You may know Cathy Yardley from all the wisdom she has imparted here at WU with her usual grace, humor, and wit. Today, Cathy joins us to celebrate the launch of her third book in her geektastic Fandom Hearts series, Game of Hearts, available for your reading pleasure on January 30th.
Cathy Yardley needs to get out more. When not writing, she’s usually lurking on social media, playing Elder Scrolls Online, or watching D-list movies and adding to her unnatural mental store of character-actor trivia. She’s a fangirl of Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, LOTR, and too many others to name. She lives with her family in Seattle. They are considering performing an intervention for her addiction to pop culture.
Q1: What’s the premise of your new book?
I think the blurb describes it best:
“Kyla Summers has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime to get her cosplay business off the ground, and only one thing stands in her way. She needs someone to take over the auto shop, and there’s only one person she can think of to call…
Jericho Salomon hasn’t been back in his home town since he joined a biker gang and rode off nine years ago. When his best friend’s kid sister calls begging for help, he knows that he owes the family a debt and he intends to pay. This is easier said than done once he finds that the kid is all grown up…
She needs a pair of skillful hands. He needs to keep his hands off. When sparks begin to fly, can they keep things strictly business, or will their hearts get hopelessly tangled? No more games, it’s time to play for keeps.”
Q2: What would you like people to know about the story itself?
The story itself is a short romance, with what anyone who reads the genre knows is a typical trope: the brother’s best friend. (I don’t know what it is, but there’s always something about that guy!) This book is the third in a series of geeky love stories with feminist and diverse sensibilities. Kyla is a plus-sized heroine, but it isn’t a central aspect of the story, and it is neither vilified nor fetishized, which tend to be the two depictions of heavier heroines in romance. Jericho is biracial Native American. This makes sense because the story is set in a real town — my town — which is named after a nearby Native American tribe. Writing a “classic” romance but incorporating geeky features like comic conventions and cosplay, as well as diverse representation, was a challenge and a blast.
Q3: What do your characters have to overcome in this story? What challenge do you set before them?