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  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.

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.

Interview with a Fangirl: Caz


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, Caz Gardiner aka @radioryloth on Twitter.


I became aware of Caz through the Star Wars Fan Community. Especially through the articles she writes for the fan site, FutureoftheForce.com.

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

Thanks for the opportunity!

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I think I was always a fangirl for something! It hasn’t always been Star Wars (although that was always in the background during my childhood.) It’s been music, various TV shows, books, even historical periods sometimes. I’ve always consistently been fascinated by science fiction and utopia/dystopia situations in fiction. I think over the last 5 years I realised I was in deep with Star Wars, I started getting really geeky about the details lots of people weren’t interested in so I guess that’s when I knew!!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I’m quite new to Twitter and I’m finding it a good experience so far. I use it to chat about the things I’m passionate about, keep up with announcements and read articles, although I should probably spend less time on that and more time on my own writing, or reading books! It’s nice to reach out and connect to people that share my interests.

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 when I was a kid and we used to watch it repeatedly, its just always been there, I never questioned whether I liked it or not. The prequels I saw at the cinema. I guess that universe has grown on me over time to the point I’ve reached now. The turning point was probably watching The Clone Wars for the first time and just getting totally obsessed with it.

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

It’s really nice to realise it’s not just me getting frustrated about some aspects of Star Wars. I’m happy to see lots of people speaking up about representation, both in the stories themselves and within the visible fan community, and it has given me the confidence to raise my voice too.

What else do you fangirl about?

Doctor Who, X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Buffy, Angel, Harry Potter, Dystopian fiction, 80’s cartoons, lots of different types of music.

About Caz Gardiner

Caz lives in London is a mum, cellist, sometimes guitarist and singer, feminist, aspiring teacher, writes about Star Wars as Radio Ryloth for futureoftheforce.com. You can follow her via Twitter @radioryloth or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/radioryloth.

Interview with a Fangirl: Clair

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, Clair Henry aka @henrytowers on Twitter.

I became aware of Clair through the Star Wars Fan Community.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I probably I realised I was a fangirl when I went to secondary school around the age of 11 years old; (I think it’s called high school in the USA). Whilst at primary school (elementary school) I had a group of friends mainly boys who each break and lunchtime played or talked about star wars mainly, but we did like other things such as Battlestar Galactica, Flash Gordon, Superman and Wonder Woman anything sci fi, fantasy or comic based really. I loved it we played role play games, looked at comics, played with the toys, read books, collected the trading cards and stickers you name it we did it!

When I went to an all-girls secondary school and had to make new friends I realised that not many people liked the things I liked! It didn’t stop me; it was difficult though as in the early 1980s in Northern Ireland it was hard there was one comic shop in Belfast that you could go to get your fangirl (or guy for that matter fix! It was so expensive!!!!!)

All through my life I haven’t ever shied away from the fact that I like Star Wars or anything related to sci fi and as people have got to know me they accept it think its quirky and respect me for it!

I’m still best friends with my primary school friend, now his family and mine go together to conventions!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I would say it has helped me. I loved StarWars.com from its infancy and joined hyperspace on it! The forums and communities before modern social media helped me keep up to date or in contact with other people who loved star wars.

I am now on facebook, twitter and instagram. I find twitter the best for finding out snippets of information from a range of sources almost as soon as it happens! I love the fact on facebook groups of like-minded people can come together and chat.

I try to look at them a couple of times of the day, but try not to let it take over my life which I know social media can do, it’s very addictive!!

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

My parents always said I loved strange TV shows and movies from a young age, I saw Star Wars in 1978 when it came to Northern Ireland when I was 5 and I loved it! My mum always tells people when they ask her “Has Clair always loved Star Wars?” Her reply is “Yes when her dad and granddad brought her home from the cinema and she pretended to stop a rubbish crusher from closing in on her and called herself Princess Leia I knew this film was a hit !”

I remember choosing to watch Star Trek, Battlestar, the black and white Flash Gordon Saturday morning shows, Wonder Woman and the cartoon Lord of The Rings over anything else on the TV I simply couldn’t get enough of it!

That love has still continued I love to watch anything of the fangirl genre from lost, the remake battlestar, Game of Thrones to the dc and avenger films and tv shows over anything else.

