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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Perils of Writing Steampunk by Leigh Statham + Giveaway!

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I’m happy to be a part of the The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl tour today! I’ve got Leigh here to talk to us about what it’s like to write steampunk, and you can also enter to win before you go! First, let’s see what this book is all about:

The Perils of Writing Steampunk by Leigh Statham + Giveaway!The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham
Published by Month9Books on March 17th 2015
Genres: Steampunk, YA
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Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family's steam forge.

When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. But the trip proves more harrowing than she had anticipated, revealing secrets and testing her strength as well as her heart. Love, adventure and restitution await her in Canada, but only if she can survive the voyage.

Guest post by Leigh Statham

The Perils of Writing Steampunk

Steampunk is one of the most exciting and freeing genres to write. If you are a history buff, it’s great because you get to research to your heart’s content. But the creative types get to embellish and change all the things they don’t like. However, like any other speculative fiction genre, it still holds its challenges.

For example, I was up to my armpits in researching 17th century French party food (not an easy topic to uncover) when I realized that even though I wanted to stay true to the period, I could fudge a bit and get really creative. After all, I already wrote in mechanical farm workers and a robot lady’s maid, why not keep going with experimental orchestral instruments, exotic food, and serving trays that serve themselves. The tricky part of writing like this is hanging on to your readers. If you get too carried away, your story won’t be believable.

I recently read a steampunk novel set in London (which most are) that I was enjoying immensely. It had great characters, a really fun murder mystery premise, and magical elements to explain the alternate history. Unfortunately, about halfway through I realized not only were there all these great details, but a large part of the plot now also revolved around time travel and different dimensions as well. For me, that was the point where I gave up enjoying the book. It was just too much for me to swallow. Other people might really enjoy a complicated plot like that, but I think the majority of readers deserve a smart plot with good writing and well developed characters. The more complicated it gets, the harder it will be to appeal to a large fan base.

For my book, I decided to base it on my French-Canadian ancestors. I’d been doing a lot of genealogy research and found that part of my family tree very fascinating. Since most steampunk books are set in London or old west America, I thought it would be a fun new twist to write about France under Louis the XIV.

Next I decided that I didn’t want to use a different dimension or magic to explain the advanced technology in my book. I am a big fan of science. I’m always excited to hear what the latest discoveries are in our world and beyond. So I decided to make my own great discovery – a new element that could be used to harness the power of the sun. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure my book is the only steam-powered story run on solar power.

Next, I decided to stay true to my time period. As I mentioned above, it’s easy to get carried away, but I wanted to make sure I included as many true details as possible. I think that’s what makes Steampunk so rewarding to read and write. Not only is if fun and exciting, keeping an eye out for the nuggets of actual truth makes you feel like you’re actually learning something while you spend hours curled up on the couch under a blanket reading the day away.

Once I had my rules in place, it was just a matter of writing a decent plot with real characters – and that’s the job of any writer.

The next time you read or write any type of fantasy, keep an eye on the world and how it’s built. What are the rules? Do they stay consistent? Do they make sense? Do they support or hinder the plot? Are they original and exciting? If you can answer these questions, you’re well on your way to understanding speculative fiction and you’ll be able to write better stories yourself.

Cheers loves! And happy reading!
Leigh Statham


About the Author

Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

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Surviving A Redeemer: Guest Post by O’Dell Hutchison + Giveaway!

Surviving A Redeemer: Guest Post by O’Dell Hutchison + Giveaway!

Posted by on 03/04/2015 • 9 Comments

I’m very happy to welcome O’Dell Hutchison on the blog today after the release of his newest book, Fingers in the Mist. I had the chance to read this way back before it got published and I loved it! If you love horror this one is not to be missed! Here’s a bit more about the book, and then O’Dell will tell us how doomed we all are!

Guest Post by O’Dell Hutchison

Surviving in the Face of a Redeemer… or Not.

The normal, everyday Joe would not be able to survive a Redeemer. In fact, until Caitlyn came along, no one has ever (to the knowledge of the townsfolk of Highland Falls) been able to survive them. The rules are simple:

First of all,…

The Tragic Age Playlist!

The Tragic Age Playlist!

