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How I Work: Gail Carriger, Authorbeast

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Gentle Reader, I’m a bit of a Lifehacker follower. Back in 2013 I was particularly taken by their How I Work series. I thought it would be fun to answer their questions, and now here’s an updated version. I hope you enjoy!

Location:
Bay Area, Northern California, USA.

Current gig: 
Chronically tea addicted, octopus obsessed, shoe collecting, New York Times bestselling authorbeast.

Current mobile device: 
iPhone 5, iPad Mini

Current computer: 
2013 MacBook Air (named Hestia) – desperately in need of an upgrade

One word that best describes how you work: 
Efficiently.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? 
Apps: (most of my phone’s natives like Mail, Weather, Camera, Calendar, Clock, Contacts, Notes) as well as Twitter, Facebook, Friendly, Feedly, Instagram, Google Maps, Stylebook, Yelp, Downcast, Chrome, and Scrivener iOS. All the airline apps for checking in to flights.
Software: Scrivener, Skype, Chrome, Firefox, Safari (yes all three browsers), iTunes, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Hootsuite, Pinterest, Wikia, Word (because I must for work).
Tools: Kindle Oasis, iPod Nano, yearly wall calendar, old street stomper bicycle with detachable shopping panniers, electric kettle or water boil coil, tea, Ikea mini reading lamps, my car, tote and carry-on suitcase, modular packing devices, Roomba, a bath tub (does that count as a tool?), and a gas stove.

(Although, truthfully, back in my archaeology days I can, and have, lived without all of the above except the iPod and tea.)

Tea zone in Gail’s Office

What’s your workspace like?
At home and in my office I have a standing desk made from a CB2 wet bar with a S-shelf for a riser, Perixx wireless keyboard and mouse, and Wellness mat.

Gail’s Home Desk Set Up

In the office, I also have two additional sitting desks which I use for editing and sewing projects. A reading/research/imagination nook, a sitting area and the all important tea station. I have a blog post with more pictures, including the before and after of decorating.)

Gail’s Reading Nook

What’s your best time-saving trick? 
Outlining and setting realistic goals. And tea.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
Evernote.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?
My iPod nano, named Caper. I’m addicted to podcasts, I use them to stay in touch with the writing industry and the world, everything from news to entertainment to comedy to academic lectures about the Byzantine Empire. Because I live in California (driving!), bike to work, and travel a lot, audio is a great way for me to stay informed.

Pretty much any time I’m not writing, I’m listening to a podcast. Since I’m a girly girl who likes pretty clothes I can’t pocket my phone on my person and I’m not yet happy with wireless earbud offerings, a small iPod down the bra is essential to my mental well being.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Making tea.

What are you currently reading?
See Coop de Book at the bottom of this blog post.

What do you listen to while you work?
When I’m writing that’s the only time I’m not listening to a podcast. So, nothing.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert, though I perform extrovert very well.

What’s your sleep routine like?
Regulated but restless.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions.
Mercedes Lackey

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
No one is interested in a writer that doesn’t actually finish her novels.

The How I Work series asks heroes, experts, and flat-out productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Copy Editor
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1894 Seaside fashion plate shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

16 Cozy and Inviting Reading Nooks

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What it Looked Like to Travel the World Solo as a 19th Century Woman

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Unpredictable Nature of a Writing Career

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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The Range of Cover Art ~ Gail Carriger’s Changeless

Posted by Gail Carriger

Good morning, Gentle Reader.

Today I thought it might be fun for you to see the range of cover art that my book Changeless got over the course of its publication. Changeless originally released on this date 7 years ago.

Here’s a picture of Changeless (original mass market) in my office with a thistle teacup, because it takes place in Scotland.

The Cover of Changeless

Here we go…

First off, on the left is the original mass market paperback as produced April 4, 2010. Next to it I have the Polish version so you can see how a foreign publisher might tweak the cover for their market.

Here on left is the Japanese translation version, this is the smallest of my books. It’s about the size of a 3X5 card. Next to it is the manga adaptation of Changeless, called Soulless Vol. 2.

