Today I have invited the absolutely charming and lovely Trip Galey round for tea to talk about his new book A Market of Dreams and Destiny!
About you, the Author!
Tea or coffee and how do you take it?
Always tea, never coffee! If it’s black tea, a small splash of milk and a lump of sugar. If we’re talking fresh mint tea (I know, I know! It’s technically a tisane, but still!), just a bit of something sweet to counterpoint the delicious double bite of hot water and cool mint.
We (the Authorbeast of this bog) whole heartedly support this message, of course.
Please describe your personal style for author appearances.
There will be a hat, always a hat. Usually it will be in the ‘pork pie’ family of headgear, though the occasional trilby or fedora might make an appearance. I quite fancy having a top hat with a small dragon curled around the brim someday. Other sartorial staples include
- a shirt that is in some measure geeky, or gay, or (ideally) both
- a blazer with some manner of pin badge on the lapel (Be Gay! Cast Spells!)
- and always, always a pair of deliberately mismatched shoes.
Again, this Authorbeast is in WILD approval.
If I were to observe the writer beast in its native environment, what surprising thing might I see? What does the environment look like?
Changeable. I do not currently have my own dedicated writing space, so aside from myself and my tablet or phone, you might see a kitchen table with some form of homemade cake on it (angel food, at present), or the leather-and-polished-wood of the study carrels of the British Library, or the absolutely hideous grey sofa that came with our current flat, or the charming and hyper-manicured environs of my local Victorian park (weather permitting).
If you could travel in any type of conveyance, what would it be?
Train. But not just any train. No tea, no shade, but American trains are rubbish. No, I’m talking about European trains. The kind with tables built in, and charge points, so I can sit and write and watch the world pass to the gentle rocking motion of the carriage. Heaven!
Again, we are in complete agreement. Some day I must just take off for foreign climes and putter about on trains for the better part of a month. What joy could be mine!
No deviating: vanilla or chocolate ice cream on a plain or a sugar cone?
(Gail will use this to determine your level of sanity.)
Vanilla ice cream on a sugar cone!
Gail pronounces Trip = slightly bonkers.
What’s most likely to make you laugh?
This is a tricky one. In general, it would most likely be snappy dialogue or witty one-liners, delivered by a skilled actor or comedian. Not everything hits, of course.
Then there’s my brain, which does this thing where every so often something will strike it as absolutely HILARIOUS and that thing will just get stuck in some crevice or cranny in my mind and whenever it comes up it’s as funny as the first time I encountered it. It could be a line from a film or a random meme that social media chucked in my face. The other denizens of the Writer Flat know these secrets and on occasion abuse them mercilessly.
Gail: OMG I do this too!
Since writers inevitably end up in the bar, what’s your poison?
A pint of cider. If for any reason I require the buzz to hit sooner rather than later, drop a shot of vodka, glass and all, into that bad boy. I am not a diminutive individual. Sometimes these measures are entirely necessary and justified.
Author Trip Galey
Trip is a writer, a doctor of the academic persuasion, and a researcher of all things pursuant to bargains, exchanges, and compacts of a faery nature. It is inadvisable to attempt to make a deal with him. He has been, in the past, a reluctant cowboy, an Ivy League collegian, and an itinerant marketing professional. Mostly harmless.
About your book!
What should readers eat while consuming your novel?
Either their favourite food or their least. Barring that, whatever makes them think of London!
What form does evil take within its pages?
Greed. Brutal, extractive, exploitative greed.
Which one of your characters would you most want to kiss and why?
Rhys the pawnbroker, though for reasons I won’t go into here as they are not yet revealed! (Though if you need a reason, we can say it’s because he’s somewhat based on the character of Neal Caffrey from White Collar.)
What’s your favorite period in history and does it influence your world building?
I adore periods of history known for excess (as much as I abhor the reasons for them). Give me the decadence of the 1920s, or the dramatic opulence of the Late Baroque period. And I can’t help but respect the eye-searing, neon intensity of the 1980s. And yes, they absolutely do influence my world building and my general approach to storytelling.
Frankly, sometimes more is more.
Which one of your characters would you most like to slap and why?
Garog Graspar. It’s not enough that he’s greedy, malicious, and cruel; he’s stupid and willfully ignorant as well.
Without spoilers, what’s the funnest (or funniest) part of the book?
For me, hands down, it’s the moment that involves
- exploiting a loophole on a deal
- a five-syllable, ten-dollar word
- and an unflappable entity with more legs than arms.
If your story smelled of something, what would that be?
Elderflower cordial and hot copper.
A tale of faery bargains, nascent industrial action, and clever shenanigans in an alternate Victorian London where magic can be found around every corner, and anything can be had…for the right price.
I’m guessing from that pitch alone, that those of you who enjoy my Parasolverse books are probably gonna love this one. I don’t write the fae per-say but I do write fae-like characters (Lord Akeldama and Preshea both spring to mind). Also I think if you are, specifically a fan of Romancing the Werewolf, you’ll probably love this.
Yours (destined to be killed by a tumbling TBR pile),
Possible Companion Book?
Romancing the Werewolf
Gay. Victorian. Werewolves.
Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him. His werewolves object to his curtain choices. And someone keeps leaving human babies on his doorstep.
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