An Interview with Linnea Sinclair
most magical time of year is quickly approaching for which we writers
and readers are excitedly preparing. No, it’s not Christmas
or Valentine’s Day. Those just passed. Nor do I mean St. Patty’s
Day or Mardi Gras. It’s time for the 2004 Romantic Times BookClub
you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll have heard that
the convention’s been moved to March and will be held in the
glittering Big Apple. What you may not know is that multi-award
winning author Linnea Sinclair is busily putting together an awesome
sci-fi romance track.
recently spoke to Linnea to get the scoop and invite you to sit
in our little chat.
I've heard that you're organizing a sci-fi romance writer's group
for the March 2004 Romantic Times Convention in New York. How did
this come to pass?
LINNEA: My head's
still spinning so I'm not exactly sure, but anyone who's known Lady
Kathryn of Romantic Times BookCLUB knows what a whirlwind she is.
Somewhere in a telephone conversation with her on a totally different
topic the entire idea of promoting the SF Romance genre was born.
And out of that, a panel at the upcoming RT con.
ELAINE: What is
the official name of your group?
LINNEA: There UNofficial name is Woman of Science Fiction and Fantasy,
or WOSF. Then we toyed with WOFS, or Women of Fantasy and Science
Fiction, solely because WOFS is easier to pronounce. At the moment,
we're simply a private email list. At some point, if we get large
enough, and most likely before the 2005 con in St. Louis, I'll take
the list to a Yahoo group or something of that ilk, just because
it'll be easier.
ELAINE: What type
of events are you planning for this group and for your readers?
LINNEA: I'm trying to put together an informative and enlightening
panel of editors, agents and authors involved in SFR, stick them
in a room and let readers come in and pepper us all with questions.
I'm envisioning an open dialogue where readers familiar with the
genre can make their desires known as to what they'd like to see
in--pardon the pun--the future. And where readers unfamiliar with
the SFRomance genre can meet and greet and have fun learning about
Along with that, author Eden Robins has shanghaied me...oops! I
mean Eden has graciously asked my participation in a SF&F themed
party for the convention. We're toying with possibly recreating
the 'feel' of my Intergalatic Bar & Grille (where my fans and
characters hang out on my site) as a setting for everyone's characters
and SF fantasies. With great music and drinks, of course!
ELAINE: Is anyone
helping you plan this event? If so, who?
LINNEA: It's all still
pretty loose, given the short time frame, but in addition to working
with Eden "All Our Tomorrows" Robins, many other authors
have expressed an interest in this and/or a follow-up party/panel
(notice I listed 'party' first) in 2005, including Dara Joy, Robin
Owens, Barbara Karmazin, Liz Maverick, Jennifer Dunne, Catherine
Asaro, Myra Nour, Dr, Debra Holland, Susan Grant, Elaine Corvidae
and many other great names in the SF and futuristic romance field.
Not everyone can attend these cons but everyone's excited about
making SFR a household name. Those authors who can't attend have
emailed wonderful ideas and are willing to send promo items for
the panel and the party.
Watch the RT site--www.romantictimes.com--
for updates as they happen!
ELAINE: Do you
have any new books being released in 2004? Please tell us about
LINNEA: Command Decision, the sequel to Command Performance,
should be out in 2004. It's totally my fault it's been delayed.
Life has just become a tad crazy lately.
I also have a good portion of The Downhome Zombie Blues written.
It's a fun book, very much like a combination of Aliens and
Men in Black, with perhaps a touch of Ghostbusters
Then, of course, I have to get working on Chasidah's Choice,
the sequel to Gabriel's Ghost.
Wintertide, my sword and sorcery fantasy which won the EPPIE
for Best Fantasy Novel, will be re-released in mass market paperback
from Medallion Press sometime in 2004. I don't have a release date
yet. As soon as I do, it'll be on my website. Since my books to
date have been available only in pricier trade paperbacks, this
is a terrific opportunity for me to get my books to a wider audience.
ELAINE: Which book
you writing now? Or do you have time to plan this event and write?
LINNEA: I'm finalizing Command Decision but yes, writing
has suffered because I'm being pulled in a lot of different directions
lately, and not just because of the RT events. I also do cover art
work and ad layouts for authors' co-operatives, and it seems I'm
up to my ears in administrative type work because of that.
In the midst of it all, we may be moving. Again.
If only I could cram 30 hours into a day, and 9 days in a week!
Finishing Decision is my primary project. I hope to have
that all finalized before RT in March. If not, I fear my fans may
flog me when they see me!
ELAINE: Wow! What
a busy lady! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule
to talk to us, Linnea.
So, if you love sci-fi
romance, if you love reading and you don’t have your reservation
to the RT convention, you’ll be wanting to reserve your space
– if you still can.
And as a big fan of
Linnea and her books, take a tip from me and don’t miss out
on those either.
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