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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 an Author: Cynthia Sax

It is a pleasure to welcome Cynthia Sax author of Hers To Command.

Welcome Cynthia 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.

Cynthia Sax: Thanks for having me Patty. I’m excited to be here.

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

Cynthia Sax: Carys, the heroine of Hers To Command, is a battle station Commander. She has a genetic anomaly that makes her compatible with TWO cyborg warriors. They will do anything to claim her, to keep her safe. Ace and Thrasher are truly Hers To Command.

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

Cynthia Sax: Carys, the heroine of Hers To Commander, is a tolerates-no-backchat type of Commander. Her crew don’t use her first name. I doubt they know it. They refer to her as Commander. I liked that she, a female many perceive as tough and strong, had a soft, feminine name. That shows the two sides of her. In public, she’s tough. In private, she has a soft heart.

Ace and Thrasher are cyborgs, half man, half machine. Cyborgs are viewed as weapons, as objects by their manufacturers. They’re given model numbers, not names. They choose their own names.

Ace is the more logical warrior, more machinelike than human. He chose a name that reflects excellence. It is also short, practical. Thrasher is the more emotional, more human warrior. His name conveys movement and emotion, specifically passion and frustration.

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

Cynthia Sax: I’m a long time cyborg romance reader. I love the delicious cyborg stories told by Laurann Dohner and Eve Langlais. I felt I had my own unique stories to add to this amazing niche.

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

Cynthia Sax: I think it is very important that we write what WE want to write. Yes, we can try to make our stories a bit more marketable but we should love them. We should find joy in what we’re writing. Our happiness is the only thing we can truly control in this wonderful business.

The cyborg series is a prime example of that. When I proposed the idea of Releasing Rage to my agent, she didn’t want to shop it around. She said there was no market for it.

I wrote it anyway, Indie published it and it is, by far, my best selling story. I truly believe my passion for the niche shows. Readers feel the love.

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

Cynthia Sax: I do quite a bit of research for every story. Very little of it, ironically, is put on the page. But I consult with scientists and engineers and, of course, Google is a good friend of mine (grins).

I like to know everything in my stories is plausible. Maybe it isn’t the norm. Writing about what usually happens can be creatively restrictive, not-very-exciting and a bit predictable. But it COULD happen.

For Hers To Command, specifically, I did quite a bit of research on air battles, on battle strategy, on the gravity fields around planets and moons, on whether or not a cow would venture into a dark, cool cave (that is rare but it happens). My search history is a mess. (grins)

What makes you laugh?

Cynthia Sax: I LOVE truly bad jokes, especially puns. I’m PUNderful. One of my great joys is finding the perfect bad dirty jokes for my newsletters. They’re unabashedly awful. If you don’t groan while reading them, I haven’t done my job properly.

What makes you cry?

Cynthia Sax: Oh boy. What doesn’t? In romance novels, it is that tough heroine trying her best not to cry, fighting a losing battle against the tears. Or a hero who feels he has failed his female in some way. That gets me.

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

Cynthia Sax: One of the earliest books I fangirled over was Felix Salten’s Bambi. I must have read that library book a hundred times. Coming from the country, being a farm girl, the honesty of that story got to me. Bad things happened in the story, just as I saw it happen all around me in nature. But there was still hope. There was still optimism.

That is what I try to convey in the cyborg series. My cyborg world is dark. Bad things happen. But there’s optimism. There’s love. There’s hope.

Hers To Command

Three Battered Hearts. One Perfect Love

Ace and Thrasher share a special bond. They’ve never acknowledged that connection and have never fully acted on it. The Humanoid Alliance kill cyborg males like them, deeming the warriors to be defective. Now that Ace and Thrasher have escaped, they don’t trust the cyborg council and their brethren to react any differently. Physical love is too risky for them to consider.

Until they meet her.

Carys is the Commander of a Rebel Battle Station. She has dedicated her lifespan to seeking vengeance against the Humanoid Alliance and the cyborgs who killed her daughter. On her battle station, she makes the rules, and if she wants to kiss, touch, and pleasure two mysterious warriors, she will. Nothing, not even enemy warships and a mass cyborg rebellion, can stop her.

In the midst of a war, enemies can become lovers and loyalties can change in a moment. Can a forbidden relationship between two cautious cyborgs and one unbending human Commander survive?

