My bio is listed on the Can-Con website! (Also note awesome emerging author Dianna Gunn. Her novel, Keeper of the Dawn, is way cool. Go buy it. I’ll wait.)
Here’s the text of my bio, if you cannot read the image:
Cait (like ‘cat’) Gordon is an Irish-Canadian princess and the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a space opera with an appalling amount of dessert. She is originally from Verdun, Québec, and has been living in the suburbs of Ottawa since 1998. Cait worked for over two decades as a technical writer and is now a freelance editor for indie authors. She is also the editor of the Spoonie Authors Network, a blog solely featuring writers who manage disabilities and/or chronic illness. http://caitgordon.com Twitter: @CaitGAuthor
What a difference just over a year makes. Last September I attended my first-ever Can-Con, after being prodded by my BFF to go. We registered on March 33, 2016. Yes, you read that right. (Inside joke. Best typo ever.) This was before I knew Renaissance would publish my book.
Then, June 1, 2016 changed everything. I was offered a book contract! Renaissance asked me if I would be willing to spend the summer editing so we could have Life in the ’Cosm ready by September 9, so the book could be ready for Can-Con 2016. UM . . . YES!!!
Can-Con 2016 captured all my authory firsts. I saw my book in print, I signed my book, and I did a reading there. That was pretty epic. But I also learned so much from the panels I attended. I still remember what the writers and editors taught me from those sessions! This is amazing, because I have a memory like Dory from Finding Nemo. I even met the most fantastic people and call them my friends today!
Fast forward to right now. I will be a panellist myself this year (stay tuned for details). I’m also really looking forward to spending time with the authors I’ve met over the course of the year. Can-Con kinda of feels like a class reunion that doesn’t suck. Having the honour to share ideas on a panel with other alphabet arrangers is going to be a great experience. It’s so wonderful that I can contribute to the discussion. I gots things to say!
What I can mention is that because of the shocking take-off of the Spoonie Authors Network, I will participate on a panel where all the authors manage disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. ALL OF US. No tokenism here. And the best part is that the panel is about sex. Yup. Spooning with Spoonies: Disability and Sexuality, is going to be moderated by the incomparable Derek Newman-Stille, my spoonie fiend. But the notion of all these panellists teaching other writers to remember that we, too, are sexual beings, is so important. I cannot wait!
Anyhoo, it’s a very squeeful situation. Will keep you updated.
If you’re interested in going to Can-Con 2017, it’s from October 13-15 at the Sheraton, downtown Ottawa. See Can-Con’s website for more info!
And if you do go, say hi to me! I’ll be with Noola, my rollator, rolling about the place.
Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a comedic space opera where boy meets girl, but girl doesn’t notice boy because she’s sharing a body with another boy. She is also the creator and editor of the Spoonie Authors Network. You can follow Cait on Facebook and Twitter.