I wonder when I actually decided that I’d be writing a steampunk novel. I actually can’t pinpoint the exact moment.
I had the idea for The Axiom of Depth about a year ago. I wanted to write something that would be more like an urban fantasy as opposed to a strict paranormal romance like my Ancient series.
I wanted the series to be an ongoing war, with each book a sort of battle/adventure and an underlying long term relationship because, hey let’s face it, I do sexy well.
Before I sold Ancient Whispers, in my head, this was book 5 and it would be my selling manuscript. I planned to put everything that is me in it. Science, climate research, gadgets, magic, drama, intense emotion and angst. I am, after all, French, a former research scientist, a Pagan Witch and angstier than is deemed healthy.
I knew I wanted an alternate world but I was not really into pure sci-fi. When I fell in love with Phillip Pullman “His Dark Material” series and Ekateria Sedia “The Alchemy of Stone”, I knew my story The Axiom of Depth” would be a steampunk.
I started it last summer when I needed a break from my contemporary sorcerer world of the Ancient Series (first book coming out May 25 with Dorchester-Love Spell).
At first, it was planned as a short story prequel that I intended to submit to Steampunk Tales (check them out, they are coming soon to Steamed!)
So I started to write and 3 weeks later I had my 30 pages short story. I set it aside to mature and took 2 months to do the revisions my editor asked for Ancient Whispers, then took 5 months to write Ancient Secret and now for the last month here I am, facing Axiom again.
I like what I wrote a whole lot. It’s fast, gritty and the characters are coming alive well. Mystic witch Lady Hope of the Sunken Island teams up with airship pirate Captain Drake of the L’Amaranthe to investigate mysterious activity at the bottom of an oceanic trench.
So far I wrote another 10 pages, put together a story board for it and here I am, with the first act pretty much written.
I’ll keep you updated. There is no guarentees that this will ever sell, but we can have fun writing it!!!!