First I hope the Lolitas will forgive me for posting a day late. I know Friday is my day. Somehow the days just blend into one another these days…
So… the novel. Well let me tell you that’s it’s going very very well so far. I tallied up my word count this week to see that I am up at about 115 pages and almost half way through my scene list. I do know what will happen for the most part.
I am in the “middle” which is always hard but since this is an adventure with some romance and mysticism thrown in, I am having lots of fun.
So why did I choose steampunk?
When I started to write, I first came up with the Ancient series. That series has all that is me in there. Some French backstory, RI and shows my taste for witchcraft and wizardry. I didn’t know of this would sell so I moved to series 2.
I though I should write a sci-fi because I am a scientist but I was too scared. I had this great idea for a sci-fi but I just wasn’t ready.
So I read somewhere that paranormal should go beyond vampires and that demons are in, so I wrote a demon slaying story set in Paris. I still think it’s a great story and I may try to sell it when things settled down but for now it’s resting.
But I kept thinking about my sci-fi story. I told myself it would be my selling story, because it features all that is me, the science and the magic.
Then one day while I was knee deep into competing in the American Title and not writing at all, it hit me, the story had to be steampunk.
Why? Because I love historicals… but I’m too scared of writing one, can’t deal with all the details. I read a lot of regency and have been in love with anything Victorian since I was a kid. The steampunk fashion fits me so well.
Also because I love the science and the gadgets. In the Victorian era, scientists were great visionaries and I love that thirst for knowlegde and discoveries. As a scientist (I’m a Physicist and Oceanographer), I’ve stayed up all night trying to figure problems out, I’ve been at sea taking oceanographic measurents. That’s my world and I’ve been missing it a lot since I left my career to stay at home.
So Victorian fashion (and I love fashion and clothes – what can I say I’m French!) mixed with engines! I’m in!
I created a world that is run by extreme climate (I have a degree in Meteorology and love all things related to storms and wild climates). This premise is left from my sci-fi idea but it works so much better in the steampunk.
I also love travelling. I lived in Europe twice. The first time, I followed my dad through most European countries over a whole year and the second time, I lived in Paris for 2 years. I love exotic destination. My father worked extensively in Algeria and Morroco (sadly this is where he died a few years ago doing geology field work in the desert). I always wanted to translate his love of the desert in a book and here I have a chance to do it, because, and just go see an Abney Park concert to see for yourself, steampunk is all about exotic travel as well!
I also know an real (and I swear) cryptopzoologist. My PhD advisor, Paul Leblond, a retired oceanography professor is also a well-renowed cryptozoologist and published books on the topic. He calls monsters “undiscovered animals”. Once I started to write, I knew I’d have to have one of those scientists somehow somewhere! So steampunk? Yes perfect setting!
Lastly, I see steampunk with all kinds of things from the paranormal world, zombies and vampires. I stuck with the mysticism that I know, magic and witchcraft. Mostly to keep a link between my two series so that readers of the “Ancient” series will also like the steampunk story. Again witchcraft for me comes from the heart and I’m a big fantasy reader, writer and fan.
So I didn’t choose steampunk, I think it chose me!