Hers To Command is Book 8 in the Cyborg Sizzle series.
Due to the number of returning characters in this story, you’ll enjoy Hers To Command more if you’ve read the other stories first. This is a MMF BBW Cyborg SciFi Romance and is available through the following outlets:

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About Cynthia Sax

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes SciFi, contemporary and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
Sign up for her dirty-joke-filled release day newsletter and visit her on the web at www.CynthiaSax.com

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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 Author Shari Elder

It is a pleasure to welcome Shari Elder author of Race to Redemption.

Author Shari Elder

Author Shari Elder

Welcome Shari 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 for having me Patty. I’m excited to be here.

img_0592What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The title, Race to Redemption, captures several essential components of the story. Let’s start with race. The heroine Elaina, is a storm racer so racing and race technology are her livelihood. At one point in the story, Elaina and Erik find themselves racing through the desert with mercenaries on their tail and two sick friends who need to get to a hospital. Finally, Erik, who is a doctor, finds himself racing against time to save people he cares about who are suffering from some mysterious ailment.

Redemption is what both the hero and heroine need from their pasts.

The series title, Green Rising, signifies the emergence of a rebel coalition with a different vision for organizing the political, social and economic system of their corner of the galaxy.

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

I grew up on science fiction and fantasy. In ninth grade, my English teacher assigned Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. That book blew me away and I’ve never been the same since. It showed me we can play with the rules of how we organize our lives (e.g. five and ten year marriage contracts). It is my first lesson in how powerful stories are in creating and sustaining the assumptions about good and evil, right and wrong, past and future that we use to organize our lives and society. The Overlords, the aliens in the story are thought provoking (I can’t say more without spoiling it if you haven’t read it.). For me, writing in this genre seemed as natural as breathing.

Why romance then? Because I can’t resist a happy ending, and romance is guaranteed to give it to you.

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

Great question! For me, staying sane as a writer requires creating some structure, getting the right sustenance, knowing when to take a break, an¬¬¬¬d never, ever giving up. Translating all that to personal attributes you get persistence, discipline and a dependence on coffee. Now that you asked, I must admit most of my heroes and heroines would be classified as tenacious and disciplined. Coffee I did make optional. I’ll have to write more of a free spirit in a future book.

What makes you laugh?

My daughter. She is a teen-ager and knows how to wind me up. When that doesn’t work, I watch MASH and Frasier reruns.

What makes you cry?

Any child in pain. Even just the thought of any child feeling pain.

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

Doctor Who, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, world mythologies and animals. So, no surprises I wrote science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance. Aliens and shifters rule!

Anything else you want share with us today?

Yes! I’ve set up an Amazon giveaway that lasts until December 23. Just clink this link and enter for the chance to win one of five copies of Race to Redemption. Good luck and thanks for stopping by. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/f02e2dc7ad79f489

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Thanks so much Shari for answering these questions today and for letting us get to know you and your stories better.

More about Shari Elder

By day, Shari crawls out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, gets her kid off to school, hops on the metro, and saves cities within the four walls of her office. Usually by email.

At night, the other Shari emerges. She takes off the suit, curls up on the couch and let her imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination). As her alter ego, she save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.

In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. Shari can’t resist a happy ending. And she particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives her immense satisfaction.

Join Shari on her journey. The best ideas emerge from team work.

You can learn more about Shari via Facebook, Twitter, Web/Blog or Pinterest.

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Race to Redemption

Race To Redemption

Race To Redemption is available via…
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A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.

A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attached, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be warned: anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.

Interview with Author Natacha Guyot

It is a pleasure to welcome Natacha Guyot who is a French researcher, public speaker and author of both fiction and non-fiction publications.

Author Natacha Guyot

Author Natacha Guyot

Welcome Natacha 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 latest publication, Dream Crusher, better.

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

Dream Crusher relates to a threat featured in the novella. The universe is called the Dantek System Records, based on the system where the story takes place. I don’t plan a direct sequel to Dream Crusher, but will continue to write more stories, whether featuring the protagonists of the novella or brand new characters. This is also why I chose to include a bonus short story in said universe, Homeless, in the print version.

