Today I have Marie Harte on the blog for the My Favorite Things Event. We’re spotlighting her Steampunk Journeyman’s Ride.
You could win a copy of Journeyman’s Ride along with several other Steampunk titles published by Carina Press, just go check out the giveaway post. Also earn a extra entries by commenting on this, and the other posts of the featured titles.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Journeyman’s Ride?
I’m a professed bibliophile with an addiction to romance. I’m also fond of things that go bump in the night, especially if they happen to be tall, dark and handsome. Life has given me some interesting insights and a great pool of writing material. After majoring in English, I spent several years in the Marine Corps, followed by stints in Information Technology and logistics. Now a writer, wife and crazy woman with children, I spend most of my time bugging my kids to do their homework while typing with a mad zeal to make deadlines.
Journeyman’s Ride is my first attempt at steampunk. But as usual, when trying to stick to the tropes of the genre–steam, Victorian setting, advanced technology for the time–I colored outside the box. Somehow, Norse gods, wicked lightning, the West, and blood ravens took over. But the romance, thank goodness, outshines it all.
What are some obstacles you’ve had to overcome when writing?
Distractions of the www kind. I’ll receive an email and veer away from my story, or start instant messaging a friend of mine in Arizona instead of finishing a chapter. So I have to force myself to close everything but MS Word when I’m working.
Oh yes, the www kind of distractions can be a problem for me as well!
Did you have to do any type of research for your novel?
I looked up the daguerreotype, researched a few steampunk clothing stores to see what my characters might wear, and refreshed myself with the Norse gods by rereading some of my mythology texts, as well as the Usborne book Norse Myths and Legends (a kid’s book that is terrific for concise info).
That book actually sounds incredibly interesting!
Did you have any say when it came to your book cover?
Hmm, great question. I had an art form to fill out, which I did in detail. I admit I had in mind a different cover for my book, something that looked much more steampunk and less romance, but I only had so much input. I think the cover for the story is very pretty and romantic, but maybe not as steampunk as I’d hoped. Still and all, it’s a heck of a lot better than anything I might have come up with on my own.
Yeah, I think the covers with a very Steampunk element portrayed catches my eye. But for those that may not pick up Steampunk but does pick up romance may be pleasantly surprised that they like it Steampunk and just hadn’t given it a chance
What’s your favorite book turned TV/movie adaption?
I really love . I used to read Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse stories way back when, before HBO had an inkling. But life got in the way and I left the stories around book four. Then a friend turned me on to the HBO series, and I got hooked. What I like is that the movie series is different than the books, so I’m not missing out by not reading them.
They are VERY different, but the Sookie books have a special place in my heart. They are my southern comfort food (since I live no where near the south). I do like the show but haven’t kept up with it past season 1.
What made you decide to write Steampunk?
The genre is so tempting. It’s full of anachronistic devices. Phones, transportation, computers–all running on steam. And then the rules bend, and Victorian England becomes the Old West. I just love how steampunk is so much more every time you turn a page.
Names are very important to a story, but not always easy to come up with. How did you come up with the names of the characters in your story?
I needed a prissy name for my heroine, and Miranda just came to mind. For the hero, I needed something kind of alpha, kind of tough. Trevor or Harold just wouldn’t do. But Danner–no last name–just worked.
I like both of those names!
If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would you most want to meet?
I’d love to meet , to know where he got his ideas. The horror he wrote was so dark, and so beyond anything anyone had, or to this day, has come up with.
What is your favorite thing to do other then writing?
Reading. I’m a huge reader.
Is it weird that every time I hear someone is a huge reader I get super excited? It seems like the excitement would wear off by now!
If you could have a super power what would pick?
The ability to clone myself. That way I could work on several stories at once.
Oh yes, that could be handy!
What can we see from you in the future? Is there anything you can tell us about?
I’m finishing up a futuristic romance series for , Talson Temptations. I have another psychic story coming out in my PowerUp! series in August from Loose Id called Whispered Words, and a romantic suspense coming out in June with called Storming His Heart. A lot going on this summer, that’s for sure.
Wow! That is a lot going on!
Thanks so much for stopping by, it was a pleasure to have you!
Thanks so much for the opportunity to interview with you, Candace. I had a blast!
You can find more of Marie’s Titles, and learn more about her on her website: www.marieharte.com
As I said above, you could win this book and others, just head over to the Steampunk Giveaway of the Carina Press titles!