Interview with AR DeClerck

It is a pleasure to welcome author AR DeClerck to talk about the story Bound To You.

Welcome AR 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 story better!

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

Bound to You is the basic premise of the story, to be honest. The characters experience a bond that syncs them physically and psychically and makes it difficult to deny their attraction.

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

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to? I have always adored SFR and I love reading it. I knew I wanted to write about characters who find love through adventure, and what better backdrop than space?

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

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others? This novel required some research into energy, wormholes, travel in space, giant bugs that look like crickets, and biochemical syncing of two bodies. It was loads of fun!

What makes you laugh?

Irony makes me laugh. When someone gets what’s coming to them, but doesn’t realize it til the end (good or bad) I chuckle a little. Animal videos, too, of course!

What makes you cry?

Those sappy sad declarations of love, especially at the moment when it seems all is lost and the person has to break down and say what they really feel before it’s too late. Those always get me.

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

I love Firefly, Sherlock, Killjoys and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. I think you’ll see a little of everything in my stories, especially the idea of those close connections to the people around you and how they shape your decisions and your life.

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

Find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/authoramydeclerck and join me on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/amydeclerck

Bound To You is on sale until 02/01/2018 at Amazon, iBooks, BN.com, Kobo, Indigo, Angus Robertson

AR DeClerck is a wife, mother, and writer who lives in the Upper Midwest with her family, two spoiled dogs and a wily cat. She spends her nights on the couch writing romances filled with adventure, sadness, joy and love. She’s always looking for the next great romance.

Find AR at www.ardeclerck.com
www.Twitter.com/@ARDeClerck
Join her newsletter http://amyreadsandwrites.blogspot.com/p/newsletter-sign-ups.html

And find updated links to all her books (available at all retailers) http://amyreadsandwrites.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

Interview with a Fangirl – Connie

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Connie Shih!

I became aware of Connie through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community.

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

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I became enamored with The Muppet Show on TV when I was five-years-old. A talking frog, pig, and bear? Colorful creatures of all shapes and sizes? Instant Muppet fangirl!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

At the moment, social media (primarily Twitter) has helped me connect with Star Wars fans, podcasts, and fan sites from all over the world. Overall, it’s been wonderful to interact with fellow fans and become a member of Star Wars Twitter fan community. However, there is also an unfortunate downside with trolls and toxicity. In those instances, when it’s become overwhelming, I’ve found it’s perfectly fine to take a break from social media. I’ve also discovered that Twitter (with its character limit) often hinders in depth discussions, so it’s better to engage in those discussions elsewhere where there is more space for elaboration. Prior to the Star Wars Twitter fan community, I used Tumblr for several years to connect with fellow fans in the Glee fan community.

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 Return of the Jedi in 1983 on the big screen when I was eight-years-old, and instantly fell in love with Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Ewoks. Return of the Jedi was my gateway to Star Wars and later paved the way for my love of Star Trek and Lord of the Rings.

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 been mostly involved with the Glee fan community and Star Wars fan community in recent years and both have been welcoming and felt like family.

In the Glee fan community, I’ve met fellow fans in person, attended concerts and book signings with them, and become lifelong friends with many of them. I’ve also collaborated professionally with fellow Glee fans in academia. Overall, it’s been incredibly positive and satisfying.

In the Star Wars fan community, it’s been fantastic to connect with so many on a daily basis on Twitter. I hope to meet fellow fans in person one day and attend meetup or a Star Wars Celebration.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I love musicals (both Broadway and movie), am a proud Gleek (fan of the Fox TV musical dramedy, Glee). Trekkie (Star Trek fan), and a Lord of the Rings fan.

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

Don’t be afraid to embrace what you love! There are so many ways and places for fangirls to celebrate their fandom and support each other. Reach out and connect with others and don’t let the trolls get under your skin. We have your back!

Where can others interact with you?

