Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Guest Post: Jennifer Povey, author of Daughter of Fire

Good morning lovely people! You've made it to the middle of the week, and that's something to celebrate. For me, it's been a bit of a rough one. Still, there's nothing I look forward to more than sharing good stories and new authors with you!

Today Jennifer Povey, author of the standalone Fantasy novel Daughter of Fire, is here to share a guest post with you! I'm reading my way through this now and it's stellar. I hope to have a review up for you soon. In the meantime, please enjoy her wonderful thoughts on romance in writing.
Laura led a sheltered, middle class existence. Oh, she knew she was adopted, but what did it matter? A lot when her birth mother is murdered and the killers come after her next...for reasons that are deep in her very blood.
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Romance. It's the most popular genre - and it worms its way into all of the others. In fact, I was told as a baby writer that if my book didn't have a consummated romance involving the main character it would never sell.

Fortunately, I'd already developed a thick enough skin to ignore the writer saying this (I'm not going to name him, but it was a writer with a solid mid list career) and write what I want.

In marketing my latest book, I've found a difference between it and my four-book series. The series is a romance. It's more urban fantasy than paranormal romance, but there are consummated romances involving the main character and a second romance between secondary characters. There's lots of romance.

But when I tell people my book "is not a romance" I'm finding more and more readers perk up. Truth is?

Romance gets into everything, and sometimes you just want gun fights or a story about friendship or fatherhood. So, when Jessica asked me to do a guest post?

I decided to put out some recommendations for books that are, or are close to, "Romance free zones." Because as much fun as romance is, sometimes you don't need it.

Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (Urban Fantasy). While Richard's relationship with Door is important, it's not romantic and the story is almost more about...I'd honestly call it an analogy for becoming a fantasist.

Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series - A Deepness In The Sky, A Fire Upon The Deep and The Children of the Sky (Space Opera). This is one of my favorite space opera series, deeply philosophical and with amazingly designed aliens. There's a teensy bit of romance in A Fire Upon The Deep but it's between aliens with a very different view of the world.

Alastair Reynolds' Terminal World (Unclassifiable Science Fiction). I say unclassifiable because I can never tell whether to call this work post apocalyptic steampunk, planetary romance, have to read it. It's brilliant and I wish he would come back and write a sequel.

Elizabeth Moon's The Deed of Paksenarrion series - Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance and Oath of Gold (Epic Fantasy). Not only does this series come up with some interesting twists on classic Tolkeinian fantasy, but the protagonist is one of the few explicitly asexual characters in fantasy. And it proves paladins don't have to be boring or, in gamer speak, "Lawful Stupid."

And I'm out of space. Thank you, Jessica, for letting me borrow a piece of your blog!

As a fiction writer, Jennifer R. Povey has short fiction credits from a number of magazines including Analog, as well as publishers including Third Flatiron and Flame Tree Publishing. She is currently working on her fifth novel, the fourth book in the Lost Guardians series.

As a freelancer, she offers quality, human-readable web content and copy to individuals and businesses at reasonable rates. She also writes articles and guest blog posts on a variety of subjects, but specializes in material related to fiction writing, equestrian activities and travel. She also provides proofreading and basic copy editing services.

She also has a number of credits in the RPG industry, having written or co-written supplements for Fat Goblin Games, Rite Publishing, Dark Naga Games, Flaming Crab Games, Avalon Game Company, and others.

She also enjoys horseback riding, travel, role-playing games and hanging out with her highly supportive and wonderful husband, Greg.


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