NWU Author Interview: Jamieson Wolf

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.


Publishing director Nathan Fréchette interviews Jamieson Wolf, author of The Descent, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: A wizard seeks a mystical Oracle to find out how he can be cured of his debilitating condition, known only to him as the pesky Max Shadow. He must descend a seemingly never-ending staircase unassisted, with Max as his constant companion.


Editor’s note: This interview was originally on video, but because of technical issues, has been transcribed with minor edits, for flow and clarity.


Tell us about yourself!

My name is Jamieson Wolf. I am first and foremost a writer, also an artist, storyteller, poet . . . If there are ways to be creative, I’ll do it! I’m married to…

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NWU Author Interview: George Zancola

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 George Zancola, author of Flight, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: It’s summertime in Toronto, during a heatwave in ’76. Tom and his sidekick Cathy have just escaped detention, hoping to begin a new way of life as they march through the city’s sweltering heat.

Tell us a bit about yourself as an author. Have you any published works? What sort of stories do you gravitate to as a writer?

I term myself a ‘mad’ writer, at least for the time being. I do this because I tend to write exclusively about the psychiatric experience. 

I published a poem last year in the Open Minds Quarterly. The poem was called Ode On Insanity

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NWU Editors Interview: Cait Gordon and Talia Johnson

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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 Cait “Pinky” Gordon and Talia “The Brain” Johnson, editors of the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: In the beginning there was the Spoonies Author Network, then came the anthology

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Interview with Cait Gordon and Talia Johnson. 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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Editors: Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson

With stories by:  Aus Bahadur, Carolyn…

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NWU Author Interview: Laurie Stewart

A disabled main character in a Samhain story? I’m feeling downright catered to.

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 Laurie Stewart, author of The Blessing Cookies, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: It’s the Harvest Festival and time for the Blessing ritual. The family matriarch has been the Voice of Lethe for decades. The cookies must be doled out, and the crystal will decide. This will be a miserable day.

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Interview with Laurie Stewart. 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: Elliott Dunstan

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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 Elliott Dunstan, author of Oliver Gutierrez and the Walking Stick of Destiny, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: Oliver must make a decision about xyr cane, which is set against the corner, stalking xem. But before xe can figure it out, two familiar voices pipe in with their opinion on the subject.

Watch now! Closed captions are available for this video.

Interview with Elliott Dunstan. 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: Tom Johnson

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 Talia Johnson interviews Tom Johnson (no relation), author of Jungle Demon, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

CW: Tom mentions a genre of the past that used ableist/antiquated terms.

Story summary: In an African wood of dense trees and vines resides a monster who could even be part of the jungle itself. N’Domo Demon is the game given to this creature, once a man, who now observes human life from the fringes.

Tell us a bit about yourself as an author. Do you have any published works. What sort of stories do you gravitate to as a writer?

I was born in Seymour, Texas, in the summer of 1940. My dad was a cowboy and cook. He tried to…

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NWU Author Interview: Diane Koerner

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 Talia Johnson interviews Diane Koerner, author of Panic in Paradise, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Tell us a bit about yourself as an author. Do you have any published works? What sort of stories do you gravitate to as a writer?

I worked as a journalist for the Big Island Weekly newspaper for several years, contributing a weekly Holistic Approach and a Greener Hawaii column. They were written to inspire people to make positive changes for their own health and the health of our environment. After attending the Kauai Writers’ Conference last November, I decided to try my hand at fiction and am excited about being part of an ongoing critique group now. The next story I’m working…

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