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

It was different for a girl to like Star Wars when I was young it was a “boy” thing and there weren’t many “out” fangirls around. I was considered by some to be nerdy, Tomboyish and weird as I didn’t conform to the norm as such in my tastes, but I was always comfortable and strong with my choice and that was because of the support I got from the Star Wars friends I suppose you could call them my fan community right from the start as a child
As an adult, the fan community has allowed me to continue my love for star wars and has helped me show others that its ok to like what you like and be proud of it ( even when it’s not trendy or in vogue which star wars was for a very long time)

What else do you Fangirl about?

My daughter loves Harry Potter so I have learned an awful lot about that series recently. Its great to see Supergirl and Wonder Woman come back again! I loved the original program and movies and think the modern take on those are fantastic!

I’m not sure whether it’s a fangirl thing but I love Kylie Minogue the pop singer and have yet to miss a tourher music I find is very upbeat and always gets me on the dance floor!!!

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

I love being a fangirl as there isn’t a typical or prescribed way to do it! I love the fact that every day I can somehow show off my love of Star Wars in my own fangirl way whether it be by wearing a pin on my work Lanyard, heading out for a night of cocktails by carrying my Star Wars makeup in my black Darth Vader handbag, or turning up to a meeting and produce my Star Wars note book and pen to take notes and minutes. It always starts a conversation and I feel it breaks down a lot of barriers as people can’t help but ask why or do you like Star Wars!

Being a fangirl is simply the best feeling and I am so proud to call myself one.

May The Force Be With You…

Interview with a Fangirl: Michelle

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, Michelle, aka Missy K’ya!

Fangirl Missy

Fangirl Michelle

I became aware of Michelle via the Skywalking Through Neverland Podcast and through interactions with her via Facebook.

Welcome Michelle to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I suppose I have been a Fangirl since I was 9 years old. I know that, at that age, I didn’t realize that I was a Fangirl (or that there was such a thing). All I knew was that I was completely obsessed with Star Wars. I did realize that I was the only girl in my school that was passionate about it, but I simply didn’t care what anyone else thought. By the time I was about 12 or 13 I realized that “fandom” was a thing, and that I was certainly a part of it.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media was non-existent during my childhood, teens, and early adulthood. We met other fans at comic book stores, lining up for new Star Wars film releases (yes, even back then), or just through mutual friends. Since the rise of social media it has become so much easier to meet other fans, which is great ! I find that when there is some new, exciting Star Wars news that the people around me do not really care about, I can just turn to my social media friends and they are always there to share in my excitement.

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

I saw A New Hope when it was first released in the theater. I had just turned 6 years old and it was love at first sight. I grew up in San Francisco and saw the movie at the Coronet Theater, which I was able to do for every single Star Wars film until The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, the theater closed before then and I was devastated. Now I have to see Star Wars films in other places, but the love remains. I believe my love for all things Star Wars continues to grow, and probably always will.

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 there are so many people out there that feel the same way I do, and that these people come from so many different places, ethnicities, religions, and political points of view. Regardless of how different fans may be, we all share something. Through the connections we make in our fandom communities I have seen that we can respect each other’s differences and not judge each other based on those differences or points of view. I find fellow fans to be far more accepting than other people in general. It seems that knowing what we share helps us to respect our differences.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Disney, Harry Potter, Twilight, Star Trek, LOTR, and Stranger Things.

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

I just want to express how happy I am that it has become much more acceptable for girls to be a part of the fandom communities. This generation is able to enjoy being fans regardless of their gender.

Thank so much Michelle for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your fandom better.

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Michelle is a Northern California Fangirl mother and grandmother raising a 6 year old Fangirl with autism. You can connect with Missy K’ya via her Facebook or Instagram as a_mommy_and_a_mimi.

Interview with a Fangirl: Lois

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, who also happens to be my favorite author of all time, Lois McMaster Bujold!

I became aware of Lois when my husband and I rented the audiobook version of her story, Shards of Honor, back when these were published by The Reader’s Chair. However, I became more aquainted with her, not only as an author, but as a fangirl, via her blog, which I have been following since she first started posting on MySpace.com.

