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Interview with an Author: Michelle M. Pillow

It is a pleasure to welcome Michelle M. Pillow author of Space Lords 4: His Earth Maiden.

Welcome Michelle 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.

Thank you for having me!

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

The Space Lords series was a series installment in the sci-fi romance Qurilixen World collection. It came naturally as the characters from previous series (Dragon Lords, Lords of the Var) began leaving their planet for the high skies. The titles of the Space Lords series has to do with a curse the pirate crew received while “visiting” a planet. Each part of the curse relates to a different element on that planet, thus: His Frost Maiden, His Fire Maiden, His Metal Maiden, His Earth Maiden. Wood will be the next element.

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

I started writing historical romances and thought I would never do anything else. In 2004, after my first book a Regency ghost story romance, the publisher contacted me because they needed authors to fill out their Sci Fi Romance list. I agreed with the idea that I’d do this one thing for them, and then get to back to historical “my true passion.” Those first Sci Fi books, Dragon Lords, a futuristic dragonshifter series, grew into the Quirlixen World collection with 34 books within 7 series installments and growing.

It’s comical to think of now since I don’t write historical much anymore. My career took off from there, and I now I’m best known for futuristic, sci-fi and paranormal romance. However, I’ve written in a lot of different genres—contemporary, historical, fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, etc—and have recently released my third cozy mystery.

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

It’s doing things away from the computer to refill the creative well. Often, that is when the best ideas strike, or I’ll be doing research for a book. Experiencing something makes you better versed to write it. Not that I can take off into spaceships, but I can tour a ghost town like what is in my newest cozy mystery, or I can interview an expert in paranormal investigations on their techniques, or climb Mayan Temples in Belize.

What makes you laugh?

I love to laugh. My husband and I joke around all the time. Usually it’s the silliest stuff.

What makes you cry?

Grey’s Anatomy. Everyone kept recommending it so I recently binge watched it and I think I cried like every episode. My husband probably thought something was seriously wrong with me. LOL

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

I absolute LOVE horror movies. Scary, campy, phycological, it doesn’t matter. I have some darker books, the series Tribes of the Vampire, that does reflect a horror quality. I’d love to be able to write a straight thriller or horror if time allowed.

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

I love talking to my readers online. They can usually find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Michelle M. Pillow, Author

NYT & USAT Bestselling Author Michelle M. Pillow is an award-winning romance writer with over 100 published books over the course of her nearly 15-year career. She is best known for her Quirlixen World including the series: Dragon Lords, Space Lords, Lords of the Var, Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides, and more.

Michelle is always up for a new adventure or challenge, whether it’s a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She was a refugee extra on SyFy’s Z Nation (2016).

Website: www.michellepillow.com

Qurilixen World: https://michellepillow.com/dragonlords/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichellePillow/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MichellePillow

Instagram: https://instagram.com/michellempillow/

Upcoming/Newest Release:

Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes, (Un)Lucky Valley Book 1, Cozy Mystery Paranormal Romantic Comedy

Available starting June 26, 2018

Welcome to Lucky Valley where nothing is quite what it seems.

Lily Goode wasn’t aware she had an inheritance waiting for her in the form of a huge Victorian house in Lucky Valley, Colorado. Life might finally be coming together for her. That is if you don’t count the endless home repairs, dealing with eccentric Aunt Polly who claims they’re both witches, and Nolan Dawson the handsome home inspector who seems to have it out for her, then, sure, life is grand. Oh, and not to mention the strange hallucinations and garden gnomes who are far more than lawn ornaments.

If mysterious accidents don’t do her in, then the rebellious gnomes just might. With the help of Aunt Polly, it’s up to Lily to discover who’s sabotaging her new home and trying to drive the Goodes out of Lucky Valley once and for all.

Interview with a Fangirl: Indrani

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Indrani, @Indranee, who is a Writer/Editor and of course a Fangirl!

I became aware of Indrani through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community!

Welcome Indrani 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?

When I was in my early teens for Star Trek and just last year when I watched The Last Jedi, for Star Wars, even though I’d been a casual fan of the franchise since A New Hope was first released when I was young.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

It helped me connect with other fans, and discuss topics and also meet some like-minded folk and even get into groups to go to conventions with. This primarily happened with Trek, but also Star Wars. However, I’ve also had some bad experiences with fans who are overbearing and plain nasty and want to hammer home their ideas at the expense of anyone elses. I also don’t like Stans in general (even though I’m a ‘shipper of all sorts of stuff LOL), and I think there is a particular contingent of Stans or ‘shippers who get very unpleasant on social media.

