Interview with Alice Wong

Published 2018-10-08.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This was a direct response to the 2016 Presidential Election. I wanted to gather the wisdom and perspectives from disabled people on the relationship between resistance and hope because what we consider 'the resistance' is not new, it's a continuation of a struggle that marginalized people have always experienced and known.
How do you approach cover design?
For Resistance and Hope, I wanted something inspired from nature to represent the struggle to live and exist and the never ending cycle of life. I was so happy that Bay Area artist Micah Bazant agreed to create a book cover for me. I love the colors and the night time setting with stars and a full moon. For more art by Micah:
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media! I am new to self-publishing with zero connections to PR and marketing professionals (and limited funds). Having a strong social media presence helped me gain support and interest for my e-book. I am very thankful for the many people who gave me their advice and helped me spread the word about Resistance and Hope through their networks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the creative control and not needing the involvement of too many people. I learned a lot about self-publishing with Resistance and Hope and it was a great challenge.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is tortured like many people. Sometimes events will accelerate the urgency to write about something in particular. Other times, I need to take my time, re-working it until it finally looks half-decent. I bookmark a ton of articles and various bits of information that I might want to use as a reference later. Having some trusted friends to talk through ideas or read through drafts help but overall writing can be a lonely process.
Describe your desk
A hot mess! Everything has its place. A Yeti microphone is attached to my MacBookPro. I have a basket with oodles of odds and ends. I have shelves with files, papers, and books. And of course a trusty cat-shaped mug to hold my favorite pens and markers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and had LOVED going to my local public library. My sisters and I would participate in summer reading programs at the Nora branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. I would check out as many books as possible. It felt like I had universes at my disposal. This influenced my interest in science fiction and fantasy although I wouldn't call myself a SF/F writer.
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Books by This Author

Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 29,280. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » People with Disabilities, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Activism
16 essays by 17 disabled writers, activists and artists. This is crip wisdom for the people. Edited by Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project, Resistance and Hope will transform the way you think about activism, leadership, and social justice.