Are zombies even officially classed as sci-fi, or just paranormal? Eh, today, we’re calling ’em sci-fi because this is weighing on my mind.
I love zombies. I’ve loved them for a long time. My love is not a fad or a whim or based on a trend. But loving something and being able to write about it are not always the same.
I’ve never wanted to force zombies into something I’ve written. I do have a couple of books where I refer to them obliquely, but zombies are not the primary topic. Since romance comprises the main theme of my books, it’s especially difficult to fit zombies in. Rotting body parts are not romantic or erotic. In my opinion.
Regardless, I thought zombies would be relegated to the status of fantasy and mystery – I love to read them but find them impossible to write.
But finally – finally! – I’ve got a great idea for a zombie book. A romance with zombies in it, even. Problem is… zombies seem to be trending *now* and I don’t think I’ll even be able to start planning this book until December at the earliest.
So… what do you think? Can zombie stories transcend trends or am I going to look like a tired old hack by the time I get this story whipped into shape and ready for the real world?
And on a completely unrelated note… I have a new release from Carina Press, one that’s undoubtedly sci-fi.
R’kos, son of the Ankylos Emperor, is expected to settle down. But he’s much more attracted to human males than to his own species. Eager to explore his forbidden longings, he steals a ship and heads to Elora Ki to see if he can find the right human guy.
Darien robs the corrupt to give to those in need, but now he needs a ride off Elora Ki, stat. Pursued by drug lords, he accepts help from the amorous stranger who calls himself Ricky. As they fly together along Darien’s route, their friendship quickly turns into passion.
But when Ricky is injured, Darien must contact the embassy to get his alien lover the medical care he needs. As Darien finds himself accused of kidnapping, and Ricky fears his family’s disappointment, can the two protect their growing relationship? Or are their differences just too great?