05-26-18 – Blog Queen - Sarah Raplee

Saturday, May 25, 2013

British SF Romance Author Pippa Jay

    Hi, my name is Pippa Jay and I'm an author. Y'know, it still feels a little odd saying that? My debut novel came out in May 2012, but it was a while before I felt brave enough to say it to a total stranger when they asked me what I do.

Then she asked me, 
"What do you write?"
     "Science fiction romance."
"Oh, you mean like Twilight?"
Long pause.
     "Er, no, not like Twilight at all."

Moving swiftly on...

I write scifi, usually with romance woven through it. If you're wondering what science fiction romance is, think Star Wars (Han and Leia), Avatar and John Carter. Maybe even Farscape and the revamped Doctor Who? But I try to keep my stories tech light and avoid too many unpronounceable names, focusing mainly on my characters. I love to write tortured souls, and the more I can torture them, the happier I am! Bwah-ha-haaaa!

I live in the glorious and historical town of Colchester in the UK - Britain's oldest recorded market town - with my husband of 20 years and our three little monsters. Colchester Zoo, the nearby coastline of East Anglia and the town's Roman and medieval past have all had their influence on my writing. My debut novel Keir starts in a setting probably more suited to a fantasy, based on my love for the medieval period and local landmarks like the Layer Marney Towers. But my characters are soon swept away to other worlds, including the tropical planet Metraxi, and the island paradise of Kasha-Asor (both based on hot, lazy days at the local beach). Yep, we do get hot days even in the UK! 

 For my most recent release, a hot scifi romance called Terms & Conditions Apply, the story takes place on a luxury space station that promises to fulfil all your dreams with holographic suites and an empathic AI capable of seeing and fulfilling your darkest, deepest desires. But even there, the meeting area at the opening of the story is based on a setting in my home town. Culver Square doesn't have the statue of Venus in the centre, but a collection of seashells and sea holly that once had a fountain - until it was repeatedly polluted with detergent that made the pool foam over. Pretty, but it meant the council was constantly having to flush it out, and it just became too much work. :(

For my upcoming release Gethyon, I took myself back to my teens, along with some angsty music by My Chemical Romance and 30 Seconds to Mars, and modelled the younger version of my hero on my then six year old son. In part, Gethyon is a tribute to my first crush - a certain young hero by the name of Luke Skywalker, and the reason why I switched from writing elves and magic to aliens and spaceships. But even though Gethyon isn't strictly speaking a romance, a romantic element has still crept into this YA scifi novel. Does he get the girl? You'll have to read it to find out.

Bio and links –
A stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and films. Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. Between torturing her characters, she spends the odd free moments trying to learn guitar, indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 20 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.



Pippa Jay said...

Thanks for having me! :)

Judith Ashley said...

Welcome, Pippa!

What a fun and interesting post! I love the way you weave what you know with your imagination! Never thought to use my son or granddaughters as the starting point of a character - has me doing some serious thinking!

Sarah Raplee said...

Hi Pippa,

Okay, you named off some of my favorite movies of all time - now I MUST order your books!

I like that you use settings you know as a departure point for some of the exotic imaginary settings in your books. Doing that may help you to include telling details that you might otherwise miss.

Thank you for contributing to Romance Around the World at RTG!

Diana Mcc. said...

Hi, Pippa! Wonderful how you weave part of your real setting into the fictional Sci-fi setting. Your books sound great. Your cute as button in your photo, hard to believe you've been married 20 years! Good luck on sales.

Pippa Jay said...

Hi Judith! Thank you, and I'm sure your son and granddaughters will give you some fun inspiration. :)
Hi Sarah - aww, thank you, and thanks so much for inviting me.
Hi Diana, and thank you so much! Lol, sometimes I find it hard to believe it's been 20 years too. :D