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Interview with a Fangirl: Savanna Kiefer

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Savanna at the Solo A Star Wars Story Premiere

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Blogger, Podcaster and Fangirl Savanna Kiefer!

I became aware of Savanna through the Star Wars Fangirl Community and count her as one of my Fangirl inspirations!

Welcome Savanna to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I realized I was a fangirl when I started to meet other fangirls that were just like me! At first, I didn’t know there were other girls who loved Star Wars! Thankfully I was welcomed into an online community when I was in my early teens and that group of girls really shaped who I am today. That’s when I learned I should be proud to consider myself a fangirl and celebrate all the other ladies who loved the same things as I did.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has really helped me become more confident in myself and allowed me to make lifelong friends! I joined Facebook and Twitter when I was around 13-years-old. That’s when I really started blogging and meeting other girls who were interested in Star Wars too. I’m super thankful that now I have a really supportive group of people, both men and women, following me across all my social media. It’s nice to have a whole army of people to have your back when times get tough and friends to celebrate with when things are good!

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I grew up in a family that loved Star Wars and watched the movies pretty much every single day of the week. I always enjoyed the movies, but I really didn’t claim the fandom as my own or consider myself a fan until I started watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars. That show really catapulted my fandom into something bigger than I could ever imagine. All because of one animated TV show, I’ve had the most amazing opportunities in my life and met incredible people.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

Gosh, I’ve learned so much from the Star Wars fan community! I think the best lesson has been the fact that I will ALWAYS have a family in the community. Obviously, I have my real family, but my Star Wars family is super special. I’ve met friends all over the world who love Star Wars just as much as I do and they’ve blown me away with kindness throughout the years. Sometimes I get hand-written letters from other fangirls that I’ve briefly met in person at a convention or just chatted with online and that’s really cool.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’m a huge Indiana Jones and Disney parks fangirl! I grew up in central Florida near Walt Disney World and lived in Anaheim last year near Disneyland, so I think Disney definitely runs in my blood. Indiana Jones is great because A) Harrison Ford is the lead star and B) it’s just a really fun adventure series.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Never, ever be ashamed of loving the things you love. No matter what it may be, wave your geek flag high and proud!

Where can others interact with you?

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @savanna_kiefer. My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/TheDorkyDiva and you can find all sorts of fun fandom related posts at www.TheDorkyDiva.com.

Interview with an Artist: Christine

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Christine Flanigan, who is an artist, mother and of course a Fangirl. In addition, she is personal friend of my husband and myself.

She sells her artwork at local events and on her website, designed by my hubby, at http://uniquebychris.com.

Welcome Christine to the Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and for taking the time to answer these questions!

What first prompt you to become an artist?

Not being able to work because of an illness. I have always been an creative person with a good eye for color including which colors and patterns look good together.

What is your favorite piece and why?

The pieces I like the most are the ones with my favorite colors in. I like blues and greens and purples some pinks too.

What is your least favorite piece and why?

I have a funny way to answer this question…

I have a few pieces that I did not like just because it did not turn out the way I pictured it in my head, like my boxes, I plan what I wire wrap, but when I am done it is always turns out different.

However, those are the ones that everyone else ended up liking the best. So I guess all my pieces are made for someone and it is just waiting to be found by that person.

Who inspired and encourage you to continue to work as an artist?

I love watching YouTube, they are so many people out there that are so gifted. That is who inspired me and teaches me.

How do you decide on which median to create your work in? Is it something that you choose to do at first or does it come to you later?

Fell in love with stones! Always love picking them up at the beach, or on a playground. So I guess the first median for me would be with stones. Learning how to string them is fun, learning how to wrap them is very challenging.

