Thank you Angela for inviting me to share who I am, what I write, and some things I’ve learned along the way.
You asked me about several aspects about writing Science Fiction Romance (SFR), like: how Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) differs from Paranormal/Fantasy, how I did the research Forbidden Love, and what resources people could use if they’re thinking of writing Sci-Fi or SFR.
Science Fiction is based in science, technology or possible futuristic developments such as interstellar space travel or colonization of other planets, whereas, paranormal/fantasy is about characters and situations that can never exist in reality, like werewolves, vampires, and other aspect of mythology.
I’ve always been into science and Sci-Fi so it comes natural for me. But I still do research. If you are interested in writing in this genre, study the relevant science facts and theories as well as reading a lot of both Sci-Fi and SFR books.
In my SFR Forbidden Love, hero T’Kon jumps from galaxy to galaxy by passing through the event horizon of a wormhole. This meant I had to research Quantum Physics Theories in order to create this element of the story. Sci-Fi fans are meticulous in their attention to detail; therefore, an author needs a solid grasp on the science and technology used for writing in this genre.
Sci-Fi authors ask, “What if?” For example, we can’t travel faster than light (FTL) yet, but what if we could? Let you imagination run. Science Fiction is one of the most popular genres because it blends escapism with real scientific facts and theories. Science Fiction Romance (SFR) adds even deeper layers by focusing on the characters and developing love relationships.
Decide what your Sci-Fi will contain. For example if you want to write about space travel, as I do, Space.com and any of the NASA websites is a good place to start. And if you are specifically writing Science Fiction Romance (SFR) The Galaxy Express website is a wellspring of information.
Staying based in scientific principle and technology doesn’t limit your ability to create a fascinating story. In the worlds of Sci-Fi and SFR, practically anything can happen and usually does.
Bio for Kaye Manro
As a romance author, I lean toward the adventuresome in my writing. I love science fiction and all the enticing quantum theories surrounding it. Where characters rush through outer space at Faster than Light speed, or teleport into another time, and even slipstream into an alternate reality. I like creating love scenes too with strong heroes, and captivating heroines. It just seemed natural to combine all these elements together in my stories and write (SFR) Science Fiction Romance.
Thank you, Kaye for dropping by to share with us some resources for Sci-Fi. Here are a couple Kaye recommends:
Suggested reading to familiarize you with SFR is the books of Linnea Sinclair. I’ve just finished reading Rebels and Lovers, and I have to say, she does SFR so well! She is fast becoming the mentor for SFR authors wanting to break into this fascinating genre.
A helpful place to check out if you are interested in writing in the SFR genre is the SFR Brigade. This is a group of over 100 Science Fiction Romance authors, some aspiring, some published. And all are very helpful. Anyone can join the website. It also links to their blog which is always active and full of information: SFR Brigade Blog
Below is a blurb and an excerpt from Kaye’s Forbidden Love.
T’Kon and Maya are galaxies apart, so different yet so much alike…
Exploring the galaxies at faster than light speed (FTL) is routine for the inhabitants of Asconage. T’Kon’s cool-blood culture exists on a planet in the scorch of binary suns. Yet there are governing archaic rules to prohibit interspecies mating with those from different worlds and evolutionary paths.
When T’Kon crashes his spacecraft on Terrain, a seasonal planet barely on the cusp of space travel, he cannot resist Maya, the warm-blooded audacious female who gives him aid. His desire for her entices him to abandon his species moral code.
There is little time to linger inside their illicit passion. The warring factions of her world are closing in. A quick fix of his spacecraft and a fast exit is his best choice. But can T’Kon leave Maya behind and forsake their emerging Forbidden Love?
Forbidden Love Excerpt:
…She was upon him so near he could feel her breath, sense her warmth. She reached out and ran a hand through the air, searching the length of him.
“Maya,” he blew her name on a sigh.
“Take me with you,” she implored, as water filled her astounding tawny eyes. “I want to be with you, T’Kon.” She melded her body against his invisible one.
“You know nothing of me or my world.”
“Teach me, show me everything.”
He felt her heat burning inside him, yet the absurdity of her request burned brighter. “What you ask is not possible.”
“Will you please become visible so I can look at you?” She asked. “We need to talk about this before you go flying off into the universe.”
He unshielded his body so she could see him. “I cannot take you.”
“Why not? You can’t say it was coincidence that you happened to crash land in my back yard.”
No, an unfortunate accident. The truthful certainty traced across his mind. Yet his arms enclosed her and he lifted her up. Her legs straddled his waist, and he held her close against his body. A fit so right he could not deny it.
“I wish it were not so, but it is,” he whispered, breathing in her pungent scent. “You would not survive on my world.” He dropped his head to taste her lips before she had a chance to counter his words. “Just one last kiss.” Her mouth opened to allow his tongue entry and he explored the soft moistness, losing himself in her tang.
The stars help him. He did not want to leave her.
Without warning, a sudden and dangerous noise yanked T’Kon from his sexual stupor. He sensed peril approaching. In a rapid-fire move, he raised his palm. A copper arch flashed and shimmered before them revealing the entryway to his concealed spacecraft. He dragged her inside. Tapping a pad the opening closed leaving them hidden behind an undetectable shield.