Welcome to Steamed Theresa! I’m looking forward to your posts!
I’m so excited to be joining the Lolitas of Steamed!
Pretty much since I before started writing fiction I’ve had a passion for all things Victorian. Since my mother required me to sew all my own formals in high school, the majority had Victorian flair. Even my wedding dress had a bustle.
I suppose if I really look at my life, it is a bit steampunk. I’m married to a goggle-wearing scientist (who’s actually a chemist so the eye-protection is necessary in the lab) who happens to be an amazing mechanic. The man can literally take a box of parts and a frame and reconstruct an entire vintage motorcycle from it. We live in a new Victorian house on a few acres where I have an out of control herb garden and a variety of all kinds of blooming flowers. My favorites vary by the season, but I’m always finding ways to use herbs and flowers, even in concocting my own teas. And I can confess, I am a tea nut. Don’t drink coffee. Don’t even like the flavor of it, but give me a tea pot full of steaming Vanilla tinged tea or Victorian Rose black tea from Whittards of London, and I’m happy. I collect tea pots and teddy bears (as you can see in the snapshots of the curio cabinet shelves in the large cabinet that stands in my entry way).
At the moment I’m writing paranormal romances for Harlequin’s Nocturne line, which actually fits perfectly into my brand of steampunk, where the paranormal, gear-heads and Victorian elegance all mash together. I also write historicals and have two books currently out, A Vampire’s Mistress and The Spellbound Bride. While I love the idea of writing about England during their height, right now I’m rather focused on the American West as my setting for my steampunk. I like to think of it as a the Weird, Weird West.
I actually have some experience with it, having lived in Arizona for nearly a decade when my husband and I were fresh out of college. I loved the mountains and the Sonoran desert. There’s really nothing like it. Everything, the high mesas, the jagged mountain peaks, the thunderstorms that roll in and dump rain like someone unzipped the sky, everything about Arizona is dramatic. Even the plants with all those spikes! Adding in the idea of steam machinery in that harsh, yet beautiful environment gives my imagination all kinds of fodder.
I’m looking forward to being part of the blog, and even more to my steampunk adventures. In the meantime I’m planning on attending a Steampunk University being held in Seattle this next weekend. http://www.steampunkuniversity.com/ I can’t wait.