Welcome Lois to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. You are an inspiration to other fangirls, like me, and it is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

EFG:

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

LMB:

Before the term “fangirl” was invented. I started reading science fiction for grownups at about age nine, because my father, an engineering professor, used to buy the magazines and books to read on the plane when he went on consulting trips, and they fell to me. Got my first subscription to Analog Magazine at age 13. So when Star Trek came along in 1966, when I was in high school, the seed fell on already-fertile ground; it was an addition, not a revelation. At last, SF on TV that was almost as good as what I was reading, a miracle! I would have just called myself a fan then, or a reader, ungendered terms I note.

In my entire high school of 1,800 students, there was only one other genre reader I knew of (later we expanded to 4 or 6), my best friend Lillian, and she only because we traded interests; I got history from her, she got F&SF from me. So there was no one to be fans with, for the first while.

Lois McMaster circa 1968

Lois McMaster, Star Trek fan, photo circa 1968 by Ron Miller. There were no posters to buy back then; I made the one you see on the wall myself, with tempura paint on a poster board, gridding up from a picture in TV Guide. The model I made from a kit

 

EDF:

How has social media helped or hindered you?

LMB:

It has provided a great way to reach my readers with the latest word about my works, and vice versa; it’s also an enormous distraction and time sink. What I learn from it all makes it come out pretty even, I think. But due to the distraction issues, I keep my e-footprint small, mainly my Goodreads blog. Goodreads has also provided a handy way for fans to ask questions.  280 answered questions so far, so if you want to read more Bujold blether, there you go.

EDF:

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

LMB:

Saw Star Wars in the first week, Star Trek (not yet TOS) and The Fellowship of the Ring on the first nights.

But that you say “see” is telling. I first read The Lord of the Rings at age 15, in 1965. I didn’t fall in love with the first volume, which (long story) I had mistaken for the only one; it took finding the other two, by chance in a wire rack, to enchant me. I was also about that age when I fell in love with the Sherlock Holmes books. Prior to Star Trek, there was short-lived TV series called The Wackiest Ship in the Army (for all the recent DVD re-releases, why not that one?) that Lillian and I glommed onto, and prior to that there was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. In all of these cases, I observe in retrospect, there was a brainy character that I imprinted on, almost never the lead except for Sherlock. (Strider, Major Butcher, Illya, Spock… I sense a trend.)

Star Wars came along later, when I was in my late 20s and early 30s, deep in booting up a family and my early writing career, so though I loved the first trilogy, it didn’t hit with the same impact, and I didn’t follow up on the fandom or mountain of spinoffs. Although another early movie pair, the Richard Lester The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, with Oliver Reed as Athos, managed to hit my buttons hard; again, I’d been a Dumas reader already. Pre-adapted, so to speak. (Skip the 1993 Disney remake – it was execrable.)

The greatest suspense for me, watching the Lord of the Rings movies, which had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, was the question, “Are the moviemakers going to screw this bit up?” and the greatest thrill was when the answer was, “Yay, they didn’t!” Star Wars, being original to film, didn’t have that problem of competing with a prior tale in my head, fighting like two cats in a sack.

EDF:

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

LMB:

Well, I have for the past 30 years made my living as a science fiction and fantasy writer, so I’d say the impact has been huge.

It was mainly through the very early fan community – both Star Trek (through the earliest fanzines like Devra Langsam’s Spockanalia), and general, through the Central Ohio Science Fiction Fan Club, which I discovered just after high school (22 guys and me meeting in Ron Miller’s parents’ basement, later to be this Ron Miller – that I learned I was not alone in my interests.

Oh, and BFF Lillian? Now this: Lillian Stewart Carl and we are still friends, 55 years and a few million words later.

The “SF community” used to mean, quite narrowly, attendees at SF literary conventions (media fandom was constructed as another, if allied, beast.) The arrival of the internet has changed it all, as an acquaintance of mine put it with respect to fanfiction, “like throwing a gasoline tanker truck on a campfire.” Good times. Break out the marshmallows.

EDF:

What else do you Fangirl about?

LMB:

Lately, I have gotten fairly deep into anime and animation. (And, peripherally, manga.) My first brush with anime was at SF conventions in the 80s, when it was presented in a room on a screen with a fan standing beside it doing verbal translations on the fly – early modern fansubs, as it were. The very limited selection on VHS in video stores (remember video stores?) intrigued me further, but also frustrated me. The Modern Age, and Netflix DVDs, opened up that world to me at last.

