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This week's Chicagoan: Tricia Jolliff, fan-fiction writer

"We get people who submit to us, and the story is predictable and lame, and there’s so many misspellings. The guy always gets the girl, or the girl always gets the guy."

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"In my fan fiction, I take a celebrity and I just let my imagination go wild. Being in my imagination is very relaxing for me. Me and two other girls, we have our own website called Celeb LuvGasms. Most of our stories are romance or erotica, but there are some stories that branch off to drama, suspense. They're mostly about urban artists, like Trey Songz, Beyonce, Chris Brown. And also some actors, like Lance Gross. We put them in all kinds of scenarios.

"The story that I wrote last night is probably one of my favorites. It's a cowboy story. Basically, Trey Songz is on a farm in Wyoming, and he's there by himself, and this woman is on her way to Oregon. Her car breaks down, so she walks to the only house that she sees, and it's him. He's throwing bales of hay off his truck. He's like, 'Why don't you just stay here for the night, and I'll get your car working in the morning?'

"We get about 400,000 to 500,000 hits on our website per month. And if we don't post in a while, they're hitting us up on Twitter: 'When is the next story? When is the next story?'

"It's just the four of us that write. We've reached out and tried to find other writers, but we want quality writers, and those are in short supply. We get people who submit to us, and the story is predictable and lame, and there's so many misspellings. The guy always gets the girl, or the girl always gets the guy. Add more to it. A lot of times, the person who wrote the story puts themselves as the love interest. It's like, 'OK, I met this guy, he took me home, and now we're together.' That's another thing—now I gotta get past the fact that I'm reading about you.

"I've met Trey a few times. He told me that he has read some of my stories, and basically all he said is that they were dope. I was very calm and cool. I'm very calm when it comes to celebrities. I used to work for an airline, and celebrities flew in on my airline all the time. I don't get starstruck. I'm not one of those screaming people. I'm too old for that."

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