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 first watched Star Trek (OST) when I was very young, in grade school, and then the movies, then TNG, then DS9, VOY, ENT, etc. I fell in love right away but there was a guy in my high school who was a HUGE Trekkie upon whom I was nursing a fair-sized crush, and I suspect that might have helped things along a bit! LOL. Lately, I’ve become very impressed with ST: Discovery and have acually paid to watch it.

I first watched Star Wars when A New Hope was released and watched the rest of the OT, but didn’t become a fangirl even though I liked the movies. The PT didn’t help much although I didn’t dislike it. I just wasn’t drawn to it. Perhaps I felt like I would betray Trek if I loved SW too much, but this wasn’t a conscious thought. I didn’t read any SW/EU novels (I’ve obsessed over Trek novels over the years), and didn’t watch Clone Wars, etc, either. I became a SW fangirl after I watched TLJ. It completely changed my mind about the SW OT/PT/ST ribboned connection, and I’m now a heavily invested fan of 9-film Skywalker-Solo drama LOL.

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

The Trek community has been close to my heart for a long time and I have a lot of friends with whom I’m close whom I met online and via SM and discussion boards. Some of these friends became my real life friends and I admire and love and value them. I’ve written fanfic with them and also written non-Trek work with them. Trek is an intimate and ongoing part of my life and its values.

I’m just now beginning to make some friends in the SW community, but it’s not at the same level yet. I’m taking things slow… I’ve met some interesting people through the Reylo community and have discovered some great fanfic writers.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I love The Americans, Timeless, Sherlock (love SherLolly!), and a lot of Netflix original dramas.

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

I think I’ve realized that it’s actually harder to be a Star Wars fangirl than to be a Trek fangirl!

I never thought that I would feel this way when I first became interested in the Sequel Trilogy, but the nastiness toward it from the original fanboys is certainly astounded, to say the least. I’m also discovering that women who like Star Wars seem have a more difficult road to travel in terms of the attitude of the rest of the fandom. I’ve noticed strains of belittling and condescension toward the SW female fans from some contingents of male SW fans that I never encountered in the Trek community. These negative reactions are strewn all over Youtube vids, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter

Throughout my life as a female Trekkie, I’d always felt as if I was part of a special, treasured group… sure, there were a few patronizing groups here and there, but Trek fandom is so varied and also Trek series and movies are so used to being reinvented that there’s a tendency for the larger fandom to be much more accepting of variety. Add to this the fact that Trek has always had women “on top”, meaning within TPTB. D.C. Fontana, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Nichelle Nichols, Nana Visitor, Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Taylor (who was a primary writer/producer on Voyager, etc… and many novelists and scriptwriters/producers form parts of the hefty backbone of Trek-lit and screenworks.

Compared to this, I feel SW has been traditionally more male-centric, and brilliant actors and writers like Carrie Fisher have correctly avowed that this needs to change. Thankfully, I see this change happening recently, and I believe Twitter and Tumblr are in fact part and parcel of this change, because SW writers, including Storygroup writers as well as novelists seem to routinely interact with fangirls within the community, leading to a healthy amount of discussions and give and take of info and opinions. Despite the ever-present “nastiness” that’s always lurking within, I think Social Media, especially Twitter has been a breakthrough platform for this communal exchange. So, in many ways, SM is a double-edged sword.

Where can others interact with you?

They can Tweet or DM me @indranee

Interview with a Fangirl: Jess

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Jess!

I became aware of Jess through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community!

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

Thanks so much for having me and I had a fun time answering them!

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I was in high school before I was really able to share my fandom with others. Once I was able to talk to other fans and geek out with them over our shared love of Star Wars I really realized that my love wasn’t going to fade. So I would say I was about 16 when I knew that I would be a fan for life.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Most of my fandom experience has been a smaller face to face experience. I met some friends in high school and college and shared my fandom with them. For most of my fandom journey my community has been really small, just friends that I’ve made over the years.
It wasn’t until the few months leading up to Celebration Orlando that I realized there is a much wider fandom community that I have access to. I think it’s a great way to connect with other fans and build friendships. I just joined a couple facebook groups that were created by my favorite podcasters. I’ve gotten more active on Twitter and Instagram and it’s like a whole new world of fandom.

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?

