Why did you join the Pets in Space 2 anthology?
I was invited to be part of this anthology by Veronica Scott, whom I have amazing respect for, and whose stories I love. I had also read the Pets in Space anthology, and thought it was an amazing collection of stories, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Having grown up with pets always around, including cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, and so many more, I felt like it was a natural fit, and I had no problems with including a pet in my story. I had already mentioned the tibbar in a previous Galactic Defenders story, but in Gib and the Tibbar, the tibbar plays a bigger role.
If you could bring back one extinct animal, what would it be, and why?
I would love to have all extinct animals return to our world. But, if I can only pick one, it would be the Caspian Tiger of Turkey and Central Asia. I have always loved tigers. They are beautiful and majestic. With multiple species of tigers endangered, it would be nice to have the opportunity to bring this large, water-loving cat back.
If you could create/design an animal, what would it look like and what could it do?
Oh, I already did that with the tibbar. It is a cross between a hamster and a rabbit. While it looks very much like a fluffy, white rabbit, the tibbar is the size of a hamster, and has hamster-like ears. It likes its belly-rubbed like a dog, and purrs like a cat. If give the opportunity, it will climb up your clothing to sit in your palm or perch on your shoulder. The only thing it doesn’t have is wings.
What do you love about writing science fiction romance?
My favorite part of writing sci-fi romance is that it is not as restrictive as most other sub-genres of romance. I’m not restricted in my settings or characters. Whether in the present or the future, my stories may take place on Earth, in a spacecraft, on a space station, or on a faraway planet. I can write about humans in these various settings, or include humanoid aliens, non-humanoid aliens, clones, cyborgs, androids, or even artificial intelligence without a body. The possibilities are endless. And my creative mind loves the freedom to tell my stories.
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