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Interview with a Fangirl: Nikky

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Nikky Winchester!

I first became aware of Nikky through her efforts to organize the NZ Leia Day, which is hoping to beat the World Record for ‘largest gathering of people dressed as princesses’.

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

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

Looking back, I’ve clearly been a Fangirl ever since I saw the original Star Wars at the age of 5. I have vivid memories of running around the playground as Leia (I had long hair). I also played “Han Solo’s young brother who was a Storm Trooper but was really on the Rebels’ side”. (As you might imagine, The Force Awakens made me very excited indeed!) The next thing to hit me was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was first on the radio when I was 6. And the final nail in the coffin was discovering Tolkein and Asimov when I was 10. There was no hope for me after that! 😉

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Facebook (my social media of choice) has helped hugely. These days I’m living in Wellington, New Zealand (aka Middle Earth) and while it is an incredible place, there’s not a lot of people here, especially compared to London (the last place I lived). Knowing that whenever I open my phone or laptop I immediately plug into like-minded people across the world makes me feel connected to my tribe in a way that I never experienced as a child.

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

Here’s my ages when I started loving the following:

    Star Wars – 5
    Hitchhikers Guide – 6
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture – 7 (I went to see this with my grandma and I remember being baffled that she was bored by it! I was utterly entranced. Ah, how easily a 7 year old is pleased.)
    Hobbit/LOTR books and Asimov: 10
    Narnia and Pern: 11 (I was probably a bit late to Narnia, but I fell hard and fast.)

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

What I love most about fandom is the inclusivity and openness (when fandom is done right, of course…). Going to Worldcons is such a liberating feeling – suddenly, I am surrounded by thousands of people *just like me*. Wow. It’s such a rush. Gets me every time.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Being an Laketowner in The Hobbit films 2 and 3 reignited my love for Tolkien, and has led to me producing some very silly Hobbit music videos. Our most popular, “Who the ‘ell is Tauriel?”, has gained over 40,000 views so far 🙂 We have a new one coming out soon, called “Rescued by Eagles” (a Beatles/Hobbit mashup!).

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

I went through some tricky periods as a child/teen when I was embarrassed to admit to my fangirliness, but in my 20s I learned to own it, because it’s an integral part of who I am, and why should I be ashamed of being myself? I am geek, and I am proud.

What cool Fangirl project or projects are you working on that you would like to share?

Apart from organising NZ Leia Day on 3 June (and I better not forget to sort out a costume for myself!!!), a Beatles/Middle Earth mash up video “Rescued by Eagles”, which is due out by the end of June, and a Star Wars music video (which I’m yet to start planning…) which will be out before Star Wars Ep 8 is released in December, it’s a quiet year 😉 Oh, and I’m in the process of creating a community hub and cafe for my village – not fangirly but it’s still going to be awesome.

Thanks again Nikky for answering these questions and letting us to get to know you and your fandom better.

Interview with a Fangirl: MandaTheGinger


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Amanda Cherry aka @MandaTheGinger on Twitter.

MandaTheGinger is an actor, author, mom, and nerd who recently returned to the Seattle area from a year abroad in Berlin, Germany. She’s a contributor to Tosche-Station.net who never misses the opportunity to extoll the many virtues of Princess Leia. I became aware of Manda through my interaction with her in the Star Wars Fan Community via Twitter.

Welcome Manda to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I think the first time I saw the term in use, I was like, “Hey, that’s me!” I’m super into the things I’m into, and I love that there’s such a thing as the FANGIRL moniker- I wear it with pride.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Oh, gosh… there’s a long story here. I’ve written fanfic since before that term had been coined, and years ago I was bullied out of a fandom by people who decided (for reasons unknown to me) that they didn’t want my writing on their website. That scared me away from engaging with fandom online AT ALL. Many years later, I had a fan (now friend) reading a Star Wars fic I wrote encourage me to come talk SW on Twitter. And I’m so glad she did! I started out following Pablo Hidalgo and it just grew from there. Now I follow and am friendly with several well-known Star Wars personalities and bloggers, have had articles published, am a contributor to Tosche-Station.net and the Thrawncast, and ChairPrincess of the Carrie Fisher Memorial gala during Celebration Orlando. All of that is thanks to Twitter. I was even able to trade tweets and be friendly with Carrie Fisher before she passed. Had it not been for social media, that could never have happened. I absolutely credit the online community of Star Wars fans and pros for the awesomeness that is my life these days.

