Very thrilled to receive this interview in my inbox! Please read and share. I had no say in choosing the illustration of the Canada goose, but in my opinion, it’s an accurate depiction of a Canada goose. 😂
STARGAZERS: Microtales From The Cosmos
Author Introduction: Cait Gordon
Throughout our Kickstarter campaign for Stargazers, we are spotlighting a handful of the authors who made the book possible. Today’s interview is with Cait Gordon. There are just 11 days left to support the campaign and reserve your copy.
“I like to think of myself as a feisty and funny disability advocate who loves space opera and cake,” Cait Gordon tells AE.
For two decades Gordon worked as a technical writer for the aerospace and telecommunications industries. That was before her decision to dive into a “creative writing exercise” which “accidentally” got published. Her debut novel Life in the ‘Cosm was released in 2016 and was followed by The Stealth Lovers in 2019.
“With My Kind,” her contribution to Stargazers very much embodies that goal. It’s a micro-escape story which, in 185 words, balances hope and tragedy, horror and comedy, action and love all the while echoing the themes that drive Gordon’s work: the too-often underestimated spark and spirit of disabled people, as well as a direct subversion of the tired trope that “restructuring” is needed for some to fit into an ableist view of “normal”.
“In my opinion, it’s so important for disabled authors to write disabled protagonists. So very often, we’re portrayed as pathetic caricatures and one-dimensional tropes by non-disabled authors,” Gordon notes. “Cure narratives are often distasteful to disabled folks, so my protagonist uses the ignorance and prejudgement of abled society in order to plan their escape.”
As a kid in the ’70s, Gordon was introduced to speculative fiction by none other than Star Wars, an influence that has kept her glued to grand adventures across the cosmos ever since.
“While I also geek out on technology, I think I will forever be drawn to character-driven stories. The books I love usually have characters I wish I could be friends with in real life.”
Last year also saw the publication of Nothing Without Us, an anthology she co-edited alongside Talia C. Johnson. It comprises short, multi-genre stories where the authors and their protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, and/or they manage mental illness.
“My primary career objective is to continue to write or elevate speculative fiction that celebrates the reality of diversity.”
Cait Gordon is a disability advocate who wants everyone to pummel that curve!
She’s also the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. When Cait’s not writing, she’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She also teamed up with Kohenet Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the Nothing Without Us anthology (a 2020 Prix Aurora Award finalist for Best Related Work) in an attempt to take over the world.