Breaking the Genre Mold ~ Outside the Margins with JP Barnaby

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JP Barnaby OTM

I’ve never considered myself a genre-specific author. Yes, I publish mostly within the M/M umbrella, but only because those are the stories that have spoken to me. I have a stack of unpublished heterosexual romances sitting in my Dropbox. I have an interesting unfinished story that includes Dissociative Identity Disorder. I have hardcore BDSM erotica. But lately, the voices who have been talking to me have been from the realm of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. It’s been a completely different experience than what I’m used to. They’re talking about advanced genetic testing and pleasure androids. One is even talking about a world completely devoid of color. They are fascinating tales of adventure in wide expanses of color and vibrancy.

When the stories started to come, I began to study worldbuilding. Of course, in Romance there is a degree of worldbuilding, but not to the same extent as Sci-Fi or Fantasy. I read books on gaming, took courses on monsters, and began building a world where my characters could exist. I learned that it’s not just about what the characters see like buildings or landscapes. It’s not just about the languages they speak or in what dialect. The details run as deep as currency and trade, what games children play, what songs they sing, what books they read. It’s about the food they eat and where it comes from. Are they an agricultural-based society? Is their food genetically enhanced? Is it made using a computer in a replicator? So many little details that pull a reader into a story and keep them there for hundreds of pages, tens of thousands of words. It’s fascinating to create everything in a story from the ground up, not just the characters.

After that, I started reading Sci-Fi. I’d read some, and of course, I’m a geek when it comes to science-y movies, and TV. But that’s not the same as writing in a genre known for its passionate audience. There are rules to writing Sci-Fi, kind of like rules to writing Romance. In Romance they have to have a happily ever after. They have to have a falling out. They have to make up. It’s all about emotional satisfaction in the reader. Sci-Fi is more about intellectual satisfaction. Yes, you want to see the hero win in the end, but it’s more about the journey than the destination. Sci-Fi readers are also very literal. If you talk about a bruised sky – it better be some shade of purple. Not only that, but there better be a plausible explanation as to why it’s purple.

The design of a Sci-Fi book is different for me too because the ideas in my head are more plot-driven when most of my previous work was character-driven. Plots, subplots, primary characters, a host of secondary characters, suspense, death—the journey of a hero (or in one case, a heroine). There are romantic elements, but the romance doesn’t drive the action or the theme. They just happen to be in love and separated when the book starts. It’s a nice change not to write sex or to worry about whether the hero and the heroine get their storybook ending. It’s like writing from a completely different perspective.

I’ve been working diligently on my first Sci-Fi story. It’s the tale of a pleasure android haunted by the memories of his former owner, discarded only to be found by an unlikely rogue. I’m not 100% sure where it’s going, but the ride so far has been nothing I’ve ever experienced. It’s exciting and fun—the opposite of my recovery romance to date. Writing Aaron and A Heart for Robbie were necessary for my psychological recovery. Now, it’s time for me to write things I want to write just for the sheer pleasure of putting pen to paper.

The first chapter of The Artificial Whore can be found on my blog if you’re interested in taking a look at it:

Keep your eye out for stories you never quite expected from emotional terrorist, JP Barnaby. We’ll see where the adventure takes us both.

~JP Barnaby

About JP Barnaby

JP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she’s not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.


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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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