The new median I like to work with now is resin and paints. I love how when it is harden your painting is set for life. The resin painting always turns out different no matter what I plan, and you know I think that why I like that median the best.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Oh yes! Social media help me out a lot. The different sites give me not only some great ideas, but the right way to go. However, I don’t want anyone to think that what ideas I come up with are only from others on social media. A lot times, I find a different way to make things that is easier for me to do. For example, I hate to make earrings because they both have to be the same. However, I pride myself on how each earring is different.

What kind of research do you have to do before you create a particular art piece?

Everything I make I have teach myself how to do. I go to the internet for help! I look and YouTube and Pinterest for ideas.

What makes you laugh?

What makes me laugh?, umm let me think, my dog and my cat, they sometimes do some really funny things. My kids are so funny sometimes. Being with friends and playing a good board game.

What makes you cry?

A very sad show or reading a sad story. Really it doesn’t take me very long to cry at anything. Plus I am a cryer when I get very mad too, which is what I hate the most about myself.

Thanks Christine for the interview! You can find more about Christine and her artwork at uniquebychris.com. She will also be at several events in 2018 including PenguinCon!

Wondercon 2018 Highlights

Wondercon 2018 Highlights

Last weekend, photographer Brian Sims, attended Wondercon 2018 in Anaheim. Brian acted as my eyes and ears on the various happenings at this event and here is what he has to share with us!

Wonder Con was shockingly void of Star Wars content and news this year. Other than the Her Universe presentation and the panel with E.K. Johnston, nothing of note came out of it.

Despite the lack of Star Wars news, the con floor did have booths set up from R2 builders, 501st, Rebel Legion and the Mandelorian Mercs.

There was also a Star Wars cosplay group picture that was set up by Brandon Jackson and included representatives from each of these groups.

Thanks Brian for the report from Wondercon!

Interview with Author Amanda Cherry

It is a pleasure to welcome Amanda Cherry author of Rites & Desires.

Welcome Amanda to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

Thanks a Million for having me!

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

Rites & Desires is a distillation of what’s on the protagonist’s mind all the time. Ruby is obsessed with getting what she wants, the return of her lost magical powers most of all. And since the book is all about Ruby, I wanted the title to be a reflection of her inner world.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

The only character I got to name on my own was Arsho Barsamian, who is a minor character who I love in a major way. They are a genderfluid top-tier executive and part of the Armenian Diaspora. I think nonbinary people in positions of power aren’t often seen in fiction, so I gave them the name that means “Dawn” in Armenian, because I think of it as a beginning of a kind of representation that we don’t get enough of. Everyone else was already an existing character in the universe or in mythology.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

My book takes place in the Cobalt City universe of heroes and villains. I had read several earlier stories and was already a big fan of the characters when I was invited to submit to their short story anthology in 2015. The character of Ruby Killingsworth, who became my book’s protagonist, was loosely based on me when she was first seen in a story by Dawn Vogel. After my short story sold, and I had set Ruby on this course, I really wanted to see her through it. I was thrilled when DefCon One Publishing said yes!

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

There’s a balance to be struck between adequate focus to get things done, and being so hyper-focused you forget to brush your teeth or wash your kid’s clothes. Ruby is a champion of multitasking—I wish I were as good at it as she is. For me, sanity while writing (while drafting especially) lies in part in finding joy in your fictional world and being able to look forward to returning there day after day after day. Ruby is a practiced hedonist and she has a way of finding joy in every moment. If she’s not having a good time, she changes something until she is—and that’s a great metaphor for a story: if I’m not having a good time, the readers won’t either, and I should change something until it’s fun!

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

Most people who are familiar with me as a writer know that I cut my author-teeth writing fanfiction. So I am very accustomed to doing my research and having to get to know existing characters and their voices before sitting down to create a story. This book took things to a whole new level. There are multiple mythologies represented in this book. A Norse god is a featured character, and there are brushes with both Tibetan Buddhism and the Queen of Sheba. I had to spend oodles of time making sure I had things just so. I didn’t want to misrepresent anything with a basis in genuine tradition, so it was a lot of work—but it was worth it in the end. I’m very happy with the finished product.

