Guest Post by Author Traci L Slatton on Why I Write Science Fiction + Giveaway

Today I’d like to welcome Traci L. Slatton, who recently published the sweetly surprising and terrific SF romance The Love of My (Other) Life (review here). She’s here to talk about…

Why I Write Science Fiction
By Traci L. Slatton

When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with reading. It happened fast, like most experiences of true love. It was a thunderbolt, in fact. I went from reading “See Spot Run” to reading ‘big books,’ that is, chapter books for older kids, in a few weeks.

The dazzling thing about reading was that it allowed my imagination to play. I started with the usual kid’s books but picked up a copy of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, and I was hooked. I read everything Burroughs wrote, all his Mars and Venus and Pellucidar books. I loved them. I devoured them. I consumed them utterly.

From Burroughs, I branched out into other science fiction. Every new novel was a whole new set of imaginal possibilities. New worlds, new wonders, came to life within me—possibilities I had never before conceived of took root and grew in my soul.

Immortal by Traci L. SlattonMy first published novel was a historical novel, but even Immortal had elements of sci fi in it. (I won’t give those away….) After Immortal, I turned to a dystopian series, the After series, a dark and romantic story set after a global apocalypse.

The After series is tense and dark, and I wanted to write something lighter, with serious elements, that still allowed my imagination to play—and that invited readers to play with me. Ultimately, as an author, that’s my goal: to engage readers playfully and heartfully; to give readers a sense of wonder and discovery; to open up minds to new options and hitherto unconsidered possibilities.

The Love of My (Other) Life by Traci L. SlattonI had this flash of an idea: what if a man showed up in my life, and he stalked me and claimed that we were married in an alternate universe, and I thought he was a crazy homeless dude, but he turned out to be the love of my life, but I couldn’t be with him because he belongs to another world? Excuse the run-on sentence, but the initial reverie the love that was the genesis for The Love of My (Other) Life was just like that, a big cram-up of ideas about love and loss and laughter and choice.

So the main character Tessa Barnum encounters this man, Brian Tennyson, who stalks her and tells her that they’re married in a parallel universe. And through him, she discovers the person she might have been, except for choices she made here that altered her path. The heart being what it is, an eternal force in all universes, it leads her back to Brian….

Traci L. SlattonAbout Traci L. Slatton

Traci L. Slatton was born into a Navy family. She grew up in Great Lakes, IL; Norfolk, VA; Olathe, KS; Millington, TN; and Groton, CT. Traci now lives in Manhattan with her husband sculptor Sabin Howard, three daughters, stepdaughter, and two labs, all of whom are wonderfully opinionated creatures.Traci has published dozens of poems, short stories, and articles in magazines and literary journals. She greatly enjoyed researching Edgar Cayce, quantum physics, and Rupert Sheldrake’s morphic fields for Piercing Time & Space. For the historical novel Immortal, she inquired deeply into the art and life of the Italian Renaissance, a period when thinkers like Pico della Mirandola, Leonardo da Vinci, and Marsilio Ficino were engaged in questioning the nature and relationship of science, art, and the soul. Immortal was a bestseller in Italy, Russia, and Brazil and was also translated into French, Greek, Spanish, and Polish.To learn more about Traci, visit her website and blog or follow her on Twitter and Goodreads.


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Review: The Love of My (Other) Life by Traci L. Slatton

The Love of My (Other) Life by Traci L. SlattonFormat read: ebook provided by the author
Formats available: ebook, paperback
Genre: Science fiction romance
Length: 236 pages
Publisher: Parvati Press
Date Released: January 29, 2013
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Publisher’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Book Depository

What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?

Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she’s broke, about to be evicted and has made some serious missteps in her career.

When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he’s a crazy vagabond – albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal.

Then he informs her that in his world, they’re married.

Tessa’s universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold.

The secret to her own life was always in her heart.

My Review:

Somewhere in the multi-verse, Schrödinger’s Cat is alive. And so is Dr. Brian Tennyson’s wife.

Tessa Barnum simply went down what Terry Pratchett calls the “other leg of the trousers of time” and didn’t become his wife. She also didn’t die of cancer. Brian spends much too much of his time, his money, and his genius inventing a machine that can solve all the quantum theory paradoxes involved in traveling from one parallel universe to another. Just a visit. So he can say “goodbye”.

The Tessa Barnum in our universe is a hot mess on her best days. And there haven’t been too many of those recently. Three years worth of recently, in fact. She’s a painter. Or she would be, if she hadn’t dropped out of the art world in the middle of a scandal. She’s also divorced from a man she clearly didn’t love, but can’t seem to move past.

And she’s been avoiding the real world so steadfastly that she hasn’t kept up the payments on her New York City co-op. She’s facing eviction.

Brian, the other world Brian, drops into her life at her lowest ebb. He brings with him an intensity that has been missing from her life since she chose to follow the soul-sucker who would become her husband to Columbia instead of going to Yale. The Yale where she would have met Brian.

Brian also brings hints of the woman she might have been. The open and carefree spirit that his Tessa was. The woman who chose a concert cello career instead of painting, and it turns out forging, art. The woman who took care of herself more instead of burying herself in other people. She catches a bit of that other Tessa’s joie de vivre. And remembers that it was part of how she used to be, even as she continues to reject that Brian is who he says he is.

Until Brian drags her to a physics lecture, given by her universe’s version of Brian Tennyson. And she gets a glimmer that she might be able to have part of the life she catches in Brian’s eyes. Even as he lets her go.

Escape Rating B+: This is a classic case of not judging a book by its cover. The cover does not represent the story at all. There are a couple of sweet, hot, romantically charged sex scenes, but the cover implies something else.

The story is about the incredible power of love to move, not just mountains, but actual universes, and that it is absolutely never too late for a second chance. Not even if you have to employ quantum mechanics to kick your own self in the teeth.

The many universes interpretation is a known concept in physics, it is the one which includes poor Schrödinger’s Cat. That part is not a joke. The uses it is put to in fiction, especially science fiction, are legion and vastly entertaining. The Doctor Who episode Turn Left and the Star Trek Next Gen episode Yesterday’s Enterprise are both excellent uses of this device.

What made The Love of My (Other) Life especially good was that there was no deus ex machina that allowed the other Brian to stay, or allowed him to take Tessa back to his parallel world. He kept complaining that she was doing things differently from his Tessa, and she had to beat it into his head that she wasn’t his Tessa. Her choices had been different and had made her a different person. The other Tessa had things to teach her, but they were different people. The Tessa of this world changed for the better, but she did not become the other Tessa.

Brian got closure. He doesn’t get to have the doppelgänger of his dreams, and he doesn’t get a do-over with his Tessa. He gets to say “goodbye” and make his peace. Giving the Brian of this world a chance at the same happiness he had experienced with this Tessa was a nice gift, but he went back to deal with his grief.

So don’t judge this book by its cover. Make yourself a gift of this lovely and sweetly goofy second-chance romance.

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