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Interview with a Fangirl: Nikky

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

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

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

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

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

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

How has social media helped or hindered you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else do you Fangirl about?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with a Fangirl: MandaTheGinger


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

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

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

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

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

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

How has social media helped or hindered you?

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

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

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

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

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

What else do you Fangirl about?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with a Fangirl: Hansi


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

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

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

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

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

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

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

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

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

How has social media helped or hindered you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else do you Fangirl about?

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

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

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

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

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

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

#TeamSquee is my crew and we are:

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

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

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

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

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

Where can other Fangirls learn more about Squee?

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

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

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

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.

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