Kathryn Lively – Getting Geeky at Sexy To Go
Recently I received two opportunities to participate in box sets with other authors, all romances. Until this point I had mainly written mysteries and thrillers, though some of my books contained romantic entanglements…always with a happy ending for the characters involved. My first attempt to write a full romance occurred after reading a call for “geek romances,” something that attracted me. As a geek who married a geek, I figured I had the topic well in hand.
My story idea, a romantic comedy of errors set at a sci-fi convention, became Geek Meets Girl, and it was accepted by a publisher. While the writing and submission part came easily, however, certain circumstances resulted in the reversion of the book’s rights. It happens, publishing is unpredictable at times. While I pondered the story’s fate, the first invitation came from a group of authors interested in packaging contemporary romances for a box set. Geek Meet Girl was welcomed, and in September readers will see how a female Time Lord meets the geek of her dreams in Falling in Love. The box set features a few NYT/USA Today bestsellers, so hopefully that goodness will rub off.
While that was happening, I toyed with the idea of serializing another geek-themed romance. Again, set at a con, but on a cruise ship. I thought the added element of a confined space (though these ships are huge) might lend some drama to the story. For much of the year I’ve helped edit and proof stories for a few authors writing the monthly Sexy To Go bundles. Each month, 8 to 12 authors published short romances for the sets. Some authors have used Sexy To Go to serialize longer stories, and I offered to contribute work for the last six sets.
Starting with the June box set, Sexy To Go, Volume 6, you can follow the adventures of Natalie – the only non-geek on a ship full of Trekkers and Whovians, oh my – and a B-list actor trying to get back to A. My story, Geek Overboard, appears with a variety of shorts and serials in the bundles.
Why geek heroes? Why not? I do enjoy romance heroes of all stripes—I’ve read my fair share of alphas, lawmen and cowboys, bikers and billionaires. I like to think each type of hero can have a bit of geek in him, too, plus it’s a milieu in which I’m comfortable. Presently I’m working on my third novella, forming a loose series in geek romance as I write.
If you’d like to catch up on Geek Overboard, you can find the installments in the following Sexy To Go sets:
Volume 6 – http://amzn.to/1T1dLsV
Volume 7 – http://amzn.to/1eqAAq8
And check out the works by the other 10 authors in both. Falling in Love, which features Geek Meets Girl, will be released in mid-September.
Visit me online at http://www.kathrynlively.com