NWU Author Interview: Shannon Barnsley

Nothing Without Us


Nothing Without Us is an own-voices, multi-genre collection of short stories where the protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or manage mental illness.


Nathan Fréchette, Publishing Director of Renaissance, interviews Shannon Barnsley, author of Search and Seizure, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: Cassie wants answers to why she’s having seizures, only to be met with the response, “It’s all in your head.” Things take a turn for the paranormal as Cassie finds herself back in the hospital once again, but this time, no one can tell she’s really there.

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Interview with Shannon Barnsley. Closed Captions available.

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Check out the rewards you can get for pledging to this anthology! We thank you for your support!


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Six Hours to Go!

The Kickstarter banner for the Nothing Without Us anthology.
WE DID IT! 6 hrs left to go and the Nothing Without Us anthology and all its stretch goals, including an audiobook, an illustrated version, and enhanced author pay, have all been funded! Thanks so much for supporting this own voices project and the disabled authors and publishers trying to change the literary landscape one accurate depiction at a time. If you want to hear more about why this kind of project is so important, check out my author interview where I discuss disability rep, chronic illness narratives, why they both matter, how they impact the real world on a micro and macro level, and why I had to ragequit watching The Flash. Continue reading

It’s the Last Midnight

fb bannerHey, all. For those of you who aren’t already aware from the constant reblogged author interviews, I have a short story in an upcoming own voices disability themed anthology called Nothing Without Us. What does own voices mean, you ask? In this case it means that all the stories in the anthology feature disabled, deaf, neurodiverse, mentally ill, and/or chronically ill main characters written by actual disabled, deaf, neurodiverse, mentally ill, and/or chronically ill authors! And this anthology is extra special in that it also has disabled publishers, so everyone involved in this project from beginning to end has the lived experience these stories are trying to accurately represent and explore. And not a bit of inspiration porn in sight! Continue reading

NWU Author Interview: Tasha Fierce

Nothing Without Us


Nothing Without Us is an own-voices, multi-genre collection of short stories where the protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or manage mental illness.


Nathan Fréchette, Publishing Director of Renaissance, interviews Tasha Fierce, author of The Living Among the Dead, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary:What’s it like to feel like you have to ‘pass as alive’ among the living? When nobody wants to believe you’re dead, even though you’ve tried to explain it to them, you’ve no choice but to keep it a secret.

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Interview with Tasha Fierce. Closed captions are available.

Please support our Kickstarter (April 1–April 30, 2019!)

Check out the rewards you can get for pledging to this anthology! We thank you for your support!


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NWU Author Interview: Joanna Marsh

Nothing Without Us


Nothing Without Us is an own-voices, multi-genre collection of short stories where the protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or manage mental illness.


Nathan Fréchette, Publishing Director of Renaissance, interviews Joanna Marsh, author of Bug Hunt, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: Mina and four other women are given a mission to destroy the best pilot in the Empire, Anna Hyde. Hyde’s leading-edge mech is known as the Godkiller. The five soldiers’ mech fighters are subpar. They’re probably screwed.

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Interview with Joanna Marsh. Closed captions are available.

Interview with Joanna Marsh. Closed captions are available.

Please support our Kickstarter (April 1–April 30, 2019!)

Check out the rewards you can get for pledging to this anthology! We thank you for your support!


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Transcription of our Kickstarter video

Nothing Without Us

We had a request for a transcription of our Kickstarter video. The video has closed captioning, but this transcription offers another way for people to enjoy what our authors and editors had to say about this project!


Cait Gordon, co-editor: Do you know any books that have main characters who are disabled and such? And I knew one!

Laurie Stewart, author: Well, there was nobody anywhere…who was like me.

Emily Gillespie, author: We don’t see ourselves represented.

Joanna Marsh, author: We grow up thinking that we can’t be heroes.

Shannon Barnsley, author: Like 20% of people have a disability and like 1% of the people on the screen do.

Elliott Dunstan, author: Often, the representations are awful.

Nathan Fréchette, publishing director and author: I’m tired of seeing myself as a serial killer.

Tasha Fierce, author: I think it’s self-evident why you would want, you know, people writing about their…

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NWU Author Interview: Derek Newman-Stille

Nothing Without Us

Nothing Without Us is an own-voices, multi-genre collection of short stories where the protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or manage mental illness.


Co-editor Cait Gordon interviews eight-time Prix Aurora Awards winner Derek Newman-Stille, author of Charity™, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: It’s fundraiser time, when all the disabled folks are on display, hoping to entice the ever-so curious able-bodied donors to cough up some cash. After all, money from the Normies is all they have to live on, now that there are no other financial assistance programs. The better the inspiration, the higher the donation. Except . . . not every Crip wants to play the game.


Tell us about yourself! Also, maybe clarify the rumours that you’re planning on building an “Iron Throne” out of Prix Aurora Awards.

I am a Disabled, Queer writer, activist, artist, and academic…

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