What makes you laugh?

My four year-old. A good Star Wars joke. My dog.

What makes you cry?

The fact that my childhood best friend, my mom, and my lifelong hero aren’t here to read my book. Go out and create RIGHT NOW, people! Tomorrow could be too late for the people you love most to share it with you!

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I am a geek of the highest degree. I love Star Wars and Harry Potter the most, but my love for Star Trek: TNG. The X-Files, Buffy, and the West Wing have also spawned epic fannishness. I think I see a little of all of this in my writing. There’s definitely the kind of witty banter that my favorite characters are known for as well as elements of magic that you might find in the Buffyverse. There’s even a little politicking.

Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?

This is my debut novel and I am more than thrilled to be sharing this story with everyone. MY protagonist is objectively a villain, which is an interesting point of view from which to tell a story. I think it’s fresh and fun and I think people will enjoy it.

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

I am super accessible! I am probably most easily reached via tweet @MandaTheGinger . I also have a Facebook Page, a Website: www.TheGingerVillain.com, an Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/amandacherry
and a Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16099525.Amanda_Cherry

Amanda Cherry is a native of Pensacola, FL and an alumnus of UNLV who hasn’t been thoroughly warm since moving to the Seattle area in 2003. Amanda’s first love was performing, and she has had a successful career as a theatre, television, and film actress.

Amanda’s first book was penned in her family’s den and published by her father in time for Christmas in 1985, she was six years old. After the limited success of that first outing, Amanda turned to writing stories for fun. She spent the next twenty-odd years doing just that.

A lifelong nerd, Amanda joined the staff at her favorite Star Wars site, Tosche Station, as a contributing writer in 2016 and discovered that letting other people read what she’d written was actually pretty fun. Thanks to the encouragement of a friend, she was invited to submit to Cobalt City Christmas: Christmas Harder in 2016 while living overseas in Berlin, Germany. When she learned that her story was bought, she cried.

Interview with Author E.L. Roux

It is a pleasure to welcome E.L. Roux author of Unrequited Love, Book 1 of The Magic and Heartache series.

Welcome E.L. to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The Magic and Heartache series is meant to be about characters who must overcome a past heartache in order to move on and find the HEA.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to? 

I read, a lot. And I’ve always love fantasy and science fiction romances, and I usually take from current events, and research projects to sculpt my stories. The idea for this series actually came from a thread from rainbow-femme tumblr rant about being sick of magical worlds not having coffee shops where you can get a shot of charisma before a big meeting, that and being asked to join an anthology group for Love Through Heartache, published in November 2017. I fell in love with the world I built, and the characters who lived in them, and had to write more.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

I think honesty and being loved for who you are, are very important attributes to being a better person, and staying sane, especially in today’s world, so I try and include those attributes into the characters I write, and the stories that I read.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others? 

I wanted to create a fantasy world where you’d meet characters that didn’t meet your normal fantasy expectations while creating new ones to introduce you to. I actually did a lot of research on Greek, Roman, and German gods and spirits, and loosely based some of my fantasy races off of them. For instance, I have Trolls in my story, but they aren’t the hulking ugly things you’ve read about before. And since the series books will be about novella length, I haven’t had the opportunity to reach further away from euro-centric gods, but I’m hoping to add more characters unique character types later.

What makes you laugh?

I’m a sucker for puns and silly jokes. I laugh at a lot actually, and often crack myself up, so at least I find myself funny even if no one else does. My goal is to reach the apex of dad-joke level (parent-joke level), but my pun game is severely lacking.

What makes you cry?

I’m a sucker for animal videos, and dance mobs, but reading wise, I love when a soul has been bared and torn open for us to experience their pain and watch as they rebuild themselves, usually with help, into a better person.

Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?

Unrequited Love will be re-released as a slightly expanded and re-edited stand alone novel on April 19!

