“It was a radtacular time, for sure. It’s always great, and even therapeutic, to discuss important issues like this in a public setting. Personally I either internalize fears and frustrations or put them directly into my work, so the thought that our discussion helped both of us and might help someone else, perhaps an up and coming female author, makes me feel damn good.”
This has been a very weird week & I was very triggered by a harassment incident I experienced on Facebook & Instagram at the hands of a literary sadist who is targeting women in the literary community. I was not the only victim. The person in question has made it his life’s mission to upset as many people as possible. He is one of those ‘any attention is good attention’ types. I lost a week of work & I wanted to make something productive out of all the time I lost. It made me think of all the ways it is hard to be a woman in the literary community as well as in the world. I decided to talk to another woman who writes who has had much experience with harassment and weird behavior towards her. She likes to write in bars & is getting constantly harassed as she tries to work. This is a problem. It is sad that women do not feel safe in bars or on the internet. We are just trying to work, like everyone else.
Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to epic fantasy. A prolific writer, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. She has had sixteen books published in six years, including the bestselling “Rabbits in the Garden,” her bizarro sci-fi novel, “The Green Kangaroos,” and the first book in her edgy YA series, “Darla Decker Diaries.”