“It’s the Age of the Geek, baby. We run the world!”
— Alec Hardison, Leverage
I’ve been a geek for years… way, way before this “Age of the Geek” was ushered in.
I collected Akira and Dark Knight comics in high school, watched anime (anybody else remember Robotech? I used to rush home to watch it as a kid!). I played video games on consoles and on desktops. My friends and I could have entire conversations in movie quotes: Monty Python, Real Genius, Dr. Strangelove, you name it.
I went to midnight animation festivals. San Diego, where I grew up, had the Spike & Mike fest, where I got to see the first Pixar shorts before Pixar was even a “thing”. When Lord of the Rings came out, I called in sick to work and saw it in the theater. Twice. In one day.
My other obsession: romance novels.
I also started reading romance novels in high school. I got a job in the local branch library, shelving books, and I was fascinated by the novels I was putting away. I had to smuggle them into the house, because in my relatively strict Asian household, reading romance novels was seen as “rotting your brain.” (So naturally, I gravitated towards them! <g>) I’d sneak the occasional Loveswept or Harlequin, carefully hidden in my backpack or under my bed.
Then I got to college, and my best friend revealed an entire walk-in closet of single title romances, stacked on built-in shelves, like a mini-library. I remember crashing at her house, reading The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood until three in the morning. It was the beginning of a life-long love affair with love stories.
Best of both worlds.
I became a romance writer in 1999, and I’ve written and published 18 novels since then. But it wasn’t until recently that I was able to really merge my love for geeky things and romance novels. I knew I wanted to write a series that celebrated all the fandoms I’m into: Supernatural, Dr. Who, Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Firefly… the list goes on. So I came up with the idea for my geek romance series Fandom Hearts, which has a bunch of geeky, fantastic female friends, who find love (with plenty of fandom Easter eggs) as they figure out how to save a bookstore. They are game coders, cosplayers, trivia experts, and most of all, close friends. The guys that fall in love with them are their perfect matches.
The first book in the series, Level Up, celebrates my love of video games with shades of Sherlock. (It’s also currently free!)
Here’s what it’s about:
Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is she can’t do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…
Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.
Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?
Are you a geek? What are your geek obsessions?
Other Books by Cathy:
- Jack & Jilted buy from: Amazon | Borders | B & N | Indiebound | Powell’s
I am a fiction addict.
I love J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts, Jim Butcher, J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, Stephen King, Jennifer Crusie, Marian Keyes, J.K. Rowling, and a slew of other authors.
I have been known to stay up all night to finish a new novel. I don’t so much read as devour.
I am a foodie.
People who follow me on Facebook can attest: I am a foodie-blog whore. Love Smitten Kitchen. Adore Pioneer Woman Cooks. Bake my own bread on a weekly basis. Total Top Chef freak.
I am a geekgirl.
I love the San Diego Comic-con. I love Joss Whedon, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher. I’m a bit Sherlockian, but I haven’t gone full Whovian yet.
I was part of the SCA — The Society for Creative Anachronism — and briefly sponsored my own mini army. I learned to speak some Japanese from anime.
I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of character actors and obscure movies. I have been called to settle bar bets.
I have a more-flirtatious-than-appropriate relationship with Excel spreadsheets. When I used to work at a day job, if I wore lipstick they assumed I was going on an interview. To this day, an entire marketing department lives in fear of my memory.
I love being an author.
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NOTE FROM FELICIA: Thank you Cathy for stopping by and sharing your Geek Love! I totally approve! Also if y’all click on the cover it will take you to Amazon where Level Up is currently free (at least on 10/5/16) so pick it up!