It is my privilege to welcome sci-fi and fantasy romance author Veronica Scott to Writer Wednesday. Veronica has not only penned numerous sci-fi and paranormal romances, but she’s also a regular columnist for USA Today’s Happy Ever After section. Wow!
Thank you so much for being with us today, Veronica! May I mention I’m incredibly jealous that Elvis Presley‘s best friend once serenaded you? Because The King, baby! Mercy.
Okay, now that I’ve settled down, I invite you to read on to learn a little more about Veronica, her writing, and her latest release, Hostage to the Stars.
Veronica says, Thanks for having me as your guest today! (You’re so welcome – ML)
What inspires you to write?
I want to tell the story! Usually the characters come to my mind and an overall situation, maybe a few key scenes, and I can’t wait to write it all out expand the plot and see what happens along the way to the Happily Ever After.
Which type of romance do you love most, and why?
It depends on my mood but I mostly read science fiction romance because there are infinite possible futures. I also love fantasy romance for the magic and mysticism, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a good rock star love story, or a Regency romance with a dashing, waltzing Duke.
Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:
I’ve long been fascinated with the true life stories of people who are kidnapped in hostile places, held for long periods of time and either ransomed or rescued. (Or killed, but we won’t go there.)
You want to believe that the Special Forces will be sent in with guns blazing and gallantly pluck you out of that danger, which does happen sometimes but not always. And not rapidly in most situations. I was amazed to learn that many foreign hostage situations drag on for years before a rescue attempt happens, if at all.
As an author, I was highly intrigued at the idea of writing such a situation, but without the multi-year time span. I like my adventures to move along a LOT faster.
And now, a bit about Hostage to the Stars:
Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.
Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed, Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself.
As Johnny and Sara traverse the barren landscape, heading for an abandoned base where they hope to call Sectors Command for help, they find villages destroyed by battle and stripped of all inhabitants. A lone survivor tells a horrific tale of the Sectors’ alien enemy, the Mawreg, returning after being pushed out …
Searching for evidence to give the military, Johnny is captured. He regains consciousness in a Mawreg cage–with Sara next to him. Death is preferable to what the aliens will do to them… And even if they do escape their captors, can they alert the military in time to prevent another invasion of the Sectors?
Buy Hostage to the Stars here:
A Bit About Veronica:
Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Three time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “City On the Edge of Forever.”
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Thanks so much for being part of Writer Wednesday, Veronica! It was a delight to have you.