November #SciFi Women Interviews’s guest is Patty Hammond. I had the pleasure of meeting her thanks to the Star Wars community on WordPress and Twitter. I am glad that she accepted my invitation to participate to this series.
Patty Hammond, @PattyBones on Twitter, is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan who has a disguise as a mild mannered data analyst for an advertising firm. She is the creator and administrator for The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl blog, everydayfangirl.com, and monthly contributor to The Cantina Cast blog, theCantinaCast.net.
NG: How were you first introduced to Science Fiction?
HAMMOND: I was introduced to Science Fiction through my Dad, who loved watching Star Trek and Lost in Space and sharing these with me as I was growing up.
NG: What place does Science Fiction have in your life?
HAMMOND: It is one of the ways I escape from reality. It is also one of the best ways I connect with my friends and family, especially my husband, who is a big Science Fiction fanboy.
NG: What are your top three favorites for Science Fiction books, TV shows and movies?
HAMMOND: My top three favorites are The Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold, Robotech and of course Star Wars. I would also include Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Doctor Who as runner-ups.
NG: What is Science Fiction’s responsibility in diverse and inclusive representation?
HAMMOND: Science Fiction needs to include everyone because the future is not built by just one type, but by all types of people, or aliens, or creatures. I believe that including everyone will make a better story and help readers and viewers think about topics in a whole different way.
NG: Do you think that Science Fiction has an educational value?
HAMMOND: Yes! We need to teach all kinds of Science Fiction in our schools from short stories to novels, from classics like the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov to modern works like the Vorkosigan series. These stories all have literary forms and ideas that can be dissected, discussed and debated at a various stages of educational life and beyond.
NG: How did you get the idea to create Everyday Fangirl?
HAMMOND: Many years ago one of my author friends, Cathie Linz, encouraged me to start writing about what I was passionate about. I was not too sure about writing a novel or short story. However, I was passionate about my love of various fandoms and my support of those writers and creators who work with various fandoms and genres. As time went on, this grew into what is now The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl Blog. This gives me a forum to not only perfect my writing skills, but to share my passion of the many different fandoms and genres that I love as well.
NG: Do you think that fangirls are an expression of feminism?
HAMMOND: Fangirls are an expression of fandom just with a female twist and not necessarily an expression just of feminism. To me, being a fangirl is just an expression of my love of being a fan, as a female. However, depending on how this is looked at, from a certain point of view, I can see where some may believe that being a fangirl is nothing more than being a feminist.
NG: How do you think fangirls can change media industries?
HAMMOND: Fangirls can make great changes to the media industries with their wallets. Just look at what fandom was like before female specific science fiction clothing was a thing. Many fangirls, like myself, were only able to find fan related clothing in boy’s or men’s styles. Thanks to those of us that used our wallets to show that female specific style fandom clothing and accessories would sell, we are starting to see this become more mainstream.
NG: Do you have other current or future Science Fiction related projects?
HAMMOND: I am a monthly contributor to TheCantinaCast.net blog and bring a fangirl perspective and passion for Star Wars and in turn Science Fiction to this audience.
NG: What are you most looking forward to in the future of the Star Wars franchise?
HAMMOND: I am really looking forward to all the new content that Disney is bringing to us fans, especially the recently released novels, like Lost Stars, the upcoming movies, The Force Awakens and Rogue One, more episodes of my new favorites television series, Star Wars Rebels and of course Star Wars Land at the Disney Parks!