My dear Gentle Reader, I recently had a super fun podcast interview all about one of my favorite things… libraries!
The Circulating Ideas podcast, interview dropped Feb 25, 2020. I giggle a lot because I am so pleased and honored to talk to a real librarian.
Here are some of the questions I answered with extra notes & fun links for you!
What is your relationship with libraries and librarians in your life and work?
I chat about being a library page my first job.
Can you discuss the importance of research when writing your books?
I told my hot air balloon story and talk about using not just primary and secondary books but also children’s books.
Books I use all the time for Victorian research:
- The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners by Eliza Leslie
- Baedeker’s travel guides
- Things a Lady Would Like to Know Concerning Domestic Management and Expenditure by Henry Southgate
- Plain home talk about the human system by Edward Bliss Foote
- To Marry an English Lord by Gail Maccoll
- What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool
- Eyewitness Books: Train; Flight
Find these books and more on my Research List.
Impetus for moving from adult fiction into YA?
What’s different about writing for an YA audience?
I talked about being harder, snappier, shorter, tighter – must pay attention to pacing. I have a blog post on pace versus plot.
How did you decide to combine steampunk and paranormal?
I talked about the scientific thought experiment that started it all. And have a bunch more on Worldbuilding the Parasolverse.
What types of things do you find yourself doing to avoid writing?
Here’s a follow up: When I’m not writing
How is your writing style reflected in your personal style?
I talked about how being an archaeologist effected by aesthetic choices. Here I am ranting about proper dress.
What are you reading now? YA/Adult?
I shouted out:
- House of the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in)
- The Afterward by E.K. Johnston (YA lady knights, YES)
- Jupiter Storm by Marti Dumas (midgrade, strong bossy girl with garden)
More on Libraries?
- The Life Cycle of a Library Book
- Awful Library Books Best of 2019
- How to order a digital book from your local library.
Yours (destined to retire in a library),
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