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It’s Carina Press Week as Steampunkapalooza draws to an end. At Carina Press it’s also Steampunk week, where they’re promoting all their fab Steampunk books and authors and giving away a free Steampunk read. Carina Press is part of Harlequin and they’re as excited about Steampunk as we are here at Steamed.
This week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday), we’ll have a different Carina Press author on each day. Each day you comment, you’re entered to win a prize pack from Carina Press, which includes e-books from all four of the Carina press authors featured this week.
Today we welcome author Crista McHugh.
Crista McHugh grew up in small town Alabama, where she relied on story-telling as a natural way to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained. She’s been a barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant. Currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband and daughter, maintaining an alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while writing on nights and weekends. For the latest updates and answers to any burning questions, please check out her blog.
How Bruce Campbell Inspired My Steampunk Western
by Crista McHugh
I have a confession to make. I loved The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr when I was younger. Bruce Campbell played the title character, a lawyer turned bounty hunter with a perchance for great one-liners. I was so bummed when Fox cancelled it, but thankfully, I can still download episodes on You Tube when I need to get my fix.
The great thing about this show (besides Bruce) was that it combined westerns with touch of the paranormal. It was Cowboys & Aliens before Harrison Ford was ever cast for the film. So when I started plotting for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2008, I naturally thought it would be fun to write something like Brisco County. But instead of using Sci-Fi elements, I veered more toward Steampunk.
Like The Adventures of Brisco County Jr, the world of The Alchemy of Desire is part Wild West and part Wild, Wild West. It’s about two brothers on a quest to find the White Buffalo (not a golden orb) with a gang of bad guys (and their steam-powered inventions) hot on their tails and woman who has her own agenda for them. And there’s even a slightly roguish character that’s great with the one-liners.
Where do you draw your Steampunk inspiration?
In addition to being entered into our week-long drawing for a Carina Press Steampunk Prize Pack, one lucky commenter on today’s post with also win a $10 GC to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Contest closes May 1st at 11:59 PM PST. For grand prize drawing, one entry per commenter per blog post during Carina Press Steampunk Week. Contest for grand prize closes May 8th at 11:59 PM PST.