Star Wars is my first love of fandom. My older brother say the original trilogy in theaters when he was younger so he would watch them with me when he would babysit me. Star Wars was such a part of my childhood that I don’t remember the first time I watched it. I feel like I was born a Star Wars fan because I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t a fan.
I was the same way with Disney, I grew up watching the movies and playing princess dress up.

Harry Potter was another big impact on my life and is very special to my heart. My dad stumbled upon the first book before it got really popular. He impressed upon me and my older brothers that we needed to read this book. We all took his advice, and my brothers were able to share them with his kids. It was the first, and really the only fandom that we share together as a family.

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 learned that Star Wars fans are some of the nicest people I’ve met. Anytime I see someone in Star Wars apparel or a tattoo I’ll geek out with them about it and everyone is always nice about it. Everyone needs a sense of community and belonging. I’ve always felt like I belonged in the Star Wars fandom. I’ve never has to prove myself, I’ve always been accepted. As a woman I’m so grateful for the positive experience I’ve had as a fangirl.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I have quite a few fandoms that I ascribe to. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Disney, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avatar: The Last Airbender (the cartoon), the Bloody Jack series of novels by L.A. Meyer.

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

I had a pretty good experience as a young fangirl, but I wasn’t able to fully fangirl out and share my fandoms till I was in my teens. I’m so happy about the world we live in now, with shows like Clone Wars and Rebels, and the new movies there are so many awesome women for little girls to look up to. I saw so many young girls cosplaying as Sabine at Celebration. I saw so many families cosplaying together and sharing the fandom as a family. Star Wars has this wonderful way of bridging the generational gaps. I truly believe that The Force is for everyone and it’s becoming more and more socially acceptable to be a fanperson. I think we should rejoice at how far we’ve come and keep the momentum going. We can push the boundaries further and be an example for representation and equality. Star Wars has always been ahead of his time and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. I really look forward to see how the franchise and the fandom grows over the rest of my lifetime.

Where can others interact with you?

I can be found at @Huttslayer91 on Twitter and Instagram. I’m also a part of the Skywalking Through Neverland and Fangirls Going Rogue Facebook groups. I hope to start my own podcast with my best fanboy here soon, so I will have that information on my Twitter and Instagram once that gets off the ground.

Interview with a Fangirl: Carol G

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 Carol G, who is a geek Mom and Lead Moderator of the Collider Jedi Council Fan Group on Facebook.

I became aware of Carol through the Global Star Wars Fangirl Community and I am very happy that she agreed to this interview!

Welcome Carol 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 guess I always was, but I became more nerd about Star Wars when they announced Episode VII was in production.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Helped a lot. I’m 39, so I belong to a generation that had to wait for a magazine to be published, or to a TV show or documentary to come up to get extra information about my fandom, and today, you can learn something new, or check canon facts instantly.

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 don’t remember exactly when I watched it, but it was my Father’s VHS OT collection, so, a long time ago, much before the prequels. I loved it immediately, I remember being a little girl and wanting a robot R2D2. But it has grown exponentially after Episode XII, due to the material and availability of extra information. I want to know more. Harry Potter and Game of Thrones are my other fandoms, but more secondary.

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 base is very diverse. Fans tend to disagree a lot, so I learned patience and respect. Not that I wasn’t respectful before, obviously I was, but now I have learned to manage it on a Social Media level. I don’t know the person on the other side, their life, their problems, so I don’t go for arguments, especially from the “always negative” fans. If I see that a person is from a group that has other opinions, I just “move along”, let them be. Also, I have learned a lot about Social Media itself, moderating a SW group on Facebook. Met new people, with both similar or completely different interests, but the same love for SW.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Only SW, GOT and Harry Potter. Their material and lore takes all my spare time.

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

Being a Fangirl is awesome, but my advice for the newcomers are: read, learn, think for yourself and make your own conclusions. Write them if you like writing. Share your ideas, there’s always someone who will relate to them. Don’t be shy if you belong to a group in that is mocked a lot in fandom. Don’t argue with Lucasfilm people online, it’s not nice. And most of all, don’t fall into traps, don’t let the negativity reach you, that person doesn’t know you, the real you, so don’t let online bashing ruin your day.

Where can others interact with you?

You can find me on Twitter @carolgtweets

Interview with a Fangirl: Shay

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

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

I became aware of Shay through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community!

Welcome Shay 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 realize you were a Fangirl?

