Adria plans to use her life experience to outwit her competitors. The mother of a young son, she adapts well to new situations and has lived in numerous locations internationally. Always a child at heart, she has a passion for video games and feels that she is never too old to play.
What is your earliest memory of the fantasy genre? What made you become a fan?
My Dad is a science fiction and fantasy fan, and he read The Hobbit to me and my sister as a bedtime story when I was about five years old. I was carried away by the grand adventure, and that was the start of me reading every genre book I could get my hands on.
What’s the craziest thing you've done in the name of fandom?
I've participated in a Live-Action Role-Playing game in below-freezing temperatures. I tromped around in knee-deep snow for a weekend while pretending to be a cyborg and fighting off giant radioactive moths. I had a great time. I'm aware of the cultural stigma that is directed at LARPers, but they are the most dedicated gamers that I know.
What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to the fantasy genre?
I read fan fiction: fan-written stories that continue where my favorite books left off, or offer alternate endings, or have characters from different fandoms meet -- it's fun. Originally I got sucked in through Buffy the Vampire Slayer cross-fandom stories, but then I found Harry Potter fic about them being grownups, and now I'm reading a lot of Avengers stories.
How do you define "hero"?
A person who is courageous and takes risks to help others.
Who is your real-life hero and why?
Anita Sarkeesian. She writes about sexism in popular culture, despite horrific backlash against her work. After she announced she was going to look at sexism in video games, she faced a deeply misogynistic online harassment campaign that included serious threats of violence. It's people like her who are leveling the playing field, and making it possible for everyone to have a place in the geek community, not just white, cisgender men.
Describe yourself in three words.
Enthusiastic, adventurous, logical.