Who are you?
I’m a writer, activist, library volunteer, and musician with a seriously out-of-control reading habit. You can find my writing at Smart Bitches Trashy Books, on this blog, and in the Sacramento Friends newsletter. Expect many rants and raves about libraries, music, and politics in addition to coverage of science fiction and fantasy books, shows, and movies. I’m the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre.
If the site is called Geek Girl in Love, and You’re the Geek Girl, With Whom Are You In Love?
That would be my wonderful and endlessly exasperating ubergeek husband. We are the ridiculously beaming parents of a daughter and the ambivalent slaves of two cats, one dog, and assorted fish.
Incidentally, in real life, I hate being called a “girl”, but the phrase “Geek Girl in Love” rolls so trippingly off the tongue that I can’t resist it.
What’s this blog all about?
Geek Girl in Love is where Geekdom, romance, and politics meet. I love romance, and I love science fiction and fantasy, and I am continually baffled by why there isn’t more love for romance in the sci-fi community, especially given the plethora of great love stories in sci-fi and fantasy. Look on this blog for all things geeky with a focus on love stories, as well as science links, non-fiction, comics, and videos.
On Fridays, we dabble in literary fiction and non fiction with “Between the Lines Book Club”.
What’s the difference between Sci-fi and fantasy?
If it has a unicorn in it, it’s fantasy, unless the unicorn is made of unobtanuim and shoots lasers from its horn. Then, it’s sci-fi. Works for me.
What’s the difference between a Romance, a Romance Novel, and novel with strong romantic elements?
Here’s my completely arbitrary set of definitions. For something to be a Romance, the love story must be the most important element of the story. “Romeo and Juliet” is a Romance. For something to be a Romance Novel, the love story must be the most important element of the story AND there must be a HEA (Happy Ever After). “Romeo and Juliet” is not a Romance Novel (OK, it’s not a novel at all – but let’s pretend it is because it makes a nice analogy). But, “As You Like It” is (or would be, if it were a novel). For something to be a novel (or play or show, whatever) with strong romantic elements, there must be a significant love story, but the love story is not the main focus of the story. “Henry the V” is a play with strong romantic elements.
Are you getting paid for this?
I recieve advance review or otherwise complementary copies of books from authors and publishers for reviewing purposes. Should I ever have the opportunity to run ads on this site, please know that I do not personally endorse or speak for those product.
As I’ve been expanding my freelance writing efforts, I sometimes am asked to review material by authors or publishing houses with whom I have a personal and/or professional relationship. Where this conflict of interest exists I will note it in the review.
May I submit a book to be reviewed by you?
Absolutely, but please be aware that I’ll, y’know…review it. That means I may say horrible scathing things about your life’s work. I’ll always try to make it constructive – I won’t just say, “This book sucks antimatter”, I’ll tell you why. But still, it’s never a happy thing to have a stranger announce to the Internet that your book is only worthy of being fed to Jabba the Hut. So beware. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you publish my review/essay/article?
You are welcome to submit it. I’d love to have a lot of guest reviews on this site! However be aware that I may not publish everything I’m sent. Also, I cannot pay anyone anything at this time although I will give you full credit thus assuring you glory and fame all across the known ‘Verse. It’s another dreaded “I can provide exposure” moment, I’m afraid – but I have big dreams.