The Pearls of Yesterday Review Interview: Fabiola
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The Pearls of Yesterday Review Interview: Fabiola

Our YA romance novel, L.S. Rydde’s The Pearls of Yesterday, is already resonating with readers! We had the chance to talk to two advocates for disability representation in media about why they hope to see more diverse characters in literature, their own experiences with disability representation, and what it means to them to see disabled…

Meet Emily Holyoak of Good Morning, Dinah
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Meet Emily Holyoak of Good Morning, Dinah

Meet debut author, Emily Holyoak of YA contemporary novel, Good Morning, Dinah! We’ve got an exclusive interview all about Emily, what it was like writing the book, and fun rapid fire questions! What did you want to be when you were a child? My earliest memories were that I wanted to be a mermaid. Then,…

Debunking Autism Myths
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Debunking Autism Myths

There are countless damaging myths about autism that have penetrated the cultural zeitgeist in recent years. These harmful myths lead to seemingly endless instances of equally harmful autistic “representation” — anyone remember the disaster surrounding Sia’s movie Music?  Luckily, there is hope for the future of autism representation: Emily Holyoak’s Good Morning, Dinah — published by…

Check Out These Opening Lines from Disabled Authors
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Check Out These Opening Lines from Disabled Authors

At INCLUDAS, we’re always looking to amplify the voices of disabled, neurodivergent, and chronically ill writers. Get to know some of their talent with these snippets from their upcoming projects they shared with us during our fourth INCLUDAS Book Party! This is not a sponsored post nor are we endorsing any of the authors. Please…

Opening Lines From Disability-Inclusive Books
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Opening Lines From Disability-Inclusive Books

Some books have the power to grab you from their first sentence, and these eleven YA books are no exception. Check out each of their opening lines, as well as the disability representation they provide, and get ready to find your next favorite book from our fourth INCLUDAS Book Party event! This is not a…

Meet Han
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Meet Han

Han was part of the INCLUDAS team between September – December, 2022 as the Fall Events Intern. We are so excited to have them with us! What’s your favorite thing about yourself? My favorite thing about myself would generally be my thoughtfulness. Whether that’s in my relationships with people, in solving creative problems, or in…

Resources for Author Support
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Resources for Author Support

At INCLUDAS, we appreciate all of the writers who are working to make the world more inclusive and diverse. We are always looking to support and encourage authors to follow their dreams. Below is a list of resources, which will hopefully be helpful to emerging creatives looking for tips and opportunities in their fields. These…

Meet Kristina
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Meet Kristina

Kristina joined the INCLUDAS team during June of 2022 as the Summer Children’s Literature Intern. We are so excited to have her with us! Tell us about yourself. My favorite thing about myself is my creativity. I feel like I have a pretty good imagination. It always keeps me busy, and I’m never bored because…

Meet Sofia
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Meet Sofia

Sofia joined the INCLUDAS team during June of 2022 as the Summer Marketing Intern. We are so excited to have her with us! Tell us about yourself. Within my friend group, I can make a decision. I’m a little proud of it because, while it depends on the situation, there aren’t a lot of people…

Meet Julia
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Meet Julia

Julia joined the INCLUDAS team during June of 2022 as the Summer Story Development Intern. We are so excited to have her with us! Tell us about yourself. I really care about doing what’s right and being a good person. I always try to do the right thing and try to help someone who needs…

Meet Emma
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Meet Emma

Emma joined the INCLUDAS team from June to August of 2022 as the Summer Blog Writing Intern. We are so excited to have her with us! Tell us about yourself. I grew up with a lot of siblings and a lot of cousins really close to me, and a lot of them younger than me….

Debunking Disability + Romance Myths
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Debunking Disability + Romance Myths

Accurate representation of disabled characters in literature is already quite rare, but even more infrequent are nuanced depictions of disabled characters in romantic relationships. (We’re excluding narratives that end with said characters dying.) However, in L.S. Rydde’s The Pearls of Yesterday, its main character, Abigail, lives with spinal muscular atrophy and a deep desire to…