I love genre mashups. Like putting Romance in Science Fiction (Plenty of those at Carina). A modern city in elf fantasy–kind of a blend of UF and high fantasy (Tinker by Wen Spencer). Vampires in space. Chocolate in my peanut butter.
So when I started writing a space pirate story, somehow I ended up smooshing all sorts of things together. Gender role reversals (the pirate is the heroine. The virgin is the hero), pirate ships and space ships, and a play with symbols–false and real–using a royal amulet and …biomechanical bugs. When I got to the bugs, I thought, what’s the most innocuous bug out there? A butterfly. But you know, when you look closely at a butterfly, they’re kinda creepy. I ended up with horrorific, creepy MetalMarks that have biomechanical properties used for mind control. What a way to take innocence and beauty and turn it on its head.
Then, to put all this together, I made the main characters and plot unfold in two very different settings. Space and steampunk. All that mashing ended up being the most fun I’ve had writing a novel and kept the conflict fresh.
So, smooshing genres is much fun. And I want more!
What’s your favorite genre mashup? And what else can we put in a steampunk? Oh wait, I know! What about zombies?!?!
Her Science Fiction Romance, Desert Blade is a near-future post-apocalyptic romance from Carina Press. Currently available SFR: Silver Bound, Jaq’s Harp, Braided Silk & Firestorm on E’Terra. And now from Lyrical Press, MetalMark.