The second book in the series will be out by the end of May!

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

My main author interaction is through Facebook, @ELRouxAuthor

Pre-Order Updated and revised Unrequited Love here.

Anthology Love Through Heartache, featuring Unrequited Love available via Amazon.

Interview with a Fangirl: Letetia

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Letetia!

I became aware of Letetia through the Facebook Star Wars Fangirl Community.

Welcome Letetia to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When did I realize I was a Fangirl?

I was finding podcasts to listen to and came upon Fangirls Going Rogue‘s first podcast. They were talking about being Fangirls and what it meant to them and while I was listening to them it dawned on me that I was a Fangirl.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

On Facebook in the Star Wars pages and groups that I’m on I have been able to speak my mind on Star Wars issues with little flack. Social media has helped me keep up with Star Wars news and have found a lot of podcasts to listen to. I haven’t felt hindered at all. Nobody has shut my voice down as of yet.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandoms such as Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

In 1977 when I was 23 years old  and married to my first husband, we were watching TV and a commercial came on for Star Wars and I thought to myself do I really have to go to see this movie? Well, I was 6 1/2 months pregnant and we decided to wait until the lines died down before we went to see it because of my condition. We went to the theater and sat down to watch it and I had to get up about 2-3 times to go to the restroom. But by the time the movie was over I was hooked! We went back about 2-3 times to see it so I could see the places in the movie that I missed by getting up to go to the restroom

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has been a positive impact on my life?

Before I became active with JediOKC I did not have much of a social life. I have been divorced for about 15 years and had kept to myself except for family gatherings. It has given me friends that I can communicate with and do events together and give back to the community. I have learned that people do care for others out there. And that together we can make a difference.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I love the Indiana Jones movies, I’m a huge Fangirl about Harrison Ford! I love Wonder Woman. I like Stargate, Star Trek and Independence Day.

Where can others interact with you?

You can friend me on Facebook or I’m also on Twitter @OklahomaJedi.

Guest Post: MATEER A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Veronica Scott as a guest blogger to talk about her new book, Mateer.

Take it away Veronica!

MATEER (A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL): SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 2 By Veronica Scott

Thanks for having me as a guest again so I could check in and report the progress on my new series. As I talked about last time, writing an actual, sequential series with an overarching plot arc was new for me, versus doing standalone scifi romances set in the same universe.

Mateer is the second book of the series and focuses on the first ranked enforcer or lieutenant of the Alpha Aydarr, whose story took front and center in the first book. Now Mateer is trying to figure out what it means to be a free man (although still subject to Pack rules of course) and also grappling with confusion over the whole idea of finding a mate. He knows he longs to find the one woman meant for him – he likes what he sees going on between Aydarr and Jill – but he’s not too sure how to go about it. There are only a few human women in their sanctuary valley as yet and none of them inspire the feelings he believes he ought to feel. Nor are any of them drawn to him as more than a friend. And then he gets captured by the Khagrish scientists again…

I enjoyed working with these concepts, while advancing the big plot arc addressing how and when the humans and the Badari might rid the planet of the enemy and win true freedom. Can they ever figure out a way to call in the Sectors authorities to assist? Will the colonists ever get home? I do have it mapped out in my head in broad terms and of course each book has an HEA ending as we go. No cliffhangers.

I’m working on book three, Darik, now and this one will solve one major problem that the Badari and the colonists have been facing. But no spoilers! I’m hoping to get Darik out in early April. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from Mateer!

Setting…The alien scientists have put the humans and Mateer into a large, outdoor Preserve temporarily, for their own reasons, having to do with Mateer and Megan.

The sky gradually clouded over as the day wore on, and then the first fat drops pelted down.

