By JC Hay
When I moved early this year, one of the things I most looked forward to was an actual office. No more hiding away in the corner and pretending to ignore the spouse watching television. No more being concerned that my keyboard was too loud, or generally being self conscious about working in plain view. And while it took some time to get the room set up to my liking, now that I have it, I love it. It has given me a perfect escape where I can craft gritty cyberpunk romances and sweeping space opera romances in equal measure, typically with a drink close at hand. A space that reflects my own oddity back at me and feels like home.
In perfect view of my monitor, so I can’t miss it, is a print of one of my favorite Carl Sagan quotes. One of my heroes, his quote reminds me that there is nothing more important than love; it gives meaning and reason to the whole universe. Just above it is a gift from my beloved spouse – a caligraphic print of Arwen’s speech to Aragorn (Ae ú-esteliach nad : estelio han ; Estelio ammen “If you trust nothing else, trust this. Trust in us.”)
My reference shelves are in easy reach, and guarded by Tiny Edgar Allen Poe and his ally, Tiny Knithulhu. Knithulhu was a gift from one of my dearest friends, a writer and knitter and oft-times co-conspirator. The fish on the shelf below was a wedding gift from a family friend – it came with the cryptic inscription “We think it’s a planter.” In the years since, we’ve never figured out what role it’s supposed to play, so it’s currently the home for a dapper little mouse I knit last holiday season.
And that’s the grand tour – unfortunately, I’m under a tight deadline, so I’m going to have to shoo you out now. The absinthe is louching, and my lovely clicky keyboard wants me to come make noisy music again. Thanks for coming by!
JC Hay Bio
SFR Galaxy Award Winner JC Hay writes romantic science fiction and cyberpunk where the relationships matter as much as the tech. After all, the coolest gadgets in the world are useless without someone to share them.
In addition to Romance Writers of America, he is also a proud member of the SFR Brigade (for Science Fiction Romance), the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance chapter, and RWA’s Published Author Network.
Dubai Double Cross
Elise is looking for an exit. Too many years as a top-talent thief in the digital shadows have whittled away her patience and her humanity. She’s not looking for complications, but with one more job, she’ll finally have enough money to leave the life for good.
Na’im does what he must to survive. Whether it’s selling his body to the corporate glitterati, or going on the run when things get bad – but even a survivor can be caught off guard, and his boss’s murder has left him with no one to trust but a thief with her own agenda.
Together, they’re on the run trying to figure out who framed them both and stay one step ahead of the murderer who’s close behind. Trust is a rare commodity for accidental lovers, but in a dark future where everything can be upgraded and emotions can be programmed, sometimes all that can keep you human is your heart.