As a mom, I love the idea of mother-daughter writing teams. Today we welcome my favorite, Belle and Nancy Holder. They decided to interview each other for this guest article.
New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder (Wicked, Teen Wolf: On Fire) and her daughter, Belle, have written two stories in a Victoriana-steampunk universe starring Lightning Merriemouse-Jones, a time-traveling mouse who devours the works of Jules Verne (literally.) Lightning appeared in Pandora’s Closet and Furry Fantastic, both edited by Jean Rabe and others. They’ve expanded their love of steampunk into cosplay, costuming, and appearing on steampunk panels. Nancy will moderate the steampunk panel at the Big Orange Literary Festival at Chapman College in September, and is writing several steampunk short stories for various anthologies. Belle has been creating a line of steampunk accessories featuring astrolabes.
In Which Belle and Nancy Holder Quiz Each Other on the Subject of Steam
by Belle and Nancy Holder
Nancy: I went to the Adventurers Club at Disney world. Now sadly gone, the Adventurers Club was a gathering of various eccentric characters from the 1930’s who were returning from their exciting travels to spin yarns. I loved the costumes and the immersive experience. The night was full of whimsy. Steampunk is like that.
Belle: What is your dream steampunk outfit?
Belle: Do you see steampunk as a long-lasting fad, or a permanent genre?
Nancy: A permanent genre. It is too fun to lose.
Belle: Whose steampunk world would you live in?
Nancy: Jules Verne’s.
Belle: Is writing steampunk harder or easier than any other genre?
Nancy: Easier, because it is so fun!
Belle: It’s not something you outgrow, but something you grow into. So, no.
Nancy: What is the appropriate place to wear steampunk clothing?
Belle: Obviously steampunk events and conventions. Really, anyplace you would be allowed. My school doesn’t allow hats, and huge skirts wouldn’t fit in the narrow doors. It really depends on the outfit.
Nancy: Do you see steampunk as a fad or new genre?
Belle: A fad, but a long-lasting one, like being a hippie. It will probably fade out of the public eye, get brought back, and I think then it will slowly transform into something else, sadly.
Belle: She’s like Kaylee from Firefly, but with zeppelins instead of space ships.
Nancy: What is the best thing about steampunk?
Belle: It’s such a broad idea, there really isn’t a limit to the things you can do.