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Interview with Fran Wilde

Interview with Fran Wilde


Posted By on Aug 12, 2020

Today we have an interview with Fran Wilde on the blog. Fran has written a lot of stories and novels featuring disabled characters. One of these stories, “Rhizome, By Starlight” will appear in Rebuilding Tomorrow, which you can help make happen by backing us on Kickstarter now.

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While we haven’t finalised all the stories that will be included in Rebuilding Tomorrow (that will depend a little bit on how well our Kickstarter goes), we have locked in some early authors. One of those is Tansy Rayner Roberts, who also had a story in Defying Doomsday. Her story, “Kids These Days” is a sequel to her Defying Doomsday story, “Did We Break the End of the World?”. If you haven’t read Defying Doomsday (or even if you have) you can listen to “Did We Break the End of the World?” for free on Tansy’s podcast: Sheep Might Fly.

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Today on the blog we have a guest post from Kristy Evangelista. Kristy wrote “No Shit” for Defying Doomsday, about a Brisbane woman with Crohn’s disease who survives an extremely deadly pandemic. There will be a follow-up story in Rebuilding Tomorrow, thematically titled “Merry Shitmas”. I’ll let Kristy tell you more about them, and the experience of writing them.

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Back in 2016, we launched Defying Doomsday, an anthology of apocalypse survival fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill characters. In the lead up to that, I wrote a bit about where the idea for Defying Doomsday came from over on Diversity in YA.

Rebuilding Tomorrow is the followup anthology to Defying Doomsday. In many ways it’s a sequel — in fact, some of the stories it contains are direct sequels to some of the stories in Defying Doomsday — but it’s also a book with an intentionally different focus. Before the pandemic, back in mid-2018, when I was first thinking about Rebuilding Tomorrow, I wanted to make a book that went a step further than just surviving the apocalypse. Feeling gloomy about the in-progress climate apocalypse, I decided I wanted to make a book about getting on with life after the world has irrevocably changed.

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You can now back Rebuilding Tomorrow on Kickstarter and help make the book a reality!

Rebuilding Tomorrow is a follow-up anthology to Defying Doomsday, which came out back in 2016. This new anthology still has a strong focus on disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists, but this time the setting is a substantial amount of time after the some sort of apocalyptic event. The world has ended but some life goes on. The stories in Rebuilding Tomorrow show survivors that have moved past subsistence-level existence to a more sustainable new normal. What does that future look like? You’ll have to read Rebuilding Tomorrow to find out.

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