Yes, I realize everyone else is switching to direct downloads now. Just give me a minute to catch my breath…

I have a bunch of fave anime. Paprika is probably my favorite feature, though of course I also like most of the Studio Ghibli offerings. Series include but are not limited to Mushi-Shi, Otogi Zoshi, The GokuSen, Wallflower, Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi, Antique Bakery, Junjo Romantica, Mirage of Blaze, Shonen Onmyoji, The Story of Saiunkoku… Also many of the works of CLAMP, in both forms, manga and anime. As a general rule I have no use for giant fighting robots in any form, fighting samurai (Samurai Champloo excepted), ultra-violence, grimdark, or horror, though sufficiently Japanese folklore horror sometimes gets a pass, such as Mononoke. (Not to be confused with Princess Mononoke, although that one’s good, too.)

EDF:

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

LMB:

I think the above pretty much covers it. For all that people go on about the Golden Age of Science Fiction being some moving target of decades ago, I think the golden age is now. We’re all rather like Scrooge McDuck, rolling around in his giant vault of coins, with more fiction at our fingertips than anyone can take in.

Thanks again Lois for answering these questions and letting us to get to know you and your fandom better. This fangirl really appreciates this!

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Lois McMaster Bujold today

Lois McMaster Bujold today, photo by Paul Bujold. Signing tip sheets for my 25th novel.

Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series.
Ten times nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, she has won in that category four times, in addition to garnering another Hugo for best novella, three Nebula Awards, three Locus Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, two Sapphire Awards, the Minnesota Book Award, the Forry Award, and the Skylark Award. In 2007, she was given the Ohioana Career Award, and in 2008 was Writer Guest-of-Honor for the 66th World Science Fiction Convention. A complete list may be found here: http://www.sfadb.com/Lois_McMaster_Bujold. Her works have been translated into over twenty languages.
More information on Bujold and her books is archived at www.dendarii.com and her blog at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16094.Lois_McMaster_Bujold/blog.

Interview with a Fangirl: Diane


I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to interview author, blogger and of course fangirl, Diane!

I first became aware of Diane a few years ago when I started interacting with her via the Sci Fi Romance Brigade Facebook Group and Twitter.

Welcome Diane to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions!

Thanks for having me!

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

I never thought of myself as a Fangirl. I certainly love space adventures. Add in a romance and it’s even better. After watching the Star Wars and Star Trek movies over and over and when I couldn’t get enough SFR romances that I had to write more myself, I finally admitted. Fangirl.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Through social media (esp. Facebook) I discover new book releases and trailers to the latest movies. Obviously, I glom onto those with a futuristic theme and a romance. But I also write mysteries, so I’m always finding new cozies to read, too.

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

I saw Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. When I first read about the movie in Time Magazine, I wasn’t too excited. Then I heard John Williams’ music on the radio and I was hooked! We got a babysitter, and Hubs and I hit the theater. Not only did it live up to my expectations, but I’ve been a major fan ever since.

I took my son and his BFF (ages 6 & 7, respectively) to The Empire Strikes Back. The friend’s mother doesn’t like sci-fi, at all. The two boys were practically jumping up and down in their seats. I restrained myself. LOL Both of my kids, their spouses and two of my three grandchildren are major fans. The youngest is only 18 months. We’ll indoctrinate her soon. I still have the original trilogy on VCR (no player, but I have the tapes) and all the episodes on DVD. Do ya think I like Star Wars???

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

That others are as fanatical as I am about Star Wars. Forgot to mention above, my family and I went on a Disney Star Wars cruise in April. While I didn’t dress up in costume (I had a T-shirt), I was amazed at the creativity of the fans. Although I shouldn’t be surprised, I was fascinated by their devotion to the whole Star Wars culture.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Star Trek ranks up there. Love the movies. Have all of them on DVD and watch repeatedly. When I meet an author whose work I love, I try to play it cool but inevitably I turn into Fangirl.

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

Not to be ashamed or embarrassed about it. Life is too short. Enjoy! I loved watching kids of all ages dressed up in costume as they waited in line for the midnight showing of a new Harry Potter movie. They even brought their copy of the book and read while waiting. I admire that devotion.

Thank so much Diane for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your fandom better.

Thanks for inviting me. I really enjoyed your questions.

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More about Diane…

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

You can visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com or you can also follow her via the social media sites including her…

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