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This month I’m featuring another author who lives and works with a disability. His name is John Wiswell whose blog can be found at Bathroom Monologues. I’ve read some of John’s work and was jubilant over his use of disabled characters who read like people instead of the more commonly found labels of disability. John’s work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Fireside Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, Weird Tales, and Podcastle, among many others.
John Wiswell, a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a touch of humor tossed in for good measure. John has a neuromuscular disorder and yet manages to live a very good life. Like most of us, disability is not something we dwell on, but a fact of life we deal with. John is funny, talented, and caring. He knows a little something about writing disabled characters too!
It is difficult to find individuals who are open to discussing disability or writing with a disability. John is not that person. He was gracious to accept my request for a Q & A on how he writes with a disability, and how he feels the disabled should be written.
KJ – Please tell us about living with a neuromuscular disorder.
JW – It beats the only alternative, which is being dead. Dead people eat far less chocolate. My condition means full-body pain which intensifies with physical activity and stress, and which directly impacts my respiratory and immune systems. My lungs would love to secede from the union, but my heart’s not in it. [Read more…]