It goes without saying that it takes a particular geeky frame of mind to write science-fiction romance, but I suppose it also takes a particular geeky frame of mind to read it too. And that's very heartening to me. You see, when I was at school, I was one of those spectacle-wearing, book-reading, propellor-heads. Other kids would come to me asking for help with their homework, but I wasn't really the type to be invited to any of their parties. In a way, nothing much has changed; I'm still that person who other people sometimes edge away from, but I'm more comfortable in my own skin now.
The problem with being one of the geeky kids is that, as you grow to adulthood, you're struck by the thought that there's something different and alone about you. Life happens in another room, while you try--with varying degrees of success--to decipher the bass notes that creep in under that closed door, or through the adjoining wall. You never think that there are whole other bunches of people out there who may like the same things you do, because there never seemed to be in the past.
And yet, here we are, and I'm still staring around in dumbfounded amazement. Samhain Publishing, for example, keeps saying they want more futuristic romances. More?! Like, the stuff I write? The stuff that came out of a brain that I somehow always thought of being out of sync with the rest of the universe? People want to read that? Wow! Who'da thunk it? And I read the same from other publishers too...women who love sci-fi romance themselves and would like to see more of it published. These women make sound business decisions in their positions as publishers and editors, so if they say they want sci-fi, who am I to argue with them?
So, to all of the sci-fi romance READERS out there, thank you. You are where the demand is ultimately coming from. If I'm still sporting that startled, deer-in-the-headlights look on my face, it's because of you...and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Combat!, a first-person erotic sci-fi romance, with lashings of martial arts. Available from Samhain Publishing (http://www.mybookstoreandmore.com/product_info.php?products_id=803).
The Commander's Slave, an erotic sci-fi romance about a driven and duty-bound man and the woman he casually bought but can't stop thinking about. A CAPA 2007 nominee. Available from New Concepts Publishing (http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/thecommandersslave.htm).
On Bliss, an erotic sci-fi short story about a man, condemned for nothing more than his origins, and a woman from the same government who put him there. Available from Total-E-Bound (http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?s=ls3vYy85361&strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=128).
Prime Suspect, an erotic sci-fi romance about difference, prejudice and redemption, with an hermaphrodite protagonist. Available from Total-E-Bound (http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?s=ls3vYy85361&strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=164).
The Dragon of Ankoll Keep, a fantasy romance pairing a broken thief with a compassionate man-dragon. A Romance Junkies Blue Ribbon Favorite. Available from Samhain Publishing (http://www.mybookstoreandmore.com/product_info.php?products_id=715).
KS Augustin discovered science-fiction at the age of eight, and romance at the age of sixteen. Unfortunately, it took her considerably longer to combine the two! Before being hit by a brainwave, she was an IT project manager, political essayist, comedy writer, bookshop owner, martial arts' instructor, and a few other things she'd rather forget. She and her husband have lived and worked in Europe, Australia, North America and are now based in south-east Asia. They have two reasonably happy children and two grumpy cats.
2007 was a good year, with five releases. You can catch more details of those releases, her opinionated blog, and information overload at http://www.ksaugustin.com