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I Get To Make S*** Up!

I write Sexy Steampunk and Sensuous Sci-Fi. And I get to make s*** up!

My Tangled series is erotic science-fiction and so far consists of

Tangled Shadows

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Tangled Hunger

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and Tangled Indulgence

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It takes place in a world inhabited by humans, Vampires and Naemas, a race that is part angel, part demon. These races are just part of the world, aliens if you want, and all have their own gifts and struggles. I just love the idea that I can create whole worlds and races, even spaceships, and let my imagination run wild. I usually have a concept in mind and then the characters come to me. At first just in single words, but the more I think about them, the more they develop in my head. I tend to outline, but that is usually just a sentence or two, leaving me plenty of room to manoeuvre (and get stuck;). The more I write, the more I get to know my characters and the more my worlds come alive.

At the moment I have plans for one more Tangled book, possibly two (a one-sentence character from Tangled Indulgence demands his own story;) and then I want to branch out. In Tangled Shadows we meet a young woman with unusual gifts and an even more unusual heritage. Her story will start a whole new series with new races, characters and worlds…and I can’t wait to get started.

I branched out into steampunk because I love the aesthetics and, once again, the possibilities are endless. You have certain structures in place, but you can twist and turn your history until it works for you and the story. In Rescue by Ruin a young woman has to find a way to protect herself from an abusive man by ruining her reputation. That way she will be cast out of society and become ineligible to marry.

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I stuck quite closely to real history and the conventions set up in that world. Of course, the place her ruination is to take place is a dirigible of ill-repute, but that is the fun part-mixing reality and fantasy.

In the story I just finished, Dirigibles Are Forever, Queen Victoria passed a law a few years after taking the crown to give women equal rights. My story takes place nearly fifty years later, but my heroine still has to struggle with men who believe they can do a better job and don’t like having a woman as a supervisor. Obviously this never happened, but it created a new Victorian world for me to play in and mix things up.

I enjoy reading contemporary and (proper) historical stories, but I love diving into a world created by an author even more. I love seeing what challenges and rules they come up with and the torture they put their characters through.

What can I say? It is just so much fun to make s*** up!;)

What do you prefer-reality or fantasy or a mix thereof?

Note: I stole the phrase from Gina X. Grant. When we brainstorm a story and I worry about accuracy or how to move something along she always tells me to make s*** up.

SFR: Putting the Sexy into Sci Fi

Why do I write Science Fiction Romance? Well, I have loved sci fi since I was a little girl – Doctor Who, Star Trek, Space 1999 – I watched anything and everything that had stars and spaceships. Of course, I also loved Star Wars and being taken to see A New Hope at the theatre is one of my earliest memories. And probably responsible for my liking romance amongst the stars.

I mean, how can one watch Star Wars and not be aware of Han and Leia’s romance? It was truly a case of two hearts on a collision course, warp factor 10 with all shields down (sorry). The perfect backdrop to an epic tale of good winning over evil.

Science fiction is about humanity discovering space, with its new worlds and endless possibilities. In doing so, it’s about people being people and all that entails, be it warring with species it doesn’t understand, overcoming hardships and misunderstandings, fighting for something better and, because they are human and have feelings, falling in love.

But science fiction doesn’t just have to be in space – it can be Earth-bound, set in a future where the aliens have come to us (Men In Black and The War of the Worlds), or where a more advanced humanity sends someone back to the past (Terminator)

I wrote the latter as the plot to my latest release TIN CAT. Protagonist Hunter Grey is sent to capture a criminal bent on reshaping history. But time travel affects the body, so his is modified to cope with the stresses, as well as having adaptations to help him track his prey. He is, in short, cybernetic – and this is one of the areas that makes sci fi so much fun to play with.

A year after the accident that put her in a wheelchair, Amber Gerald has more or less gotten used to living with her impairment. It doesn’t make a difference to running a comic book store anyway, and the customers have been the best support group she could have wished for.

When she rescues an abandoned cat, Amber has no idea that she’s interfering in the mad scheme of a time travelling bank robber. Or that the man that walks into her store dressed like Blade is about to become her bodyguard.

Between being an unwitting owner of an android cat and falling for a cybernetic bounty hunter, Amber finds her life a whole new level of weird as science fiction becomes a very real factual threat.

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