My #GrandmaProject reposting of past Why I Wrote posts continues this week with another fun read from Veronica Scott.
There was a reality TV show on BRAVO for two seasons, called “Below Deck”, which followed the crew of a luxury charter yacht in the Caribbean as they sailed with different guests. You can imagine there were a lot of soap opera-like goings-on since this was reality TV after all. Although I have no idea how true to life the program might have been, I was pretty fascinated by the show – I get hooked occasionally on these things. Not so much the “Real Housewives” type program, but the ones like “Say Yes To The Dress” or “Project Runway.”
The concept of the luxury charter cruises stayed with me but of course being a science fiction romance author, I kept thinking “what if” this were set in the far future, in the Sectors, which is the galactic civilization where my SFR novels occur. I’ve already written about the interstellar liner Nebula Dream, and the sad end to her maiden cruise, and I’m working on a series of novels set on a sister liner that doesn’t suffer a wreck. But this TV show made me think about a smaller framework and a different subset of crew and passengers. On the program, the crew often had to take the guests ashore for a beach party or an excursion. I was intrigued by the idea of my luxury space yacht taking parties of rich, bored guests to scenic wonders in their area of the galaxy. As Meg, the cruise staffer says, “We specialize in conveying our passengers on a tour of exotic natural wonders. This part of Sector Thirty is full of amazing sights on so many planets.”
Go read the rest, then return to tell me what you think! Or just buy the book!
It’s a fun, fast and very exciting read, in fact, a typically good Veronica Scott. Have any questions for Veronica about her story! Please ask!
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