Mateer appeared out of nowhere and jogged the length of the column, giving encouragement. “Not too far now, the rain will increase intensity gradually, but there’s no time to waste.” He made sure to speak to each individual then he came to her. Again Megan had the flutter of nerves in her gut, eagerness to talk with him, coupled with the bitter knowledge of Lampergg’s plot. And how complicit in this idea is Mateer? After all, he didn’t have to tell her about the scheme. Surely if he expected to benefit from it in some way—easier treatment for himself, other rewards—he’d have kept the theory to himself.

He leaned close to her. “We have to move faster. I’m going to get you to safety then return to assist the others as best I can.”

Before she could say anything, he’d whisked her off her feet and was sprinting ahead of the column, carrying her as easily as if she were a feather.

“Put me down,” she said, giving his chest a shove. Her palm ached as if she’d slapped a stone wall. Mateer was warm, hard muscle everywhere. “This is embarrassing. Grown women don’t get picked up without their permission and carried off in real life. People will want to know why you did this.”

He didn’t slacken his pace or agree to her demand, only held her tighter. “Why do you care what others think? This is between you and me. My highest priority, according to my alpha and his mate, is to ensure your safety. No one here has authority to overrule those orders. None has authority over you—I know humans don’t live in a pack structure. Time is of the essence for getting you into a secure shelter. The storm may become more violent without warning. It’s been known to happen, including swirling high winds sweeping even the most massive trees out of the ground before them.”

“That’s not what you told Harker and Walt.” She closed her eyes and gasped as he leaped across a crevasse and kept going. “Did you lie to them?”

“I don’t owe the full truth to anyone outside my pack and allies with whom we have a treaty. Your group has yet to earn the Badari trust.”

“Some code of ethics you’ve got there.”

“You have no idea what the Badari endured at the hands of the Khagrish. We have our pack rules for a reason.” His voice was steel but matter of fact. “And I’m obeying specific orders to keep you safe. Your sister is a soldier so you ought to understand the situation.

She could see his jaw was clenched and decided not to push the topic further. Besides, the rain was indeed coming down harder, and she clung to him as closely as she could. “You will go and help the others though, won’t you? A few of them are still sick from the stasis syndrome and I’m their only doctor. I never would have left them, given the choice.”

While not giving an inch or apologizing, Megan was relieved to hear Mateer show concern for the others in his next remark. “It’s my responsibility to protect those weaker than the Badari, after I’ve carried out my orders relating to you.”

A few minutes later, they arrived at a towering rock formation jutting incongruously from the grasslands. Megan thought she’d have known it was artificial even if Mateer hadn’t told her the Khagrish built it. Taking care not to bump her head or elbows on the rocks, Mateer ducked into the entrance of a cave. A fire was already blazing in a fire pit in the center of the large room and, as soon as he set her on her own feet, she instinctively drew closer to the warmth and light.

Intending to thank Mateer, she swallowed hard and forgot what she’d planned to say as she observed the way his soaked jumpsuit was plastered to his body, outlining all those muscles and his generous endowments clearly. Megan realized she must be in a similar state, if a bit drier since he’d shielded her. Closing her eyes for a second, she asked, “Will you guide the others to safety here now?”

“Yes.” He hesitated. “You’ll be safe from the storm, and no predators will be out in this weather. I’ll only be gone as long as it takes to escort your friends here.”

“I understand. Go ahead, do what you need to do to help my people.”

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

Mateer is available via Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N

Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Three time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

You can learn more about Veronica Scott by checking out her Blog, her Amazon Author Page, and by following her on Twitter or Facebook.

Interview With Author: Eva Caye

It is a pleasure to welcome Eva Caye author of the The To Be Sinclair series.

