Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blog tour: Pippa Jay

Without a doubt, one of my favorite sci-fi romance authors is Pippa Jay. I always love hosting her on my blog and am proud to call her a friend. Today, I give her the floor as part of her tour for the recent release of Tethered. This is a book I can't wait to read. All yours, Pippa!


When Kristina asked me for a post on the importance of women in scifi, immediately Mary Shelley leapt to mind. Every time there has been posts about the bias against women in SF, the misogyny, the claims of 'fake' geeks girls, etc, usually the first thing mentioned is that a woman wrote the first SF story ever. So I'm not going over that ground again, even though I think it's hugely important. Instead, I decided to talk about the women IN scifi—the characters rather than the creators—and specifically one woman who had a real impact on me. Because to me, the portrayal of those is just as important and significant as the die-hard gals who keep going with their favourite genre no matter how tough the going gets.

There are several scifi women who have inspired me to write what I write. They've inspired my characters too. But the first I can remember was a companion from long running cult SF series Doctor Who—the feisty and determined Sarah Jane Smith. For those who may not be familiar with Classic Who, she was the forerunning of characters like Martha, Rose and Donna Noble. Years before Donna was giving the Doctor what for, she was there, arguing with him, getting in his way, and just as often saving him. She was the first companion I remember who, while she did her fair share of screaming, also did a fair bit of fighting, of facing up to the villains, and who wasn't afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in. It made a lasting impression on me.

And when she got her own spin-off series—The Sarah Jane Adventures— even though it was meant for kids, I watched that too. My kids watched and enjoyed it with me. My daughter got to see one of the SF women who had such a huge impact on me, and I hope she gained something from it.

With the death of actress Elisabeth Sladen—who played Sarah Jane, and with such courage up to the end as she carried on filming despite cancer—a part of me died too. But I hope some of the decisions I've made in my life, and the way I write my female characters in my story pay some small homage to the influence she had on me for so many years.

Do you have a character who inspired you as a child?


She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?


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After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), three self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, and Reboot), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

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Pippa Jay said...

Thanks for hosting me!

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