Guest Post: We need to talk about the lack of realistic character response to sexual violence in Sci&Fi and Fantasy by Sammy HK Smith
We can do better. I spend my working week with both survivors and perpetrators of physical and sexual abuse, and consider myself privileged that these survivors trust in me to help them, and I’m dedicated in bringing the perpetrators to … Continue reading →
Find information about the event here. Friday, April 16 6 PM Pacific time How to Put a Game in Your Fiction Moderator – Panelists are P.H. Lee, Erin Roberts, and Gregory Wilson Saturday, April 17, 9 AM Pacific time – … Continue reading →
Thursday NWW Critique Session with Cat Rambo 8:00am – 12:00pm @ Zoom 1 Cat Rambo (M), Barth Anderson Friday Building Diverse Worlds in Sci-fi and Fantasy 11:00am – 12:00pm @ Maxis Cat Rambo (M), Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Jacqueline Carey, Curtis … Continue reading →
When I first began working on a story about women who turned into werewolves as they entered menopause way back in 2009 or so, there was not a whole lot of representation of middle-aged and older women to be found in science fiction, fantasy, or horror. I mean, there were the evil middle-aged queens with talking mirrors, out to poison their younger, prettier rivals and the ancient witches who popped up to do terrible things or sometimes, provide directions, as the case may be. But, with rare exceptions, they were never protagonists, and they were seldom more than cardboard embodiments of evil or just plain window dressing.
Around 2010, that started to change. A bunch of other things happened around then too, including a huge growth in ebook publishing by indie authors and indie publishers which brought in a lot of voices that were not previously being heard from in more mainstream science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Along with that came writers willing to take risks, to tell new stories, to tackle things like representation that had been pretty sparse up until then. Those writers included women who were middle-aged and beyond looking to see themselves and their stories in the pages of the genres they loved.
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Writers are so good at beating themselves up for all sorts of reasons, some valid, some not so much. Here’s some encouragement for dealing with writerly quilt.
Threadbare, the first novel in my Storm Fronts series, gets a mass market edition and hits physical bookstores this month. It’s the realization of a lifelong dream, to see my work on an actual shelf in an actual store, to … Continue reading →