Hello fellow Book worms and Page turners, and welcome back to Steampunk Week, today’s interview post will be with non other then the Queen of Steampunk herself Gail Carriger! truly a lady who needs no real introduction (but i’m going to give her one anyway!)
Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Miss Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. Miss Carriger’s books are published in eighteen different languages. All twelve of them were New York Times bestsellers via seven different lists (Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children’s Series, and #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the American Library Association (for Soulless) and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. Her most recent release is Prudence first in the new Custard Protocol series.
would like to take this opportunity before we start to again thank Miss Carriger for taking the time and effort to answering my quizzie questions! .. so with my usual waffling over let’s get on with the main event shall we!
My name is Gail Carriger. I write comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy in three series: two adult, the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol, and one YA, the Finishing School series. I was once an archaeologist and am overly fond of tea.
As to what makes a Steampunk novel really tick. There is a delicate balance to steampunk. Writers must research the language of the day. However, getting too flowery and Victorian can make a story inaccessible to the modern reader. It is hard to make everyone happy. There are always going to be readers who want hard science–orientated steampunk and others who can’t wade through all that techno–babble. I like to say I write steampunk–light – a gateway drug, if you will. I also feel you can’t go wrong with comedy, it’s always rare, even in the broader genres of SF/F, romance, horror, and mystery (steampunk has been classified under any of the above).
I worked to create a more youthful and accessible voice and characters who would grow and change with the books. Sophronia has a different world view than Alexia. She’s private and introverted and must become more self actualized by making new friends and discoveries. Her focus is on her immediate environment, less political, more personal.
I adore Lord Akeldama because he is so deliciously fun – all that mad italic–wielding action. I’m under the impression you need only read him to understand why.
I like to read commercial genre as a rule, anything from military space opera to historical romance to LBGT contemporary YA. I usually only read one fiction book at a time. I’m pretty picky about the tropes and archetypes in use. I can’t stand the classic hero’s journey, for example. I don’t read much fiction when I’m working on a rough draft and if I do it will be as different from my own work as possible. I read a lot of non-fiction instead. Anything from primary Victorian sources to books about economics. With non-fiction I usually have a few going at once.Right now I am reading my book group pick for August: My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse.
If you wish to find out more about Gail, you can follow her on Twitter, and have a look at her Official Website, all of which are listed below.
Until next time, read more books..