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

I have loved storytelling since I was a child and creating new worlds is one of my passions. That was why I have always written in the Science Fiction (or Fantasy) genre. Even my nonfiction and academic works relate to Science Fiction. Dream Crusher was originally a short story and liking the characters and the world as I did, I decided to expand on everything and this was how I realized I would continue to write in this universe. Among my greater inspirations to write Science Fiction, you find Star Wars (including many Expanded Universe titles), C.J. Cherryh’s Serpent’s Reach, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons of Pern. Joseph Campbell’s work has also been very inspiring to me.

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

Wrestle with the stories and characters to make them understand I will only write one project at a time, but will still engage in note-taking for any other projects. Trying to tell the characters to keep quiet by my bedtime is going better but I still recall my Clairvoyance Chronicles villain decided to tell me his whole background (since Stone Age) at 1am one night. I try to keep organized folders pertaining to individual writing projects, as well as a document for bullet point short/vague academic papers. (You can find more about my writing process with my Digital Quill’s Writing Tips blog series.) Organization, perseverance, patience and learning not to be a perfectionist and burning out are reflected in several of my character, but not necessarily in a single one of them.

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

I had to work more on the history of the system where my story takes place, how humans came to live there a few generations ago, and what happened between the other species. I needed that from the start, but more so as I realized it would become a novella and a universe where more stories would take place. Developing the different cultures, at least to a point where I could understand the interactions was important to me. It tends to be a pattern in my writing as I tend to have multiple groups interact to different degrees in my fiction. Works I wrote when younger tended to be more focused on two groups, but in the past years, I tend to have more than two. I always have solid character background and the extent of the world building depends on what I need for the given story.

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

I was playing a lot of videogames while working on this project: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Torchlight II, and the immersive aspect of gaming inspired me for how I depicted some of my settings. I am not a huge comic book fan, but I love the Yoko Tsuno series and it has had influence on several of my stories, including Dream Crusher, whether with the multi-species or Morden’s heterogeneous team. I am overall a huge Science Fiction fan, whether in books, TV shows, video games or movies. And I love compelling female characters (some of my favorites are Dana Scully from The X-Files, Leia Organa and Mara Jade from Star Wars). Dream Crusher is my first title with a male protagonist, but I consider Vahika of great importance in the story and naturally had several supporting female characters develop as I wrote the novella.

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Thank you Natacha for stopping by and answering these questions and letting us get to know you better! For more information about Natacha and her works…You can connect with her via NatachaGuyot.org | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | LinkedIn.

Dream Crusher

Dream Crusher

Natacha Guyot is a French researcher, author, and public speaker. After studying at Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and King’s College London, she relocated to Texas in summer 2016. There, she has embarked on a new academic journey: she started doctoral studies in Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.Her main fields of interest are Science fiction, Gender Studies, Children Media and Fan Studies. Besides her nonfiction work, she also writes Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. She is a feminist, nerd, Christian, cat lady, book dragon and Earl Grey drinker.

Her new Science Fiction novella, Dream Crusher, is coming out in Kindle and paperback format in November 2016.

Interview with Author Jay Shaw

It is a pleasure to welcome Jay Shaw author of The Hunted.


Welcome Jay 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 Hunted refers to the human X2 gene carriers who are being hunted by the Arcadians as part of their plans for galactic supremacy; but it’s also a nod to the demons we all carry within us. The ghosts from our pasts, and the expectations of whatever society we inhabit. Everyone has something someone else covets and desires, and there’ll always be those who are prepared to go to great lengths to obtain what they want, no matter the cost.
Gosh, I just read over that and it sounds heavy, I promise there’s romance in there too, lol.

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

Ever since I first saw Star Wars I’ve been in love with the romance and otherworldly action of science fiction, the what if and the wonder of worlds undiscovered, and sexy space pilots – let’s not be forgetting them. Science Fiction, and Fantasy, provide a playground and scope for my imagination to play in. It allows me to create worlds and characters in glorious technicolour, so when you look up to the stars at night, maybe, just maybe, you’ll wonder what my characters are up to, what new adventures, hardships, love, and mysteries are befalling them out in the vast ocean of space, in galaxies you’ve never heard of but long to explore…Ahem, yes, well, you see what I mean. I’m completely hooked.

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

Honestly, I’ve got no clue. I don’t consider myself to be all that sane. My characters talk to me at all hours of the day and night, they argue about what their dialogue should be and they demand to have their own books. But determination, honesty, a rock solid vision of the journey and how you’ll get there, even when the road is rough and paved with naysayers, a sense of humor, and an ability to function on four to five hours sleep come in handy. My characters do tend to reflect some or all of these attributes in varying degrees. Whether they’re aware of it or not is a different story, and sometimes the reason for the story in the first place. A character’s growth is something we all enjoy, especially if we can relate it back to our own lives in some way.

