Author Intro: Romance that’s ‘Out Of This World’

That’s what I love writing - romance set on or in another world, sometimes a different planet, sometimes the vastness of space, and sometimes a world that might be our own, but in the future, or the distant past. The phrase was coined for me by a fellow author some time ago, and I’ve used it ever since as my ‘tagline’, so it seemed a good way to start my ‘official intro.’

I suppose all writers find themselves ‘out of this world’ in a way, by the very process of writing. One creates characters, places and situations which might be similar to our own, in a familiar location and a contemporary setting,  or,  conversely, completely different, in another age and surroundings we’ve never actually seen in ‘real life’. While we are writing, however, we ‘live ‘ in that other world. experiencing its influence on our characters as we live, suffer and love with them.

I’ve always been passionately fond of animals, especially horses. I currently have a rescued Jack Russell terrier, two ferrel cats and two horses and can’t imagine life without them. From an early age I enjoyed writing stories about animals and my first horse was an imaginary one. My first attempts at ’serious’ writing as a teenager, were westerns, a way of transporting myself back into the world of the Old West, which fascinated me. Of course, back then, strong, goodlooking cowboys and their beautiful, faithful horses were the main attractions, but as I matured, I realised there was more to it than that. The idea of an untamed land, working with nature and sometimes having to fight to survive, unknown dangers and undiscovered wonders, the exploration of a new frontier, all these combine to make up the romance that is the Old West of countless books and films.

So why do I write fantasy and futuristic if I’m so fond of the western genre? I hear you ask. Good question. The night sky has always fascinated me, all those stars, each one a sun, circled by its own planets. What would it be like to travel the stars and explore new worlds? What is life like on other planets? (I can’t believe that none of all those myriad stars out there don’t have planets that support life - beings who live - and love - as we do.) The concept of exploring space is pretty much the same as the opening up of the West. Brave men and women setting out on a journey into the unknown and facing dangers never before encountered, and occasionally being rewarded by something amazing that makes it worth all the risks. For me there is something inherently romantic about  this.

Romance. That’s the ‘keyword’, isn’t it? It took me a while to realise that every story I wrote had a strong love interest that was the core of the story. I’d never specifically thought of myself as a ‘romance writer’ but as soon as I admitted it to myself, I realised the truth of it. I’m at heart a ‘romantic’, therefore it’s only logical that I write romances, be they of this world or other, purely imaginary ones!

If you’d like to find out more about my books and fantasy worlds, please visit my website, which is linked in my signature - or you can email me at Hywelalyn@hywelalyn.co.uk

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14 Responses to “Author Intro: Romance that’s ‘Out Of This World’”

  1. Zequeatta Jaques Says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog, Lyn. The horse you are sitting on is pretty. My husband raises American Quarter horses. He has a love of them. I too, as you, have always been fascinated by the night sky, and have pondered if there was other life out there. How could there not be? The best of luck with your writing. May we still be in this business forty years from now.

  2. Hywela Lyn Says:

    Thanks Zequetta. The horse is a pure bred WElsh ‘Section D’, his name is Harry (show name Pentrepiod Sovereign LOL) My other horse is T’pau, a paint/American Quarter horse mare. Welshand QH are two of my favourite breeds.

    Yes, it’s almsot impossible to think that thee couldn’t be life on other worlds, when there are so many of them, isn’t it!

  3. Cheryl Pierson Says:

    Hi Lyn!

    I love the analogy between opening up the lands of the west and going into space. Can you just imagine what must have been in those settlers hearts and minds as they set out from the familiarity of all they knew to go somewhere that was so different and dangerous? Women, especially, because they were at the mercy of whatever decisions their husbands made for the entire family. I love the term “space cowboy”–because it is so descriptive–and you know exactly what you’re talking about! I’m glad you were there yesterday for Wild Western Wednesday! I enjoyed your blog–very interesting.

    Cheryl

  4. Hywela Lyn Says:

    Hi Cheryl

    Glad you enjoyed the post, and I really enjoyed the ‘Wild Western Wednesday too. Yes, I often think that’s what I write - ‘cowboys in space’. You’re right, that’s it exactly - exploring new worlds takes the same sort of courage whether it was the old west or future ejourneys in space

  5. Steph Burkhart Says:

    Lyn, what a nice intro! I love the stars, too. I find them incrediably romantic and they have a lot to do in my upcoming novel, “The Hungarian.” Thank you so much for sharing your picture. You look so natural on your horse.

    Smiles,
    Steph

  6. Sheila Deeth Says:

    Westerns in space… I loved Firefly! And I always loved Westerns as a kid too. But growing up in England, the Wild West and Space the Final Frontier never seemed so far apart. Nice to follow you here.

  7. Lindsay Townsend Says:

    Fantastic intro, Lyn! Lovely blog on you, your work and your pets! I,too, love the stars and am an avid fan of The Sky At Night. I love the idea of Cowboys in Space - but space and westerns do have many epic and romantic themes in common: that whole hero against the elements thing.

  8. Debra St. John Says:

    Westerns and space. Sounds like a winning combination to me!

  9. Hywela Lyn Says:

    Thanks Steph, Yes, the stars are so romantic aren’t they, I’ll look out for your novel when it’s released. Glad you liked the picture, Harry is such a sweetheart to ride.

  10. Hywela Lyn Says:

    Hi Lindsay, yes seems we all love the stars, and as you say, westerns and SF genres both appeal to the adventurous spirit in us!

  11. Hywela Lyn Says:

    Thanks Debra, yes it seems we’re all agreed on that combination!

  12. Hywela Lyn Says:

    Hi Sheila

    Thanks so much for your support - I have the DVD of Firefly and will sit down and watch it when I get time to relax. I’ve seen the first episode and that’s as far as I got, but I thought it was great. We didn’t get it in the UK as far as I know (Not in Wales anyway!)

  13. LK Hunsaker Says:

    Exploration is quite romantic, I agree!

    It’s funny, I didn’t think of myself as a romance writer when I started, either. They simply came out that way. Nothing beats a true romantic at heart.

  14. Hywela Lyn Says:

    Thanks LK, yes, romance always wins in the end!

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