Welcome Eva to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The To Be Sinclair series is about the greatest ruling family in the history of the galaxy, which means nobility. So I exemplify the ‘noble virtues’ or chivalrous code of honor in the titles, which describe the overall theme of the novel. The only one I couldn’t come up with to fit the brand was Evan’s Ladies; it was the first book made exclusively of novellas, although my most recent one, Integrity, consists of three novellas.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

Overall, I simply choose names I like. However, when the Sandy Hook massacre took place, a meme started floating around Facebook that said, “Here are the names of the victims so you won’t remember the names of their murderer.” I took that to heart and incorporated the first and last names, separately, into my next few books as tribute to them. They’re usually benevolent or highly responsible characters, like Sentinels, who are the equivalent of the FBI/Secret Service. I think I’ve gotten them all by now!

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I’ve always loved science fiction, but I chose to write science fiction romance because they’re two ends of a spectrum running from ‘intellectual objectivity’ to ‘emotional reaction’. I even wrote an article called, “Science Fiction Romance: the Ultimate Fusion!”, found here, to explain why I felt it was necessary to bring ‘the feels’ to science fiction. And, preferably, the good feels aka love! After all, even if you’re a brilliant mad scientist, the most important decision you can make in life is who you’ll spend it with.

My overall goal, however, is to write science fiction in a way that intrigues the romance crowd – not too heavy on the science, but with consistent explanations that might encourage a young lady to pursue science as a career, or that’ll leave a romance reader satisfied that these things are indeed quite plausible and can happen in the future.

I think I’ve particularly pegged the characterization of each scientist, though! I’m sure anyone who is married to a scientist will recognize their spouse in at least one of the characters!

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

I have no problem with ‘remaining sane’ as a writer. I do, however, incorporate a lot of psychology into my series, and several of my characters suffer depression like I do.

I rather object to depression being labeled a ‘mental illness’; there’s some real physical problem underlying it all, and I desperately hope someone figures it out soon. But, until then, I can at least write about how to deal with people suffering depression. In my most recent book, Integrity, I try to convey exactly what it’s like, and my editor praised me highly for it.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I research all kinds of things, from black holes and quantum gravity to how ancient Greek royalty was addressed. Authors make a lot of jokes with each other about how long our NSA files must be, from Googling how far pieces of glass would fly if you used X amount of C4, or how big an explosion an atomic bomb makes if the atomic part doesn’t go off!

What makes you laugh?

Clever intellectual mash-ups, like Doctor Who songs or Star Trek/Star Wars mashups. I detest slapstick because I see nothing funny about inflicting pain or embarrassment on anyone.

What makes you cry?

Animal cruelty. I occasionally warn people on Facebook about how I block ‘friends’ who post it, and I’ve blocked four people so far.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

Oh, I’m always including my interests in my stories! I love to tat, so in one book I have a lady who tats cute little creatures for her friends, and eventually creates emblems for the Imperial Family. I have another lady ‘teach’ her boyfriend, the Crown Prince, how to lounge on a couch because he’s been raised ‘properly’ and needs to loosen up. She even introduces him to junk food!

Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?

The To Be Sinclair series spans three generations. The first two books are about the parents of the protagonists in the next six books, and the grandparents of everyone after that.

Otherwise, one of the main undercurrents is how women can fight their way out of a highly patriarchal society to achieve their dreams. My next (probably last) novel, Civility, will be over one of the daughters and one of the granddaughters, and it’ll be a declaration for women’s rights, as well as the rights of intelligent alien species!

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

I can always be reached by email, but I’ve been shying away from Facebook lately due to all the negativity.

Thanks again Eva for the interview!

Eva Caye, author of the To Be Sinclair series, can build a rocket stove, tat lace, handle a gun, design book covers and permaculture garden plans, and teach teenagers critical thinking. Her favorite activities include writing science fiction romance and playing with her doggie. She currently lives in a tiny, century-old farmhouse with her magnificent husband and a marvelous rescue mutt in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Interview with a Fangirl: Mel

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl, Podcaster and Blogger Mel Perez, @jane_anon.

I became aware of Mel through the Black Girl Nerds blog and the Twitter Star Wars and Doctor Who Fan Communities.