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?

You can probably look up exactly what year this was, but my guess is that it was 1984 or so. We had HBO at home and they were showing all three Star Wars films back-to-back-to-back. My mom had it on while I was playing and I looked at the TV just in time to catch the speeder bike chase in ROTJ. And there, on my TV, was a lady – with flawlessly braided hair – out-shooting and out-flying these guys who were clearly professional soldiers. And I was enthralled. I said something to my mom about it, and she told me, “That’s Princess Leia.” Now, can you imagine a more exciting thing to a 4 year-old girl than that? SHE’S A PRINCESS!!!???!!! That was the greatest thing ever. I sat and watched the rest of the film only to learn that she also has THE POTENTIAL FOR MAGICAL POWERS!! And thus began my life-long love of Leia Organa.

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

I have learned that fandom is what you make of it, that there are good and bad people with good intentions and bad intentions anywhere you care to venture, and that maintaining a good circle of positive, inclusive, trustworthy people is key to happiness. These are all lessons that have come out of fandom and made everything in life better.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Although Star Wars pretty much takes up my life right now, I’m also into other things. I’m a big fan of Star Trek- The Next Generation being my absolute favorite of the properties. I was even part of a Star Trek fan series years ago. And I’m a Harry Potter fangirl as well. I spent five months working at Harry Potter: The Exhibition, and it was the best job ever. I’m a poster girl for Slytherin- I even coach the Slytherin team during the Rat City Rollergirl’s Hitditch Cup!

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

We fangirls need to stick together. Seriously. When I see or hear women in fandom tearing each other down it really bothers me. There are enough things in this world that work against women that we’re not doing anyone any good when we turn on each other. Disagreements can and will happen, but in the end women in fandom need to have each other’s backs.

Anything else you want to share with us that is coming up soon?

I am the ChairPrincess of the Drowning In Moonlight gala honoring the life of Carrie Fisher during Star Wars Celebration Orlando. During Celebration, I will be onstage as moderator of the anti-bullying panel on the Star Wars University stage and a performer in “Whose Line is it, Alderaan?”.

Thanks again Manda for taking the time from your very busy schedule to answer these questions.

Interview with a Fangirl: Hansi


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Hansi.

I became aware of Hansi through her interactions with fellow Fangirls via Facebook and Twitter while she when she first started working on Squee!

Welcome Hansi to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

My Post Producer, Chinisha Scott cosplaying as our logo Troubled Girl and myself at NYCC.

Chinisha Scott cosplaying as our logo Troubled Girl and myself at NYCC.

I think I’ve always been a Fangirl, I remember getting a autographed Adam West Batman photo as a little kid but BTVS was the first TV fandom where I had to collect all the DVD sets, action figures, trading cards and trade paperbacks. It was the fandom that first led me to the message boards and I discovered I had a NEED to have that show and everything about that world as a part of my life.

Cecilia Tan describes that need to interact with a media property really well in our pilot episode. That need is not just about the media -it’s also about you -its a reciprocal thing, it speaks to a need you have and helps you become who you are.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has been a huge help. I’ve made so many close IRL friends via social media. There’s a great community of fans around all of the shows I love; Supernatural, Preacher, Penny Dreadful, Whedonverse, AHS, TWD. We are always in contact discussing our shows, or planning meet ups, organizing for activism or supporting each other’s projects or just being there for each other emotionally.

Initially, I planned on making Squee! a feature documentary but I think thats almost an outdated medium, especially for fandom. We realized that releasing it as a web series was a much more direct way of reaching our audience.

I wish I had thought of it sooner. I’ve been shooting since 2012 so we could have been a few years into the series now. It also really gives us the freedom to make short episodes on all different topics within fandom and get immediate feedback. You know, most no budget indie documentaries take many, many years to shoot, post produce and then start screening so it takes years before you can get any kind of feedback. We’re currently working on a series of shorts about fan works starting with cosplay, then fanfic, crafting, etc.

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 fell into Buffy The Vampire Slayer because I was working as a satellite feed operator at a post house and they ran the feed for whatever Buffy was on -UPN or WB at the time so I saw it every week while I was working and somewhere along the line I remember thinking “Wait, what is going on here?” And I was hooked. It was already the start of the 5th season so I had to go back and start at the beginning of the series and watch them in order. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched them. For years whenever I was having a hard time in my life, I’d hibernate and watch a Buffy mini-marathon and cry my eyes out and then come out feeling better and stronger. That’s what Buffy gave me. And I’ve loved Joss Whedon ever since. In fact, I passed him on the street a few years ago in NYC. It wouldn’t have been appropriate to stop him but I did catch his eye and said “Joss, I love you!” and without missing a beat he said “I love you too. Huge squee moment!

