More-than-Human Characters and Why I Love Them–Guest Author Roxy Mews

Roxy has a great flow to her writing that I wish I could do. She makes even the most fantastic situations feel absolutely concrete through her natural, up-to-the-millisecond style. Today she’s sharing a bit of how she makes that happen. Please welcome my friend Roxy Mews!

In fiction we play with extreme situations, because really, no one wants to read about the big strong hero folding laundry. (Although I would definitely pay to see that in real life.) And in playing with these extreme situations we want to have our characters react in fantastical ways.

In certain genres we have even more room to play. If we are writing about a vampire, we can show how he feels by the way he moves or the way his body reacts to another person. When my hero, Jake Meyers, is in deep thought his body ceases all movement, including breathing and blood flow.

My heroine in Coral-600, uses CPU’s to transmit reports to the lab she was created in, and certain bodily reactions cause very interesting data to be transmitted. This allowed me to give specific data to those in charge of her to prove her humanity in quantifiable ways.

And if we want something to happen for a story line, even if it’s not “believable” we can alter the world we are building to make it believable. We still have to follow lines of continuity and we still have to follow the rules we have laid out for our universe, but it’s our world to play with when we’re writing in Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, or SciFi.

Characters don’t always act the way I want them to. And there have been some instances where I have had to go back to the beginning of a manuscript and change major parts of the world, because the character I want wouldn’t exist otherwise.

When that happens I am usually in a corner rocking and hoping the editing fairy will visit me and fix the mess I wrote myself into. Turns out the editing fairy doesn’t exist and after a substantial glass of wine I get myself under control and fix it my darn self.

My books revolve around my characters, and creating worlds in which I can give them their happily ever afters. So when my character needs to be able to use mind control, I have to make him a vampire capable of compulsion. When my character needs to have the ability to smell someone from across the street, I make him a werewolf with heightened senses.

So far I’ve played with Vampires, Werewolves, Hybrids, Witches, and Robots. They all have had different stories to tell, but it was a blast letting them show me their worlds. I can’t wait to see where my characters take me next.

What is your favorite paranormal character to read or write about?

Roxy’s latest in The DMA Files series, Interlocking Hearts, is available for preorder!

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InterlockingHearts72lg (1)A human, an almost-human, and a more-than-human walk into a palace…

The DMA Files, Book 2

After her husband threw her out, Paisley Compton drew her sexuality around her like a shield. She finds solid ground as a palace maid until, during a formal dinner service, she trips onto the lap of a man who takes her breath away.

Ben has always known Jon is far more than property, and he jumps at the chance to get the android his certificate of humanity. Paisley—whose abilities far exceed her job title—is a welcome distraction from the bureaucracy.

Used and abused by his former owners, Jon trusts no one—particularly the smartass woman who’s caught Ben’s eye. He might not be certified human yet, but he has all the right parts to get to the bottom of this sexy mystery wrapped in a maid’s uniform.

Their attraction sparks unexpected new conduits among them, but when they realize Jon’s certificate comes with a terrible price, they must risk everything to foil an Anti-Mech plot—and hope they survive to lose themselves in each other’s arms.

Product Warnings

Overheating is likely. The mechanics in these pages require ample lubrication to perform at optimum levels. When possible, multiple system operators are recommended.

Roxy wrote her first story at age six on an electric typewriter. It was about a cat and a haunted house. Thankfully, her stories and technology have matured since then. Now Roxy spends her days fighting the evil day job in hopes of conquering the stories that run rampant in her head when she comes home at night. When she discovered Erotic Romance, Roxy fell in love. She can’t wait to share all her fun and sexy stories with everyone. To connect with Roxy Mews find her babbling on Twitter, friend her on Facebook, visit her Blog, or find all these links on

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8 Responses to More-than-Human Characters and Why I Love Them–Guest Author Roxy Mews

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Roxie, your book sounds like such fun! And I love fun books. 🙂

    When I read your first paragraph about the big strong hero folding laundry, I thought That would be a unique way to start a book! I think a lot of women would find that very sexy. 🙂

    Probably my most favorite characters to read about are Jayne Ann Krentz’s dust bunnies. I also love Jennifer Estep’s Bigtime books, with the mix of superheroes and ubervillains. Very fun.

    • Roxy Mews says:

      I tend to work some of my everyday life into my books. I always do the laundry, and hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. I CAN’T make books that smile while I do laundry. LOL.

      And I had a BLAST with this book. My characters are naked for a good portion of this one, so there is less laundry to do. 😉

      • Edie Ramer says:

        I do laundry, too, though I don’t hate it. Too funny about your laundry and naked characters connection. I’m going to check our your book. 🙂

  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Roxy, thanks for being my guest today! I too caught the hero/laundry thing–because there’s an awesome line in the first episode of The Tick cartoon where this big blue behemoth superhero shouts heroically, “I’m doing LAUNDRY!” I do that sometimes when I’ve got big loads, lol.

    I love the whole gamma-ut of fantasy creatures, from IT in Five Children and It through the Lion in Narnia, Pern’s dragons, Kenyon’s demigods, Buffy’s vampires, Krenz’s dust bunnies, Krinard’s shifters, your hybrids, and all the Avengers.
    Mary Hughes`s last blog was …3T Writing Tidbit

    • Roxy Mews says:

      Awww…my hybrids made the list! ((mild fangirl squeal))

      I have a rough draft done of the next book in the series too. I’m letting Kari’s story simmer before it lands in Samhain’s lap. I am majorly jealous of your heroes misting out of their clothes. That was world-buliding genius.

  3. Welcome, Roxy! Love the District 9 image. I grew up in South Africa, and District 9 is a reference to District 6, a suburb in the city of Cape Town in South Africa, which was a thriving, cosmopolitan suburb of Cape Malay, Indian and Xhosa residents that was declared all-white, and the people living there were forcibly removed. For me, it brings home the point that science fiction and fantasy are great ways to explore social issues, and that however cool the tech or the magic, it really comes down to character and interaction between characters.
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    • Roxy Mews says:

      I couldn’t agree more! I think using fantastical situations is a great way to express things that might be more controversial in a contemporary setting. I also think humor is a great buffer for addressing bigger issues we deal with in day to day life. If someone can make me laugh through a crappy situation, I am forever in their debt. Thanks for commenting!

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