I actually didn’t realize I was a “fangirl” until fairly recently. I’ve always been really into sci-fi, fantasy, and the like, and I have that kind of personality where, if I set my mind to something, I pretty much never let it go. I’ve been crazy about Star Wars on and off for years, but only a few years ago did I actually really begin to be more open about it, discovering podcasts, fan sites, cosplay, and all the other awesome aspects of it.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Shay with Sisters and Friend

For me, social media has been very helpful, though I’ve only had limited exposure to it. I just began with Twitter a few months ago, and it’s been a big help in keeping up-to-date on all the news, theories, and getting connected with all the other amazing fans out there.

One of the biggest things that got me back into Star Wars, and caused me to be as active in it as I am now, was getting to know several other major Star Wars fans about my age though a chat-board. All of us started talking about it together, and it was actually through people on there that I was first exposed to terms such as “fangirl”, “shipping”, and “feels”.

We all help each other grow in our love for the series, talking through all our theories, and sharing our knowledge with others who are new to it all. It was amazing. In fact, those guys are the biggest reason why The Elven Padawan even exists today; had it not been for their enthusiasm and overwhelming support when I first mentioned the idea of starting my own podcast, I probably never would have started that endeavor. Because of each other, we’ve all gotten way more involved in this stuff than we ever intended to be, and it’s been a fantastic ride all the way.

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 very young, probably around the age of three. I still remember walking into our media room and finding my dad watching The Phantom Menace. I was immediately drawn in by the odd green guys with funny hats and no noses, and the girl with the enormous red dress who looked like she was wearing an upside-down chandelier on her head. I watched the prequels a lot over the next several years, and absolutely loved them, even though I didn’t totally understand all the details of the story.

For some reason, my love for the movies died away, and I went through a lapse where I could care less about Star Wars. I basically avoided it as much as possible. Then all of a sudden, several years ago, my dad bought and began watching through the entire saga with my sisters, and I found myself right in the middle of it again. Then came the announcement of work beginning on another movie, and by the time The Force Awakens released, I had become a big fan of the animated branch of the story though Star Wars Rebels.

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

You can always find something to talk to people about. There’s no excuse to not be friendly to people just because you’re completely different. To quote an old Jedi proverb we first heard from Bail Organa, “The smallest gesture of kindness can fill a galaxy with hope.” One of the greatest kindness I can show, or that you can show me, is taking the time to talk to me and listen to what I have to say. I’ve made very good friends with people I know only through internet correspondence, and had great conversations with people, all starting with each of us finding out that the other liked the same story. That’s amazing to me, how a teenaged girl can just walk into a random comic book store a state away from where she lives, and strike up an in-depth conversation with a middle-aged man who works there about Grey Jedi, whether Luke actually has to be the only Force-user in the Rebellion, and if Kanan Jarrus is technically a Jedi Knight (and yes, this actually happened to me this summer!).

What else do you Fangirl about?

I was introduced to The Lord of the Rings series a couple years ago, and immediately picked up with that franchise. It reminded me a lot of Star Wars in many ways, and I loved how deep and involved it was, with all the different locations, time periods, races, and cultures of Middle-Earth. Since I saw the movies first, they always hold a special place in my heart, but nothing compares to Tolkien’s original books. And yes, that includes The Silmarillion, Beren and Luthien, The Children of Hurin, not just LOTR and The Hobbit.

I’m also a huge reader, so if I’m not talking the ears off someone about something that’ll have an 80% chance of turning fandom or philosophy related, planning another cosplay, or trying to figure out lightsaber moves in the driveway with a bamboo pole, I’ve probably got my nose stuck in a book somewhere.

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

Don’t be afraid to get your voice out there because you don’t have the same opinions and thoughts as everyone else in the fandom! A lot of my own theories and the things I believe are totally different than the ones currently trending with a lot of the loudest voices in the fandom, but that’s OK. You’ll find that if you get your voice out there, there are a lot of people who think like you who will come out, too. I never thought I’d find other kids my age who were as involved in the deep aspects of the mythology of Star Wars as I am, and who draw the same connections to real-life things like history and theology, but I started talking and putting myself out there, and I’ve connected with some great people. And you’re going find a lot of people who might not agree with you all the time, but are still supportive and awesome and try to help you out anyway. There are still those out there that like to look down on you because you love a certain trilogy, or like Tauriel even though she wasn’t in the book, or just for being a fangirl in general, but don’t let that change who you are.

Where can others interact with you?

Interact with me via…
The Elven Padawan podcast and site or on Twitter: Elven Padawan (@ElvenPadawan

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!

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.

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