Linnea Sinclair – Boldly Exploring Romance & Love

It’s the Stars In Your Eyes

I write science fiction romance novels. The science fiction part, which admittedly takes up a large part of the story, means I spend a lot of time Gabriel's Ghost96blowing up things, like, oh, starships. Space stations. A planet or two. My characters shoot super-sophisticated weapons, manipulate all kinds of high-tech gizmos, routinely go on interstellar journeys, and now and then end up in some seedy spaceport pub lifting a pint or three with a decidedly non-humanoid alien being.

None of that is as challenging or as difficult to write as the scenes where my characters deal with falling in love.

Even though we have for years been encouraged to “boldly go where no one has gone before,” it seems that the boldness required is most needed in emotional relationships. Your hyperspace fuel converter breaks down? Patch it together and when you hit the next spacedock, go buy a new one. But if your heart is broken, ah, now we’ve got problems. My characters often find that they’d rather take on a contingent of mech-organic zombies than face the fact they’ve fallen in love.

Hell and damn, this was not where she wanted the conversation to go. She only returned to assure herself of his well-being and to check current data on the tech running in his structure. Not to stare at his bare chest and indulge in foolish fantasies. And not to argue about what had to be done. “I do what I think is right for the mission and all involved, Sergeant Petrakos.”

—from THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES by Linnea Sinclair

Nothing is more difficult than love, more challenging than love, more frightening than love, more fragile than love—not military missions on strange worlds, not attacks by enemy agents, not even failing engine systems in a small shuttle in the unforgiving vacuum of deep space.

She stared at him. He’d kill himself. She knew that, knew the energy requirements of slowing and landing the shuttle would take every bit of life from him. Suddenly she realized how very wrong everyone’s appraisals were of the man called Branden Kel-Paten. He was willing to lose his life to save hers. To save even Serafino’s.

He was choosing to die. She had to make him choose to live.linnea sinclair meez1

She kissed him with a passion born of desperation, fear, and anger, taking advantage of his gasp of surprise to let her tongue probe his mouth. He leaned into her, wanting more, and she willingly gave it. Because behind her desperation and fear and anger was something else. Something that recognized how empty her life would be without his damnably annoying steadfast presence. His devotion to her—so misplaced, but so very much needed.

Damn him for making her feel this way!

—from GAMES OF COMMAND by Linnea Sinclair

But sometimes the threat comes not from the outside but inside. That’s one of the fun things about writing in the science fiction genre: neato peachy-keen cool tech, mysterious and illusive alien biologies. The tech can make your character bleed but what he is and the secrets he guards threaten from the very depths of his inside. What he is. What he can’t humanly admit to being without losing, well, being thought of as human.

My gaze flashed to his face, even though I didn’t want it to. And I saw Sully. Just Sully, now that he was close. But I didn’t know what he’d looked like, minutes before.

“What are you?” My voice broke, hoarse.

“Someone who loves you.” He sounded almost as hoarse, but his words were soft. “Someone who can’t change what he is. Someone who doesn’t want to believe those two things are incompatible.”

—from GABRIEL’S GHOST by Linnea Sinclair

If there are two points then to glean from the melding of science fiction and romance—unlikely bedfellows, admittedly—it’s that the genre celebrates the hope of romance in spite of increasing technology, and the promise that romance will exist in the future. We may well be boldly going where no one has gone before, but we definitely won’t be going there alone.

…and suddenly I love you beyond all measure is not just words but a heart, a soul bursting open, a stripping raw of all pretense. It is Sully, it is Gabriel, it is his tears on my face, his body in mine, our minds seamless. It is hopes and dreams and failures. It is apologies and a prayer for redemption. It is heaven and damnation.

All that I am is yours pales beside it.

It is everything.

It is love.

–from SHADES OF DARK by Linnea Sinclair

Recommendation:

PJ Schnyder – Fighting Kat/Hunting Kat

Sara Creasy – Song of Scarabaeus

Catherine Asaro – Alpha

Julie E Czerneda – Trade Pact Series

Isabo Kelly – Naravan Chronicles Series

JD Robb – In Death Series

Robin D Owens – HeartMate Series

Christina Westcott – A Hero For The Empire (out Oct 2014)

And pretty much everything on the list here:  thegalaxyexpress.net/must-read-science-fiction


 

Questions for the Author:

Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

I spent ten+ years as a private detective, and carried a gun and a badge. I could tell you about the most daring and adventurous things I did in my lifeLinnea PI Badge but then I’d have no choice but to put you into the witness protection program.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

I’m an only child so I spent a good part of the first twelve to fifteen years of my life with invisible friends and the stories I wrote about them. I’ve always written, always crafted stories in my head, always rewrote the endings of books I read or shows and movies I watched.

I majored in journalism as an undergrad only because that seemed a practical way to put my love of words to work. But my heart was always with fiction, and I was active in Star Trek fan fic for a good decade before I decided to send out the manuscripts gathering dust on my hard drive.

I sold my first book, a fantasy novel, to a small Canadian press in 1999. I snagged an agent in 2004 and subsequently had my backlist bought by Bantam and continued to write for them for several years. The highlight of my writing career to date, though, was when I received an email from author and editor Gardner Dozois asking me to contribute a short story to an anthology that he was editing along with George R. R. Martin. Yes, THAT George R. R. “Game of Thrones” Martin. Once I picked myself up off the floor, I immediately answered with a “yes.” (And I suspect I have the lovely and talented Mary Jo Putney to thank for the intro… just sayin’…)

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

The book that changed my writing life was Dwight V Swain’s TECHNIQUES OF THE SELLING WRITER. It made me understand why fiction works and how fiction works, and gave me the tools I needed to put my dreams onto paper successfully.

Linnea is generously giving away one ebook copy in format of choice for THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES to a US/Canadian fan (entry below) and one ebook copy in format of choice for THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES to an International fan (enter here).  It’s Men In Black meets CSI:Miami!

He’s a Florida cop. She’s an intergalactic zombie hunter. Saving Earth is the least of their problems…

Bahia Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he’d seen it all. Then a mummified corpse and a room full of futuristic hardware sends LinneaSinclair_72DownHomeZombieGuardian Force commander Jorie Mikkalah into his life. Before the night’s through, he’s become her unofficial partner—and official prisoner—in a race to save the Earth. And that’s only the start of his troubles.

Jorie’s mission is to stop a deadly infestation of bio-mechanical organisms from using Earth as a breeding ground. If she succeeds, she could save a world and win a captaincy. But she needs Theo’s help, even if their unlikely partnership threatens to set off an intergalactic incident, and forces her to choose between a planet and a promotion—and a man who’s become far more important than she cares to admit…

4-1/2 Stars—Top Pick! From Romantic Times BOOKreviews: “Quirky, offbeat and packed with gritty action, this blistering novel explodes out of the gate and never looks back. Counting on Sinclair to provide top-notch science fiction elaborately spiced with romance and adventure is a given, but she really aces this one! A must-read, by an author who never disappoints.”


 

sm-Linnea Sinclair 2012-13Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, as well as the PRISM, PEARL, and SAPPHIRE, author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven science fiction romance novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades.” Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly.  Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” She’s the author of the exciting Dock Five Universe series that starts with Gabriel’s Ghost. Other Sinclair novels include PEARL award winners Finders Keepers, Games of Command, and Hope’s Folly (Dock Five book #3).

Sinclair, a former news reporter and private investigator, resides in Florida (winters) and Ohio (summers) with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com.

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