Here are the two German versions. The first was a limited run collectable hardcover, the second is the original paperback translation.

Aside from Germany (and the pocket edition in France, which re-uses the German cover art) and Japan, every other foreign publisher chose to do a take on the original cover image for their translations. This is pretty unusual and rather flattering.

The first three Parasol Protectorate audiobooks were produced by Recorded Books (not Hachette Audio) so they got different covers too.

There it is. What do you think of the different covers? Anything surprise you? Any one you really love?

Praise for Changeless

  • Talk Supe says: “Carriger’s wit is incomparable, the books have a sheen of silliness to it, but the characters deliver their crazy lines in straight faces (I’d imagine) and in such a matter-of-fact way, I have to double back several times just to make sure they’re serious. I mean Ivy’s hats and outfits alone turns haute couture on its head!”
  • Bookish Things and More says: “I think this one may be one of my favorite in the series.”
  • Keep Calm with Coffee & Books says: “It continues to impress me how integrated the supernatural and Victorian customs are. I continue to enjoy that aspect of the story. The writing is fabulous and some of the lines had me in stitches.”
  • The Infinite Curio says: “Gail Carriger has a talent for creating intriguing lore and weaving it into the plot.”
  • Ramblings on Readings says: “Gail Carriger writes some of the wittiest dialogue, and she has very clever ideas about the supernatural. I will never tire of her writing, and I so look forward to reading the rest of the series.”
  • My Thoughts…Literally says: “I love the way this series effortlessly combines steampunk and supernatural elements into a historical setting and that’s exactly how I felt here. In particular, the steampunk elements were turned way up. There was much more talk about technology and inventions here (hello, Vieve was there) which was really cool.”

Elizabeth Tyree has a book chat:


“Gail Carriger’s writing style is just amazing. I love the sass and the way sentences are put together. It’s a great deal of fun.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Copy Editor
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Stack Arms, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
American

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Office Book Nook Shelf

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

UK’s First Sci-fi and Fantasy Centre Opens in Cambridge

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

SDCC 2017 Special Guest Announcement (including yours truly)

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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What’s Chirruping? Timeless Giveaway

The Chirrup is about to go out and this month members will get gossip, an update on the third Custard Protocol book, why I’m lamenting proofs, some recommended books on sale, and a chance to enter and win one of 10 copies of Timeless (the out of print mass market paperback version).

Timeless & a 1930s Egyptian revival teacup from my collection

Join the Chirrup if you dare.* I promise I keep everything fun and light, only once a month, no spam and I never share your email with anyone.

Praise for Timeless

  • Britt Kris of For the Love of the Read says: “It made a great addition to the series, and I’m sad that it’s the end!”
  • Cassandra Giovanni says: “…that’s truly the magic of these novels, though there are many characters, you feel the depth in each one. I cannot wait to see what adventures Prudence finds herself on in the spin off series.”
  • Evaine’s Books, Books & More Books says: “It’s over??? The series is over?!? *weeps* But oh, it went out with a huge bang! The Parasol Protectorate series just kept getting better and better with each book and in this final installment, everyone was back, which made me so happy.”
  • Holed Up in a Book says: “The plot is also highly entertaining. I found the whole mystery of the God-Breaking Plague to be intriguing…”

Problems Getting Gail’s Newsletter?

* If you’re struggling to get The Chirrup, ESPECIALLY if you have spam filters set high or Gmail with tabs, your email service could be helpfully filing it away from your inbox. The “promotions” tab or the “spam” folder are two very common locations for newsletters. I’m afraid all I can do is confirm if you are signed up, not why you aren’t seeing The Chirrup in your inbox. You can check for yourself by just putting your email in, as if you wanted to subscribe again.

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Copy Editor
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Coat ca. 1890 From the Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti via Europeana Fashion

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput versus my purse.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The East India Company and Nootka Sound

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Oxford Comma: Great for Listing, Pontificating, and Winning Court Cases

Book News:

SciFi Encounters Interviews Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:

“The tea, once it arrived, had its customary effect—engendering comfort and loosening the tongue… No wonder tea was considered a vital weapon of espionage.”

