Howdy, y’all! 😉
Or should “How do you do today” in a robotic voice?
You might be wondering why I’m saying both of these, but today’s feature is on RJ Conte’s new cattlepunk, Artificial Love, and it is so fun!
And to make it even more fun, RJ was able to stop by and chat with me about writing and robot names. Check out the book and then let’s dive in! 😀
About the Book
Deep in the heart of the wild west, rebel marauders are drawing out a bloody civil war that no side can win. Many ranchers, including Lisbeth’s father die trying to save their farms, leaving their women to fight to keep their land and stay alive.
When Lisbeth and her mousy younger sister Ruth come face to face with the uncouth land pirates who seize their farm as a scouting base, they only have one plan to protect their virtue: pretend to be commonplace, advanced domestic robots. Suppressing their fears, enslaved to the ruffians, the two young women are determined to convince the men they’re not human.
Their plan hits a snag when they meet Dane: a gorgeous prisoner-of-war who has a secret belief that robots can become sentient and develop emotions on their own… and he’s determined to use Lisbeth as proof.
Can the sisters keep up their ruse and survive?
For fans of The Twilight Zone meets Gone with the Wind and Magnificent Seven
– Hey RJ! I am so excited to be chatting with you again! Last time we talked was during the release of My Fault. Now were chatting about your newest story! Since Artificial Love is a short story, what do you think is key to keeping readers hooked (and in my case, wanting more)?
Hi, sweet Laura! Always a pleasure to get to talk to you!
I think the key to keeping readers hooked is to have a really original and exciting premise (which can be hard to achieve!), make your characters SUPER real (I have a Facebook Myers-Briggs for authors page where I teach authors how to create realistic, true-to-life characters. 🙂 ), and to really nail the ending. 🙂 I love twists!
– Such great advice! I would say you successfully did all three with Artificial Love. 😉 Speaking of, what are three things you would like to do or experience in your story?
I would love to get my own personal robot. Talking to me, doing chores around the house, and being an extra set of hands changing dirty diapers would be amazing. 😛
– Oh my goodness, YES! If you get one, can you see if you can send me one too please? However, not only did you have robots, but you wrote such a sweet romance too! What is your favorite part or aspect of a good love story?
I love feely men! Men who embrace their emotions, get really vulnerable, and emote are my favorite. 😀
– Yessss! I second this! Going back to robots, if you had to pretend to be a robot, what would you want your robot name to be?
Hmmm… good question. How about RJ the 2nd? 😀
– Hehe! Sounds good to me! I wonder if R.J. Metcalf might be the first. 😉 Lastly, what can us readers expect next from you next? Will you be writing in another unique genre like cattlepunk or something different?
The next story I wrote has a subtle supernatural edge and is very, very dear to my heart. It’s all about God’s sovereignty and about a prodigal sibling. I wept my way through it while writing it. It’s called “Tears of the Emperor” and is set in Samoan/Hawaiian-type island setting in the 1800s. It’s coming out in an anthology of short stories based on the beatitudes in Matthew and the woes in Luke. It’s set to be published by Bear Anthologies soon. Getting started on edits this week! I’m so excited to share another Christian short story with everyone. 🙂
I also hope to have news on how I’m moving forward with The End of the Dream here soon, which is an issue-driven Christian novel I finished last year – full novel this time! I know you love that one, Laura. I can’t wait to get it out there!
– *fangirls, squeals, flails* I am SO excited to hear that! These both sound amazing, and I am especially excited for The End of the Dream! Looking forward to hearing more, RJ! Thanks so much for chatting with me!
About the Author
RJ Conte has kissed only one boy in her entire life – and she married him – inspiring her to write about sweet or powerful love stories ever since. She writes issue-driven fiction that explores human nature and the depths of the soul while pointing readers to their Creator.
She writes a blog on parenting, publishing, painting, and perorating at http://blonderj.wordpress.com/