Why I love Spock (and Star Trek)

Subtitle – in which I try to distract myself about Christmas Ghosts coming out tomorrow! I might be just a little too excited.

You are neither Vulcan nor human, and therefore you have no place in this universe.

I was drawn to Spock because I did not fit in. I was born with a physical disability yet I am very intelligent. In the Dark Ages when I was growing up, the disabled were ostracized and bullied in the ‘normal’ schools. For years, groups of children would corner me in the hallways and tease me for walking on crutches and for being different from them. The school board was so sick of my mother getting in their face about how I was treated that they pretty much forced her to send me to the ‘special education’ center with the other disabled children—the ones no one wanted to teach or see.

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Time Flies – Christmas Ghosts

Last spring I was challenged by a senior editor at Dreamspinner Press who I’d worked with for many, many years to write for the 2019 Advent Calendar. I don’t focus on romance. It’s always the side course in my writing, but for this it had to be the main event. I had 2 weeks to write 15K. The theme was ‘homemade for the holidays’, and imagine my surprise when I had a plot in 10 minutes!

I pounded out 14000 (ish) words and created Christmas Ghosts, which will be my first officially published work for DSP. Had I more time, I’d have gone for the upper limit and done an entire novella, because I really love the characters I created and the story hit me where I live.

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