~ Waistcoats & Weaponry

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Occasional FAQ: What Would Gail Do?

Posted by Gail Carriger

Busting my tush editing right now, Gentle Reader.

However I did notice that The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley is on sale today for $1.99. One of my favorite short story collections ever.

So, for the today’s blog post? Here’s a quick fun one for you. Some pithy answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is your guiltiest pleasure that few know about?

Great British Bake Off, closely followed by Trader Joe’s Paneer Tikka Masala and Marie Claire magazine. Sometimes I can be found indulging in all three at once.

What hobbies do you have and how do they influence your work?

I like to sew, dance, cook, read,  and eat. All of these things sneak into my books: I’m always describing the way people move, what they are wearing, and what they consume. In Competence my characters form an on dirigible book group.

What can we find you doing to relax?

Shoe shopping, drinking tea, more shoe shopping, thinking about shoe shopping, drinking more tea – it’s a simple life.

What would happen to your writing if there was a shortage (gasp!) of tea or chocolate?

I could probably survive without the chocolate. I don’t know if I could function as a human being without tea, let alone write.

Has your sense of humor ever gotten you into trouble?

More times than I can possibly count. I always think I’m hilarious and I will open my big mouth at the most inopportune times. Booze, let me just say, does not help with this problem.

Is there a place, activity, or person that is your hiding spot?

Yes, any place where I can have a great cup of tea and be surrounded by a civilized little shade garden.

1925 Esther Borough Johnson (British artist, 1867-1949) Tea Table in the Garden

What’s one random tidbit about yourself?

I find endless comedic enjoyment in the ridiculous: the Westminster Dog Show, rubber animals, string cheese, squid, that kind of thing. Also, I’m a mean lean pinball player.

Can you tell us something about you we can’t see on your wikia?

All my inanimate objects have names (I think it’s rude to yell at them without calling them by name). Oh and I’m famous amongst my friends for a certain breakfast item called the “eggy cup.”

Would you rather be a vampire, a werewolf, or a ghost?

Werewolf, no question. I’ve always wanted to be able to change shape, even if I were forced to do it every month. Most of us ladies are quite accustomed to engaging in the emotional equivalent of a monthly shape change already, I suspect it wouldn’t be too difficult to adapt to werewolfdom.

How would you react if you were you attacked by a vampire without even a proper introduction?

Oh, I have no pride or gumption. I would run to the nearest public area yelling for the constabulary.

If you could spend one day in Victorian–era London, what would you do (and, more importantly, what would you wear)?

I should love to visit the Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibition displays housed there. I’d wear the appropriate day dress, probably something in teal velvet with hundreds of tiny buttons and a very outrageous hat. Ivy has nothing on me with regards to taste in hats. (Find out more on the Crystal Palace on my 1850s History Pinterest board.)

What are some of your favorite films?

In no particular order:

Find out more on my Recommended TV & Movies Pinterest board.

What would you like it to say on your tombstone?

“She would rather have drowned in tea.”

what it will actually say is

“She only wanted to taste it once.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Copy Editor
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1888 Charles Courtney Curran – Lotus Lilies via history-of-fashion

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

All the colors people purchased this t-shirt in from my store just after it was announced. You ladies & gentlemen are the best!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

High Street, Exeter, Devon, England, ca. 1895

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Three Award-Winning Romance Novelists Discuss Their Craft

Book News:

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Marketing Podcast: Transitioning from Traditional Publishing to a Hybrid Career with Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:

“There are lots worse curses to have, but she writes them SO SLOWLY, and I read them SO FAST!”

~ Overheard at Borderlands Books in San Francisco

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Dear Lord Akeldama: On Fashion, Drones & Meat Chops

Before we start, Gentle Reader, and thinking of fashion, this is a reminder that I have an Instagram feed. So if you are there, so am I!

And now, please welcome the gentleman vampire back to my blog this week.

As always Lord Akeldama is happy to entertain your questions. And while he may not give you the answer you wish, he always gives the question the answer it deserves. Please feel free to leave more in the comments below for a future column.

