If you’ve been following our featured author posts, you have seen references to the fabulous “Laurie” several times already. Yes, this is THAT Laurie. She is donating two digital copies of Inherit the Stars from Amazon for our raffle, so go enter now. Go ahead. We’ll wait.
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Inherit the Stars
To escape the merciless Ithian Alliance, Sair, a fugitive slave, makes a desperate deal with Drea Mennelsohn, captain of the prototype ship, Specter. But putting his life in the hands of a woman as mysterious as she is beguiling could turn out to be the biggest mistake of his life, especially when the price on his head begins to escalate.
Drea seems to want far more from the fugitive than just payment for his passage on her ship. Though neither can deny the sizzling chemistry and growing bond between them, Sair must soon make an agonizing decision that could result in the loss of the remarkable woman he has fallen in love with–and their chance to inherit the stars.
Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA® Golden Heart® finalist and science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which now totals over 600 members.
Her extended family includes her husband, David, four dogs, three cats and several horses, all who reside on a ranch in beautiful New Mexico. When she’s not writing, networking, or searching out the perfect cup of Starbucks, she’s usually busy exercising her left brain as a military budget director.
Q. When did you realize SFR was a genre?
A. I had to think on that for a minute. I’m sure everyone has their own idea of when the genre first emerged as SFR. I’ve always liked reading and writing Science Fiction with Romance, but I think most of the writers I associate with actually tagged it as SFR sometime around 2007-2008. In fact, I vaguely remember a big discussion with Heather Massey and a few others about what we should collectively start calling it–speculative romance or futuristic romance, or some other handle. The consensus was SFR and I think that’s when it really started to be discussed as a distinct genre, though authors like Linnea Sinclair and Lois McMaster Bujold had already been publishing it for quite some time.
Q. What SFR book had the most impact on your reading and/or writing?
A. Dragonriders of Pern was what really got my imagination fired up as to the possibilities of SFR. It struck a chord with me as something new, fresh and inspiring. I’d read classic science fiction since I was a pre-teen, but the relationship between Lessa and F’lar, and Lessa’s standing in the story–who and what she evolved to be–was something I’d never seen in SF before. And the dragons! Loved them! There was also a novel by French author Rene Barjavel called The Ice People that I fell in love with. It wasn’t a true romance (no HEA) and it got a bit purple at times, but the premise–a revived man and woman from a 900,000 year old civilization buried in Antarctica–still gives me goosebumps.
Q. Do your books lean more SF or Romance?
A. I like to think my work is an equal blend of both and that the two elements compliment each other. It wouldn’t work to extract my characters from their stories and try to place them in another genre or setting. The science fiction element has to be there. It’s usually intertwined with the conflict and the relationship arc in some way. That said, I strive to write science fiction that’s entertaining and user friendly, even if the reader isn’t a fan of SF. I don’t want to bore anyone with the technical details of how a ship’s drive works, I just hope to thrill them by showing what the vessel is capable of doing.
Laurie’s question for readers:
I really like to know what intrigues readers about SFR. I know what I like, but sometimes readers surprise me with what they take away from a story. SFR can be like a prism. Everyone sees different colored lights in the facets.
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