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Crista McHugh | For the Love of Con… (and notice, I didn’t say Khan)

July 9, 2014

Crista McHughTHE HEART'S GAMEWhen I was plotting my Kelly Brothers series, I jumped at the chance to write a “geek” romance. I’m true geek myself. I mean, the pick-up line I used on my husband was, “Want to check out my anime collection?” (And just for clarification, we didn’t end up watching anime. We watched The Princess Bride instead. That’s when I knew he was a keeper.)


Geek cons are fascinating things. They are some of the few times where dressing like a Storm Trooper could score you a date and being a red shirt doesn’t automatically equate to death sentence. They are places where the “un-cool” kids are suddenly cool, and you’re surrounded by people who get your jokes and understand what you’re talking about when you wish you had a sonic screwdriver.


So it was no trouble for me to come up with two geeks who meet at San Diego Comic-Con and fall in love in my latest release, THE HEART’S GAME. The big challenge was toning down all the geek references. There are D&D references. There’s a continual debate over Star Wars vs. Star Trek. There are even electrical engineering jokes.

But alas, if I could go back, I’d have either Dan or Jenny say, “I reject your reality and substitute my own.” Then it would encompass all my geeky loves.

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Are you a geek? If so, how?

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