And now…

Dear Lord Akeldama

Aubrey (@LIWpride) asks:

Do I wear makeup for a job interview/presentation or no?

Makeup is only warpaint by another name, my blushing pearl.

Michael asks:

Which members of the Royal Family have benefited from your fashion advice over the centuries?

None of them, my ducky darling. Have you seen the way those poor unfortunates dress? Some, I believe, have been listening too closely to Baroness Tunstell. It is sorry state of affairs. I did, however, have a lovely correspondence with Mrs Kennedy once. Pity about her husband, if only the local hive had been a little faster.

Waistcoat 1790s The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gina asks:

I wonder what you think of Trump.

What’s that? A new cut of meat? The butchers are getting rather daring these days. I should ask my cook what he thinks, I’m convinced his opinion is more valuable on the Trump chop, or what have you, than mine could ever be.

Ember asks:

What is your favorite knot to use for tying a cravat?

The mathematical, in my case, I enjoy the sense of irony.

pimpernelfans tumblr Some of Percy’s best faces (as played by Anthony Andrews)

Nicole (@chrisiant) asks:

Scent, discreetly applied. Is it a delightful accent, or intolerable intrusion? Also..long skirts plus wheeled chair – help!

For scent, less is always more. Unless, of course you cherish an intense interest in werewolves, in which case you should leave it off entirely. Werewolves have a propensity to sneeze when in the company of perfume. My creator’s preference is for a nice body scrub or skin cream, rather than a heavy dousing of scent. And she hopes it goes without saying: NEVER when engaged in aeronautic pursuits.

New Woman Sarah Grand’s Bicycle Suit (1897)

Long skirts and wheelchair? This is much like long skirts and the bicycle, my flowy lotus blossom, a legitimate excuse for dress reform! And while my daughter and I disagree on the particulars of underpinnings, I am able to move with the times enough to admire certain aspects of a New Woman’s mobile glory.

Kim (@KimEnglish66)

White shoes in winter, yes or no?

Whatever best suits the outfit, of course.

Josh asks:

 What do you look for in a drone?

A natty dresser, a certain breeziness of morality, a zest for life and information in equal measure, and of course, beauty. As I am sure you well know, my lovely, beauty is less in the eye of the beholder than it is in the mouth of the vampire.

Her First Dance (1884), William Quiller Orchardson

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Reserve, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

FS C&C Foreign Editions

Quote of the Day:

“You can’t live without me. I’m like cheese.” It took a second to process his comment.
“I’m sorry, cheese?”
“Sure. Air’s overrated. Try living without cheese.”

~ Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Changeless Extras ~ Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

Behind the scenes, Gentle Reader, here are some DELETED BITS from Changeless.

Description of Woolsey Castle

The most scandalous thing about Woolsey Castle was not that it housed a pack of werewolves. After all, only the best counties could boast such an eccentricity. Nor was it the fact that it boasted eight flying buttresses – an architecturally immodest choice. No, the most scandalous thing about Woolsey Castle was that there was a bedroom, and sometimes several, on every single storey, even the first. The original owner was a bit of an eccentric, in the “if he had not had money he would have been called insane” kind of way. Woolsey was no castle, not really. It was instead a modern manor house made to look like a castle with stone facings, an excessive number of haphazardly applied turrets, crenelated battlements, extensive dungeons, and the aforementioned buttresses.

Scene with Lyall, Channing, & Biffy

(just after breaking and entering)

