#34: Gaslamp Fantasy and Dieselpunk With Author K.M. Weiland

K.M. Weiland writes gaslamp fantasy, dieselpunk, and historical superhero fiction–but wait! She also creates bestselling non-fiction guides for outlining, structure, character arcs, and more.

We had a fun chat and I’m excited to roll this one out, so please enjoy!

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Show Notes: What You’ll Find in Episode 34

This Week’s Recommendation

In this episode, I pay tribute to the author who coined the term gaslamp fantasy: Kaja Foglio, who writes with Phil Foglio. Check out their Girl Genius web series (free online) and award-winning novels at GirlGeniusOnline.com.


Personal Update by Host Cindy Grigg

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Preparing for FanX, my local comic convention. These panel discussions are always loads of fun and I love being part of it.

Check out my current work at www.CindyGrigg.com.


Interview With K.M. Weiland

We covered a ton of ground! Here are questions I asked:

  • On this show, we discuss “the punks”, and today we’re focusing on dieselpunk, steampunk, gaslamp, and possibly others such as mannerpunk, depending on how you interpret terms. So let’s begin with definitions. Which of the punk or punk-adjacent terms have been most meaningful to you and how do you define them?
  • What can new readers expect from your punk-related works as well as your other stories? Please give listeners an overview of your work.
  • Your book Wayfarertakes place in Georgian London. I’ll remind the audience that this is the era of Jane Austen and Napoleon. Katie, as a writer, why did you place this superhero story then and there for readers? What, if anything, did this time period challenge or surprise you with?
  • I’d love to talk about structure in the context of your 1920s dieselpunk story Storming. How did the futuristic and dieselpunk elements of Storming inform how you crafted that story’s (or any punk story’s) structure?
  • I’d also love to get your insight on selecting historical sources. Any insight to help creators expand their work through research without spinning wheels or taking wrong turns?
  • Your About page on KMWeiland.com is very impressive, as in, visitors will scroll down three or four times to see everywhere you’ve appeared, including NPR, Writer’s Digest, and many others! Can you share a few takeaways about how creatives can put themselves out there or make the most of marketing or collaborating opportunities when they come?
  • Finally, what have dieselpunk, steampunk, and gaslamp fantasy taught you as a writer or a person? What, if anything, do you hope these genres teach humans or inspire societies about as we head into 2019?

www.KMWeiland.com AND www.HelpingWritersBecomeAuthors.com



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