Posted by on 02/09/2015 • 6 Comments

Today I’ve got the Tragic Age blog tour dropping by to share the book’s Playlist! Here’s what The Tragic Age is all about:

The Tragic Age Playlist, by Stephen Metcalfe Land of Confusion by Disturbed – orignally by Gennesis with Phil Collins – This is the better version Burn it Down – Avenged Sevenfold –  Billy’s favorite drummer – The Rev Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 – Pink Floyd –  Teacher, leave those kids alone…. Rebels – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers –  For Twom Talk, Talk, Talk – The Music Machine – 1966 – First garage rock band – “my social life’s a dud – my name is really mud…” In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel – As good a love song as there is…

What NOT to Do If You Meet a Devil: Guest Post by Gina Damico + Giveaway!

What NOT to Do If You Meet a Devil: Guest Post by Gina Damico + Giveaway!

Posted by on 01/05/2015 • 41 Comments

Hi guys! I’m happy to be a part of the Hellhole tour which is stopping by the blog today. I’ve got Gina Damico here with a funny guest post along with a giveaway! First, here’s what this book is all about:

Book Trailer:

Guest Post by Gina Damico

What NOT to do if you meet a devil

If you meet a devil, I would advise against giving him snacks.

(That is, of course, assuming the devil you meet is a “he”. If you meet a female devil, nothing can help you. Just sit back, let her disembowel you, and call it a day.)

If you give a devil a Cheez-It, it won’t end there. He’ll want Cheetos. He’ll want Fritos. He’ll want…

Twelve Nightmares Before Christmas: Guest Post by Courtney Alameda

Twelve Nightmares Before Christmas: Guest Post by Courtney Alameda

Posted by on 12/24/2014 • 6 Comments

On this Christmas eve, I’m happy to have the Twelve Nightmares Before Christmas tour stop by – I mean, y’all know me by now, right? >.< But don’t worry, it’s a lot more fun than scary 😉 On each day of this tour, Courtney is featuring a Christmas monster – keep reading to find out ours with a fun guest post below along with a giveaway! Here’s a bit of info on the book, too:

Twelve Nightmares Before Christmas: Yule Cat

Hi! I’m Courtney Alameda, author of the soon-to-be published YA horror novel, SHUTTER. I love Christmastime and all things scary, so I wanted to celebrate by sharing some of my favorite Christmas beasties with everyone this year—twelve of them, to be exact! Join me and a…

Inspirations for This Shattered World & Giveaway!

Inspirations for This Shattered World & Giveaway!

Posted by on 12/16/2014 • 27 Comments

[Banner Image Credit: Amie Kaufman Facebook Page] I was a huge fan of These Broken Stars when I read it a few months ago, and I’m really excited to have the blog tour for this second book stop by the blog today. I’ve got both authors over here talking about the inspiration behind Starbound! Here’s a bit of info on this book first:

Guest Post by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

What Inspires Us The question “how do you come up with your ideas” is hands down the most frequent question we stumble across when talking to readers. As much as we’d love to say “from the corner mart,” the real answer is that inspiration comes from everywhere. It comes from…

Songs that Influenced Breaking the Rules + Giveaway!

Songs that Influenced Breaking the Rules + Giveaway!

Posted by on 12/08/2014 • 16 Comments

I’m a big an of the Pushing the Limits series and today I’m excited to have Katie McGarry on the blog to talk to us about this newest release, Breaking the Rules! Here’s a bit of info on this book first:

Guest Post by Katie McGarry

Songs that influenced Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules was a very emotional journey for me to write. At the same time, there were so many wonderful, sigh worthy moments between Echo and Noah that I never wanted the story to end.

To show the extremes of emotions of the story, here are two songs that heavily influenced Breaking the Rules.

The emotional side: “Try” by P!nk Loving isn’t always easy and neither is trusting. At times, we hurt the people…

Top 10 List with Chelsea M. Cameron + Giveaway!

Top 10 List with Chelsea M. Cameron + Giveaway!

Posted by on 11/17/2014 • 19 Comments

I’ve got the lovely Chelsea Cameron on the blog today for her upcoming book’s blog tour. Read on for fun top 10 list along with a giveaway! 🙂 And in case you hadn’t heard of For Now yet, have a look at what it’s all about:

Top 10 List with Chelsea M. Cameron

Top Ten Reasons Javier and Hazel Belong Together

1) He drives her crazy: “You’re disgusting,” I say, narrowing my eyes. “And I’m busy. Go find someone else to annoy with your presence.”

2) Chemistry, baby: We sit down and everything shifts. It feels so… domestic. Not like we’re married or anything, but almost like we’re a couple having dinner together like we do every night. “So how was your day, dear?” Javi says, as…