#24: (Part 1) Steampunk With Author Gail Carriger

Alright, Steampunks. She needs no introduction and I couldn’t be more excited! Gail Carriger is on the show for a two-part interview series.

With so many New York Times Best Sellers, several popular steampunk series spanning various decades of the 19th century, comedies of manners with plenty of romance, and of course an abundance of tea, octopuses, vampires, werewolves, and weaponry to talk about, this chat is not to be missed!

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Note: This is an audio-only episode, though I do show stuff on-screen in this YouTube version, and you can also find plenty of video including this awesome office tour at Gail’s site.

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Show Notes: What You’ll Find in Episode 24

Personal Update

This week’s my last call for beta readers for my decopunk time travel thriller series. Come read about salt flats, conspiracies, and Bolivia in Book 1, Hives of the Halcyon. You can still sign up to be a beta reader, which means you read for free! I also have Book 1 in another series coming up, which is an early 1800s (Regency/Jane Austen times) steampunk adventure: Piccadilly Valkyrie.

Please sign up for one or both at CindyGrigg.com!

Interview With Gail Carriger (Part 1)

I’ve admired steampunk author Gail Carriger for a long time, and it’s such a pleasure to interview her in this first of two episodes. We chat about her influences including Gothic literature (which we can thank for much if not all of the genre fiction we love today, including “the punks”!). We also talk Austen, fashion, and writing diverse characters.

Basically, I can’t gush about this author enough. Here’s a list of questions I asked:

  • In this show, we discuss “the punks”, and today we’re focusing on steampunk. What is your definition of the term? What’s in-bounds or out-of-bounds, and why?
  • Could you please give listeners who are absolutely new to your work a brief synopsis of each series, and for those who are already fans, a specific memory or favorite moment about writing each series?

Gail Carriger’s Books

  • In your website’s fabulous Never Ending Interview piece, you describe your work in terms of “Jane Austen dabbling in science and steam technology.” When I read this, it didn’t surprise me outright because I immediately felt the congruence; and yet, your series are set later in the century, so please tell us more about Austen’s influence on or relevance to your stories.
  • Can you tell us more about how you use historical gothic literature’s tropes in romance including steampunk. I wondered about the intersection of this with your works’ unusually inclusive casts of characters in terms of race, gender, and other considerations. In other words, in what ways do gothic tropes empower writers to write more inclusively?
  • Bonus Question: I’m headed to a country where I believe you worked as an archaeologist: Peru. Since you host the 20 Minute Delay travel podcast, any travel tips or advice?

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