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

I’ve made so many wonderful friends all over the world. I’ve gotten huge support for my Squee project. I’ve learned so much and been empowered and accepted. Fandom is an amazing community, but as my co-creator Lynn Zubernis says, it’s not perfect, we’re still human and there are shipping wars and rivalries but for the most part it’s the most welcoming community I’ve ever experienced.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’m a huge horror geek, I’m an acafan and love meta, there are tons of shows, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Sherlock, X-Files, Hannibal, and lots of creators; Bryan Fuller, Whedon, Tarantino, Coen Brothers, B-movies, podcasts. I’m a huge pop culture Fangirl. There are just so many things!

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

That being a Fangirl is one of the best things you can be. It’s empowering to be able to say I love these things. It makes you want to create. You take that passion and use to it for whatever, writing fanfic, crafting, interviewing, podcasting, research, memes-whatever. Fangirling is all about love and that’s a positive and beautiful thing.

Please share more about #TeamSquee and the Fangirl Web series, Squee! 

Presenting our panel at Emerald City Comic Con with (from Left) Tea-bery Blue, Myself, Julie Hegner from On Wednesdays We Wear Capes, Jessica Mason, contributing writer to The Mary Sue, my co-creator Lynn Zubernis author of Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls.

Presenting our panel at Emerald City Comic Con with (from Left) Tea-bery Blue, Myself, Julie Hegner from On Wednesdays We Wear Capes, Jessica Mason, contributing writer to The Mary Sue, my co-creator Lynn Zubernis author of Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls.

#TeamSquee is my crew and we are:

Hansi Oppenheimer (Producer/Director): I’m most well known as the Creator of the feature documentary Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements. The film is the history of the band as told by their fans. Prior to that I made a short documentary about love spells called Riding The Broom that was picked up by Universal’s online site, Hypnotic.

Dr. Lynn Zubernis (Co-Writer & Co-Producer): Lynn is well known in the Supernatural fan community for her excellent books on fandom and her coverage of conventions.

Chinisha Scott (Post Producer and Editor): Chinisha is a filmmaker and educator. She leads the Young Women of Cinema Program at DCTV in New York– a program that assists young women to digest and understand the gravity of representation in the media, as the participants create their own original projects.

Devon Halley (Bonus Episode Editor) A professional editor, he works at Jove.com. He helped me on the original presentation we did to get Color Me Obsessed made.

We’ve also had invaluable assistance along the way from the hundreds of fangirls who we have interviewed, helped us to transcribe hours & hours of footage, given us feedback on rough cuts, cosplayed as our logo Troubled Girl, bought t-shirts and mugs, and helped spread the word. Gingerhouse created our logo cosplay costume based on an original drawing by artist Jane Russell.

Where can other Fangirls learn more about Squee?

Episodes of Squee are available on Youtube at no cost and more episodes will be posted here when they are available.

We’re currently touring at conventions screening Squee and presenting panels about being a Fangirl. Our next appearance is at http://www.newenglandsupermegafest.com in Marlborough Mass ‪on Saturday 4/8 11am-12pm‬. You can also find out more by visiting our Patreon support page https://www.patreon.com/SqueeFanGirlProject, Twitter @troubledgirl, Facebook/ and Tumblr.

Thank you again so much Hansi I really appreciate it! Also good luck with your Fangirl project Squee!

Fanboys who Support Fangirls: Interview with Mike E

Welcome to another installment of the interviews with Fanboys who Support Fangirls series.

Mike E with his wife and daughter

Mike E with his wife and daughter

Today, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl interviews Fanboy Mike Ehmcke about his efforts to support Fangirls.  I met Mike. E through our interaction via the Skywalking Through Neverland Facebook group and through his WeBeGeeks Podcast Network.  Thank you so much Mike 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?

I am a major Star Wars fan but also a fan of all sci-fi, Hockey, comics and podcast. It has been my live as I have known since I was 4. The New Teen Titans by Wolfman and Perez got me through many a move.

Where did you first learn about Fangirls?