You can find me on Twitter @connieshih. I’m also working on launching a new personal blog called Connie’s Corner (https://ckshih.wordpress.com) in 2018 where you’ll find my thoughts on a variety of topics of interest including Star Wars and pop culture.

Interview With A Fanboy Who Supports Fangirls – Neil

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

Today, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl interviews Neil Lowrey, who constantly is a great support of many in the Star Wars Community, especially Fangirls. I met Neil via Facebook when he was advocating Star Wars as a geat tool for teaching those with special needs. I finally meet him in person at Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2016.

Thanks so much Neil for joining us today and for letting us get to know you better and how you support fellow Fangirls, like myself!

What fandoms are you a fanboy of and for how long?

I first saw Star Wars in 1978 and have loved it ever since!

When did you first learn about Fangirls?

I first heard about Fangirls about a year ago via social media.

Who are the Fangirls you support? What do you do to support Fangirls?

I support Kanatas Castle , Skytalkers, Scavengers Hoard, Fangirls Going Rogue and Rebel Grrrl

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

Giving a platform for female fans is a good thing, they are a vital part of the Star Wars Community.

How can others get in touch with you?

Find me on Twitter @loweryneil and Facebook Neil Lowery

Interview With A Fanboy Who Supports Fangirls: Cole Horton

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

Today, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl interviews Star Wars Author and Fanboy Cole Horton about his efforts to support Fangirls. I met through fellow Authors, Tricia Barr and Adam Bray. I had the pleasure of meeting him in person at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and Star Wars Celebration Orlando.

Thank you so much Cole 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?

Primarily Star Wars, which is something I discovered around age 10. I’m lucky that now I get to write Star Wars books, work on Star Wars games full time, and have consulted on other projects in that galaxy. I’ve also been a fan of Marvel for a long time and have had the occasional chance to work with that brand. But it may come to some surprise that I’m actually a bigger Indiana Jones fan than anything else. Sure, Star Wars keeps me busy, but Indiana Jones is what I love most.

When did you first learn about Fangirls?

I guess as long as I’ve been part of the fan community, Fangirls have always been there. In the earliest days of my fandom, many of the moderators on the message boards I frequented were Fangirls and I looked up to them. That wasn’t an easy job! Looking back, I don’t think I’ve ever been part of the fan community where Fangirls weren’t an integral part of the group: FanForce, the 501st and Rebel Legions, R2 Builders, and collecting clubs.

Who are the Fangirls you support? What do you do to support Fangirls?

I never forget that almost all of my big breaks into professional fandom came thanks to the help of fangirls who advocated for me or took a chance on me. I never forget that and am always looking for ways to pass along that favor to others in turn. I’m very lucky to work for awesome women editors, managers, creatives, and leaders. In many ways, I just try to live up to their example.

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

I generally find social media to be a huge help. It gives me awareness to issues, introduces me to new people, and is a tool we can use to amplify the voices of Fangirls in the community. That’s not to say its all good, but the good outweighs the bad.

How can others get in touch with you?

Definitely reach out to me on Twitter, @ColeHorton. If you see me at conventions or events, please say hi!

Interview with a Fangirl: Christina G

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Christina G, a Disney Store Cast Member who loves everything about Disney, especially Star Wars!

I became aware of Christina through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community.

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

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

Probably when I would have the urge to wear an item of clothing featuring something I was a fan of…haha.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has helped me in so many ways. The most important one is that I’ve gained many wonderful friends because we share the love for a fandom. I’ve gained one of my best friends because of us sharing our love for the same fandom. Social media has been a blessing to me & I hope that never changes.

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 actually was WAY late to the Star Wars fandom. I entered the fandom in late December of 2015 (after The Force Awakens came out). People were so pumped for this franchise, I wanted to see what it was about. I watched A New Hope, which is my favorite SW film, & I loved it. Ended up watching ESB right afterwards. Took me 3 days to watch the 6 movies. I guess you can say I loved it right away. I then watched TFA, Rogue One & even watched Star Wars Rebels. I continue to love love LOVE it.

