Interview with Author Teresa Noelle Roberts
It is a pleasure to welcome author Teresa Noelle Roberts, author of Buck, Naked.
Welcome Teresa to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your latest story better.
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
My most recent book is a science fiction romance called Buck, Naked. On one level it’s a play on the familiar expression. My hero is named Buck and in this book he gets to get naked—in a way that involves what he’d called “wholesome adult fun”—for the first time in many years. On a deeper level, it touches on the way that his heroine, Aleema, must strip away all his defenses in order to save him—and ultimately herself—from what they both endured as POWs. (Which includes alien medical experiments that left neither of them precisely human. Good times!)
The series name, Chronicles of the Malcolm, is a nod to one of my favorite science fiction TV shows, the short-lived but wonderful Firefly. The captain in that series was named Malcolm Reynolds and was played by Nathan Fillion in delightfully tight pants.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
I love romance, obviously, and also love science fiction. It was inevitable I’d eventually turn my hand to science-fiction romance. This particular series started with a call for an anthology submission that quickly outgrew short-story length and eventually became Thrill-Kinky.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
You’re assuming I am sane, which is dubious. Imaginary people talk in my head and I’m willing to make tremendous sacrifices so I have the chance to tell their stories. People who aren’t writers think that’s pretty crazy.
To stay as sane as I am, I rely on a good support network, a wonderful spouse, and a sense of humor that allows me to see the ridiculous in just about every situation. All my books involve some humor, even in dark situations, and Buck, Naked and the rest of this series, as well as my Duals and Donovans paranormal series, both feature a team—or in the case of the Duals and Donovans book, an extended family—who’ll do anything to take care of and protect each other. And I write romance, so everyone ends up with a wonderful, supportive spouse (or spouses), who becomes part of the team/extended family for the rest of the series.
What makes you laugh?
My cats’ antics, word-play, my husband’s geeky goofiness, Phil Foglio’s Girl Genius comics, and the way Joss Whedon blurs tragedy and comedy.
What makes you cry?
I’ll rarely let myself cry over real-life problems, which is probably why I’ll bawl like a baby over random things.
So what sets me off? The way Joss Whedon blurs tragedy and comedy, of course. The Helms Deep scene in The Two Towers, every damn time. Every book Joey W. Hill has ever written, but in a good way. Dreams about my best friend from college; he died in 1994, but I’ll still wake up in tears. I’ll weep at a military funeral in a movie and will embarrass myself at real-life ones by crying more than the dead person’s relatives.
Hell, in certain moods I’ll cry over well-done commercials!
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
I’m a huge fan of the science fiction TV shows Firefly and Farscape, both of which feature a wonderful ensemble cast of “space scoundrels” who end up fighting against a powerful enemy. Chronicles of the Malcolm isn’t fan fiction but if you’re also a fan of those shows, you’ll see some influences.
Thank you Teresa for stopping by today and letting us get to know you better.
About Teresa Noelle Roberts
Teresa started writing stories in kindergarten and she hasn’t stopped yet. A prolific author of short erotica, she’s also a published poet and fantasy writer—but sexy science fiction romances, BDSM-spiced contemporaries, and hot paranormals have become her favorite things to write. She also writes romantic comedies with a friend under the pen name Sophie Mouette.
She shares her Massachusetts home with her husband, a Leo in law enforcement, and three cats. She and her husband would visit travel all the time if she could get the dang teleporter to work.
To save him, she must strip him bare.
Security expert Buck’s senses are inhumanly keen, to the point he can see through time and space, and that’s just the start of his odd abilities—thank you, alien captors. He also experiences paranoia, flashbacks, and the occasional hallucination—thank you, PTSD. No wonder he fears he could hurt one of the crewmates he lives to protect, the closest thing to family he has left after the destruction of his home planet.
Brilliant scientist Aleema can teach him how to use his modifications without triggering PTSD. She’s survived the same meddling aliens and suffered even more dramatic alterations. At least her unwanted immortality means she’s had time to figure out how the modifications work and use the knowledge to aid other survivors. Helping Buck means spending some serious time together.
Time enough to fall in love.
Just as happiness seems within their grasp, Aleema realizes one of Buck’s modifications dooms him to an unthinkable future. To save him, she must place herself in the hands of their common enemy and leave Buck to face his worst fears without her.
Chronicles of the Malcolm — adventurous, sexy, science-fiction romance
In the 26th century, humans and numerous alien races share the galaxy. Technology has advanced massively. Old Earth is a vast preserve and museum, and humans have spread to the stars. But some things remain the same. Love, lust, and money are the forces that motivate both humans and other sentient species. Politics can get ugly. And crime can pay very well indeed.
The Malcolm, an independent interplanetary freighter, prefers to steer clear of both politics and crime, at least the kind of crime that doesn’t involve rescuing the occasional slave or exploited child on planets where such abominations are legal. Captain Mik and his loyal, if eccentric crew—Mik’s overprotective alien husband Gan, adventurous human mechanic Rita, bouncy cat-girl (and trained assassin) Xia, and PTSD-haunted ex-soldier Buck—usually succeed in keeping things only a little bit illegal. But when a seemingly legitimate job goes supernova, the crew finds themselves up to their armpits in interplanetary conspiracies, and on the run from assassins.
It’s the perfect time to fall in love!