On today’s episode, we welcome Cai Emmons, author of the new novels Unleashed from Dutton, and LIVID from Red Hen Press. She is a fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter, whose work includes the story collection Vanishing and the novels His Mother’s Son, which won an Oregon Book award for fiction, The Stylist, Weather Woman, which was a Nautilus Book Award winner, and Sinking Islands, a sequel of sorts to Weather Woman.
Cai was diagnosed with bulbar onset ALS last year, a disease that took away her ability to speak. So she’ll be using a text-to-voice device, called Voice Keeper, for our conversation. Cai types in her responses and we’ll hear those through the device’s synthesized speech.