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

For the Dragonus Chronicles series I haven’t had to do traditional research, since I created the world from scratch. If I need something I imagine it and create its pros and cons based on what I need it to do or be within the story. I think the most research is on weaponry so that I have comparisons on which to base my made up ones. Readers are intelligent and most of the time if a character accepts something as part of their world then the reader will too. In The Space Colonel’s Woman (Dragonus Chronicles I) the main character is a search and rescue chopper pilot, so I watched a lot of those ride-along TV shows so I could learn the radio lingo and their operating procedures while caring for patients. Mostly, it’s more about remembering which spaceships you blew up, and what physical attributes belong to which character. This last is extremely important when working with an entire galaxy of players.

Wolfhaven (book one of Duality) had me looking up the hierarchy of wolves, their global territories, and images of isolated Alaskan towns.

In the new year I’m beginning a series of stand-alone contemporary romances. The first of which is set in Africa in the world of rhino poaching – not an area of personal expertise, so there’ll be plenty of research for that one.

What makes you laugh?

This is the hardest question ever, lol!
I think I’ll have to go with the spontaneous laughter brought on by good food and drink, and having family and friends around.
Oh, and the seatbelt scene from Robin Williams’ movie RV

What makes you cry?

Stubbing my toe
The opening scene of Star Trek 2009 – every single time I watch it!
Chopping onions
Happy endings
Sad endings
Characters connecting in a beautifully crafted moment

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

Food, music, books, movies. Whenever a character needs any of these and it fits, the one that appears in the story will invariably be one of my favorites; or in the case of food, whatever I’m hungry for at the time of writing. As a reader I’m a fan of feeling as if I’m right next to the characters on their adventures. I like to include texture in my writing, if the sun’s shining, I want to feel the heat of it on my shoulders, breathe in the dry air, and squint because it’s reflecting off the crystal buildings of the alien city on the horizon. Every little visual helps with the illusion of escape.

Thank you again Jay so much for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your latest story better!
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The Hunted by Jay Shaw

The Hunted by Jay Shaw

The Hunted, A Dragonus Chronicles story
Abducted without a trace, Colonel Mark Holden remains in the clutches of Arcadia’s Grand Chancellor – a maniacal dictator who continues to enslave and experiment on X2 humans.

Meanwhile, far away on an alternate reality Earth, Julia Holden lives a life she no longer belongs to. She spends her days rescuing those who cannot save themselves, and pining for her lost love.

Can the Arcadians achieve galactic domination, or will Hayden rescue Mark before his genetic secrets are stolen?
And when Phoenix City calls, will Mark and Julia return to fight for the hunted?

Jay Shaw is a New Zealand author, a mum of two teens, and a lover of books. She’s an incurable romantic who stays up early and sleeps in late, writes in bed, loves both action and romance movies, survives on a diet of M&Ms, bottled water, and steak with mushroom sauce.
Jay has a preference for tall, dark-haired, military men in thigh holsters and combat boots, but isn’t opposed to the occasional shirtless cowboy in tight denim.
Her favorite books to write are fantasy and sci-fi stories about characters who will ultimately find their one great love. A love all of time and space will lie down and be still for.
You can find out more about Jay Shaw and her stories by visiting her Facebook page, Amazon Author Page, Goodreads Author Page, and of course on Pinterest.

Interview with Author SA Hoag

It is a pleasure to welcome S.A. Hoag author of The Wildblood series.

Welcome S.A. 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.

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The Wildblood Series

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

The Wildblood are genetically engineered humans, and a very specific set of these ‘Gen Ens’. Before World War Three, a tiny percentage of them slipped away from the corporations that created them. Most were accidental. A few were not. The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood starts nearly two decades after the war, concentrating on an isolated city of a few thousand that gathered there after and rebuilt what they could. The original survivors are content with their lives. Their children, however, are not. They want to break their isolation, and to know what the outside world is.

Some of these children, adults now, are different. Most are unaware. The trio that know have gone to great lengths to hide themselves, to hide their secret from the rest of The Vista, Problem is, there’s someone dangerous, someone from the outside, that knows what they are.

