We bring you another guest that is an iconic figure in the genre and the online community. Heather Massey was one of the Smart Girls first supporters and I’ll always be grateful for her enthusiasm (and willingness to spread the word!). I predict one day in the future, Heather’s books will be on the must-read list for a course on SFR in the 21st Century! I can hear the instructor intone “Notice how, on the book cover, both the woman’s hat and her gun, are bigger than the man’s. This represents….”
Since we are a few days into the celebration, let’s mix up the order of things a bit and start with our questions.
The Mini Interview
Q. When did you realize SFR was a genre?
A. The year was 1983, and I was enthralled by Leiji Matsumoto’s science fiction anime series Space Battleship Yamato. The show featured an epic romance and that’s when I discovered SFR was a genre—and fell in love with it. I’ve sought out similar adventures in books ever since.
Q. What SFR book had the most impact on your reading and/or writing?
A. With me, it’s never just about the one book because I read widely in SFR and find many things to enjoy in many different stories! But I’ll endeavor to narrow it down to just a few. 🙂
Catherine Asaro’s Alpha made me realize just how much I adore android romances; Lise MacTague’s Depths of Blue is a cool action-adventure lesbian SFR with intense social commentary and it made me want to glom every f/f SFR I can get my hands on; P.J. Dean’s alien invasion series The Felig Chronicles made me hungry for more black heroines in sci-fi romance; P.J. Schnyder’s A Gift For Boggle impressed me with the daring risk of featuring a heavyset hero with a disability; Anna Hackett’s Beneath a Trojan Moon and Sandra McDonald’s The Outback Stars delighted me with their portrayals of heroic heroines; and the works of KS Augustin (Restoration), Jacqueline Koyanagi (Ascension), and Carol van Natta (Overload Flux) gave me (and the genre) a much needed infusion of diverse characters.
Q. Do your books lean more SF or Romance?
A. I’d say they lean slightly more toward SF and action-adventure since I like to include external plots and even an occasional Weird setting or characters in my stories. That said, they’ll appeal mostly to women who enjoy those elements. I’m a woman, so I write my books with a female audience in mind. Long live the female gaze!
Heather’s question for readers:
What kind of diverse characters would you like to see more of in sci-fi romance?
Answer for an entry in our drawing!
About the Author
Heather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for sci-fi romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express.
In addition to TGE, she’s a front-page blogger for Heroes & Heartbreakers, Coffee Time Romance’s steampunk site, and Strange Flesh Press. She wrote a column for Germany’s LoveLetter magazine and her posts have been featured at SF Signal, Dear Author, Tor.com, and numerous other book sites.
To further help expand visibility for SFR, she became the Releases Editor in 2013 for Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly, a free digital magazine.
She’s also an author in the genre. To learn more about her published work, visit heathermassey.com. When Heather’s not reading or writing, she’s watching cult films and enjoying the company of her husband and daughter.
Follow The Galaxy Express on Twitter: @thgalaxyexpress
What she’s added to our book prize extravaganza:
Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts
Violet Whitcomb dutifully assists her world-renowned scientist father, but what she truly craves is love and adventure. A fateful trip across America’s wild frontier delivers this and more. First, she meets an irresistible man aboard the train. Then a rogue inventor known as the Iron Scorpion kidnaps her father and she alone is left to plan his rescue.
A man with a secret…
Mysterious gunman Logan McCoy knows tangling with the Iron Scorpion is asking for a death sentence. But pretty, feisty Violet might be worth the risk–if they survive the odds.
A perilous quest…
Despite an undeniable attraction, their alliance turns contentious when Violet insists on including a third partner on their mission: Arthur, her father’s latest invention and the world’s most advanced automaton.
Will Violet and Logan rescue her father and defeat the Iron Scorpion? What dark secret is Logan hiding? And finally, what role will Arthur play in this wild West drama? Discover the thrilling answers to these questions and more in Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts!
This edition includes over ten thousand words of bonus material!
Or buy it today on Amazon.