I doubt Veronica Scott needs much of an introduction, so I’ll just say she is a tireless supporter of the SFR genre. Oh, and she writes superb books. She has two books in our raffle, so be sure to enter.
Star Cruise: Marooned (A Sectors SF Romance)
Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.
Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.
But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.
Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?
Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Three time winner of the Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!
Q. When did you realize SFR was a genre?
A. When I was getting ready to publish Wreck of the Nebula Dream in early 2012 and first began conversing with Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express. She and her blog really opened my eyes to the wide world of SFR authors and readers. I’d been reading SFR before that of course, and enjoying it very much, but hadn’t really examined the idea that SFR was its own genre. I’m extremely enthusiastic about SFR standing on its own. Helps bring more attention to all the good stories out there, I believe, and provides a home for those of us who prefer more romance along with the science fiction underpinnings, as readers and authors.
Q. What SFR book had the most impact on your reading and/or writing?
A. My two “foundation authors” are Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey (her Pern Dragonrider series and Restoree primarily). I read science fiction of all kinds voraciously but books by those two always left me fiercely wanting to write my own worlds because I loved the ones they’d created SO much. I realize neither of those are exactly SFR, but that’s my answer! Part of my motivation to write was that I felt there needed to be much more romance along with the adventure. Write what you want to read, as they say.
Q. Do your books lean more SF or Romance?
A. In the futuristic world of the Sectors that I’ve created, I assume a lot of SF concepts but I don’t talk much about any of it. People use the tech but they don’t explain or analyze it to each other. I’m much more focused on the characters and their journey through the events of the story, which includes a romance with a Happily Ever After. Like any other author, I’ve got solid worldbuilding going on, but many of the infinite details are known only to me (unless they’re needed for the story at hand) . I feel it’s on me to be consistent and present a realistic frame for the stories to occur so the readers can suspend disbelief and just enjoy the story.
Veronica’s question for readers:
What was the best SFR story you ever read and what about it captured your imagination so strongly?
Answer for one entry in our giveaway for the Blog Lovin’ Prize Bundle.