Thank you, Pauline for inviting me to post. It’s always interesting to consider why people write what they do.
My motives for writing my latest novel, Kuralon Rescue, evolved. I wanted to write a new book in my Morgan Selwood series, since they are my most popular books. At this point, Morgan and her admiral are very much a couple, and I didn’t feel I could take their story much further – at least in novel length. So I decided to write about two characters in Morgan’s Return, who had an affair. I wondered what happened to Jirra and Prasad when they got home. They live in a highly structured class system, and according to custom, they cannot have a permanent relationship. That got me thinking about the limitations of such a society, so the book evolved into a quest undertaken by a disparate group of women, all of whom have some reason to deviate from the expected norm. From the start the quest was to rescue one woman’s fiance from a labour camp. But then, as the group of women grew from two to four, I found they all had their own story. Toreni wants to be a chef, not a trooper. Chet is an outcast who wants her reputation back. Siena wants her fiance back and Jirra is on the run from a contracted killer, sent after her by her own family for refusing to marry the man of their choice. Four strong, but very different, women who must form a team to achieve the rescue of Siena’s man, and also, at the behest of Fleet through Morgan Selwood, another political prisoner. Fleet offers technical assistance, but if they’re caught, they’re on their own.
I’m sure readers will recognize that although this is science fiction, the problems facing the women all exist right here on planet Earth. Okay, maybe not the space stations and the broken shift drive. But that’s just a different setting. Although in recent times there have been more books with strong women as the main characters, there’s plenty of room for more. A glance at the images of women in science fiction art is enough to show women are still not being taken seriously as anything but sex objects. I talk about that on my blog.
This book will be the start of a series entitled Morgan’s Misfits, showing women having adventures in space. The group will change a little from one book to the next. But the series will always show women facing women’s problems – all wrapped up, of course, in geeky, shiny, fast-paced space opera. Yes, there’s the dollop of romance, but it’s not erotic and it’s strictly hetrosexual. (I have no objection to any other kind, but it doesn’t happen in the Morgan Selwood universe.)
Greta van der Rol loves writing action-packed adventures with a side salad of romance. Most of her work is space opera, but she has written paranormal and historical fiction.
She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn’t bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours.
Many thanks for stopping by the blog to share your story, Greta! I love the “forbidden love” tropes in fiction and this sounds so fun! Anyone else like forbidden love in their stories? Remember all comments are entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). I announce the winner the first blog post of the new month. 🙂