On Facebook

Who are the Fangirls you support?

First and foremost, my wife and daughter. After that any woman willing to dive into the world of fandom/geekdom and is legit about it.

What do you do to support Fangirls?

With my podcasts, I help try and pitch to make things equal for fangirls, Supergirl costumes don’t need to have red switched out to pink because the industry dictates that is what girls/women want.

How has social media helped or hindered you in this effort?

Social media is great because I can spead word of the cause whenever I want whether folks listen/read and respond or not.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fanboy who supports Fangirls?

It is a Geek Revolution and everyone is needed male or female. But it fun hearing my daughter tell me she knows about about different pop culture things than any boy in her class and she is not the only girl to know. I am glad to see the diversity and what to see it continue to grow.

Thanks again Mike for letting us get to know you better and what you do to support Fangirls, like myself.

You can learn more about Mike Ehmcke by ‬‬‬checking out the WeBeGeeks Network, which includes the We Be Geeks, Mighty Marvel Geeks and Wookiee Radio podcasts.

Interview with a Fangirl: Kat


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Kat.

Kat is a college senior, hoping to pursue a career in the film industry after graduation. She adores movies, tv, and all things scifi. She writes regularly on these topics for her school newspaper.  I became aware of Kat through my interaction with her through both the Star Wars and Doctor Who Fan Communities.

Welcome Kat to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I think in some ways I was always a fangirl. I have a naturally obsessive and passionate personality for better or worse. I never really channeled it into positive outlets until a few years ago when I fell in love with science fiction. I’d always avoided a lot of it because I’m afraid of space and I figured it would upset me. But it turns out it does the complete opposite, and I’ve found lots of inspiration from it instead. I realized I’d officially turned into a fangirl when I showed up to the theater premiere of Doctor Who series 8 dressed in Doctor Who gear from head to toe and my friend had to tell me to “turn down.” (I haven’t turned down, not even a little).

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Oh gosh social media has been the best. It’s sometimes hard to find people in person who like the same things to the same degree. I mean lots of people like stuff, but not as many live and breathe the stuff they like. That’s where Tumblr and Twitter come in, for me. There’s always a community of people on there that is passionate about the same things. There’s always someone eager to discuss the fresh news on our favorite franchises. Oh and the memes. The memes are incredible.

Kat with the late Carrie Fisher

Kat with the late Carrie Fisher

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 grew up on Star Wars. I made up songs about it as a little kid and forced my family to listen to my terrible rhymes. As I grew up, I lost touch with fandom. I had a lot of issues with mental health as a teenager and young adult which took precedence. But as I got better a few years ago, I came back to fangirling and now it’s basically my life. I still adore Star Wars, and fall more in love with it with each new release. I’m a big Trekkie, which is probably my hardest fandom to find in person friends for. Marvel is my most recent obsession. I love most science fiction and fantasy things, but those are the ones that I obsess over most. A lot of times I’ll see something for the first time and like it, but I won’t get hooked until the second watch.

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

The greatest impact being in these fan communities has had on me is on my confidence. There used to be so much shame surrounding being a fangirl. I spent a while being too ashamed to talk about the things I loved. But being in touch with these communities both in person and through the internet has taught me to be proud of my passions. I no longer hesitate to divulge my interests when asked and I even start my own conversations about it now. And being able to do that has allowed me to make friends more easily. I wear all kinds of geeky clothing, which can be a really useful conversation starter. I also go to cons and am developing my cosplay skills. Attending a con is one of the greatest feelings of acceptance I’ve ever felt. Everyone there is on your team. I always try to carry that out into the real world when I leave.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’m really into movie scores and I fangirl about my favorite scores and composers. I can get quite worked up about it.

Where can other Fangirls connect with you? 

You can find me on Twitter or Instagram @moviescoregirl.

Interview with a Fangirl: Jessie


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Blogger, SWTOR Gamer and Fangirl, Jessie Stardust.

Jessie as Master Satele Shan (<i>Star Wars The Old Republic</i> era Jedi) at <i>Star Wars Celebration Anaheim</i>

Jessie as Master Satele Shan (Star Wars The Old Republic era Jedi) at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

I became aware of Jessie through the Twitter Star Wars Fan Community.

