“You guys know about vampires? You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might seem themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”
Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Representation and diversity in middle grade and young adult literature is crucially important. At Dreaming Robot Press, we’re committed to making more mirrors.
Who we are
After nearly ten years working at a small press in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Corie Weaver began writing her own stories. She’s now the author of two middle grade fantasy novels and one young adult science fiction novel. In the process of speaking with readers, parents, teachers and librarians, she became aware of the critical importance of the subtle messages novels send young readers.
Sean Weaver has spent almost two decades in publishing, layout, design, editing and marketing. Conversations with his friends and family about what their children were reading made him realize his skills could be put to use to create a platform supporting additional options.