I am an aspiring author of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Although I currently reside in Virginia, I was born and raised in Arizona.
My current work in progress is a story that carefully blends these two genres together in a very specific gray area. Discussing this gray area will give spoilers so I will not do that.
A VERY nice tool I am using is Holly Lisle’s “How To Write A Series” course; which, by the way, is wonderful. I will add a link for her website in the sidebar area.