Why is Speculative Fiction so popular?
Speculative fiction is riddled with the fantastic, future tech, horrible monsters, and alternate realities. From my perspective, SpecFic is a way for people to runaway with a favorite set of characters in a world that gets them excited. Yes, people do something similar in romance or straight-edged fiction, but in SpecFic, it is taken a full leap further. Things can happen in SpecFic that couldn't normally happen in a story. You can go chase ghosts, and demons, and monsters in your steam-powered excorcisor. Or, you can battle wizards or dark elves in your search for a magical object that will save the world. I'm getting excited just sitting here writing it. And, don't forget that you can try to stave off the extinction of the human race as an interstellar alien coalition tries to cleanse the galaxy of the unclean humans. Magical portals, wormholes, teleportation, and magical cupboards, how can you not get excited about that?
It's all about the fantastic elements of the unknown, the impossible, the hero, the villain, and the unlikely odds that gets us excited. We want to see the action; we want the magical or technical genius mixed with intrigue, romance, and insurmountable odds. I know, for me, I love reading the books that have my heart pounding as battle rages around the untested hero and he has to shrug off his doubt and fear to do what needs to be done (magical or not).
So, when you hear someone talking about why someone would read SpecFic, whether it is fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, steam punk, or whatever, tell them why it is so special to you. You never know, you might add just one more fan to the genre that can enjoy the stories of orcs, dwarfs, human interstellar colonists, or a few ghost hunting werewolves.
1) What are you working on right now?
Right now, I'm trying to decide what idea for a novel I want to begin working on. I don't have my heart set on any one idea at this point. I'm not sure if that means that I should work on any of them or not. I'm kind of spinning my wheels in this limbo spot. But, I'm leaning towards a fantasy title.