NWU Editors Interview: Cait Gordon and Talia 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.


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.

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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

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 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.

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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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NWU Author Interview: Jennifer Lee Rossman

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 Jennifer Lee Rossman, author of Names, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: When a coyote crosses Beck’s path, it’s jolting. Mostly because the animal has ‘people’ eyes. And Beck might be the only one in the town who knows why.

I follow you on Twitter and you seem to write all the things! Tell us a bit about yourself and why you love writing short stories.

That I do! I am autistic and have spinal muscular atrophy, and I write because real world is boring. It doesn’t have time travel, or dinosaurs, or monsters with people eyes. Writing is a way for me to… fix that.

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NWU Author Interview: Maverick Smith

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(Featured image credit: Artist Markus Harwood Jones)

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 Maverick Smith, author of The Case of the Silenco Scientist, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Story summary: A client’s spouse and child are missing, presumed abducted. It’s now up to two Silenco investigators to get to the bottom of this case, and there’s no time to lose.

I Goodreads-searched you and saw that your stories have been published in several anthologies. Tell us a bit about yourself as an author and about the stories you enjoy writing.  

Ever since I was young, I have always enjoyed writing prose and poetry. I particularly enjoy writing speculative fiction because doing so allows me to create settings which celebrate aspects of diversity and…

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