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Fictional Travel – Favorite Books With a Strong Sense of Place

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m a pretty chronic traveller, Gentle Reader. My parents put me on a plane by myself to the UK when I was 10. I pretty much never stopped moving after that. I’ve lived and worked overseas, as a student and as an archaeologist. Since I became a full time author I’ve travelled more, not less.

I also really love reading books with a strong sense of place. And by that I mean my kinds of books comedy, heroine’s journeys, romances, and urban fantasy. (As a reminder here is a list of the tropes I gravitate towards and read for in fiction.)

Piper J Drake and I did a podcast on this topic for 20 Minute Delay so you can listen to our picks there as well, if you want: Ep 35 Books That Call Us To Places (iTunes). We go into the writer perspective on travel in great depth, how we use out travels to write settings in our books. Watch us on YouTube to see how much we hand wiggle and get excited!

Anyway as a companion piece, I thought I would concoct a list for you of some of my favorite books that make me want to go somewhere, a few of which I talk about on the above episode. I’ve alphabetized by country/setting.

Places to Visit With Fiction


Specifically the Nile and the archaeology sites along it.

Lord of Two Lands by Judith Tarr

Sailboat on the Nile, Cairo, Egypt, ca. 1895

This is a bit of a cheat as it’s Egypt during the time of Alexander the Great but I still think it provides and extremely strong feel of Egypt, especially the desert and Nile delta. Although never having been, I can’t say for certain.

My stories that visit Egypt?

Curious Case (Luxor 1840s), Timeless (Alexandria 1870s), and Imprudence (Alexandria, Cairo, Nile down through Sudan 1890s).


Specifically the Yorkshire Dales.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

(Plus the long running TV series by the same name.)

This could be a huge category, since I grew up with British children’s book read to me by my English mother. The moors and the dales and the rolling countryside play huge roles in books like the Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden, and so forth.

I wrote and set the Finishing School series in Devon because that’s were I spent my childhood. Defy or Defend takes place in Nottingham because I went to university there.

So why did I pick the Dales for England?

Well, James Herriot, of course. I grew up listening to All Creatures Great and Small on tape, reading his children’s picture books about animals, and watching the All Creatures Great and Small TV show.

This pick is a bit of a cheat, as these are technically non-fiction memoirs about being a vet in Yorkshire, but these stories are funny, sweet, touching and uplifting offerings full of quirky characters and their humans. I think, non-fiction or not, my readers will love these books.

Another movie suggestion?

Because it gives a great idea of the differences in setting in England during the Industrial Revolution is North & South.

All Parasol Protectorate Books Germany Soulless Changeless Blameless Heartless Timeless Teacup Octopus Nook Bedding

My stories that visit England?

Many of my Parasolverse books are set in and around England. Soulless and Heartless (19870s London), Romancing the Werewolf (I recommend Maurice as a companion movie) and How to Marry a Werwolf (1890s London, I recommended the TV series The Buccaneers), all of the Finishing School series (in and around southern England 1850s), Poison or Protect (countryside near Oxford), Romancing the Inventor (countryside near London, I recommend Tipping the Velvet if you liked this book), and parts of the Custard Protocol series.


Specifically Corfu.

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

(Also the movie adaptations plus The Durrell’s in Cofu TV series)

Corfu has been on my long list of places to visit but I’ve never managed to get there. I have been to Greece but not Corfu. My love affair with this place started as a child when I first read Durrell’s work, or more properly listened to them on tape from the library.

This pick is another cheat (like James Herriot), as these are technically non-fiction memoirs about being a British ex-pat growing up in Corfu prior to WWII. But Jerry and his eccentric family and how they cope with his pathological need to keep and understand animals (he would eventually become a zoo keeper and famous animal conservationist) are truly hilarious. Non-fiction or not, my readers will love these books, and will see the ways that they have influenced and inspired my own writing.

My books that visit Greece?

None sadly. Although I have visited.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

(Plus the movie adaptation.)

Both the book and the movie give an intense feeling of visiting Singapore.

I truly utterly adore Singapore and it is one of the places on earth I consider a heart home, that is a place I could see myself actually living in as a resident.

This is a big statement for me as it is both hot (located almost exactly on the Equator) and a bustling larger city (I am, by nature and inclination a small town girl).

What Crazy Rich Asians doesn’t really cover is the food scene and hawker centers in Singapore, which were, of course, my favorite part.

My book that visits Singapore?

Competence. I promised a government official (also a fan) that I would have my characters visit them, and spent half my trip exciting researching what Singapore was like in the 1890s.


