Today we have joining us science fiction romance writer Linnea Sinclair. Linnea, thanks so much for stopping by to chat today. I see there's an anthology being released into hardcover on November 16th, called Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Love and Death. Your story is called Courting Trouble. Can you tell us what the story's about, and is it part of your Dock Five Universe?
--“Courting Trouble” is totally new characters and a totally new ‘universe,’ though it’s more in line with the action in FINDERS KEEPERS (though not that ‘world’ or its characters):
Stuck on Jabo Station, and facing the impounding of her starfreighter and the loss of her cargo, Captain Serenity Beck thinks things can’t get any worse. Until Nicandro Talligar—her EX-fiance’s best friend—shows up at her hatchway. She doesn’t believe his tale about being an undercover DIA agent nor his promise to help. But armed thugs and a corrupt stationmaster leave her no choice.
For Nic, finding Serri again is as if he’s been given a second chance to rectify the mistakes he made six years ago. But asking her to trust him now puts not only his career in jeopardy but also his heart. He knows he’s courting trouble—big trouble—this time. He only hopes he’ll live long enough to tell her how he really feels.
You can see a mini story-trailer for “Courting Trouble” on my website: http://www.linneasinclair.com/songs.html#trailer
The fourth book in the Dock Five Universe, called Rebels and Lovers, was released back in March. Do you have plans to write any more in the series? *fingers crossed, here's hoping*
--The Dock Five Universe books are a lot of fun. They started with GABRIEL’S GHOST—which was the beginning of Chaz’s and Sully’s story. Their story continued with SHADES OF DARK. Then I branched out to other characters’ stories in HOPE’S FOLLY and REBELS AND LOVERS. It appears, though, that REBELS will be the end of the series. My publisher isn’t interested in any more books in that universe, or books with those characters, at this time.
I’ll miss Chaz, Sully, Philip, Dorsie, and the gang, and hope I can return to them someday.
What made you decide to start writing professionally? And tying into this question, how long did it take you to land your first contract?
--One of my college degrees is in Journalism, so I’ve been writing professionally for a good bit of time, though not in fiction. I became involved in Star Trek fan fiction right after college, and continued to dabble in that all through my twenties and thirties, even while writing as a news reporter.
I sold my first commercial genre fiction novel to a Canadian small press in 2000, signed on with my agent in 2004 and she sold three of my science fiction romance novels to Bantam a few months later.
What is your favorite thing about writing? What is one thing about it you could live without?
--My favorite thing about writing? That I get paid to make stuff up? Probably something like that. The creative angle, the sheer fun of being able to invent worlds and people and situations, and then “play” with them.
The thing I could live without would be the business end, the promotional end, the making sure the world is informed that XYZ book is releasing on XYZ date, or that I’ll be doing a book signing here or there. The business part of my brain is totally different from the creative part of my brain, and I can’t do both at once. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself!
If we were able to sneak a peek at your bookshelves, what would we find?
--My middle bookshelf—the one directly over my computer, is full of reference books and craft-of-writing books. Things like Jack Bickham’s THE 38 MOST COMMON FICTION WRITING MISTAKES and Dr. Jeanne Cavelos’ THE SCIENCE OF STAR WARS.
The other two bookshelves on either side of my desk are a combo of pleasure reading—Robin D Owens, Lisa Shearin, Sara Creasey, Susan Grant, David Weber, Elizabeth Moon—and reference books (Air Force Officer’s Guide and Black’s Law Dictionary). In between all that are lots of cat figurines, my big honking gold RITA® award statue, and various crystal awards like the Prism, EPPIE, etc..
Pleasure books on the bookshelf have been reducing in number due to I’m a “Nookie” now. I read mostly on my Nook—and love it!
What would we catch you doing in your free time?
--I have free time? It’s been a while but going on a cruise with my husband. We used to do two a year but the past two to three years we’ve not been able to do so, due to my writing schedule and, as well, family issues. I really can’t write a book on a cruise but I have edited my books while cruising! Both FINDERS KEEPERS and GAMES OF COMMAND went through edits in the middle of the Caribbean.
How can readers learn more about you and your books?
--They can find me at several places.
My website --
My Facebook fan page--
My Goodreads page --
And my fan group on Yahoo--
I also tend to hang out at The Galaxy Express and the SFR Brigade blogs.
Linnea, I would like to thank you so much for taking time out to talk to us today. We wish you the best of luck (and I'll try to be patient and wait for your next book to come out).
Although I've read all of Linnea's books, I don't have any reviews posted, since I read the books months before we started the review site. Let me sum her books up: Go to the store, buy them, read them, and love them like I do. Her books are an excellent blend of science fiction and romance, leaving you red-eyed at four a.m. because you had to stay up to find out what happened. She's a master at her craft, and she's in my top two favorite sci-fi romance authors.
And now, Linnea has offered to give away an item from her Intergalactic Bar and Grille shop (http://www.cafepress.com/intergalactic). Anyone who leaves a comment between now and Sunday, November 14th will be entered into the contest. Good luck, and happy reading!