Interview With A Fanboy Who Supports Fangirls: Cole Horton
Welcome to another installment of the interviews with Fanboys who Support Fangirls series.
Today, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl interviews Star Wars Author and Fanboy Cole Horton about his efforts to support Fangirls. I met through fellow Authors, Tricia Barr and Adam Bray. I had the pleasure of meeting him in person at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and Star Wars Celebration Orlando.
Thank you so much Cole for stopping by The Adventures of the Everyday today to let us know more about you and about your efforts to support Fangirls!
What fandoms are you a fanboy of and for how long?
Primarily Star Wars, which is something I discovered around age 10. I’m lucky that now I get to write Star Wars books, work on Star Wars games full time, and have consulted on other projects in that galaxy. I’ve also been a fan of Marvel for a long time and have had the occasional chance to work with that brand. But it may come to some surprise that I’m actually a bigger Indiana Jones fan than anything else. Sure, Star Wars keeps me busy, but Indiana Jones is what I love most.
When did you first learn about Fangirls?
I guess as long as I’ve been part of the fan community, Fangirls have always been there. In the earliest days of my fandom, many of the moderators on the message boards I frequented were Fangirls and I looked up to them. That wasn’t an easy job! Looking back, I don’t think I’ve ever been part of the fan community where Fangirls weren’t an integral part of the group: FanForce, the 501st and Rebel Legions, R2 Builders, and collecting clubs.
Who are the Fangirls you support? What do you do to support Fangirls?
I never forget that almost all of my big breaks into professional fandom came thanks to the help of fangirls who advocated for me or took a chance on me. I never forget that and am always looking for ways to pass along that favor to others in turn. I’m very lucky to work for awesome women editors, managers, creatives, and leaders. In many ways, I just try to live up to their example.
How has social media helped or hindered you in this effort?
I generally find social media to be a huge help. It gives me awareness to issues, introduces me to new people, and is a tool we can use to amplify the voices of Fangirls in the community. That’s not to say its all good, but the good outweighs the bad.
How can others get in touch with you?
Definitely reach out to me on Twitter, @ColeHorton. If you see me at conventions or events, please say hi!