The Ruler of My Universes by Isabo Kelly

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The_Secret_of_Narava_by_Isabo_Kelly_240x360_(Updated)_2There are many things about the science fiction and fantasy romance genres I love. Both as a reader and a writer. But right up at the top of the list for me as a writer is being able to make everything up. Yes even in my science fiction, the important word is fiction. I get to play and create the same way I did as a kid, building complex and very individual worlds to run around in.
The drawback: sometimes I don’t know when to stop. Mostly, though, the ability to use anything my imagination can dream is really freeing.

Fantasy is easy. Readers and writers expect everything to be made up. Especially in epic fantasy where the stories take place on different worlds. All that’s required is that I make the world I create something a reader can believe in. After that, there are literally no limits. It’s like the best adventure ever!

Then there’s science fiction. Some people will argue that at least in science fiction romance there has to be some adherence to “realism” as far as the science goes. My response to that is: yes and no. To be honest, as a scientist, I know exactly how much we don’t know about the universe. So while some things like breaking the speed of light to travel huge distances does seem impossible given what we know of physics, I’m happy to utilize fun ways of getting around that so I can fictionally move beyond our solar system in a single human lifetime. Did you know we don’t have any idea if or what type of DNA may (or may not) evolve on alien planets? As a biologist, this was really exciting because it meant I could–once again–make things up! And I did with gleeful abandon in my Naravan Chronicles series.

BrightarrowBurning72LG_2In fact, because there’s so much we don’t know for sure, there’s a lot of room to imagine the possibilities. Making my flights of fancy come across as believably possible is an even more exciting challenge. And mix all that up with a good old fashioned romance, I am there!

So how much “reality” do you need from your fiction? Do you like the limits pushed and yet the stories still feel like they could happen? Or do you like strict adherence to real world rules?

Giveaway: To treat yourself during the busy holiday season, I will give one random commenter a $15 gift certificate to Amazon or B&N, winner’s choice. Leave a comment from now until Wednesday, midnight EST with your email address (name @ domain. com is perfect) to be entered to win. I’ll contact the winner directly and announce the winner here in the comments. Happy holidays and Happy Reading!

Isabo Kelly is the author of multiple award-winning science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romances. For more on Isabo and her books, visit her website, follow her on Twitter @IsaboKelly or friend her on Facebook

19 thoughts on “The Ruler of My Universes by Isabo Kelly

  1. I’ve always thought combining sci fi with romance would be difficult. To me sci fi has a lot of technical hardware, and a lot of it escapes me. I do like some fantasy romance if I like the characters. I think the world building is the biggest stretch of a writer’s creativity. It and characters with special powers or abilities really reel me in.

    • Hey Karalee! It can be tough to mix sci fi and romance and keep the book below 500pages 🙂 But I think of the stories as adventures and that works with romance really well. It always comes down to relatable characters though, doesn’t it? Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What a wonderful explanation of the differences between fantasy and science fiction. Some of my favorite television time was spent watching Firefly, Serenity and Battlestar Galactica. Curling up with a great fantasy novel is my idea of getting away from it all.

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