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 the Star Wars community is a family. Everyone is a part of this amazing community. We may have our different theories and favorite characters but in the end, we all stand by together to support this franchise that we have come to know and love. I was welcomed with open arms into this community & I am very happy to share my love for this franchise with others who love it as much as I do.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Disney has always been my first fandom. Grew up into Disney & I even work for them. I also fangirl about Supernatural & Marvel, mainly with Guardians of the Galaxy. But I am growing more into the Marvel Universe.

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

Don’t be afraid to let your fangirl flag fly. Represent your fandom and show it off. You never know who else is a Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, etc. fan just like you.

Where can others interact with you?

You can connect with me via Twitter: @ganocj

Interview with a Fangirl: Erica L

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Erica L, an artist with a passion for Star Wars.

I became aware of Erica through the Twitter Star Wars Community.

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

When did you realize you were a Fangirl?

I’ve always been really “into” things – like films, books, and music, but only realized there was an actual word for it a few years ago – probably around 2011 or 2012. My first big fandom was (and still is) Star Wars.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has helped me when it comes to fangirling. Through websites like Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr, I’ve been able to connect with people who enjoy these movies as much as I do. It’s always fun to pass theories back and forth or come up with new stories for some of our favorite characters. Being an artist, it’s also fun for me to post my work online for other fans to see.

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?

My uncle first showed me Star Wars: A New Hope back when I was three or so and I’ve been a fan ever since. I can’t imagine a time where Star Wars wasn’t a big part of my life. Growing up, I remember Leia was my favorite character to pretend to be. She was (and still is) definitely a big role model for me. I really can’t put into words how much I love Star Wars and how much of an impact it’s had on me.

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

Like I said before, it’s wonderful being able to communicate with other fans. Fan communities are a place to talk about our favorite fandoms and connect over our mutual love for it. I’ve definitely been able to “meet” several people online – many of whom I could possibly never have the chance of getting to “know” if it weren’t for the Internet.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’ve also been a fan of Marvel for about three or four years now, and I just got into the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter films this year. It didn’t take long before I realized they were going to be a big deal to me.

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

Embrace your inner fangirl! Don’t feel like you need to hide who you really are. If you’re a fangirl of movies, books, music etc. enjoy it!

Where can others interact with you?

Connect with me on Twitter and Instagram: @e_brienne. You can also find me on my personal blog at: ebrienne.tumblr.com.

Almost There: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Begins

Almost There: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Begins

In less than 24 hours, the Star Wars Rebels fourth and final season will begin on Disney XD! This final season will start October 16 at 12:30AM EDT/PDT with the one-hour premiere, “Heroes of Mandalore: Parts One and Two“, on the Disney XD and the DisneyNow App! If you miss the first airing do not worry, there will be additional airings throughout the day (3:00am, 7:30am, 5:30pm and 9pm EDT/PDT)!

In this premiere episode, Sabine leads Ezra, Kanan and an army of her fellow Mandalorians back to her home world to rescue her father from the clutches of the Empire.  When she discovers the Empire has resurrected a devastating weapon, she must decide whether to destroy it or use it herself.

Not only will you see more of Sabine’s family and Fenn Rau in these episodes, but this also marks the Star Wars Rebels debut of Star Wars: The Clone Wars character, Bo-Katan!

I saw Part One at Star Wars Celebration Orlando back in April and I cannot wait to see the next part and of course discuss this with fellow Star Wars Rebels Fans, especially with Johnamarie and her Ma via RebelsChat!

Before season four begins, binge-watch seasons one through three of “Star Wars Rebels” available now on the DisneyNow App.

Guest Post: Area 51 and Time Trap

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Pauline Baird Jones as a guest blogger to talk about Area 51 and how this relates to her story in the Pets In Space 2 anthology. Take it away Pauline!