Welcome Jessie to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I didn’t realize or maybe accept that I was a fangirl and a nerd until later in life. I had always loved Star Wars– a LOT- but until I started playing a Star Wars video game, I never really saw myself as anything other than just a plain old fan. My realization hit me after 30!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media, namely Twitter, has helped me immensely! It connects people with similar interests and fandoms and geekerytogether and accomplishes a couple of important things: 1- Gives me a sense of community and belonging, 2- leads me to all sorts of really cool stuff I might never have found on my own.

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 saw Star Wars (you know, before it was called A New Hope) in the theater at release with my mom. I recall it vividly. I can say it’s one of my top childhood memories. I recall the sound of the Stormtroopers boots on the gleaming floor, the way Leia wore her hair and how Luke swung across the dangerous gap with her on his hip almost as if they were my OWN memories and not those of a film.

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

I have learned that we all have something to offer. Many of us write, draw, edit screenshots, make fan videos, do podcasts, stream gameplay, etc. I think being a megafan pushes you to express your love in creative ways and helps you tap into your unique talents. Being surrounded so many others having these experiences makes a rich community full of creative energy.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I love Tudor-era English history and I fangirl about Anne Boleyn. I am a huge dog fangirl as well!

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

I think it’s been a wonderful way to connect people from diverse situations, across the globe. Men, women and children of all religions, political affiliations, and social backgrounds can find things to love together, debate and theorize wildly about. On a personal level, I like having a safe escape, an alternate galaxy that makes more sense at times than the Milky Way. The stories are parables that can teach us what it is to be a hero and to make choices for the good of others, to stand up to evil where we see it. The books, films, games, music, LEGOs and all of the other wonderful Star wars stuff is soothing and gives me happiness. I find going back to them can be like a touchstone in anxious or trying times.

Thanks again Jessie for stopping by today and letting us get to know you better!

You can learn more about Jessie by following her on Twitter, @unholyalliances, or visiting for blog, tatooinedreams.com.

Guest Post on Star Cruise: Outbreak

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl again welcomes author Veronica Scott as a guest blogger to talk about her story Star Cruise: Outbreak.

Take it away Veronica!

Guest Post on Star Cruise: Outbreak by Veronica Scott

Thanks for having me as your guest today!

I decided to focus on Star Cruise: Outbreak for this interview because it was recently honored with a double SFR Galaxy Award mention and I thought it might be a timely topic. The novel also received a third place award in the Judge A Book By Its Cover contest, judged by professional book sellers, which was exciting but mostly due to the artistry of Fiona Jayde, who does all my wonderful SFR book covers.

What kind of research did you have to do for this novel?

It was my usual combination of many various topics that would come together on board the interstellar cruise ship Nebula Zephyr. I had to research the cruise industry, to have lots of cool amenities for my passengers, and so I looked at travel blogs, the union for cruise ship workers, job listings, books on running large ships successfully, etc. I also did ‘research’ by watching current reality shows like “Below Deck,” and I read the synopsis of every single episode of the old TV show “Love Boat,” trying to get a feel for what overall story and worldbuilding elements contributed to it being such a successful program. And of course long ago, I’d done my research into Titanic for the book Wreck of the Nebula Dream, so I still have those notes on cruise ships and the passengers.

I also had to do extensive research into communicable diseases, with emphasis on the types found on cruise ships or other closed environments. I read up on Legionnaire’s disease and even brain eating amoebas. Yes, watching the TV shows on cruises was more fun than perusing medical sites, but I had to create a plausible and terrifying illness for my cruise ship, and keep the symptoms and prognosis believable as the crisis continues. I don’t know about you but if I read too much on sites like WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, I start convincing myself I have every single disease known to man LOL. I do know I don’t have the one afflicting the Nebula Zephyr.

And the third aspect I researched was PTSD, particularly for medical personnel who served in frontline combat hospitals. There were several nonfiction accounts from fairly recent events like Iraq that were grim but useful. My heroine, Dr. Emily Shane, is known as the “Angel of Fantalar” for her deeds in frontline combat, but she’s quite self-critical for not being able to save everyone. The cruise ship is a totally new environment for her and in the beginning she’s not sure how well she’ll fit with pampered passengers. Most of the crew members are military veterans like her, however, and she finds common ground with them.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?

