I first discovered sci-fi romances with Janelle Taylor’s Moondust and Madness. Since then I’ve tried to read as much science fiction romance, and sci-fi with romantic elements, as I could get my hands on. But in so many cases many of the stories these past few years have all felt the same.
Since I began my writing career, I’ve tried to diversify my stories and make each one uniquely different. Part of the reason I’ve been able to do that is by mashing up more than one genre.
Thanks to Meljean Brook, I got my initial taste of Steampunk. But because I’m from Texas, writing about Victorian England seemed near impossible. There was no way I could write in that genre, until I realized the Old West, a genre I’m more comfortable with, was in the same general time frame. Tying Steampunk into the Wild West was a natural.
So here I am with my little journal of ideas, possible titles, and names for heroes and heroines, and there I saw it. Cyborg. I’ve been wanting to write a story using a cyborg, which meant sci-fi, right? But what if…
What if my cyborg was Steampunk?
From there, it was a matter of bringing all items into play. Aliens? Check. Space ships? Other planets? Double check. And to my surprise, once I started mentally chewing on all these variables, the plot fell into my lap, making this book so much fun to write! By combining all those varied elements, the story kept me on my toes. And once I was done, I knew I had something distinctive. Even my editor was taken aback.
So why did I write Mine Until Midnight? Because I wanted to write something different from anything I’d ever read, and more different from anything else I’d written, using elements I’ve never combined before.
Will I do it again? Most definitely! Not necessarily a sequel (although I learned a long time ago never to say never). But if I do try my hand again at another sci-fi Steampunk western, that story won’t be like this one.
Besides, I like to challenge myself.
You can buy Mine Until Midnight here.
About the Author:
Linda loves to write sensuously erotic romance with a fantasy, paranormal, or science fiction flair. Her technique is often described as being as visual as a motion picture or graphic novel.
A wife, mother, grandmother, and retired Kindergarten and music teacher, she lives in a small south Texas town near the Gulf coast where she delves into other worlds filled with daring exploits, adventure, and intense love.
She has numerous best sellers, including 10 consecutive #1s. In 2009, she was named Whiskey Creek Press Torrid’s Author of the Year, and her book My Strength, My Power, My Love was named the 2009 WCPT Book of the Year. In 2011, her book Lord of Thunder was named the Epic Ebook “Eppie” Award Winner for Best Erotic Sci-Fi Romance.
In addition, she write naughty erotic romances under the name of Carolyn Gregg, and horror under the pseudonym of Gail Smith.
For more information about Linda Mooney books and titles, and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.
I’d like to thank Linda for stopping by the blog to share her story. I love steampunk, Texas and the old West, so it sounds like a lot of fun! What say you, dear readers?
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