Since Fall 2016, MTT admins have picked an author to showcase their stories in our Author Of the Month series. AotMs 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 generally look at authors with at least 5 completed stories so there is a variety to read. We strive to have a good mix of old and new authors and try to have an equal number of:
- more recently active authors
- all-time popular authors
- lesser known or over-looked authors
"Recently Active" means 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 while and also have many stories with lower jellybean or review count but are still well worth reading.
Can readers select Author of The Month?
Readers are encouraged to nominate authors they feel the mods should consider for AOTM, so please don't hesitate to message us via the contact form or email MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com and let 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 have added to their great catalog after being named 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.
November: Duchess Cupcake
September: AOTM re-feature!
February: AOTM Re-feature!
Head to the AOTM archive for blurbs on authors selected in 2018 and earlier
November: Dundie All-Star
February: Cassandra Mulder
Blurb in works, message us if interested in writing!
Few MTT authors have made a splash like Basscop69, a modern MTT great whose novelistic epics have made her our sixth-most prolific author by word count. Basscop is known for a stellar ability to weave together gripping plots that delivery on both emotion and story, capture character voice while making them unique to the universe they're in, and add just the right amount of steam. Their talent was clear from the moment they burst onto the scene with "at the end of the day you just gotta jump", a collection of unseen moments Jam one-shots that fit seamlessly into canon from before the cameras arrived all the way to Season 9. They then quickly followed up with "It would've been you," a gorgeous and frankly devastating AU of Jim and Pam in Something Borrowed that richly reimagines their relationship, how they missed their moment and what it took for them to finally find each other.
Basscop has also contributed "Calm Like You", a wholly original tale that's at once a charming story about Jim and Pam rediscovering each other after losing contact as childhood friends and teaming up to solve a mystery of wrongful convictions and corporate fraud, along with the paired stories "3 Things People Don't Know About Pam Beesly" and "3 Things People Don't Know About Jim Halpert", which provide a fully realized ensemble's perspective on our lovebirds. They're currently working on The Greatest of These Is Love, perhaps the best thing ever to come out of the 2000s rom-com Couples Retreat. Basscop's updates are always a drop-everything-and-read moment!
thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!
She doesn't write for the awards, but tinydundie has followed her own compass to earning September's Author of the Month! A modern MTT all-star with 9 stories and counting on the archive, tinydundie burst onto the scene with what would be her hallmark, a canon-compliant expansion of Jim and Pam's story filling in the gaps and bringing new psychological depths to their journey. The epic a house with a terrace upstairs was way more than fine work, combining a vise-tight grip on these characters with thought-provoking and fresh insight into what's going on in their heads. She then continued to be one of MTT's busiest beavers with the painfully real Season 3 retelling the evolution of a paper salesman and a receptionist, which finds serious empathy for Season 3 Jim and has one of the archive's best Karen POVs. TinyDundie has also built alternate universes more addictive than breadsticks, scrapbooking and crack put together with It Had To Be You, the When Harry Met Sally AU Jam fans never knew they were waiting for, and its spinoff Let It Snow, a delightful second drink exploring the shenanigans of this Jim and Pam and their first Christmas as a couple. And of course, tinydundie has lit up The Office with her well-characterized steam throughout all of her longer works, but it's exemplified in one-shot form in Egregious, a story of Jim and Pam's first time in the office hot enough to get you kicked out of Chili's for life. You won't need an open bar to get us excited about whatever tinydundie comes up with next!
thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!
Kaat joined MTT just after the Golden Age of JAM fic ended, and the folks who'd drifted off missed a ton. She wrote 15 stories between Season 4 and Season 8, building on a number of moments that went relatively underexplored in this happy time for our beloved pair. Her Niagara quartet includes some of the best canon wedding fic the archive has to offer, led by Drunk Jim making his way to Pam's hotel room for a cute moment pre-wedding night in Wrecking Hotel Rooms and allowing us to join them as they execute Plan C in Lavender Mist. She also offered us one of the few takes on the aftermath of Pam's Replacement in Boiling Point, giving us an insight on how Jim processes the changes he might face with his new health challenges and his young family and showing us the anxiety underneath the jokes. Kaat's best known works are her kid fic, most notably The Secret and its Cece POV take on the birth of another Jam baby, and while most of her stories are fluffy as a room full of cotton she also provided us with the gorgeously written and utterly devastating AU all different kinds of empty. If you enjoy a great ear for dialogue and mope about the lack of late season Jam moments, Kaat is highly recommended.
thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!