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

The original draft of The Vista was written a very long time ago (c. 1998), and I don’t specifically remember naming the characters.

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

I’ve loved reading and watching post-apocalyptic for ever. Writing it just seemed the natural thing to do next. After reading the draft that had set in a box for ages, I can say watching Mad Max (the original one) had a decent amount of influence on The Vista, to a point. Then the characters took over and went off with their own ideas. (PS – I loved the remake.)

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

The research was interesting. Weapons, wilderness survival, nuclear winter, gardening in the Rocky Mountains. I skipped genetic engineering because I think my brain would have exploded.

What makes you laugh?

Funny stuff. Monty Python is brilliant.

What makes you cry?

Anything that makes my kids cry.

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

Sci-fi! Star Trek, Star Wars, I could go on. There are subtle references to several in The Vista.

What else would you like readers of the Everyday Fangirl blog to know about yourself and your stories?

I knew before I got to high school that I wanted to write books. I did, too, dozens of short stories I thought someday I’d turn into novels. Oh, how I wish I had those spiral notebooks full of wild ideas and teenage musings.

I still have the ideas from many of those stories – some of them make me cringe. There are always new ideas too. Some are amazing, some are just silly. A few will become more than ideas as I add books to my list of those that are published.

For now, I live in the desert and many nights, in between writing and sleep, you can find me out watching the stars. It’s dark, out here in the desert and I can see so many stars that weren’t there before. I make time to write now. The tiny seeds of stories demand that I write them down. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy creating them.
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The Wildblood series is available in both ebook and paperback formats. My latest release, Renegades The Wildblood Book 2, is available starting October 20, 2016.  Check out my website, http://www.topaz08.com, for the latest news and updates on The Wildblood series.

Thank you so much S.A. for stopping by and letting us get to know you better.

Fanboy who Supports Fangirls: Interview with Ryan

Welcome to the second in a series of interviews with Fanboys who Support Fangirls.

Today, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl interviews Fanboy Ryan Stampfi about his efforts to support Fangirls like myself.

Ryan with Traveling Chopper at SWCA April 2015

Ryan with Traveling Chopper at SWCA April 2015

Thank you so much Ryan 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’ve been a Star Wars fanboy since as far back as I can remember – my older brother made sure I grew up knowing the important things. Superhero movies, comic books and so on – my cousins and I all knew the Christopher Reeve Superman movies and the Adam West Batman show and had the DC action figures in the early 80s from those properties. We had the Star Wars figures also and like most kids back then we made up our own adventures for Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie and whoever else we had. I had an Ewok who played a crucial role in many galactic adventures as well as a TIE Fighter pilot that spent a great deal of time underwater (bath time, the beach etc.) – Lego was something I can’t remember not having – again, older brother n sister hand me downs and in the past 10 years I’ve been collecting and loving the heck out of the Lego Star Wars line.

I’m also a gamer, not an amazing one, but I am persistent! My all time favorites are the 90’s Lucasarts games like Dark Forces and the various X-Wing and TIE Fighter titles. Between GOG.com (Good Old Games) re-releasing the Star Wars flight sims and acquiring a new joystick after my old Microsoft Sidewinder became to loose and wobbly to enjoy the games I’ve been playing the old sims again. Great fun and with Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One coming out it’s fantastic to play the games set in that era again. I play Battlefront on Xbox Live also but it’s just repetitive online matches – gorgeous and great fun, but I crave the story based style that the Lucasarts games were famous for…

When did you first learn about Fangirls?

I’ve known fangirls for years – nerds can usually spot their own and you find out who like what if you listen. I guess with the fairly boy-centric marketing of Star Wars in the past and having a sister who claims to have never seen a Star Wars film in it’s entirety and the girls I hung out with in high school weren’t my kind of nerdy – but everyone has their thing. However, I did marry a fangirl and in turn we have one of our own.

My wife Sarah is an old school Sierra Quest gamer – if you know the Quest for Glory/Hero Quest series of games it’s a safe bet she knows them better. Sarah and her younger brother also introduced me, albeit with great reluctance and resistance from me to the Harry Potter series. When the first movie came out I went with them and their parents to see it and I was hooked. I got caught up with the books very quickly and Harry was everywhere back then in the early 2000’s. I do miss the chocolate frogs. But I read the books with Sarah as they came out – we’d usually go into spoiler lockdown and go to the farm to block out the world until we each finished the new book and then picked them apart – the Potter podcasts like got me really got me into the medium.