Welcome Mel to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I don’t have a specific moment that I can look to and say that’s when I realized it. I grew up loving 80s fantasy, science fiction and anime. Until maybe high school, I thought this was completely normal. It’s only later that I discovered that everyone wasn’t always watching Conan, Star Wars or some anime dubbed in Spanish in their free time. If I had to pick a time, I would probably say high school. That’s when I become involved in message boards, chat rooms and websites for the shows I loved. Shout out to AOL Chat. I guess that’s when my fangirling leveled up.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

For the most part, social media has helped me. It got me involved with Black Girl Nerds. It helped me find a group to start a podcast with. It’s how I find people who are interested in the same things as me. It’s not all positive though. There’s something about being a woman and especially a woman of color on social media that almost invites trolls. It paints a target on your back saying please question everything I say, assume I don’t know anything and basically treat me like an idiot. I’m not the best at dealing with them. It does make me want to leave sometimes. I’ve had periods when I had to lock my account just to avoid all of the people attacking me.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I was really young when I first saw Star Wars so I can’t say exactly when. I think my first clearest memory of seeing it was when I was 10. I was riveted to the screen. I remember my cousins trying to get my attention to go play outside but they would have had to drag me to get me away from that movie. The moment I saw Luke watch the twin suns setting on Tatooine with the John Williams score swelling in the background, I knew I was in love.

Star Trek, on the other hand, is a more interesting story. My mother and my grandmother loved the original show. I didn’t. It took me until after college to start watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. It took some time but I did fall in love with it and Deep Space Nine which took me even longer to watch. I still haven’t seen the original series though I did take my mother and grandmother to see the first reboot for Mother’s Day.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

I’m not as involved in the Star Wars fan community as I would like. The fan communities I think of fondly are Harry Potter, Supernatural, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even Teen Wolf. I think fondly of these communities made up of mostly women who loved to talk about the works, write about them, vid them, etc. Being involved in these communities helped me come out of my shell. It pushed me to start writing. These communities emphasized that my opinion mattered and that it was okay emotionally invested in these properties. I’ve met so many amazing fangirls who have become true friends. Fangirls have brought so much joy into my life.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I named a few of them in the last answer. I’ve spent the past year fangirling about Yuri on Ice. It rekindled my love of figure skating which I am also now fangirling about. I’m still an MCU fangirl though I may get superhero fatigue now and then. Also comic books, marine animals, 80s fantasy movies forever, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Bob’s Burgers and mid to late 90s/early 2000s anime. After Star Wars, Doctor Who is probably my biggest fandom.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

It’s awesome. It’s empowering. It’s fun. It’s fulfilling.

Where can others interact with you?

I can be found tweeting about comics, Yuri on Ice, Doctor Who or Star Wars at @jane_anon.

Guest Post: The challenges of a “cloning” a character in science fiction romance

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes USA Today Bestselling author Cara Bristol as a guest blogger to talk about her new book, Hunted by the Cyborg.

Take it away Cara!

The challenges of a “cloning” a character in science fiction romance by Cara Bristol

Until now, I’ve pretty much stuck to human, alien, and cyborg main characters.

Aliens and cyborgs (humans with computer and/or mechanical parts) are versatile characters. Any role a human plays, an alien or a cyborg can play. The alien or cyborg can have a backstory or it can just be.

Clones?

Their existence raises questions. Why was the clone created? Who created the clone? What happened to the original “parent?” Because of this, using a clone as a main character affects the plot of the story.
I knew fans of the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series had high expectations for Hunted by the Cyborg (book 6). This was Carter’s story. The director of Cyber Operations, a secret cyborg force, he’d been a secondary character in the previous five books. He had to have a special heroine.

I chose to make her a clone. The challenge was to give her a backstory that fit the plot, yet make her real, make her as human as any other human. I tried to create a woman who was vulnerable, but also resilient and independent. I didn’t want readers to see her as an “other.”

