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Guest Post: “Using Alternate Species” by Roxy Mews

Interlocking Hearts Roxy Mews

Hi. waves to the crowd My name is Roxy Mews, and I can’t decide on a genre. There are a lot of decisions a writer must make when constructing a story. One major decision is what genre your book falls in. This helps readers find stories and helps publishers market them. If an author is smart they will try to figure this out ahead of time. But I never claimed to be smart.

I tend to think about the story I want to tell, or the feeling I want to convey, before I consider what genre it will end up in. Once I figure out my story, I pick the characters that work best. If that means my characters change sex or species, so be it. Often this leaves me with stories that straddle genre lines.

In The DMA Files series, I wanted to work with characters who took societal prejudice about sex out of the equation. In Coral-600 I wanted to tell about the sexual awakening of a character devoid of the shame we’re told to feel about our first time. So Coral became a robot. And, don’t worry, at over ninety years since her creation, she was well past the age of consent.

The alternate reality I’ve created in these books incorporates many of our modern day verbiage and traditions. One difference is the advancement and acceptance of robotic artificial intelligence technology. The world Coral and Paisley live in had an advancement around fifty years ago that allowed artificial intelligence to become self-aware in today’s world. With beings so close to human appearance and behavior, it’s easy to imagine there would have to be some serious discussion about when a bot was able to act as its own programmer.

So while some elements of this story could take place in a contemporary romance, the presence of robots and advanced technology create an element of Science Fiction. I struggled with using the SciFi label, because I don’t think the story I wrote fits in with the traditional fan base for that genre.

But I wouldn’t dare change my story. Using alternative species, robots instead of humans, allows me to address issues I couldn’t tackle otherwise. But it’s not just the physical world building that makes these robots appealing as characters. Sure, I can give the heroes advanced mechanics which allow them to perform incredible feats of strength. True, I can give them upgrades that allow them to open any door with a controlled electric charge. But by having them be more than human, it also allows me to reinterpret their way of thinking. Although they still must be realistic for their own world, I can give them a reality that might just make us reconsider parts of our own.

Part of The DMA Files deals with identifying humanity at its core. The robotic humanoids in Interlocking Hearts who have become self-aware are fighting to gain rights in society. Some of them, including one of my characters, are used, albeit illegally, as pleasure bots. Humans have tons of emotional baggage when it comes to sex. Religious influence, cultural norms…many, many things influence our opinions. By taking out the humanity, you take away a lot of that natural bias. I’m hoping this will allow my readers to look at the issues the characters deal with in a different way.

So by putting an alternate species dealing with some very human issues, smack dab in the middle of a familiar environment, I can explore some of the common opinions I encounter in my own life. I work with a lot of different people at my evil day job, and even after a decade, people still shock me. Reality is stranger than any fiction I could concoct.

You may say to yourself, there seem to be a lot of deep issues in this book for an erotic romance. You’re right. But I’m not trying to make a statement. I’m trying to tell a story. And while my characters are taking on the bad guys and falling in love, I know that if they can’t accomplish these goals with a smile every once in a while it’s not a book worth reading. At least, it’s not a book I’d like to read.

I love books with humor. I love stories I can sink into and know that the snarky heroine will have a killer one two punch of strength and sass. My heroine, Paisley, has both in spades. She takes on two hot spies with enthusiasm and plenty of colorful language. She has me laughing even as I’m putting her through the ringer. But don’t worry, I reward her with a very upgraded pair of lovers.


Interlocking Hearts

A human, an almost-human, and a more-than-human walk into a palace…

The DMA Files, Book 2

After her husband threw her out, Paisley Compton drew her sexuality around her like a shield. She finds solid ground as a palace maid until, during a formal dinner service, she trips onto the lap of a man who takes her breath away.

Ben has always known Jon is far more than property, and he jumps at the chance to get the android his certificate of humanity. Paisley—whose abilities far exceed her job title—is a welcome distraction from the bureaucracy.

Used and abused by his former owners, Jon trusts no one—particularly the smartass woman who’s caught Ben’s eye. He might not be certified human yet, but he has all the right parts to get to the bottom of this sexy mystery wrapped in a maid’s uniform.

Their attraction sparks unexpected new conduits among them, but when they realize Jon’s certificate comes with a terrible price, they must risk everything to foil an Anti-Mech plot—and hope they survive to lose themselves in each other’s arms.

Product Warnings: Overheating is likely. The mechanics in these pages require ample lubrication to perform at optimum levels. When possible, multiple system operators are recommended


Roxy Mews Professional PicRoxy Mews wrote her first story at age six on an electric typewriter. It was about a cat and a haunted house. Thankfully, her stories and technology have matured since then. Now Roxy spends her days fighting the evil day job in hopes of conquering the stories that run rampant in her head when she comes home at night. When she discovered Erotic Romance, Roxy fell in love. She can’t wait to share all her fun and sexy stories with everyone. To connect with Roxy Mews find her babbling on Twitter, friend her on Facebook, visit her Blog, or find all these links on RoxyRocksMe.com

2 Responses to “Guest Post: “Using Alternate Species” by Roxy Mews”

  1. Roxy Mews

    Thanks for having me! I’ll be stopping by throughout the day to chat if anyone has any questions about these books. Happy Reading, everyone!

    • Mallory Soto

      Thanks so much, Roxy! We love having you over!

      And MAJOR HINT TO ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS: Roxy’s here for them!

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