The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

I have never been to Wales but when I read The Dark is Rising sequence of books I vowed some day to get there. What Cooper manages to do with her work is reflect the lyrical nature of the Welsh language and the rolling green softness of its topography in her writing style and in the serene yet tense nature of her prose.

I can’t say enough good things about The Dark is Rising series and it a CRIME that these books are more popular in the United States. Do yourself or your child a sold and check these out.

Also the audiobook (back in my day) was so good because you got to hear how all those welsh words are pronounced. I had read them as books first so when I listened to the tapes it blew my MIND.

My books that visit Wales?

None yet. Maybe after I visit?

Check out the podcast episode that inspired this blog post on 20 Minute Delay.

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Also find me talking about writing and researching setting on Dan’s Podcast, The Everyday Novelist Question 828: Faking Your Setting.

Here’s an FAQ all about world building.

And here’s a blog post with tips for researching Victorian set steampunk.

26 Tips for Researching Victorian Set Story, Steampunk & Beyond (Important for Writers)

Yours (can’t wait to travel again),

Miss Gail

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Miss Gail in Scotland & Ireland: Her Favorite Whisky, Food, Stand Up & More (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So I was recently in Dublin, Edinburgh, and the Highlands of Scotland on a get away (combined with World Con 2019). It was a great trip, mostly because the Isles have finally discovered the rest of Europe is there and stolen their food. Finally. There were Italian and Greek and Spanish places all over, even in small towns. Hooray!

WorldCon 2019: Dublin

I went a few days early before WorldCon and did much of the stuff one is supposed to do in Dublin. Lots of museums and walking and, of course, visiting the Trinity Library.

The convention itself was a blast, full of great panels and old friends. I even drank a gin-based cocktail (blame Mur Lafferty) which normally I’d avoid at all costs. (I really do not like gin.)

Speaking of booze, the Hugo After party involved Black Velvets (Champagne + Guinness) a favorite drink of mine and I was startled to find so few of my friends had ever heard of it.

This is what happens to Gail after two of them…

Fringe 2019 in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a town of all day breakfast (that end at 3:30pm) and amazing sweets, cobbled streets and quirky bathrooms, good drinking water and inclement weather, great tea and indifferent coffee, vintage clothing shops and plenty of bookstores.

Also it has a ruddy big castle in the middle of it…

In other words, I want to move there immediately.

My favorite comics at Fringe were (in no particular order):

Scottish Highlands

This was my favorite part of trip. We drove from Edinburgh to Pitlochry (stopping off to see castles along the way) and used this lovely town as a base for a ton of hiking and wandering around the area. (I will say if I had it to do over I would go by train, not drive.)

I got a ton of walking in and the weather mostly behaved. It was lovely, the food was great, and I finally really got a chance to relax.

Don’t know what it says about me that I tend to like small villages in foreign countries frequented by retirees on holiday. Am I old before my time or just lazy?

Things I Stuck in My Maw

Lots of breakfasts. Yes, I like such things and when I’m hiking all day they make for a great start.

Irish Breakfast (similar to Scottish breakfast, similar to British Breakfast)

Shall I get personal about breakfast foods? Here we go, I’m about to piss everyone off.

UK & Ireland have better sausages than most other places, but there is no excuse for back bacon (I’ll take crispy US stomach-cut bacon any day of the year). Baked beans are a travesty, tomatoes should always come with breakfast, black pudding is fine but not worth the calories, white pudding is gross, fried mushrooms are okay but canned are disgusting, and the bread should always be brown and fried.


I will fight your waffle/pancake/french toast nonsense until I die. That’s not breakfast, that’s dessert. This is how we start our day.

I should add, I had a vegetarian version of the above with veggie sausage and spinach at one point that rocked my world. So yeah I think I’ll be doing mostly that next time.

Delicious Haggis, Neeps & Tatties in Pitlochry. This is still not my favorite dish but this is the best execution I have ever eaten.

The isles have upped their food game in the five or so years since I have been back. We will not discuss the pathetic excuse for Mexican food that has popped up anywhere (no, I said pathetic and I meant it). Mexican is a SERIOUS business, that was not it. Also, guac on toast does not equal avocado on toast. And while we are at it can we talk about the quality and sanctity of guac? Why would you put mayo in it? WHY?


