By Veronica Scott
The desk I use for my writing belonged to my great grandmother in the late 1800’s and was passed down to me by my grandmother. I still have the key! And when I unlocked the drop front after the desk was delivered to me, I found several late 1800’s tintype photos in elaborate leather frames, stashed in the a drawer – men and women who were probably related to me but sadly, no identification. I’ve kept the photos safely in the desk all these years, since they belong together.
My grandmother and my great grandmother wrote genteel letters and poetry by hand at this desk.
My late mother-in-law (who loved antique furniture) had it completely rebuilt and refinished as a wedding present to me in the 1970’s so it’s very sturdy again, which is a good thing since I sit here and pound away on my laptop’s keyboard as if it was the old Royal typewriter I learned to type on as a kid. I write science fiction romance and ancient Egyptian paranormal romance and a lot of blog posts. No poetry!
I keep a rotating cast of knickknacks on top of the desk – currently with an ancient world theme, but sometimes model robots from science fiction TV shows and movies, or even Lego creations from my grandson. I have a photo from the old Flash Gordon serials that I keep close by, from a time when Buster Crabbe was the hero and the special effects were sparklers and spaceships suspended from strings. When I was a kid, the local TV station ran the Flash Gordon episodes every afternoon at 4PM and I was entranced by the exciting scifi adventures (with a dash of romance). I remember being pretty upset when someone finally told me how very old those shows were! But Flash and his beloved Dale (his varying cast of actresses playing Dale, I should probably say LOL) were one of my earliest inspirations to lean toward science fiction.
My two cats, Jake and Keanu, keep me company when I write and they squabble over the chair next to the desk. Jake likes to steal it from Keanu, who then appropriates my smaller side table and demands consolation petting.
Over the past few years I’ve downsized in stages from the large house where I raised my children to my present condo, now that I’m an empty nester. I’ve had so many garage sales and donated so much STUFF to Goodwill in the process! But I’m a knickknack person so I still have way more tchotchkes and fun things to look at than most people could probably stand outside of a store LOL. But it pleases me. The desk is in the living room and if I glance up I can see out my balcony, where I have a peaceful view of sky and trees.
Just the thing for a scifi romance author busily writing about interstellar chaos and danger!
Veronica Scott Bio:
Best Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance author, as well as the “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”
Veronica is the author of Star Cruise: Songbird in the Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2 anthology.
The blurb for Star Cruise: Songbird:
Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.
Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.
Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?
Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2
The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journhbits of eying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!
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Release date: October 10, 2017 ~ Preorder now!
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