I can’t usually quantify how I arrive at my character’s names – I just like the ‘sound’ and my Muse kind of goes “Oh yes, your heroine’s name is Emily and your hero is Jake,” as in this case, and I start writing. Actually, when it comes to names, I had more of a process for how to name my cruise ships. I researched what sort of names the modern day ocean-going ships tend to have and I decided to use the world “nebula” as the first half of the title, and also in my head, as a class of luxury interstellar cruise liner. For the second word of the names, I went with something more ethereal and evocative – “dream” for my original novel and “zephyr” for this one.

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

Veronica's Influences: Forbidden Planet and Flash Gordon

Veronica’s Influences: Forbidden Planet and Flash Gordon

Since my Dad loved science fiction, one of the first movies I ever remember seeing (on late night TV) was “Forbidden Planet,” so I guess you could say I was imprinted with scifi early on. The local TV station also broadcast the old episodes of the 1930’s “Flash Gordon” serial with Buster Crabbe daily and as a little kid I was blind to the outdated production techniques and acting, and totally enthralled with the stories. In fact, I keep a framed photo from one of the Flash episodes next to my writing desk and a small Robby the Robot on my bookcase as reminders of my scifi ‘roots’. But I always felt there needed to be more romance in everything scifi, so I supply that element in my writing.

I’m also fascinated by disasters and how people act and react, going back to the fact that my mother’s family had a belief that one of their distant relatives survived the Titanic as a second class passenger. Living in the age of the internet, I’ve come to sadly accept that the lady probably wasn’t related to us, despite the unusual surname, but the story still inspired me. I’ve also always been drawn to medical mysteries, especially the work of epidemiologists tracking down outbreaks, so it was a nice extra to be able to include some of that mystery in this novel. My father was one of the few people in the country to contract and survive a certain disease as a young child, thoroughly mystifying the medical authorities of his time, and the story of how they eventually tracked it back to the source fascinated me.

What makes you laugh? Currently?

My brand new grandbaby, the antics of my cats and certain episodes of the “Big Bang Theory” TV show.

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

I’m not aware of anything special I do to remain sane as a writer. I just am one and I write like I breathe. I don’t even try to explain the process by which my Muse (or subconscious) generates my fiction. I do believe very strongly as a human being in never giving up, no matter the situation, but also looking for unusual or different ways to problem solve if the straight ahead approach isn’t working. My characters very much do that. They don’t panic in the crisis, they’re hopeful and they believe in romance and the Happy Ever After, just as I do!

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?
Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target. If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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Author Veronica Scott

Author Veronica Scott

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 a Fangirl: Megan


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Megan, aka ‪@megzcull ‬via Twitter and Instagram. Megan is a Singer, Voice Teacher, Fangirl, Jedi, Ravenclaw – She love all things Star Wars, Harry Potter, and other nerdy things.

I became aware of Megan through the Star Wars Fan and Harry Potter Communities.

Welcome Megan to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

Probably in high school. I had always loved Sci Fi and Fantasy, but didn’t really know I was a “fan” until I was older. I didn’t even know about the term “Fangirl” until a few years ago!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I would say it has helped me more than hindered me. It has opened up a whole new world! I am able to interact with fans all around the world who love the same things as I do. I love when we all “Fangirl” together over something. I have felt more accepted. Social media is really a powerful platform, and I try to keep it positive at all times. I think it’s really important that we stick together and support each other through social media to keep it as safe and fun as possible.

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 first saw Star Wars when it was re-released in 1997. I knew about it and had glimpses of it, but didn’t know the scope of it until then. I remember being SO excited to see it and from the moment the words “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” appeared on the screen, I was hooked! My other big fandom is Harry Potter. When the first movie came out, I saw it and became a huge fan right away. Then I delved into the books, which were just as amazing.

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

Mostly what I have learned is the power of Star Wars. It connects people of all ages, races, locations, gender, etc… For the most part, the Star Wars fan community is really fantastic and positive. And SO creative and smart! I have interacted with incredibly talented people that offer their talent with Podcasts, art, music, writing, etc…

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’ve been singing and performing most of my life, so I’m a big fan of all kinds of music and musicals. Some of my favorite bands/artists are Muse, Queen, Kelly Clarkson, Sleeping at Last, Vitamin String Quartet. Some of my favorite musicals are Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls.

I’m also a fan of Anime and my two favorites are Fullmetal Alchemist and Gundam Wing.

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

I think it’s important to stay positive and be confident about what you love. Also, be welcoming to other people who are new to your fandoms. We are kind of unofficial ambassadors for our fandoms. It’s important to be open-minded about other opinions. That way, you can have fun and insightful discussions and maybe learn something in the process. Overall, just be kind. It will make your experience just better overall. I love being a fangirl!

