Introducing the GeekGirlCon Star Wars Panelists!

Last week, I announced the FANgirl panel at GeekGirlCon, to be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20th. The panelists are an amazing group of women who share a love of Star Wars and have a wide variety of experiences as fans. I asked Lisa Granshaw, Linda Hansen-Raj, Meg Humphrey, and Amy Ratcliffe a couple of quick questions to use to introduce them. If you add in my love of pink and purple lightsabers, this group is starting a new trend – it’s not just blue and green anymore – plus quite a few want dual-bladed. Armed and dangerous fangirls ready to share why Star Wars is Not Just a Boys’ Franchise.

We hope to see you there!


Lisa Granshaw is a full-time freelance writer and career consultant based in New York City. Her work has appeared on numerous websites including The Daily Dot, TODAY.com, Blastr, Salon, and MSN. You can connect with her on Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Favorite Star Wars movie: The Empire Strikes Back

Lightsaber or blaster: Lightsaber

If you picked a lightsaber color: Purple

Favorite scifi/fantasy book or show: Stargate SG-1

If you could have one Force skill, it would be: Tough choice, but I’d have to go with telekinesis! Being able to use the Force to move things around would be quite useful, and using it for the combat skill saber throw would have really come in handy in my fencing bouts!

Who is your Obi-Wan?  It’s a tie between Ewan McGregor and Alex Guinness!

While I’m at GGC my DVR is set to record: Honestly, many of the shows I watch are on during the week, so not much will be on my DVR this weekend except Once Upon a Time. Luckily Grimm doesn’t start until next Friday, so I won’t miss the premiere!


Linda Hansen-Raj is a super cool neurorehab MD, equestrian, yogini, writer, and mom. She’s FANgirlblog’s Sith Inquisitor, which means she’s been able to meet and interview a lot of really neat Star Wars-related people. You can read her on FANgirl Blog and follow her on Twitter.

Favorite Star Wars movie: The Empire Strike Back

Lightsaber or blaster: Lightsaber

If you picked lightsaber Lightsaber color: Double bladed… in hot pink

Favorite scifi/fantasy book or show: I recently read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and Wynde by Tricia Barr.

If you could have one Force skill, it would be: On the Light Side, Force Persuade. On the Dark Side, Force choke. A neutral Force skill, Force Leap. Oh, and I’d love to learn all the lightsaber forms, like Juyo.

Who is your Obi-Wan? I guess that would depend. In the movies/shows, they’re all so awesome I couldn’t pick. If it’s to go out to dinner, I’d have to pick Ewan McGregor.

While I’m at GGC my DVR is set to record: El Corazon Indominable, even though I really don’t speak Spanish.


Meg Humphrey is a Seattle-raised nerd from birth with a never-ending list of projects and passions. She is a contributor at the blog Have You Nerd, on the convention staff at GeekGirlCon and Sakura-Con, runs an Etsy shop called Force Apparel, and enjoys participating on panels at conventions all around the Northwest. You can follow her on Twitter @tspofnutmeg or on Instagram @jedimastermeg.

Favorite Star Wars movie: Return of the Jedi – one of my first memories is of the sarlacc.

Lightsaber or blaster: Lightsaber, double sided

If you picked lightsaber Lightsaber color: White

Favorite scifi/fantasy book or show:  Stargate SG-1. I’ve watched every episode with my dad since it premiered on Showtime.

If you could have one Force skill, it would be: Being able to rest and rejuvenate through the Force. If I didn’t have to sleep as much and could work on more fun projects!

Who is your Obi-Wan? Ewan McGregor is a cutie, but Alec Guinness inspires the wisdom and quiet sadness that characterizes Obi-Wan’s journey.

While I’m at GGC my DVR is set to record: Criminal Minds. I don’t care if they’re reruns, I will watch them!


Amy Ratcliffe is addicted to Star Wars, coffee, and writing, and reads a lot of comics. She writes for Fashionably Geek, IGN, StarWars.com and others. Follow her on Twitter at @amy_geek.

Favorite Star Wars movie: The Empire Strikes Back

Lightsaber or blaster: Lightsaber

If you picked lightsaber Lightsaber color: Purple – Mace Windu has good taste.

Favorite scifi/fantasy book or show: Lord of the Rings

If you could have one Force skill: It would be psychometry.

Who is your Obi-Wan? James Arnold Taylor

While I’m at GGC my DVR is set to record: Once Upon a Time


Tricia Barr’s favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back. She’d carry a purple lightsaber and a blaster. Her favorite scifi/fantasy shows are Battlestar Galactica, Alias, and Fringe. Her DVR is set to record The Good Wife, Revenge, and Once Upon a Time while she’s at GeekGirlCon.

Tricia is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa and Gemini. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.

For updates on all things FANgirl follow @FANgirlcantina on Twitter or like FANgirl Zone on Facebook. At times she tries the Tumblr.

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue.

Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.

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