WanderingWatchtower joined MTT in 2007, just long enough for her to post a sweet first date story, Laughter, and then disappear into the night. Flash forward to 2020 and her brilliant return to the site with her story Our Way Back Home and a roller coaster of season 3 heartbreak. Today, WW is the author of 19 soulful stories and part of 2 collaborations. In her iconic story Beyond the Blackboard and its sequel Beyond the Blackboard: Year Two, English teacher Jim and art teacher Pam navigate romance amid field trips, plays, dances, and, of course, students. Don't miss Jim's sweet proposal, spirit days that Pam can actually get Jim to dress up for, and a firey sex handprint when Jim and Pam get busy by a freshly painted gym mural. A maestro of both fluff and angst, her stories will leave you teary-eyed all the way through the heartfelt ending that she gives us every time.
Thank you ThePinkButterfly for the blurb!
If you're just discovering Colette, you're in for a treat, a whole lot of great fic to sink your teeth into! An MTT stalwart through most of the show's original run, she combined quality with quantity, producing 38 stories over the course of half a decade and becoming the third-most favorited author on the archive. Colette had a knack for finding big things to say in small slices of daily life, perhaps coming through most strongly in Clay Plot, a visit to the festering awkwardness of the post-Back From Vacation period in which Jim and Pam have a brief exchange at a Karen-hosted party. She also maintained a strong sense of character, highlighted in Freckle (in five parts) which shows Pam finding her voice and herself over the course of her relationship with Jim through the motif of a freckle she notices on Jim's neck, and in Tundra which deftly brings you into Season 2 Jim's head and captures his simultaneous desperation for anything and how what he gets is simply not enough for him. While she embraced the drama of Jam, Colette provided us with oodles of unapologetic fluff, best exemplified by her collections of vignettes set in the quiet times such as Ordinary Life, and showed off her skill with steam in the ironically-titled Abstinence, in which Jim and Pam settle into their new relationship (in bed). Colette is an MTT must read! (thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!)
This talented and insightful member has been around long enough to be the resident fic historian, write well over 1800 reviews and beta multiple stories. He only recently added "author" to his MTT resume and in under a year has amassed a library of 14 fics including seven in the widely popular Rejected Cold Opens series. Each fic is sure to bring a smile to your face beginning with his hysterically clever disclaimers and right on through to the ingenious end notes.
His most common style, written like a script complete with stage direction and executive's notes, puts you right there in the middle of the action in the bullpen and makes you feel as if you are watching the show. Check out Murder Pool, a uproarious look at who the Dunder Mifflinites think is most dangerous, and They Can't All Be Winners, where we get to see what happens when good pranks go bad. But Darjeeling is not just about the comedy. What's Ours, is a perfectly meta loop of art imitating life imitating art that gave us the lines #CoverMeinJAM and "Where'smyJim while demonstrating how the documentary has affected Pam and Jim following their most vulnerable time. It also highlights Darjeeling's keen eye, and the reflective and romantic writing that rivals even the most sentimental of MTT authors.
In addition to his time writing DJC is a consummate reader and will take the time to review seemingly every new update on the archive. His willingness to back into authors previous works and write reviews for those as well is always an encouragement. MTT truly would not be the same without his presence. (thank you Maxine Abbott and warrior4 for the blurb!)
Blurb in works, message us if interested in writing!
Shan21 wrote just eight stories for the archive and only finished five. So why is she #14 on the most-favorites list? Because each of her five completed works is a contender for best of their mini-genre. She flat-out gets these characters, and her stories feel like something that could have been produced by The Office's writers' room. Most impressively, she did a lot of her best work while the darkest moments of Season 3 were still playing themselves out. She posted Breakthrough, one of the great post-Business School fix-it fics, just three days after Business School aired. She then helped fill the painful six-week wait between the initial run of Cocktails and The Negotiation with one of the defining post-Cocktails fics, Truth and Consequences - which remains the second-most favorited story in the entire archive and one of the most insightful and true-to-canon depictions of Karen out there. She then churned out the classic post-The Negotiation fix-it Paperwork just three days after that episode. She went on to give us The Best Dundies Ever , an adorable exploration of Pam insisting on going to Jim's after winning her Whitest Sneakers Award which features a spot-on Angela voice and early season 2 Jam working through their issues like you wish they could've, and Bonus Gifts, an answer to the classic question: "what if Pam had read the teapot card during Christmas Party?" Shan21's catalog is a recommended first stop for MTT newcomers who want to get a sense of the major tropes and themes of Jam fic done right. (thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!)
Entering the MTT scene just last year and immediately sweeping Dundies in several categories, everything boredhswf writes is a work of art, easily rivaling published authors. Her narratives extend the gamut of genres from riveting AUs to dissertations on love to Pam's musings during her dark period.