Fangirl Riley

Fangirl Riley

Our daughter, Riley, is a huge Potter fan, I’ve read all 7 books to her and she’s been loving the new script to the Cursed Child play, that was a great story. She loves Star Wars too, surprisingly a big Darth Vader fan but loves Rey and Ahsoka most of all.

I’ve learned about great franchises from Fangirls, I had heard of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy before, but it was a true fangirl that got me to try it – and it’s definitely my kind of crazy, I quote it a lot.

Who are the Fangirls you support?

All of them!

Ryan with Fangirl Sarah

Ryan with Fangirl Sarah

Big fan of the Fangirls Going Rogue podcast and I’m so glad I got to meet them in Anaheim last year, but I’ve come to know many through social media of all ages, costumers, gamers, artists, podcasters, writers and just fans in general with a great take on things. Being the dad of a fangirl I’m very supportive of strong female characters in film, books, games etc. and not to just for my daughter’s sake – honestly I’ve found in games I often prefer a female character and in a lot of the fiction I read (I’m a fiend for audiobooks, I’m on the road a lot) I am far more likely to be engaged in a story with a female protagonist. I’m closing in on 40 years old but for some reason I’m still drawn to a lot YA books by female authors, I think it’s the genuine emotion and feeling that everyone can relate to… or at least I think everyone, I do.

What do you do to support Fangirls?

Social media is great for this for me – I live in a small town in a remote part of Western Australia so almost all of my fan friends are far from here. There are a bunch in Tasmania I’d love to meet someday – the awesome ladies from the Thylacine Squad of the 501st Legion are fantastic and do some much for others through their costuming and like yourself Patty, most of my fangirl friends are in the USA etc. so social media and podcasting is how I usually interact with them. Anyone can like and share posts and it’s great that you do – but anyone can also go the extra and give encouragement and feedback this way too. It’s a community after all.

Fangirl Riley with Darth Vader

Fangirl Riley with Darth Vader

Supporting my main fangirl, my daughter Riley is great fun – the Star Wars and Harry Potter stuff, the gaming and in the past year or so I’ve been helping her emulate one of her favorite Disney Princesses – Merida! I’ve loved archery all my life and since high school I’ve shot bows for real and when we believed she was ready we got her a bow of her own and she loves it. It’s a great skill. Also encouraging her to try anything is important, after school Riley’s week is full of activities like coding, dance, cub scouts (in Australia scouting is not gender segregated, so this is actually a great way to knock some sense into the boys from an early age that girls can do the same things just as well), tee ball (also not gender segregated) and drama classes.

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

I can’t think of a way it’s hindered me, helped – so much, I wouldn’t have made so many friends and found people whose lives, hobbies and work I follow and interact with otherwise.

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

We’re all the same and different. There really isn’t a “that’s a boy thing” or “that’s just for girls” anymore – or before, ignore the marketing. I saw a video the other day of an 8 year old girl who picks apart the messaging on kids clothing in the store – she’s trying to figure out why the girls clothes had things like “Hey!” and “Gorgeous” written on them and the boys shirts next to them had “Adventure!” and “Think outside the box” written on them. Boys can love Disney Princesses and girls can enjoy getting covered in fish guts on the boat, it’s stupid and counterproductive to pigeon hole and limit people from a young age. Character’s like Rey in The Force Awakens have done so much for breaking the “this is a boys thing” stereotype. I love it, I can’t wait to learn more about Jyn Erso in Rogue One, I can already tell it could be my favorite movie ever.

Thanks again Ryan for joining us today! I know personally, I really appreciate your support for this fangirl!
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You can find Ryan on Instagram at @Ryan_Stampfli or on Twitter as @thearrowbreaker. 

Travelling Chopper

Travelling Chopper

Also, please check out the travel adventures with his Lego Star Wars droid, Chopper on ‘Travelling Chopper’ on Facebook and @ChopperC1_10P or #TravellingChopper on Twitter. It was brilliant having ‘Travelling Chopper’ represented by the Everyday Fangirl, Patty, and her Husband, Michael, as they travelled to Star Wars Celebration London this year! He’ll be making his way to the USA without me very soon and bouncing around friend to friend for photos – he’ll have a full passport for sure!!!

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