Area 51 and Time Trap By Pauline Baird Jones

So, the guy who used to do my hair was also a pilot who has flown near Area 51 and he said he saw Area 51. He says that it’s there, right where the government said it isn’t. Though, in 2015 (according to wikipedia), after a FOIA request, someone admitted that it was there. But, according to the CIA, it’s not called Area 51. It’s Groom Lake and/or Homey Airpot (somewhat ironic that, don’t you think?). Except the CIA used Area 51 in a document dated back during the Vietnam War.

So, do we believe my hair dresser or the CIA?

I’m going with my hair dresser, because he saw it.

So here’s a few “facts” about Area 51:

  • In addition to Area 51, it is sometimes referred to as ‘Dreamland’ or ‘Paradise’ Ranch.
  • The air space above it is restricted.
  • It’s located in southern Nevada (like Schroedinger’s Cat, it is there and not there, if you believe the CIA, which sorry, I don’t.)
  • It’s purpose is not publicly known but based on historical evidence ‘Secret Stuff Happens There. All The Time’.
  • The area around Area 51 is on the “Extraterrestrial Highway,” which is also a popular tourist destination.
  • My Project Enterprise expedition launched from Area 51. Details are sketchy because the expedition is super highly classified and secret. Crew who returned from PE explorations usually end up working at Area 51. Sara (The Key: Project Enterprise 1) and Doc (Girl Gone Nova: Project Enterprise 2) are currently working there and might have sent something from there to Briggs for his birthday that kind of gets him in trouble.

Well, if Area 51 actually existed. Which, according to my hair dresser, it does. Then this could happen…

There was a note on top of the straw. At least they’d been smart enough not to send him an actual birthday card.
We found this in the Area 51 garage sale and immediately thought of you.
Cha-cha-cha,
Donovan and Doc (and their significant others)
P.S. According to the files, this was collected on 2789645. Ring any bells?
Area 51 garage sale. Briggs chuckled. He should have known. Those two did know the way to make his engineer’s heart happy.

Except from Time Trap A Novella in the Project Enterprise Series

Hiding in time is not as easy as you’d think…
Madison lives by the rules of a time travel rebel – never tell anyone your real name, not if you want to remain alive. On the track of a traitor, Madison and her parrot partner, Sir Rupert, time travel into a trap. Their only way out sends them back in time and into the arms of a man that ignites a fire inside her.
USAF Master Sergeant Briggs is in trouble – not the kind he’d like to be, but still in trouble. He is bored out of his mind! Ordered to recuperate on a quiet bay away from the Garradian outpost, he’s ready to mutiny and go back to his beloved engines. When his friends send him a gift from Area 51, he figures it will relieve his boredom for an hour or so – until he turns it on and he gets his second present of the day.
Madison would love to get to know Briggs better, but it is just too dangerous. Unfortunately, she might not have much choice. With a Time Service Interdiction Force on their heels, can the three craft a plan that will save a base full of geniuses and technology and discover a happy-ever-after forged through time?

Appearing in….Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2!
The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors, brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!
10% of all preorders and the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Available October 10, 2017 via:

Pauline Baird Jones never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.

Interview with a Fangirl: Charlotte

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Charlotte Errity, a Star Wars-obsessed, travel-obsessed, food-obsessed twenty-something.

Charlotte with actor Haden Christensen

I became aware of Charlotte through the Skytalkers podcast, which she co-hosts with her best friend of over a decade, Caitlin Plesher.

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

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I think I’ve always been one to be “into things”—as in, fully obsessed with movies, TV shows, etc., but it wasn’t until I saw Revenge of the Sith that I became a full on fangirl for Star Wars. I realized there was this whole world people knew about and immersed themselves in, and I wanted to be a part of it too; I wanted to know everything about my favorite characters, what planet they were from, how Star Wars was made, etc. I really never turned back.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media 100% helped me in the Star Wars fandom, and beyond. Even though I knew my co-host of my podcast, Caitlin, for years, our friendship and our presence in the Star Wars community has only grown via social media. On top of that, we’ve met hundred of people in real life and online that also share our love for all things Star Wars. Social media has educated me and has taught me how to be a better, more respectable fan, as well. It’s taught me to understand that everyone has different things they respond to, and that not everyone’s approach to this wide galaxy of Star Wars is the same—those differences strengthen us and, personally, myself as a fan. Of course, as women, we’ve gotten our fair share of trolls and angry, rude comments that are hard to brush off—but for the most part, social media has been an amazingly positive home for me.

