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 geekgirlinlove123@gmail.com.

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.



7 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. P. J. Dean says:

    Didn’t want to leave this on the SBTB website because it would have been redundant. Loved your review of “Incursion.” I just bought it. As for wanting to read more, different kinds of romance, here is the same list I emailed SarahW a few months back when she answered my email about where were the reviews of multicultural/interracial books. I’ve read and re-read these as a few are classic historicals in AA romance:

    Nowhere to Run — Gay G Gunn

    Black Gold and Emily, the Yellow Rose —both by Anita Richmond Bunkley

    Shadows on the Bayou and Murmur of Rain — both by Patricia Vaughn

    That’s my short list of historical classics for starters. Of course there is always Beverly Jenkins.

    As for contemporaries, I was spoiled by the late L.A. Banks and her paranormal/urban fantasies. As an AA writer with a heroine with natural hair and smallish boobs, it’s an uphill battle to be found in a genre populated with curvy blondes of alabaster skin. I can only hope to be ever mentioned in the same breath as Ms. Banks because we wrote in the same category. I don’t write vamps or werewolves but her take on vamps/paranormal is as good as Joss Whedon’s Buffy.

    ps. I have to ask. On SBTB’s website and on various others, I read a lot of reader comments lamenting about how they want to read the stories by “others” about “others”. Personally, I’d like for the stories by “others” to meld into the mainstream list and be chosen because an author is a good writer. But there are tons of multicultual/LGBT/disabled writers or stories out there, so, truthfully are these readers really looking for something different or just acting like they are looking for the different?

    P J. DEAN

    • CarrieS says:

      Thank you for this list – it’s wonderful! As far as your PS – I’ve heard all kinds of arguments saying why, for instance, AA writers should have their own shelf, and equally valid arguments for why they should be blended in. Ideally, I’d like to see stories by all kinds of authors, with all kinds of protagonists, put together. But one thing I’ve been noticing more and more about my own reading is that even though I SAY I value diversity in literature, if you actually look at my bookshelf, you’ll see a marked lack of diversity. This dissonance between what I say and what I clearly do based on the evidence of my bookshelf is getting embarrassing. I’m not sure why this keeps happening, and I don’t think I’m unique. Maybe this is because if I see “others” on the cover I assume it’s not for me on a subconscious level. Maybe it reflects the fact that there are statistically fewer writers of color writing science fiction so I’m statistically likely to come across more books by Caucasian writers. Maybe it’s a marketing issue. But it’s clear to me that I need to consciously pursue books by and about more diverse populations to shake up my pattern. I would hope that as books get mixed in together more, it might seem more effortless and natural to pick diverse books, but at the same time having them shelved separately is helpful to me when I’m trying to make conscious choices to broaden my horizons.

  2. wyndes says:

    This is not my life’s work. I’m fairly sure that when I hit the end of my life my best work is going to turn out to have been my kid, because… well, you know. Kids. They’re cool. (Yes, 11th Doctor reference, albeit warped.) That said, I would like to submit a book for your review, with the full knowledge that you may hate certain aspects of it. I can even submit some suggestions for what you might hate, if you like. Still, I do think I’ve written the geekiest sex scene ever, with a bit of diversity (my heroine is Japanese-American, although she doesn’t think about that much and it’s not important to the story), so it’s possible you might like it. I probably wouldn’t have proposed it if you hadn’t written your comment about diversity and if I didn’t have lots and lots of thoughts about that topic. But anyway: A Gift of Ghosts, free on Amazon or B&N or Smashwords or Kobo. Feel free to delete this comment if it looks too promo-ish. But I will say that the aforementioned geeky sex scene includes a discussion of the virtues of friction and resonance frequencies so if you’re a physics geek, it should make you smile.

  3. kaonevar says:

    Hey Carrie. 🙂 My publisher would love to email you about reviewing my most recent book, but there doesn’t appear to be an email address anywhere on the site to use. 😦

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