New to steampunk, but not to romance!
First, let me say that I am so thrilled to be a part of the Carina Press Steampunk Week! I think I’m as excited to read the other featured books as I am about my own book’s release. And while The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale is my first foray into the genre, it won’t be my last. I’m positively enthralled by the sub-genre right now and can’t seem to get my fill.
My earliest experiences with steampunk were actually in movies, and long before I would have even known what to call it. Some of the quintessential aspects of steampunk have appeared regularly in great, fantastical films for years. In Stardust, where sky pirates capture lightning in jars to be sold as a commodity. Or in the newer Sherlock Holmes movie, where gadgets like something from a Rube Goldberg sketch abound. The Brothers Grimm, The Prestige, even Sweeney Todd all have a decidedly steampunk quality…an atmosphere that can’t be described, except to say you know it when you see it.
Once I knew what that “something” was called, I actively started seeking it out. I read classics like George Orwell’s Time Machine, and newer offerings like Here There Be Monsters by Meljean Brook, and loved everything I was reading.
Between these glimpses and peeks of this quickly growing, fascinating sub-genre, I found myself reading the Carina Press blog. I noted that several of the editors were on the hunt for steampunk material. While I am a romance author through and through, I was immediately taken with the idea of melding the two and writing a romance that featured my favorite steampunk elements. I embraced the brass goggles, gears, dirigibles and time machines, all made a tad gritty by the backdrop of Victorian Era London, but I chose not to set my story in the dystopian world found in many steampunk novels. I wanted strife, I wanted conflict and I wanted to incorporate my favorite parts of steampunk, but I also wanted to write a feel-good book. Something that made people want to cheer at the end, which can be hard to do in a dystopian setting. What I ended up with was a romantic -steampunk-time travel-historical that I called The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale.
As steampunk continues to grow and spread (like wildfire), I really look forward to seeing all of the different ways authors use it and meld it with different genres. It works great with romance, magic and fantasy, but I would love to see it with horror and suspense and countless other genres as well.
What about you all? Have you seen any movies you think might have had some neat, steampunk elements? Have you tried a steampunk novel or short story? I’d love to hear what you think of this exciting sub-genre!