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 in 1999–I saw The Phantom Menace in theaters and I was very young. The podracers were too loud, and we had to leave! So ironic. It wasn’t until I was 10 that my mother forced me to watch the original trilogy. I loved it and what those films stood for. Then, finally, when I was a pre-teen, I saw Revenge of the Sith and immediately responded to that film like no other film I had ever seen before (or since, honestly). My Star Wars fandom has only grown from there, as I discovered all the different mediums that Star Wars lived.

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

I’ve learned that a diversity of opinions is truly beneficial for the fan community. I’ve learned to be more authentically myself, and love the things I love without shame. From podcasting, Star Wars has had an unbelievably positive impact on my life.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Oh, boy. I love most “big action” films—and film in general. I love Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and the like… but nothing has ever grabbed me and never let go like Star Wars did.

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

Never be ashamed of who you are. The more authentically YOU you are, the better… for everyone.

Where can others interact with you?

My podcast is Skytalkers, and it’s an in-depth, 3 part analysis of all things Star Wars. It releases every other Saturday wherever you can get podcasts.  You can also find me at skytalkers.com and @crerrity on all social media.

Fanboys who Support Fangirls: Interview with Dan Berry

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

Today, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl interviews Fanboy Dan Berry about his efforts to support Fangirls. I met through our interaction via the Skywalking Through Neverland Facebook group and through a variety of podcasts. I had the honor of meeting him in person at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.

“”Thank you so much Dan 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?

Well… Star Wars, of course. But, being a product of the 1980’s, the list of awesome franchises that I geek out over is almost limitless. I’d have to say that after Lucasfilm properties, my favorites are Kevin Smith’s ASKEWniverse and “Jay & Silent Bob” films and television series.

When did you first learn about Fangirls?

I remember having classmates as early as kindergarten and even preschool who flew their fangirl flags high, for all types of cool fantasy and sci-fi things.

Who are the Fangirls you support?

First and foremost, my incredible wife Lindsay is a huge nerd, mostly for wizards and hobbits. She also loves Star Wars, of course. I know so many other nerdy women, it’s hard to list them all. I’d say my favorite women to discuss all geeky things with are my friends Casey Cotter and Johnamarie Macias of The Wookiee Gunner.

What do you do to support Fangirls?

I try to keep aware of how women of all ages are represented in the fan community and make efforts to highlight achievements by women with every opportunity I’m given.

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

I firmly believe that much like life itself, social media is what you make of it. I have always enjoyed engaging with men and women from all walks of life, through social media. As long as I put out a positive message, I find one inevitably returns to me.

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

My mama taught me to treat a lady with respect. I would impart the same lessons onto anyone who wants to get ahead in life. Women are God’s gifts to man. It’s always right to value them as such. Also… if you think something is cool, odds are a woman had already figured it out before you. They’re not in need of a man’s direction, they know what’s up.

Tell us more about yourself and where we can find you!

I was born in 1981 and raised in sunny Central Florida. I am thrilled to be a host of the ForceCast and hopes to share my love of Star Wars with every stranger I meet. I married the woman of my dreams, Lindsay, in 2015. I am also proud owner of the two greatest kitties in the galaxy, Arwen and Ahsoka. I am also a fan of his hometown NBA team, the Orlando Magic. I also teach percussion and drums to students of all ages and has been a performing musician for most of his life. My favorite Star Wars film is “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”.  You can find me on Twitter @thedeebear.

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