Podcast Interview with Bonnie Burton – author (Crafting with Feminism), YouTube personality (Vaginal Fantasy Book Club), and writer for CNET
In this episode, Wendy and Adron talk with writer Bonnie Burton. Bonnie has been a content creator in the web world all the way back into the early 1990s. She wrote for many early lifestyle and business websites and related publications, like Wired, and Apple’s eWorld. She spent a long stint at LucasFilm, writing for StarWars.com and the official Star Wars Twitter account. Currently, she’s a freelancer for CNET, blogging about entertainment news, weird science, and robots.
Bonnie is the co-host of YouTube series Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. The show also features co-hosts Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont, and Kiala Kazebee. It’s an informal, smutty, wine-soaked discussion of a new genre romance novel each month.
Crafting with Feminism
She’s also authored a number of books. Girls Against Girls is a guide for teens dealing with bullying and cruelty among their peers. She produced a number of pop culture arts and crafts books, including The Star Wars Craft Book, and You Can Draw: Star Wars.
Her latest, Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy, arrives in stores and online retailers on October 18th. It features a forward from Felicia Day. The book contains projects ranging from merit badges to googly-eyed tampon puppets, and takes an enthusiastic, tongue-in-cheek approach to both crafting and defiance of the patriarchy.
View some of the projects from the book – click on an image below.
We talk with Bonnie about the often not-very-lucrative business of being an author, and supporting writer-y pursuits with other work. She walks us through the pitch process for a crafting book, creating a viable product for existing audiences. And we discuss her long career writing for magazines and websites, from the early days of the web to the current, cluttered blogosphere.