Duck Dish in Pitlochry

What’s improved is the apparent realization that Italy exists, and that they have yummy food, and they are RIGHT THERE, so hey! Shall we consider the complex delicate flavors of a lightly grilled vegetable, the gently treated (not fried) fish, the appropriate amount of acid, the addition of herbs beyond parsley? Why yes we shall! Thank heavens. I also ate a lot of Greek pastries from this FANTASTIC place in Edinburgh that we walked by most days on the way to Fringe. True authentic bougatsa. So yummy.

I also ate a ton on Portuguese custard tarts, ice cream & yogurt with passion fruit. Apart from the bougatsa, my favorite sweet bite was an elevated sticky toffee pudding from a place in Pitlochry called Fern Cottage. It was truly magical…

My favorite savory bite? A lamb burger with stilton and cranberry compote from a pub, The Pheasant, near Heathrow in London. I didn’t get a pic because, frankly, it looks just like any old burger but it was MAGICAL.

The other thing I did was try every weird crisp flavor I could get my mitts on. You can check out my Twitter and Instagram for what I thought of the different flavors but here they are…

The duck and the burger were my favorites.

A Quick Word on Scotch

I am not a whiskey drinker.

But we went to a number of distilleries in the Highlands, and I did find out what my whiskey is, AKA the one that I enjoy. Naturally, I like the fancy stuff.

By fancy I mean:

Single malt, highland style scotch, sherry barrel, no smoke, no bog, no peat, aged 20+ years. (The one I liked was Blair Athol 23 years.) Lots of honey notes and the front, gentle burn. I found this quite drinkable, but I likely still don’t enjoy it enough to be worth the price tag. Better I let true aficionados drink such things.

I also went to a ton of  museums, but bah, why talk artifacts when you can eat?

Yours, still jet lagged,

Miss Gail 

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!


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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

With Rob (and his boyfriend Powder). Robert (L) was the first person to ever publicly review Soulless… 10 years ago!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Chatelaine, 1870, bog oak with Tara brooch clasp carrying containers for smelling salts and needlework equipment, Dublin Museum

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Preparing For Price Increases On Books and Print Goods

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

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~ Borderlands Books’ hilarious “Overheard in the store” May News

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“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

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Never Able to Catch Gail Carriger at Events? Check out this video of her Panel on the Parasolverse at Teslacon!

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My dear gentle reader, here is the FULL video of one of my panels from my recent visit to Teslacon. This steampunk event is fabulous and well worth a visit.

The lovely Airship Ambassador is ostensibly interviewing me, but we kinda just talk about the Parasol Protectorate for 90 minutes. The audio isn’t great and there is a brief glitch while I’m telling the cover art story so that will have to wait for another day.

If you don’t often see me at a convention, this is a taste of what it’s like.

Mentioned in this video!

“I find that writing is a constant battle with exactly the same problems you’ve always had.”

~ Douglas Adams

Questions Answered

  • Yes, that’s a knitted octopus on Gail’s head.
  • First writing and trying to sell Soulless, did Gail intend a series how did it go? Troubles with Changeless.
  • Getting and agent and getting a publisher.
  • How did Soulless get its cover?
  • The inception of Lord Akeldama. Will we get more of his back story?
  • Did Gail intend the Finishing School and the Parasol Protectorate character interconnection from the get go?
  • Books tours, why, how many, why stop?
  • How much feedback and contact does Gail really have with her fans.
  • How much influence did Gail have over the manga and illustrated edition? How did they come into existence? What two scenes did REM have to redraw? Why isn’t there a coloring book?
  • How to take advantage of serendipity?
  • How much input does Gail have in her audiobooks and her narrators? Will there be other versions?
  • Film option?
  • Why does Professor Lyall exist? Is he just a foil or more?
  • Werewolf back story, does Gail know how they all experience metamorphosis?
  • Which character does Gail identify with the most? How to name them?
  • Gail in England? Research, travel, and her mother.
  • How much does the author’s Archaeology background play into these books?
  • What werecreature would Gail choose?

With members of the Parasol Protectorate FB Fan Group in real life!

I hope you enjoyed this is a rare opportunity to see what I’m like on a panel.

Rare because it took most of my data to film and post and it’s kinda hard to get the tech right.


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  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
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Book News:

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~ Gail reflecting on archaeology and being an author

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WorldCon 2018 Gossip from the Author Side + How a Con is like Tam Lin (Also Links to Things I Talked About On Panels & Useful Stuff)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello dear Gentle Reader,

I need to process, so you’re getting a con review today. Here are my feels on WorldCon (including the parties) plus resources and links follow ups on my panel discussions.