In her MTT debut Virtus and the more recently published Virtus: Libertas she takes the reader to the gritty post-apocalyptic world where Pam and Jim's love still shines through even against the evil they face. On the other end of the spectrum Aeternum is a trip back in time to the post-civil war era that is written with great historical accuracy yet remains so true to the characters (not to mention the love scenes will make you swoon as if you were there in the room).
In present times, boredhswf takes Jim and Pam to Paris and England (folklore and evermore collabs) and a Fancy New Year's Eve Party (New Year's Day). In Sketchbooks and Wine and You Can Hear it in the Silence she takes us deep into Pam's mind, sharing both her pain and her joy. And the beautiful artwork that accompanies her stories only further emphasizes her amazing talent. If you haven't already, go right now and start reading this talented author! (thank you Maxine Abbott for the blurb!)
Dwangela is an underrated star of the modern MTT era who's contributed 12 stories to the archive. As you might have guessed, much of their work highlights The Office's other epic romantic drama. Inevitable is one of the site's best Angela POVs, making her feel real and lived in while still very much in-character, while One Month Before The Wedding does the same for Dwight. The criminally under-beaned Sliding beautifully captures Angela's contradictions and her perspective on her love triangle with Andy and Dwight, and has Angela seeing them through the lens of her cats. But if you just want Jam content, Dwangela turned their talents towards them too! he's (not) in love does a tremendous job using structure and style to put us in Jim's head post-Casino Night, and To You gives Pam and Jim a chance to talk immediately post-Booze Cruise... and lets Pam react to Jim's toast. Golden finds pathos and poetry in a quiet moment for Pam and Jim behind the scenes of Threat Level Midnight. Dwangela is a writer well worth exploring - and they're still hanging around, so maybe with enough reviews we might just get more content!
If one is a fan of wonderfully written Jim and Pam fanfiction that expertly ties in lyrical themes, Sprinkles is the writer they are looking for. As the author of ten tremendously crafted stories and part of one collaboration, she takes us through a complete exploration of the richly developed romantic elements of their relationship. With the in-progress I Think He Knows, the reader gets to see an unconventional take on seduction and with the completed Gorgeous , a look at the complexities of new relationship through the emotional lens of the song. Her detailed characterizations completely pull the reader in, make them fall in love with Jim and Pam all over again and demands that they stay rapt until the very last sentence. In her less popular, but no less insightful and fluid, The Romantic History of Jim Halpert, is a delightful character study of our favorite leading man that ends with him exactly where he should be. (thank you boredhswf for the blurb!)
(thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!)
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!)
Warrior4 has fought his way to a true MTT achievement: he's not only the sixth-most prolific reviewer in the archive, he's also got the fifth-highest word count. Warrior has written 20 stories, most notably the intriguing "what if they bonded in high school and just didn't know it" journey of This Thing Called Life and the expertly-researched and remarkably-constructed WW2-fighter-pilot-Jim-and-professional-baseball-player-Pam historical AU Silver Wings. But once you're done with these epics, there's still plenty more: you can dive into underrated classics like My Office Gave To Me , a Christmas-themed written version of the A.A.R.M. video, and the delightfully fluffy Open Your Eyes, in which we join Jim and Pam as they watch that video together and reminisce over the clip show of their life. Finally, if you love parenting fic, Warrior's got you covered, with some Christmas magic in The Visit and with Sing Gloria, parenting fic for the Jam fan who also happens to adore the actors who play them. You've got hours of Jam-filled goodness ahead of you with Warrior's back catalog!
(thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!)
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!)
One of the most highly regarded authors of MTT's immediate post-peak era, Sweetpea was a Writer's Writer whose 10 stories and 1 collaboration include some genuine literary achievements. With Allentown, she gave us a profound meditation on the artistic process, the frustrations of being creatively blocked and what it takes to get going again, packaged with the backstory of Jim's parents and a sweet tale of Pam becoming a Halpert. In Write to Me, she offered a Jam AU that's also a touching journey through finding love after loss and a stylistic tribute to David Foster Wallace. And in between, she gave us more steam than a hot springs in July with fics like Classical Conditioning (in which Pam learns how to take a compliment in a fun way) and She's a candle burning in my room (in which Jim and Pam explore and expand each other's sexual comfort zones in the early months of their relationship). Be sure to check out her deeply fluffy collection of post-The Job songfics A Little Night Music too . She'll give you plenty to think about and plenty more to squee about. (thank you darjeelingandcoke for the blurb!)
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!
Need more Authors of the Month? Find the AOTMs from 2016-2018 on the [Archive Page]