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Spoonie Authors Podcast

Spoonie Authors Podcast

By Dianna Gunn
The Spoonie Authors Podcast explores the life and stories of a different disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, hard of hearing, or mentally ill author each week. This podcast is brought to you by the Spoonie Authors Network, a collective dedicated to publishing and sharing the experiences of disabled authors.
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Fencing with POTS, Disability and Traditional Publishing, and More with Lillie Lainoff
This month's interview is with Lillie Lainoff, author of the YA novel One For All, a gender-bent retelling of the Three Musketeers. A former Div I NCAA fencer for Yale, Lillie Lainoff is the founder of Disabled Kidlit Writers and the winner of the 2019 LA Review Literary Award for Short Fiction. Her non-fiction has been featured in The Washington Post Outlook, amongst other places. She received her MA in Creative Writing Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia. One for All, her debut novel, will be published by FSG in March 2022.
24:52
April 22, 2022
Motherhood, Grief, and Stress Cooking with Leila Tualla
Today's episode is with author Leila Tualla. Leila Tualla is a Filipino-American poet and author. Leila’s books include a YA contemporary romance called Letters to Lenora and a memoir/poetry collection called Storm of Hope: God, Preeclampsia, Depression and me. Her poetry is featured in several mental health anthologies and she is currently working on a poetry collection based on Asian American stereotypes and identifies. “
22:19
March 11, 2022
Disability, Comics, and Entrepreneurship with Mugabi Byenkya
Today we are joined by poet, novelist, and comics writer Mugabi Byenkya! Mugabi Byenkya is an award-winning writer, poet and occasional rapper. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015. His essays and poetry have been published in The Good Men Project, The Mighty, and Skin Deep, in addition to over 25 other publications. He has been interviewed on Voice of America, NTV Uganda, Africa In Dialogue and Brittle Paper, among 40 other media outlets. In 2018, Mugabi was named one of 56 writers who has contributed to his native Uganda’s literary heritage in the 56 years since independence by Writivism. Dear Philomena was named a Ugandan bestseller in the same year.
19:28
February 11, 2022
The Writing Process, Editing a Short Story Magazine, and More with Jaecyn Boné
The first Spoonie Authors Podcast of the year introduces Jaecyn Boné, author of many short stories, co-founder of Limeoncello, and a novelist about to enter the query trenches.
14:44
January 07, 2022
Mixing Memoir and Poetry with Tangela Williams-Spann
The Spoonie Authors Podcast is back, this time with guest Tangela Williams-Spann. Tangela Williams-Spann is a mental health and wellness blogger as well as the mother of an autistic person. She has worked in special education for over fifteen years and is currently completing coursework towards a masters’ degree in Special Education at Grand Canyon University. She began writing poems and short stories in elementary school and continued to let words move her into action throughout her life. Her first book, Sad, Black, and Fat: Musings from the Intersections, will be released in August 2021. When not writing, Tangela enjoys reading, crochet, and playing video games. You can find out more about Tangela on her blog.
14:31
September 10, 2021
Probably Getting Blocked by Celebrities and Other Topics with JC Hannigan
This week's interview is with romance author JC Hannigan! Find out more about her at https://www.jchannigan.com/ Thank you for listening to this episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! This podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, an initiative dedicated to building community among disabled creatives. Join the community by participating in the Spoonie Authors Chat on Twitter at 1PM EST every Sunday – just search for the hashtag #SpoonieAuthChat. That's # Spoonie A U T H chat.
15:16
May 28, 2021
Assassins Turned Bakers, Querying While Disabled, and More with Julie Vohland
This month's interview is with YA dark fantasy author Julie Vohland! We discuss writing characters smarter than you on, creating awesome assassinating characters, and the struggles of querying while disabled. You can find out more about Julie at https://julievohland.wordpress.com/ The Spoonie Authors Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring the lives and stories of disabled authors, published on the last Friday of every month.
18:23
April 30, 2021
Writing Characters Who Share Your Disability and More with Elissa Grossell Dickey
This week's episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast features debut author Elissa Grossell Dickey. Elissa Grossell Dickey is a former journalist who now works in higher education communications. Stories have always been a big part of Elissa’s life—from getting lost in a book as a child to now reading bedtime stories to her kids. As a columnist for the National MS Society, Elissa shares her personal journey of living with multiple sclerosis. Though she grew up among the lakes and trees of northern Minnesota, Elissa now lives on the South Dakota prairie with her husband and children. The Speed of Light is her first novel. For information, visit www.elissaadickey.wordpress.com. The Spoonie Authors Podcast is devoted to sharing the life and stories of a different disabled author every other Friday. To be considered for an interview, send your author bio + the project you would like to discuss during your interview to diannalgunn @ gmail.com.
19:49
March 12, 2021
Horses, Fantasy Stories, and Supporting Authors with Mary Kit Caelsto
The latest episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast features author, editor, and book coach Mary Kit Caelsto! Mary Kit Caelsto never grew out of the phase of being a “horse crazy girl”. Though she’s now over 40, she’s finally fulfilling her dream of writing equestrian books for others who haven’t grown out of being “horse crazy”. She lives in the Ozarks with her four very spoiled and very opinionated horses, as well as a large flock of poultry and enough cats to qualify her as a crazy cat lady. Her husband, though not an equestrian himself, understands and supports all her equestrian dreams. It was horses that brought her into fantasy through Mercedes Lackey’s Companions. From there, she loves reading all kinds of speculative fiction, though she admits her favorite stories have strong animal characters. She’s convinced three of the best things in the world are the smell of a sun warmed horse, the smell of leather tack, and making sure to hug her horses every single day. Find Mary Kit Caelsto on her website or on Twitter @CharmedOzarks.