Frankly, WorldCon felt a bit like being Tam Lin, in the end. As if I had been pulled underhill, into a place with no time and too much terrible beauty.

Beware the unsidhe and fandom, or are they the same thing?

WorldCon San Jose 2018

By far the best thing to happen was Mur & Matt winning the Hugo for Best Fan Cast: Ditch Diggers. Are you a writer? Then you should listen to this podcast. No excuses now, shut up and listen. You’ll make my life a lot easier because you’ll stop asking me stupid questions.

Yes, there are stupid questions. Anyone who told you differently was selling something.

Mur in a Chicken hat and self at the Hugo After Party having a grand time

So Ditch Diggers wins and I am flipping ecstatic. I love them both, and we met because of podcasts. I am so delighted they won. It helps that I’m the Fairy Godmother of Ditch Diggers, so YES!

If you want to watch a great summation of WorldCon and listen to some awesome thoughts on the event and winning the Hugo, you can’t do any better than Matt’s little video…

The Venue

San Jose gave its all, in terms of weather and food. I feel like both would be hard to beat by any other WorldCon ever. There was so much hole-in-the-wall deliciousness within walking distance. My biggest disappointment was The Grill at the Fairmont – overpriced, overcooked, and bland. That’ll teach me to eat at the hotel and not the obligatory Nor Cal hole-in-the-wall. Nash.

Us locals were particularly amused by the general delight in all the yummy tacos, which, quite frankly, for us were merely passing good. Yes, including the lamb and pork belly ones. Trust me, this is WHAT WE DO.

My crew and I trekked vast distances for stellar Indian buffet and yummy Ethiopian on the advice of those who actually live in downtown San Jose and were not disappointed. Honestly, I keep ending up living in the Bay Area because of the food.

Rarely do I get a chance to eat exactly how I want to at a con – which is to say, not-American lighter faire, and mostly vegetarian. San Jose made that easy. Not to mention the fact that my hotel, the Hyatt, laid on a nice breakfast spread to get the day started RIGHT.

The Panels

I had three panels, a kaffeeklutch, and a signing. That’s actually pretty light schedule for me. But I also had interviews and meetings and such.

My favorite panel was the first one with my friend Shelly Adina. We are both comfortable at cons and with public speaking and don’t have many pickles left to give, so we went all out with hilarious and snarky. The room was packed and the questions were brilliant and people laughed at all the right times.

Panel Resources

Carriger & Adina Talk Steampunk (tea and silliness optional)

Things of interest from that panel:

Young Adult: Looking at the World Through a Skewed Lens

Things of interest from that panel:

Spy-Fi: Secret Agents, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Things of interest from that panel:

Kaffeeklutch and signing….

I always give away swag and secrets at these things (and at my bookstore events) so no links of anything for you here. You have to come see me in person for that. Although the Chirrup may have something new and exciting to tell you this weekend.


The Parties

I didn’t really hang out much on the party floor. I helped throw a lovely little tea party with Borderlands in their sponsor suite. And I buzzed up once to visit Locus. In general, however, the room parties were a bit too hot and crowded for me, most of the time.

Mostly I hung out at the bar, or tried too. Because the best bar (Fairmont) would keep playing less than the best music, loudly, so we kept leaving and migrating about to lesser bars.

Running into the lovely Debbie at the Retro Hugos.

Too much time was spent walking aimlessly trying to meet up with people. Bars we did end up at weren’t prepared for authors-en-masse and did dumb things like close early out of fear or desperation or trauma. My shoes got progressively more practical as the convention went on, because there was just so much walking. This did not thrill me in any regard.

By far my favorite evening gathering was a the Hugo After Party, mostly because I always relax more at the end of the con, and I got to dance. The music was really good and I had my girls with me so there was lots of bouncing about. I did take an epic tumble due to a spilled drink on the dance floor and am now sporting an extremely impressive bruise. Yeah, I’m graceless AF.

The Concluding Muddle

WorldCon was kind of all over the place for me.

I started it off receiving some very sad news, which rather impacted my mental state the whole time. But I ended it over-the-moon happy for two friends of mine and dancing my little heart out. In the middle? I spent most of the con unmoored. Physically drifting from bar to bar, panel to panel, person to person. Emotionally wavering between grief, delight, annoyance, and joy. I socialized with buddies from Faire, friends from high school, author soulmates, steampunk lovelies, and professional contacts.

In a weird way, my whole identity was tested.

