I’m a romance writer. I write in all sorts of genres, paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, suspense, but up to now my stories have always had romance at their heart. But I love trying new things. So when I was offered the opportunity to write a short story for a science fiction anthology, The Robot Chronicles, I jumped at the chance and made the scary decision that this time there would be no happy ever after.
For a while now, I’ve been plotting a series that takes place around a spaceship, The Pioneer, sent from Earth in the not-too-distant future. The ship is crewed by androids, but there are also one hundred human passengers, all sleeping during the long trip. They are awoken when the ship reaches a habitable planet, and the series follows their adventures and interactions with the new world, the android crew, and their fellow passengers.
I got to thinking about what sort of people would sign up for a place on The Pioneer, for a trip into the unknown which might never have a happy ending. So when I was deciding on my story for The Robot Chronicles, it seemed the perfect excuse to explore just why Vicky Harper, ex-senior homicide detective, wakes up after a long sleep to find herself on a faraway planet.
The year is 2072, and under the administration of the Council for Ethical Advancement and its robotic Stewards, the Earth has become a better place.
Bored and restless in an almost perfect world, senior homicide detective Vicky Harper dreams of adventure among the stars—and of faraway planets where people are allowed to make their own mistakes. It seems an impossible fantasy.
Then one of the ruling Council members turns up dead, and someone offers to make her dreams come true. All she has to do is lie.
The Robot Chronicles releases on 25th July!