories in the later seasons which means she definitely did not get the attention she deserved, so AOTM is a small award to try to rectify that. From one-shot to epics, Dedeen's stories have a ton of heart and will remind you why you love Jim and Pam so much to begin with. All are well worth a read but here are a few to get started:
We're Not Broken Just Bent: Jim's thoughts during Paper Airplanes
Reverie: Jim relives some past angst
Set Fire To The Rain: A story of an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love
Loose Ends: Jim and Pam run into people from their past
From multi-chapters to short drabbles, every one of thirtypercent's 12 stories are worth a read. Try these 3 to start:
Pinpoint: Karen's POV - She tries to pinpoint the moment when being near him went from making her feel bubbly and young to brittle and needy.
Shift: What if Jim never went to Stamford? An AU look at season 3.
Silent Victory: Fluffy fluff. Jim, uh, dances to a song.
If you're a fan of drabbles but also of epic multichapters, then you must read ficklevillain's Turnabout's Fair Play, a story about Jim and Pam finding their way back to each other in 100 hundres-word chapters. (don't feel like all the clicking? log in and use the download epub feature!). We hope you enjoy this and ficklevillain's three other stories.
This July marks MTT's 11th year online so we decided to give AOTM to our 11th most followed author, Talkative. Every one of Talkative's stories is a treat to read with impeccable dialogue and characterization and beautiful imagery that on the whole stays very close to canon. Honestly we recommend every story but we mods find ourselves putting Inside Jokes, Vocabulary, and Week's End & Week Days on many of our rec lists, so those are good places to begin.
JAMhands knows how to bring the romance as well as the steam to her stories. All 15 are worth a read, but to get started we recommend Taking a Chance: Office Olympics (rewriting the episode with, a-hem, sexier results), Billy Squier and the Bonus Gifts (what if Pam found the christmas card?) and My Myopia (a smuffy oneshot of what Jim thought of Pam's glasses in "Did I Stutter"). Happy reading!
Author of 8 stories, Recorderalways liked to focus on the "near misses" of Jim and Pam in the early years and write alternate endings for epsiodes, with stories like Handkerchief (alt ending of Back from Vacation), Between and Underneath the Words (alt ending of Phyllis' Wedding) and Pacific (alt ending of Negotiation). We hope you enjoy their stories!
You have lots to read this month as nqllisi has a whopping 86 stories to her name, making her the 2nd most prolific author at the archive. Most of her fics are short and offer internal thoughts of characters during or in between episodes. And she returned last month to post the conclusion of her cute (if bittersweet) The Receptionist's New Clothes, which we feel deserves some kind of gold yogurt lid! We think you'll enjoy her stories!
Carbondalien has a lot of variety within her 26 stories. From one-shots to multi-chapter to one script style fic, we think you will enjoy her great characterization! Our mod ~A especially likes Does He Love You? and Here and There are Little Islands.
February: Cassandra Mulder
Author of 24 stories, Cassandra has lots of romantic oneshots. They're all worth a read but here one of our mods recommendations to get started:
Puppy love - simple and adorable but the dialogue is so perfectly them that this little scene is so easy to visualize.
All your fault- I just like this.
To the place where I belong - I like what is said between Jim and Karen and also between Jim and Pam. I also like the account of Jims day (interview day) and inner monologue, it seems quite realistic for him. Despite some Jam cliches this is a pretty good account of that day.
Wake up where you are - I just like this one too.
We recommend italianfood for her very fleshed-out AU fics. She is very good at keeping the characters true to themselves even in such different situations, such as college AU Dunder Hall, This is Pam, plus her stories are very well balanced. We hope you will enjoy her stories!
You will have no shortage of stories to read this month as PuffingNoise is the author of a whopping 42 stories! Within their catalog you will a wide variety of stories, from sweet (First Dance) to angsty (Weather-Worn and Weary), from very much in-canon to believable alternative takes on unlike situations, like Fate: The Story of the Inexperience of Jim Halpert, or City Love. And with 42 stories, you have about 1.5 stories to read every day this month!
Author of 8 stories, Peskipiksi explored lot of "What if Pam wised up sooner?" type fics way back in the day, such as Three Minutes which wonders what if Pam went for that internship in "Boy and Girls" or A Grand Gesture which wonders what if she made such a gesture to Jim shortly after "Casino Night." Though most of their stories were written in season 3, we mods have to give Peskipiksi some kind of Dundie or gold yogurt lid for returning after 9 years with the very fun In Vino Veritas, answering the question "What if Pam and Jim got very drunk together in season 3?" We think you'll like the answer, as well as all their other fics!
The very talented Deedldee wrote 21 stories for MoreThanThat. Though she has her share of early season stories, she also wrote a fair number of "future fics" and stories centered around Jim & Pam's parenthood. We mods love all her stories, and added a ribbon to Indigo and Crimson, which beautifully fleshes out Jim and Pam's domestic life during Season 8 (arguably the best thing to come out of season 8!). We think you'll enjoy all her stories!
Author of 8 stories, we mods feel watchthesky84 would have definitely gotten a lot more kudos had she been writing during the "peak" Office years. Her Jim/Pam one shots explore a lot of "what if" scenarios such as "what if Jim drove Pam home from the Dundies" in Beauty in the Breakdown and "what if they tried out that bouncy castle" in Moon Bounce . All her stories are romantic with some angst, some steam and a good amount of inner dialogue, we really think you'll enjoy them!