I guess you could describe my reemergence into mundane life as rather muddled and a little fractured right now. So forgive me these confusing times while I work myself back out?

I seem to be still there, at WorldCon, in that odd in-between underhill of magic and fairies and lost time and space, and beauty, and horror.

You know how it goes with the fae. Right?

Yours as always,

Miss Gail

Which reminds me you should all go read The Perilous Gard. (And for goodness sake why isn’t this in eBook form? Who’s managing that woman’s estate. Are you mad?)

  • Members of the Chirrup will have the option of entering to win this parasol on Sunday. You need to join before it goes out. This charming lace sunshade is one of a kind… because I decorated it with the blue ribbon myself. There will also be more gossip about WorldCon, and a super exciting secret about an upcoming project.
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  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.


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 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.



Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Little girl holding a parasol July, 1929

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Meanwhile Pink Hat Society gave me a fashion award for my bag at RWA nationals

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

We Need More Queer Stories Where Nobody Suffers

Book News:

Ace Artemis Fan Artist Tash & Percy

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

10 Best Packing Tips For Authors (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

This blog originally written for and posted at Fiction University. If you are an author or a soon to be author, it’s a great blog to follow. I highly recommend it.

10 Best Packing Tips For Authors

I used to be an archaeologist. Now I write fiction for a living.

Biggest surprise when I switched careers?

I travel more as an author than I ever did as an archaeologist.

These days I have one event a month, mostly long weekends at conventions, writers conferences, book fairs, or comic cons. I also do several longer writing retreats and the occasional book tour.

No matter what the event, if attending as an author there are the ten things I always pack!

Professional Author Packing List

1. Business Cards

  • Front, glossy: A picture the 1st books (up to 3) in my most popular series.
  • Back, matte: Name & contact information (I believe website & email are sufficient).
  • Plenty of white space on the back so people can write notes.

2. Bookmarks and Other Swag

Swag is a contentious subject. I don’t use mine for promo (not intentionally). Instead I see swag as something special to give devoted readers. So I usually have exclusive in-person bookmarks, postcards, badge ribbons, or pins.

3. Name Tent

I recommend making your own name tent. You might need your own for signings or panels, especially for an easily misspelled name. I printed mine in my preferred font, on good card stock, and then laminated it.

4. Book Cover Art

The hardcover dust jackets, or a publisher’s sample paperback cover art, make great standees. I suggest packing the first books in a series, only. It isn’t always done to “prop a book up” on panels or other speaking engagements, but it’s best to be prepared in case it is done, without having to lug around actual books.

5. Signing Pens

Whatever your preferred pen is, pack several. Since I get strange signing requests (parasols, anyone?) I travel with different kinds of pens: black and gold sharpies, a highlighter, and my preferred gel signing pens (loaded into a vintage-looking necklace).

6. Tiny Notebook

I always find myself thinking of something to jot down while in a meeting or on a panel, so I like to carry something with me for notes (lately I settled on these waterproof grid paper ones). Otherwise I end up using my phone, which comes off as rude.

7. Newsletter Sign Up Sheet

I always pack a stack of print outs for the Chirrup. It gives shy readers something to do while I’m signing their books, and reaches those who aren’t on social media.

8. Professional Attire

Whether attending an event for the purposes of promotion, education, or networking it’s best to dress up rather than down. You don’t have to go to my lengths, but at least attempt proper attire.

9. Layers and Folding Tote

Convention centers and hotels have notoriously tricky atmospheres. It’s usually worth lugging around a light jacket, cardigan, or shawl. I find a folding tote also works wonders, as it’s also good for all the extra bits that I shed or accumulate throughout the day.

10. Save Yourself, Save Others

Someone will love you for one or all of the following:

  • Individually wrapped toothpicks
  • Tissues
  • Breath mints (If someone offers you a breath mint ALWAYS take it. They’re trying to tell you something.)
  • Pain killers and other useful over-the-counter meds (like activated charcoal)
  • Snacks

Further Reading for Authors!

Further Reading for Travellers

Further Listening!

Gail travels so much she started a podcast, 20 Minute Delay, about it.

Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.


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SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button


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Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1911-1914 Longchamp, France via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My fountain pen collection.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Recommended Podcast!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

~ Mark Twain

Book News:

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Want A Sneak Peek at the Research Behind Gail Carriger’s Competence? (Custard Protocol Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Hello Gentle Reader,

Here, for you entertainment, amusement and titillation are a few links and peeks into some of the research that I had to do for Competence, Custard Protocol #3. I do hope you enjoy!


