Today I am joined by my fellow Lyrical Press author Regina Riley! Her steampunk erotica Clockworks and Corsets was released recently and she is gracious enough to come chat with me about it and giveaway an e-copy of her book!
Lolita Elizabeth: First off I am pleased to welcome you here to our blog and thank you so very much for stopping by and helping us celebrate our birthday here at Steamed!
Regina Riley: Trust me, the pleasure is all mine. I’m just pleased as punch to be here among such talented and gifted folks.
LE: Your steampunk erotica Clockworks and Corsets recently released and I must say your cover is delicious! What kind of steamy goodness can we expect from your book? Maybe just a small hint?
RR: Sex. Lots and lots of hot, steamy sexy sex. Too small a hint? I can add more arousing adjectives if you like! More, you cry? Okay, well here is the blurb:
“Clockwork, steam and secrets power a passionate adventure in the skies.
Everybody’s looking for something.
Captain Rose Madigan of the airship The Merry Widow is looking for a paying job for her all-female crew. Gabriella Upstairs, her newest recruit, is looking for a reason to be glad she’s on board. And Madam Ruby of the Red House Bordello is looking for the secret laboratory of a missing mad scientist–and is willing to hire the airship. When they find the lab and its single occupant, Atom Loquacious, danger and passion start steaming up.
Everybody’s got a secret.
Captain Rose is secretly too ethical to complete this job. Gabriella’s secretly attracted to Atom. Madam Ruby’s secretly hungry for power. And the secret Atom is hiding might just threaten the lives of everyone on board.”
So you see there’s the run of the mill stuff like beautiful free spirited women, handsome dashing men, an adventurous airship, a bordello ran by a wicked madam and secrets, secrets, secrets.
Oh a steam powered sex machine. Of course.
LE: Is this your first steampunk?
RR: I have done a few steampunk short stories before, but this is my first published steampunk piece. I have since been a part of Steampunk tales, and Lyrical has picked up the second in the Clockworks series.
LE: Fantastic and congrats! Can’t wait to read it! What did you enjoy the most about writing steampunk?
RR: It’s fun on a bun! I love the style of steampunk, the flair it brings to the written word. The whole genre is just busting at the seams with possibilities. I also enjoy getting the so-called ‘proper’ ladies of the Victorian era into precarious situations, and letting them enjoy themselves a bit.
LE: Any steampunk movies or images influence you while you were writing?
RR: The music of Abney Park and The Unextraordinary Gentlemen played on a constant loop during the original drafts. In fact, my husband knows when I’m writing steampunk because he of the types of CDs left in the car stereo.
I also watched several of my favorite steampunk movies again and again and again. City of Lost Children, Steamboy, Wild Wild West, stuff like that.
Then I spent an entire weekend reading the web comic Girl Genius from end to end, and now follow it faithfully. They are a constant source of steampunk goodness!
LE: Abney Park, good choice! That scoundrel Captain Robert and his merry crew also inspire me frequently while writing! Do you ever dress up in the steampunk style to get in the mood for writing steampunk?
RR: I admit I have made both my husband and myself each a steampunk getup, but I do not wear such for inspiration. I, instead, was inspired to sew the clothes as a result of working on the steampunk writing. My husband believes he’s going to get a new steampunk item for his costume as a result of each piece I pen.
He has to wait his turn, because I have ideas for myself first this time.
LE: Ok, last question, any up coming steampunk projects you are working on?
RR: Lyrical just picked up the rights to “Pistons and Pistols” which is the second of the Clockworks series. It is set in the Wild West, in a sleepy all-male mining town. Imagine what Rose and her all-female crew will get up to there.
I am also laboring over a steampunk horror novel, which is tentatively titled “The Cold Beneath” the story of which centers on the Victorian race for the North Pole, via steampunkery of course.
The folks over at Sonar4 Publications allowed me the honor of compiling and editing their Anthology of Steampunk tales. The deadline is the middle of July, so keep sending those stories in. I can’t wait to read them all!
LE: Thanks so much for stopping by and indulging me a few questions!
RR: Again, the pleasure was all mine. I hope folks like Rose Madigan and her crew’s wild adventures. Just a warning, it’s not for the faint of heart, or libido!
Ok, now to business! To win an e-copy of Clockwoks and Corsets, simply leave a comment and I will draw one lucky winner on Monday!!! ~Elizabeth