Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi, I’m Donna Frelick, I write Science Fiction Romance as Donna S. Frelick. I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee (which is why some of my books are set there), but I currently live in the small town of Marshall, North Carolina, outside of Asheville.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I started out writing STAR TREK fan fiction back in the 1990s, selling novels and short stories starring the Classic TREK characters at science fiction cons and online. Then I figured out that there was a larger market for science fiction romance and started writing stories set in my own Interstellar Rescue universe.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I’ve just recently finished reformatting and redesigning my four Interstellar Rescue novels in new editions, which I am self-publishing. At the same time, I’m working on Book Five in the series, tentatively titled King of Pain.
What is the most challenging part of writing science fiction?
Since I write science fiction romance, the biggest challenge is making sure the SF and the romance play equal parts in the story, that there’s a balance between the SF action and the romantic relationship between the heroine and the hero. I think I manage it pretty well, because both men and women like my books!
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
That depends on the storyline. For example, Book Four in the series, Not Fade Away, features a central character with dementia (the father of the hero). I had to dig deep to research the different kinds of dementia and the symptoms common to each to figure out what would be most appropriate for Del’s situation. The heroine in that book also partners with a therapy dog. I needed to know what characteristics the dog would have and how it would act in certain scenes. My friend who trains dogs was an invaluable resource!
What is your work or personal experience involving the elements of science fiction?
Well, I’d like to say I’m a scientist or something, but no. I just have a lifelong interest in space and science, and I’ve read widely in science fiction since I was a kid. I blog weekly on the subjects of science, romance and fiction (on Spacefreighters Lounge, a group blog), so that helps me keep current.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I currently read a lot of romance, but not a lot of science fiction romance, for some reason. I read historical romance (LOVE Eloisa James!), romantic suspense (currently working my way through Kendra Elliott), paranormal romance (Christine Feehan, J.R. Ward!). I also read nonfiction, particularly historical and topical stuff. It’s really hard to pick a single author as my favorite, but growing up and in my younger years, Ursula K. Leguin (The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed) was my most admired author. Today, I would have to say Linda Howard. She can write across all romance subgenres, and she’s a genuinely kind person.
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
Gotta be Christmas! I’m a real Christmas freak. I collect Christmas music and I’ve had to stop collecting ornaments. I especially like the vintage stuff from the 40s and 50s. I watch IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHRISTMAS STORY every year without fail. I had a few Christmases that weren’t so great when I was a kid, so now that I’m the adult in control, I make it special for myself and my family.
Wine, whiskey or punch? Does rum count?
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos? Burgers, no bun.
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? Cowboy boots.
Leather, lace, or silk? Silk for me, leather for him.
Biceps, abs, or buns? Abs
Cats, dogs, or exotics? Cats, though we have two cats and two dog
Not Fade Away
Science Fiction~Contemporary Small-Town~Romantic Suspense/Thriller~Aliens~AI~Therapy Dogs~Memory Loss
Earth shielded his secrets--
Until her love unlocked his heart.
Rescue agent Rafe Gordon is human, though Earth has never been his home. But when his legendary father Del becomes the target of alien assassins, Rafe must hide the dementia-debilitated hero in the small mountain town where the old man was born—Masey, North Carolina, USA, Earth.
Home care nurse Charlie McIntyre and her therapy dog, Happy, have never had such challenging clients before. Del’s otherworldly “episodes” are not explained by his diagnosis, making Charlie question everything about her mysterious charge and his dangerously attractive son. Rafe has the answers she needs, but Charlie will have to break through his wall of secrets to get them.
As the heat rises between Charlie and Rafe, the deadly alien hunters circle closer. The light they seek to extinguish flickers in the gloom of Del’s fading mind—the memory of a planet-killer that threatens to enslave the galaxy.
More about Donna
Donna S. Frelick has been a journalist, a Peace Corps Volunteer and an author of STAR TREK fan fiction. She was an RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist in 2012 for the first two novels in her contemporary SFR Interstellar Rescue series, and a 2016 SFR Galaxy Award Winner for the third book in the series, Fools Rush In.