From the Author
What three things influenced your writing Captured by the Cyborg?
Number one, I fell in love with cyborgs, who to me, represent the ultimate alpha male in that that they have brawn and brains. They are humans (and look fully human) who have been modified with computer and/or machine parts. They're rough, tough warriors--the kind of guys you want on your side when things get dangerous. In most cyborg romances, cyborgs are created by an evil government who enslaves them andforces them to fight. It's a great trope, but I wanted to do something different, which leads to the second part.
Number two, I want to bring romance back into the romance genre. I've read a lot of books where the alpha "hero" is a total jerk, a self-centered a-hole. That's not romantic or sexy to me. I want a hero who is truly heroic. Not perfect, you understand, but who is honorable and who demonstrates that hecares for the heroine. So my heroes are cyberoperatives with a clandestine paramilitary force. The tagline for the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series is "Saving the girl and galaxy one mission at time."
What are they saving the girl and the galaxy from? Well, number three, I was influenced by present day terrorism. Although there are other threats and villains in the series, the main one is Lamis-Odg, a planet of religious terrorists who are seeking to extend their reach in the galaxy. However,in Captured by the Cyborg, the main villain is the ex-lifemate of the heroine.
Which character was the biggest challenge to write and why?
The heroines of this series in general are hard to write because they have to be strong in their own right, yet still need to be in a jam so the hero can swoop in, be all heroic and save the day. You can't rescue someone who doesn't need rescuing! But readers have modern sensibilities (especially in sci-fi) and the damsel-in-distress isn't a popular trope. So in the series, I try to create strong heroines who have something to offer the world, but who need the hero's assistance with a life-threatening situation. In Captured with the Cyborg, heroine Illumina is on run after being attacked. She has some pretty special, in-demand abilities that make her the perfect partner for her cyborg hero. (I don't wantto give too much away).