Here are my answers to the questions that are going around. Luckily,my next novel comes out soon, so I can talk about that
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
After writing my two ‘juggernaut’ books, Worldshaker and Liberator! I started thinking about the earlier history of that world—after the end of the unbelievably destructive Fifty Years War, but before the construction of the juggernauts. The story itself comes from my own experience as a folk-rock musician (somewhat exaggerated and infinitely more successful).
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Steampunk tending to gaslight romance.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I think Franca Potente would make a great Astor Vance—and not only because of the hair colour!
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
‘Genteel girl sinks to the level of governess, slumps even further to survival in the slums, then discovers gang music with the Rowdies and claws her way to the heights of success.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s published by Allen & Unwin in Australia (early 2013): Hélium in France; Jacoby & Stuart in Germany
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first draft, six months. Then, after feedback, a total rewrite that took another two months.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I could name any of the steampunk classics, or my own two previous steampunk fantasies, Worldshaker and Liberator. But this is different again, a Victorian success story with a unique angle. As a success story, it has some similarities to The Hunger Games.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My publisher wanted another steampunk novel that wasn’t a direct sequel to Liberator. I didn’t have to be asked twice!
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It has two other dimensions, romance and revolution. The romance between Astor and Verrol gets very hot and intense; the background of war and revolution emerges with lashings of heart-stopping action!
Since I live in the Illawarra south of Sydney, I thought I’d like to showcase some great Illawarra authors. Here are my five tagged authors – check out what they’ve already published, as well as their ‘next big thing’!
Keith Stevenson at – http://keithstevensonwriter.blogspot.com.au
Di Bates at – http://diannedibates.blogspot.com.au/
Chris MsTrustry at – http://christiformctrustry.blogspot.com.au/
Sandy Fussell at – http://www.sandyfussell.blogspot.com
Ann Whitehead (writing as Ann Charlton) at – http://www.facebook.com/ann.whitehead.988?ref=ts&fref=ts
—– Ann has passed the baton straight on to Isolde Martyn. go via Ann’s facebook page, or jump straight to Isolde at http://www.isoldemartyn.com