Beth, who begins life as an unwanted copy, strives to find her uniqueness. Here’s what readers have said about Beth:

“I enjoyed seeing Beth find her true self and live a life that she deserves.”
“Beth is such a strong character, even when she’s knocked down she always keeps trying,”
“Beth was a wonderful character. Innocent in a lot a ways, but also smart, strong and full of life.
“I fell in love with this character. Beth was given a raw deal. But even after all that she had been through she is a strong woman who knows that life needs to be lived to the fullest!”
“Beth also met all my expectations of a leading lady. She was smart, courageous and could match wits with Carter. No damsel in distress here. I loved that about her.”

Excerpt from Hunted by the Cyborg

Carter halted inside the crowded cafeteria. Aym-Sec employees gathered at their usual tables, eating and chatting the way they always did, but his cyber operatives faced away from the forward left corner of the room. They stared at the wall while gulping their chow.
He pivoted in the direction they seemed to be avoiding.
Holy bejeezus!
In the corner, sat a naked Beth, eating breakfast.
Technically not unclothed, she’d donned her Shuttleport Authority travel suit. To an operative with cybervision, the see-through SA unitard provided little more covering than transparent polymer sheeting.
A heated rush of hormones shot straight to his groin as he rushed across the room, tearing off his shirt.
“Put this on.” He didn’t wait for her response but tugged the garment over her head. The image of two perfect dusky-tipped breasts burned into his brain.
“What are you doing? Stop it!” She squirmed like a toddler as he tried to dress her, but he got her head through the neck opening.
“Put your arms through the holes,” he ordered.
“What—why are you doing this?”
“Put it on. I’ll explain in a minute.” What his actual words would be, he didn’t know. She stopped resisting and slipped on the shirt. He grabbed her arm. “Come on, we have to leave.”
Hunted by the Cyborg blurb
Billionaire Carter Aymes, director of Cyber Operations, a covert cyborg force, devotes his wealth and time to saving lives, rescuing hostages and other victims from desperate situations. His ultimate mission is to hunt down and eliminate Lamani, the alien terrorist mastermind, before he conquers the galaxy.
When Carter hires Beth O’Shea, a vulnerable yet courageous woman with connections to his past, their attraction is immediate and strong, but he knows getting involved with her is a bad idea. He’s her boss, and he has way too many classified projects to risk letting someone get close.
Rejected by the progenitors who cloned her, Beth is determined to live a normal human life, beginning by getting an ordinary job with a security firm. But, from the start, she questions the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the organization. She can’t help but wonder about the tall, muscled, larger-than-life director who gave her a chance when she desperately needed one. Could he ever be romantically interested in a woman like her, in a clone?
When Beth is attacked, they both realize how short and tenuous life is, and their mutual attraction becomes too powerful to resist.
As their relationship heats up, so does the urgency to capture Lamani before he can unleash a stealth weapon at a critical planetary Summit meeting. With time running out, Carter discovers that stopping Lamani may require sacrificing Beth’s life.

Will Carter be able to rescue her, or will his new love be the one person he can’t save?

Hunted By The Cyborg is available via Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, & GooglePlay!


About Cara Bristol
USA Today Bestselling Author Cara Bristol writes character driven science fiction romance with humor, heart, and heat. She loves introducing new readers to science fiction romance, and likes to say she writes sci-fi for readers who don’t like sci-fi. She has three science fiction romance series: the action-packed Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series; the dark, intense Breeder series; and the new light and funny Alien Mate series. When she’s not writing (ha ha ha – she’s almost always writing) she enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and chillaxin’ with her favorite reality TV shows. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband. You can interact with her via the following:

Cara’s Website: http://carabristol.com/
Reader Newsletter: http://carabristol.com/get-your-free-book/
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cara-bristol
Chat with Cara Reader Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1761424733891183/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cara-Bristol-Romance-178661122147994/
Twitter: @CaraBristol https://twitter.com/CaraBristol
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