Thanks again Megan for answering these questions and letting us get to know you better.

Interview with a Fangirl: Ash


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Ash, aka ‪@ErsatzAsh ‬via Twitter.

Fangirl Ash

I became aware of Ash through the Star Wars Fan Community and The Skyhoppers Podcast.

Welcome Ash to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

I’ve always been very vocal about my love of nerdy things. I remember not being able to to shut up about Star Wars and Marvel when I was a kid and I still can’t (That’s why I have a Star Wars podcast). I think the realization that I was a fangirl happened my freshman year in high school. I discovered that I cared about these things a lot more than most of the population and like most confused fourteen year olds I desperately wanted to be accepted and I didn’t think I would be with my interests, so for about 6 months I tried to convince myself that I was more interested in football than Jedi ( I lived in Texas) and I was miserable. Then I found a wonderful group of friends that accepted me completely and eventually convinced me that it was OK to be unashamed about things I love. They introduced me to Tumblr and went on from there.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

It has helped me so much, I’ve met some of my best friends online and just having a community of people who love the same stuff I do is fantastic and now with the podcast we have an awesome community of listeners that we get to interact with. We are also in the Star Wars Commonwealth Podcast Network which is an amazing group of people I get to nerd out with daily.

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

My first memory of Star Wars is when my Dad took me to Attack of The Clones and I almost immediately fell in love with everything about it. I think it made my family finally give up there crusade to get me to love Barbies, because every year after that I’ve received a Star Wars action figure for my birthday.

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

I have discovered that Star Wars has had a tremendous impact on so many different people from every possible background and that people who would have normally never thought of initiating a conversation have formed life long friendships over a mutual love of Star Wars. I met one of my best friends because he came up to me at a comic book store and said he liked my Star Wars t-shirt.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Indiana Jones and Marvel Comics

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

Don’t feel even a miniscule amount of shame for the things you love. There will always be people who try to make you feel bad, but there will also be people who encourage and support you 100 percent!

Ash is a massive Star Wars fangirl and co-host of The Skyhoppers Podcast where they talk about anything and everything Star Wars related whether it’s Canon or not. Find out more via @SWSkyhoppers

Interview with a Fangirl: Amy Ratcliffe


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview writer, podcast co-host and fellow Fangirl, Amy Ratcliffe.


I first became aware of Amy through the Full of Sith Podcast and of course following her Fangirl adventures via Twitter.

Welcome Amy to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

Hmm. Probably in high school when I scoured Wheel of Time message boards and participated in a related roleplaying community. Or maybe later when I became addicted to a Battlestar Galactica fan group on Live Journal. I don’t know if I can pinpoint the exact moment.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has definitely helped me find likeminded individuals. One of the reasons I signed up for Twitter was to connect with other ladies who also enjoyed Star Wars. I ended up meeting all of my closest friends (who are local to me) on Twitter first. It’s made it easier for me to get to know others at conventions because I’ve already established an online relationship of sorts with them.

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 first saw Star Wars when I was in high school. I was 16. My high school boyfriend wanted to see the rereleases in the theater, and I was curious. I loved them, but I didn’t fall head over heels in love with Star Wars until many years later when Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted.
My first sci-fi experience was Star Trek: The Next Generation, and though I enjoyed it, I never latched onto Star Trek like I did with Star Wars.
My first fandom was probably Wheel of Time. I picked up those books early in high school and devoured them. I later joined fan sites – I think one was called the White Tower – and devoured theories. I longed to be an Aes Sedai.

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

The Star Wars fan community constantly enriches me. For the most part, it’s a positive and energetic group that discusses and creates. The creativity always astounds me, whether it’s a theory I’ve never considered before or seeing handmade costumes and models. They inspire me to be welcoming and to do my part to contribute positivity.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Oh man. Fangirling about Star Wars takes up a lot of my energy and free time, but I’m also quite enthusiastic about: Disney, Disneyland, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Harry Potter, most shows on The CW, and Doctor Who.

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

Never be afraid to express yourself about what you like. Don’t suffer fools or gatekeepers. Most importantly, have fun.

Amy Ratcliffe is a writer and geek passionate about Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. You can find her work at Nerdist, StarWars.com, IGN and in Star Wars Insider magazine. Follow her fangirl adventures via Twitter or Instagram.

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