My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it. ~Ursula K. Le Guin
Today on Spacedock 19 is author Cherie Reich. She’s also a freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant. She enjoys writing horror, fantasy, and mysteries, but she doesn’t let that stop her from trying other genres. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her novelettes are published as e-books.
MP: Welcome, Cherie. It’s a pleasure to meet you here today. Excuse all the dust. Craze is remodeling. He fell into some good fortune recently. Would you care for a drink?
CR: Thanks for having me, Mary! *sneezes* Excuse me. I’m sure it’ll be lovely once the remodeling is finished. I’d love some hot tea, if you have it.
MP: You’ve written both fantasy — Women of Foxwick, A to Z Flashes of Foxwick — and science fiction — Defying Gravity, Fighting Gravity and, the newest, Pull of Gravity. What similarities do you see between science fiction and fantasy?
CR: The similarities between the two genres are the most fun. With fantasy and science fiction, there is a lot of worldbuilding. No one knows what another planet that could support life would be like or what types of creatures it would have. The same goes for fantasy. I get to create new worlds and creatures from mind-talking dragons in my Foxwick Chronicles to the feathered-covered draken (also very dragon-like) of the planets Cupidis and Persea in the Gravity trilogy.
MP: The worldbuilding is probably my favorite part. Do you think science fiction requires a bit more logic than fantasy? More science to engineer the worlds? Or does magic/fantasy also have logical bounds?
CR: Worldbuilding is one of my favorite parts too. With science fiction, writers are a bit more restrained to logic and scientific principles. I like throwing out terms, such as wormholes, nanoseconds, etc. to make my worlds sound a tad more scientific, but please don’t ask me to describe how the spaceships work! *laughs* Magic and fantasy are bound to logic too. Not just anything goes because all worlds, even the fantastical ones, have rules. For example, an author might place rules on who has magical abilities or what type of magical abilities exist in the world.
MP: Without rules, there’d be no conflict or obstacles, and it would get very boring for the writer and the reader. I also think that science fiction and fantasy attract different audiences. Have you seen any evidence of that with your books?
CR: And we definitely don’t want our stories to be boring! I agree that science fiction and fantasy can attract different audiences, although there is some crossover. For example, readers who prefer hard sci-fi will hate my Gravity trilogy. I’m okay with that because as a reader I prefer more soft science fiction and space operas. On the other hand, people who don’t like science fiction as much have told me that they love the Gravity trilogy because it makes science fiction accessible. I would say most of my readers lean toward the fantasy spectrum of readers. Of course, good story telling is key in no matter what genre an author writes in.
MP: What has been the best marketing tactic you’ve used? What has helped you gain a toehold?
CR: Overall, I would say blogging and making connections with bloggers. When my horror novelette Once Upon a December Nightmare came out in August 2010, I only sold a few copies here and there, but in February 2011, my blog numbers skyrocketed when I participated in Rach’s 2nd Platform Building Campaign as well as the A-Z Blogging Challenge and the sales did the same thing.
MP: I agree. There’s a lot of power in building connections with other bloggers and writers. It’s a nice shove up the hill when starting out. Getting an audience to find and notice us is tough. I’m glad you’re making your way, Cherie. Come back some time and we’ll talk more about that topic. I’m sure we’ll both have much more to say about it a few months down the road.
CR: We should definitely have more to say on the topic of marketing in the next few months. Thank you so much for having me! It was a lot of fun up here on Spacedock19.
Check out Cherie’s Gravity series, and her newest release, Pull of Gravity.
PULL OF GRAVITY
A space fantasy novella
Surrounded by Books Publishing
August 13, 2012
To purchase for $0.99: Amazon US / UK / DE / FR / ES / IT / Smashwords / Nook / Kobo (forthcoming) / iTunes (forthcoming) / To add on Goodreads.
A no-nonsense Earthling corporal, Nike accepts a mission to destroy the winged-people of Cupidis to give her species a new home planet.
A spoiled Cupidian prince, Edonys gets whatever he wants until his dying father tells him he must choose a mate and take his rightful place as king.
Nike and her reconnaissance crew’s space cruiser lands upon Cupidis, and they are taken to the royal palace. The king’s decline leads her to believe Mission: Conquest will be easy. Edonys refuses his father’s last request to fall in love, but Nike isn’t anyone. She’s bold and different than any Cupidian female. As Nike and Edonys’s quests intertwine, an Earthling and a Cupidian will find it easier to ignore the pull of gravity than the pull of love.
Author Bio: Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant. She enjoys writing horror, fantasy, and mysteries, but she doesn’t let that stop her from trying other genres. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her e-books include the horror novelette Once Upon a December Nightmare, the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles, and the space fantasy trilogy Gravity. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Valley Writers and placed third in Roanoke Valley’s BIG READ writing contest.
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Also now released is Ciara Knight’s newest book, Weighted.
The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.
Get your copy at: Smashwords / Amazon / Barnes and Noble
So what are your thoughts on fantasy versus sci-fi?