28:36
February 05, 2021
Historical Research, Lesbian Love Stories, and More with Diana Pinguicha
This episode's guest is Diana Pinguicha, author of the historical fantasy novel A Curse of Roses. Find out more about her at https://pinguicha.wordpress.com/  Thanks for listening to this episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.com. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
34:15
January 15, 2021
Rebel Librarians, Aliens and Road Trips with Alechia Dow
This episode's guest is Alechia Dow, author of The Sound of Stars.  Find out more about her at https://www.alechiadow.com/ Thanks for listening to this episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.com. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
29:26
December 11, 2020
Exploring Queerness, Trauma and Disability through Fiction with Mato J Steger
Mato J. Steger discusses their novel, Nebula Scars, and the power of exploring trauma through fiction in this week's interview. Visit them at fantasyandcoffee.com   The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network.   To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
30:25
November 20, 2020
The Grief of a New Disability and More with Meredith O'Brien
This week, multi-published author Meredith O'Brien joins us to discuss Uncomfortably Numb, a memoir about the life-altering diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Find out more about Meredith at https://www.mereditheobrien.com The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
30:05
November 06, 2020
Managing Mental Health, Writing, and More with Nicole Zelniker
This week's interview is with multi-genre author Nicole Zelniker! Find out more about her at https://www.nicolezelniker.com   The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
22:34
October 23, 2020
The Many Layers of Mourning with Kaki Olsen
This week's interview is with multi-genre author Kaki Olsen. Find out more about her at http://kakiolsencreative.com/   The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
26:23
October 09, 2020
Exploring the Artificial Divide with Robert Kingett
This week's interview is with author, journalist, and anthology editor Robert Kingett. Robert Kingett is a totally blind  author that writes essays and fiction where disabled characters live normal lives. When he's not writing, he loves to listen to fiction podcasts. Visit him online at www.blindjournalist.wordpress.com Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
20:16
September 18, 2020
Queerness, Explosions, and Cats with Alex Harrow
Season two of the Spoonie Authors Podcast kicks off with an interview of Alex Harrow, author of Empire of Light! Find out more about them at alexharrow.com!   The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog.
40:35
September 04, 2020
Wild Canines and Learning Disabilities with Forest Wells
This week's interview is with Forest Wells, author of Luna: The Lone Wolf. Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
24:48
July 03, 2020
Esotericism and Writing with Austin Case
Today's interview is with Austin Case, author of Wild, Dark Times. Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
25:53
June 19, 2020
Terrible Tropes and More with Talia C Johnson
This week's interview is with editor and author Talia C Johnson. Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
34:55
June 12, 2020
Disability in YA and Children's Literature with Karol Ruth Silverstein
Today's interview is with YA and children's literature author, Karol Ruth Silverstein! Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
30:41
May 29, 2020
Vampires and Microfiction with Patricia Lynne
This week's interview is with YA paranormal author Patricia Lynne!   Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
36:22
May 22, 2020
Dissociative Identity Disorder and Balancing Projects with Nathan Caro Frechette
This week's interview is with Nathan Caro Frechette, multi-genre author and co-owner of Renaissance Press.   Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
32:26
May 08, 2020
Public Speaking with Anxiety and More with Dylan Madeley
This week's interview is with fantasy author Dylan Madeley, who celebrates his release, Alathea: Goddess and Empress TODAY!    Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
26:18
May 01, 2020
Writing Characters Who Are Different From You with Laitie Montai
This week's interview is with fantasy author Laitie Montai! Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
23:23
April 24, 2020
Disability in YA with Kati Gardner
This week's interview is with YA contemporary author Kati Gardner! Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
29:30
April 17, 2020
Coping with a New Disability with Rue Sparks
This week's episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast is with Rue Sparks, creator of a quarterly zine about disability.   Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
26:42
April 03, 2020
The Joys and Struggles of Writing Characters Who Share Your Pain by Amara J Lynn
This week's interview is with multi-genre author Amara J Lynn!   Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors  Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors  Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of  disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for  disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on  the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor,  visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this  podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast  streaming platform.
18:56
March 27, 2020
Exploring Romance with Elizabeth Barone
This week's interview is with romance author Elizabeth Barone! Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
28:00
March 20, 2020
Robot Sex, Corsets, and More with Dr. Rebecca Gibson
Today's interview is with Dr. Rebecca Gibson, author of Desire in the Age of Robots and AI: An Investigation in Science Fiction and Fact.   Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
31:37
March 13, 2020
Fanfiction, Representation, and More with A.N. Mouse
This week's interview is with multi-genre author A.N. Mouse. Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
28:50
March 06, 2020
Would I Die in the 1800's and Other Questions with Sophia Beaumont
This week's interview is with multi-genre author Sophia Beaumont. Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Spoonie Authors Podcast! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
34:09
February 28, 2020
Talking Queer Romance with MA Hinkle
This week's interview is with contemporary romance author MA Hinkle, whose book Weight of Living has just been released! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
28:02
February 21, 2020
Stealing Wormholes with Stephen Graham King
This week's interview is with space opera author Stephen Graham King? The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast, make sure to leave us a 5 star review on your favourite podcast streaming platform.
29:16
February 14, 2020
Introducing Cait Gordon of the Spoonie Authors Network
This week we are interviewing Cait Gordon, author of Life in the 'Cosm and Stealth Lovers, co-editor of Nothing Without Us, and founder of the Spoonie Authors Network! The Spoonie Authors Podcast is part of the Spoonie Authors Network, a community initiative devoted to sharing the stories of disabled authors and educating abled people about what life is like for disabled creatives. Transcripts of this podcast are also available on the Spoonie Authors Network. To learn more or become a contributor, visit spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog. 
31:12
February 07, 2020