Heart Full of Stars (On Writing My SFR Series)

Posted at Nov 4, 2019 11:41 am

Recently, the name of a Thoroughbred horse really caught my eye and fired my imagination. That horse was named Heart Full of Stars, and from the moment I heard it, I thought, “Wow. That’s me.”

I’ve got a heart full of stars.

I love writing space adventure romance, and though it may not be a hot or trending flavor of my genre right now, it’s my subgenre of choice. It’s where my passion lies and where it will always be anchored.

My series is all about a vision–one that I developed over more than a decade. It took root in past legend and then ventured out to the far reaches of our galaxy. This epic isn’t unfolding with profit in mind, or to conform to the current fads or flavors. I’m writing these books because I’m in love with the idea–and I think there may be an audience out there who might fall in love with it, too.

And maybe for one more reason. Because a few years ago I realized that if I don’t share these adventures, then these characters and this epic will die, untold, with me.

I know I’ve bitten off a lot to chew. This is going to be a big story to tell. A saga that explores a fictional future where humans colonize an expansive area of the Milky Way Galaxy, how they came to settle this particular sector, and what happened to them once they arrived. Maybe that better explains my series title: The Inherited Stars. Each book is about the individuals who become focal points in an historic quest, whether they want that honor or not. As my series blurb concludes these are the stories “of the men and women who helped forge a future in the stars.”

Yes, “the men and women” is key there. Because romance. Because space is a vast and lonely place, so why would we want to wander the stars alone? Why would we desire to establish a civilization in a distant part of space if human emotion weren’t part of the equation? I believe the power of love will always be a big part of our future journey, just as it has always been an integral part of our past.

Carl Sagan once said: “Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.”

Maybe we, as an entire species, have a heart full of stars.


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