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.

Watch now! Closed captions are available for this video.

Interview with Shannon Barnsley. Closed Captions 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!


ID: Multi-coloured brick graffiti wall with Nothing…

View original post 79 more words

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.

Watch now! Closed captions are available for this video.

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!


ID: Multi-coloured brick graffiti wall with Nothing Without Us spray-painted on…

View original post 75 more words

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.

Watch now! Closed captions are available for this video.

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!


ID: Multi-coloured brick graffiti wall with Nothing Without Us…

View original post 77 more words

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…

View original post 357 more words

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…

View original post 2,404 more words

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…

View original post 1,386 more words

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

View original post 624 more words