Channing crossed his arms. “I would have been just as effective.”
“Yes, but Biffy was a safer choice.”
Biffy looked mildly offended.
“If he was caught it would be thought an inter-vampire plot, if you were caught it would be considered an inter-species plot.”
Biffy looked less offended and nodded his agreement with Lyall’s assessment.
Channing was militant. “I do not trust him!”
“Biffy?” Lyall wondered mildly.
Biffy looked pleased at the accusation.
Channing was annoyed with Lyall’s obtuseness. “No, no, Lord Akeldama.”
Lyall puffed air out his nostrils in annoyance. “You do not trust vampires.”
“You saying you do trust them?”
Professor Lyall looked out the carriage window.
Channing had never learned the art of silence. “I am Gamma. It is my nature to question.”
“You are you. It is your nature to be a prat.”
Biffy gave a tiny gasp at such werewolf directness. It was most unsettling to a vampire drone.
Channing smiled. “Admit it, you sense it too. We are missing something.” He looked at the drone. “Why does your master like our fiery lady Alpha so much?”
Biffy shrugged. “They are friends.”
Channing ignored this reply and turned back to Professor Lyall. “You and I have dabbled in London politics long enough to know: Lord Akeldama doesn’t have friends.”
Professor Lyall gave his Gamma a level look. “You like her, admit it.”
Biffy muttered, “Major Channing seems to like nothing but Major Channing.”
Major Channing ignored this. “She’s plucky. I like plucky. She’s not, however, to Lord Akeldama’s taste. What does he really want with her?”
“Give it a rest, would you please Channing?”
“You know something!”
Lyall glared at him. “Yes. I know the right question to ask. You are not asking it.”
“Oh?”
“What have we learned on this little adventure of ours?”
Channing blinked icy blue eyes at his Beta blankly.
It was Biffy who answered. “That my master is not the only vampire to find Lady Maccon intriguing.”
“Exactly.” With which Professor Lyall turned once more to stare out the carriage window, apparently fascinated by the way the gas lighting flickered over the cobbled street.

  • The Avid Readers Club says of Changeless, “The author is an altogether genius at merging these genres together in a manner so utterly entertaining, the reader will be positively craving the next installment of the Parasol Protectorate series.”
    Sara of Freadomlibrary says:
    “Loved it! It was mysterious and suspenseful and intriguing. The same level of hilarity and entertainment is abound in this second installment and it was amazing.”
  • Evaine’s Books, Books, and More Books says:
    “One thing that the author does is imbue her characters with a sense of humour – all of the characters.  That just brings them alive to me.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: Beta read (fifth draft).
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Theodore Wendel – Lady with Parasol by Stream

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My Book Nook

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

First attempt in a dirigible balloon, aerostat of the academy of Dijon (1784), early flight collecting card, ca. 1895

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.”

~ John Updike

Book News:

Romancing the Inventor is a Locus Bestseller!

Quote of the Day:

“I think I’ve been looking at too many catalogs. I just read ‘The Four Tendencies’ as ‘The Four Tentacles’.”

~ Overheard at Borderlands Books in San Francisco

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Occasional FAQ: When Gail Was An Archaeologist

One of the things that often comes up on Facebook Lives (one tomorrow, March 14, 4:30pm PST on my Author Page) and in person events, is my past as an archaeologist. So here, for your edification Gentle Reader, is me answering some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic.

What’s the 411 on Gail Carriger prior to becoming the author we all know now?

I was born in small town California to a British expat gardener with a tea habit and a woodworking Dane who sidelined as a philosophical scribbler. I spent summers in a small town in Devonshire with my grandparents, and matured with a burning need to investigate the past and escape to other small towns all around the world. Hence archaeology. I ended up back in California with too many advanced degrees, a tea habit inherited from my mother, a scribbling habit inherited from my father, and a dreadful penchant for gadding off to foreign countries in hot pursuit of fascinating ancient artifacts – dragging both habits ruthlessly in my wake.

What jobs did you have on your way to being a writer?

Let me see, the order would go something like: library page, nursery plant waterer, nanny, PA, telecommunications specialist, software QA, book reviewer, museum docent, bartender, teacher, archaeologist, university lecturer, adjunct faculty, and now author.

What is your university degree in?

I have a BA in Archaeology (with minors in Anthropology, Classics, Theology, Geology, and Philosophy), a MS in Archaeological Materials with a focus on inorganics, and a MA in Anthropology with a focus on ceramic artifact analysis. I got a book contract and left academia 2 years before completing my PhD. Oddly enough, I have few regrets.

Can you tell me a bit about your archeology work?

