The world’s first fully functional robot, an ex-janitor, and a ballsy lady reporter walk into a bar… SAUCY ROBOT STORIES is equal parts funny, adventurous, thoughtful, and oh-so-pulpy…with a dash of “spicy” just to make it even more interesting. It features characters created by Jim Beard and brought to life by writers Justin Bell, Mary-Helen Norris, Aaron Smith, Travis Hiltz, Sam Gafford, and Chuck Miller in an early-1940s world the robot didn’t make, but he’s sure as heck trying to figure out. WARNING: THIS AIN’T YOUR GRAND-DAD’S ROBOT STORIES!
In 2013, Jim Beard took a chance on an author with only one publishing credit to her name. To this day, “Puzzle Pieces” from Lemon Herberts remains one of my favorite things on my CV.
I had an absolute blast getting the chance to work with Jim Beard again. To this day, my story in his anthology Lemon Herberts is one of my favorite things I’ve written.
So when he approached me about the chance to work together again, I jumped on it.
My story, “The Robot’s A Gentleman” is…
Oh, how to describe it.
It’s like the ending of Badge City: Notches, I don’t know how I came up with the idea but it is rather fun.
My story focuses on the plucky female reporter Doona. It was fun to get inside her head and bring a bit of her story to life.
Jim actually came on the Raconteur Roundtable with Rich Handley to talk about another project but inside the episode, we talk a little about the collection.
A few weeks ago, I got the final edits for the collection and it was the first time in a while I had sat down and read my story in it. I found odd references, little touches, and rather enjoyed myself reading a story that is a little different from what I usually do but was a fun challenge.