While I have some field experience I’ve spent most of my time in the laboratory sticking artifacts into very expensive instruments that go “beep” (XRD, SEM with EDX attachment, and finally an ISP-MS acid prep). I’ve worked on artifacts from Egypt, Italy, Greece, Britain, Italy, North America, South America, and the Islamic Empire (North West Syria). The last excavation I was connected to was in Peru, and I did work at a field lab there. You can find out more about my archaeological interests on my Archaeology Pinterest board.

Chokepukio, Peru, my last archaeology site

How has your background in archeology influenced your writing?

It’s made me very concerned with details, and very conscious of how material objects reflect culture and can be used to bring setting and characters to life. Readers may notice that what people wear and own is almost as important as what they do and say in my books. A career as an archaeologist and academic has also given me good research skills, a respect for deadlines, a fascination with historical cultures, and, most importantly, the ability to subsist entirely on instant soup.

How does your background in archaeology influenced your steampunk?

Archaeology has its provenance in the Victorian era, so I’ve studied the time period in an effort to understand my own discipline. This has helped me grasp the mindset of the scientists of the day. Archeology has also led me to approach the entire genre differently. Steampunk is, by its very nature, alternative history, but we archaeologists work by interpreting existing facts. I went with the premise that all the strange and absurd facts of real history could be explained away as the meddling of vampires and werewolves. This included the weirdest historical event of all: the expansion of the British Empire.

Self holding a sml Aribalo pot from Chokepukio

Have the locations you visited for digs inspired any scenes or details in the books?

The Etruscan excavation site the Templars take Alexia and Madame Lefoux to visit for a tomb picnic in Blameless is based on the first site I ever excavated in Northern Italy. Similarly, the descriptions of Florence are from my own memory. I drew on a lot of my research from when I was connected to an Egyptian museum for Timeless and Imprudence and The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t. Neither my Syrian site nor my Peruvian site have appeared in my books… yet.

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 cgmfindings- Art Nouveau Advertising Parasol „Fiumaner Reisstärke“ 1900 Austria

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger’s cat, Lilliput the Bean, versus a very beat-up paper bag, and a slightly smaller less beat-up paper bag. An ode in two parts, featuring co-star Zanie rattling mouse. (Her favorite toy.)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Clothes as Historical Sources: What Bloomers Reveal About the Women Who Wore Them

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Authors Fear Accusations of Cultural Appropriation

Book News:

Sidheag wins!

Quote of the Day:

“I don’t remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.”

~ Mark Haddon

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Visual Inspiration for Authors: Pinterest Character Boards & Connecting with Readers

Posted by Gail Carriger

I got into Pinterest in a big way last year, Gentle Reader, and yes I am aware of all the annoying things that keep people off Pinterest  ~ the closed and proprietary nature of the venue, the lack of organization and ability to cross pollinate, to name only a few.

You know why I’m aware?

Because those very things kept me off Pinterest for years.

However, once I joined I found that as an author Pinterest is a genuinely great way to keep a visual record of inspiration, fan art, links to my own back blogs and images, visual reference points for characters, places, and times. Also it really helps me answer the reoccurring questions, who would you like to see play your character in a movie?

I will say the lack of ability to drag & drop organize troubles me. (Both for boards and for images inside boards.) But I’m learning to cope. Lack of ability to organize is pretty much always an issue for me.

Why did I try it?

I work really well from the visual, especially when researching history. That way I can describe what I see through the lens of my characters, without having to try to filter thorough someone else’s description, as would happen with primary written chronicles, or worse, secondary sources. (Perhaps this is a hint at my archaeologist nature, give me the actual evidence, not the historical record.)

It’s also been quite lovely connecting with some of you on Pinterest. I’ve learned interesting things about you. For example, a lot of you like tattoos, candy-colored hair, knitting, and Doctor Who. None of this is overly surprising, I do, you know, look at you and talk to you when we meet in person.

Surprises to come?

Yes I have secret boards for the new books coming out this year. Which I will release slowly but surely when the time is right. And yes I have secret boards for new characters in the Custard Protocol books already pilling up to go with the next three years or writing that world. Just you wait. They are so much fun.

Anyway, I guess that I’m saying if you’re an author who works really well from a visual medium than you could do worse than Pinterest. And if you’re a reader, then my boards are fun insights into my world. And, frankly, if you just want to escape the depressive death knell of Twitter and Facebook, well that’s a good reason to play on Pinterest too. Although I am also prone to hanging out on the Parasol Protectorate Facebook group for that reason.

Hugs my darlings, and remember the pretties.

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Recover Arms, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
American,
Commercial color lithograph; Sheet: 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (7 x 3.8 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 201, N18.50)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Each Arm of an Octopus Has a Mind of Its Own

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Skye’s Scribblings says of Prudence:

“With its young, adventurous, and rather rebellious cast of characters, this latest series set in Carriger’s parasolverse will definitely appeal to New Adult fans.”

Quote of the Day:

“It was one of those parties where you cough twice before you speak and then decide not to say it after all.”

~ P. G. Wodehouse

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Cinnamon Roll Poll

Posted by Gail Carriger

I adore the special cinnamon roll idea, and I kind of love how much it has been embraced by fandom. Accordingly, Gentle Reader, I give you this super silly poll about my favorite form of cinnamon roll, the dour grump. Why? Because I can and it’s fun! (I removed the ability to add your own, because, yes, I know, Biffy & Lyall. Nash.)

Who is you favorite grumpy cinnamon roll in the Parasolverse?
  • Sidheag 48%, 142 votes
    142 votes 48%
    142 votes - 48% of all votes
  • Pillover 24%, 69 votes
    69 votes 24%
    69 votes - 24% of all votes
  • Channing 18%, 54 votes
    54 votes 18%
    54 votes - 18% of all votes
  • Felix 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Aggie 4%, 12 votes
    12 votes 4%
    12 votes - 4% of all votes
Total Votes: 293
January 31, 2017 - February 19, 2017
Voting is closed

In other news added a few new items to my merch store.

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1880s VictorianTrends.com @FreeVintagePics A trio of #Victorian ladies in their summer best

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

A Minimalist Tea Shop Serving Hand Dripped Green Tea Has Opened in Tokyo

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

9 Modern Women Science Fiction Writers

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

7 Reasons Writers of Serious Novels Should Use Humor in Their Fiction

Book News:

Talk Supe says of Romancing the Inventor

“Set in the same world and timeline as The Parasol Protectorate, ROMANCING THE INVENTOR features the tenacious and androgynous inventor, Genevieve Lefoux. I’m so delighted that GCarriger wrote an F/F love story and giving our dear Genevieve another shot at true love after getting her heart broken.”

Quote of the Day:

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Did You Know Gail Has A YouTube Channel?

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my dear Gentle Reader! I have a YouTube channel.

I have, actually had a YouTube channel for a really long time, I just haven’t gotten into it much.

However, Kelly and I have figured out how to take the Facebook Live videos I’ve been doing and upload them to YouTube. Well, Kelly has. So you can now subscribe to the channel and get them there.

No promises on getting them up in a timely manner. If you want to participate in the Q&A and get the info right away, you’ll still have to tune in live. But at least for those of you who really intensely dislike the whole FB experience (yes, I get it) there is now a low barrier to entry way to see the videos.

Subscribe and like, if you would. And I promise I’ll keep doing them there.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: First draft done. Resting before second draft.
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1875 Fashion plate, 1875 via shewhoworshipscarlin

1875 Fashion plate, 1875 via shewhoworshipscarlin

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bumbersnoot's Girlfriend

Bumbersnoot’s Girlfriend

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Learned about Sirum on the plane to Singapore. INGENIOUS charity. SIRUM connects unopened unexpired medications to patients in need.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“I think the first duty of all art, including fiction of any kind, is to entertain. That is to say, to hold interest. No matter how worthy the message of something, if it’s dull, you’re just not communicating.”
~ Poul Anderson

Book News:

Linnie says of Imprudence:

“Imprudence is a wonderful second entry in the series, even stronger than the first. I loved it and am sure fans of Prudence will love it as well.”

Quote of the Day:

“You, with sophistical arguments, set yourself up to attack that very sex which, because it is deprived of the opportunity to study, cannot answer your malicious inventions.”
~ Archangela Tarabotti

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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