Blog Posts & Other Articles


What was the inspiration for setting Miss Primrose Tunstell in Singapore?

I was at the Singapore Writers Festival a few years ago and just fell in love with the place.

I also visited the National History Museum there and picked up a little book of collected primary source material from the 1890s that isn’t available elsewhere.

Then I promised the Minister of Culture Sim Ann (who is a fan of mine – squee!) that I would put it in the next book. I like to keep my promises.

Want a taste of Singapore’s infamous Kaya Toast? Just get this coconut jam (actually coconut curd) and spread on toast with salted butter (it’s not exactly right but it’s still so good).

Warning, must love coconut.

Yours forever (in coconutty goodness),

Miss Gail

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  • Coop de Book for July is Competence, of course. (Discussion here.


Competence and matched books that influenced

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 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My new teapot purse!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Subtle Sexiness of Parasols

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Prim & Tash for Ace Artemis

Quote of the Day:

“Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine.”

~ Polish Proverb

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

Gail Is At Phoenix Comic Con

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My darlings!

I am currently off swanning about Phoenix Comic Fest. It’s my first time at this event so I am a little nervous.

Do come and say hi, if you are planning on going? I need to see friendly faces.

Even if you can’t come there’s this: Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Gail Carriger

Here is Gail Carriger’s Schedule


4:30pm PANEL: Ghosts, Monsters and Demons, Oh My! – Creatures in Fiction
Location: North 125AB

5:45pm Signing
Location: North 124AB


10:30am PANEL: Mythology in Literature
Location: North 125AB

11:45am Signing
Location: North 124AB

1:30pm PANEL: Sex and Romance in Fiction
Location: North 125AB

3:00pm Signing
Location: North 124AB

8:00pm EVENT: Drinks with Creators


10:30am PANEL LGBTQ Representation in SFF
Location: North 126C

Noon PANEL Writers Pay Homage to Their Forerunners
Location: 126AB

1:45pm Signing
Location: North 124AB


Noon PANEL Writing Rebel Girls
Location: North 125AB

1:30pm Signing
Location: Exhibitor Hall Author Signing

3:30 Signing
Location: Badali Jewelry Booth

Yes, I’m picking my outfits with HEAT in mind. Yes, I am planning on bringing a parasol! You should look for me in pink, mostly, with white accessories!

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

Meanwhile you can keep an eye open to see the end results of my great pink lipstick quest not to mention how many different pairs of shoes I am wearing.

Speaking of which, here is a whole episode on traveling with shoes (and companions) from self and Piper.

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  • Coop de Book for May is How to Marry a Werewolf (naturally, or should I say, supernaturally?). (Discussion here.)


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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger features a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him).

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.



Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1911-1914 Longchamp, France via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

More Men Should Visit the Ripped Bodice

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

10 Awesome Software Apps For Writers

Book News:

Fan Art Conall & Floote

Quote of the Day:

“The bottle rules the sensual world, but the tea-cup is queen in all the fair dominions.”

~ Around the Tea Table, by T. De Witt Talmage (c.1895)

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

Gail Talks About Travel ~ So Many Tricks & Tips On Her Podcast 20 Minute Delay

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So for those of you who missed it, I’ve started a podcast with my author friend Piper J Drake!

It’s called 20 Minute Delay and in it Piper and I give away all our secrets on travel hacking.

We cover everything from how to pack, to how to tip, to how to get yourself into the concierge suite of a hotel. We talk about the kind of things that you’d find useful whether you travel for business or pleasure, with a family or alone. Of course there is quite a bit about conventions and conferences, because we are both authors.

Find the Podcast on…




Want to know more?

Here are a few episodes to tempt you…

  1. Hellmouth Airports: We hypothesize that everyone has a hellmouth airport that wants to KEEP YOU FOREVER. What’s yours?
  2. Travel Whammies: We reveal the worst things that ever happened to us on the road and how to avoid them in future.
  3. The Burrito Protocol: What to bring to eat on the go? Why and how to transport it.
  4. Backpack Sasquatch: In which I get mad about people who travel with backpacks and Piper defends them.
  5. Travel Kits and Proper Packing: A deep dive into really, truly, the best way to pack. In this one we agree!
  6. Self Care and Bath Bombs: How we make sure not to get stress out and sick while travelling.
  7. Hotel Room Optimization: Need help getting the most out of your hotel room? We reveal some serious secrets in this one.

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for January 2017 is Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh.


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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910 Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Garden Path

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Jasmine tea’s many secrets

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Harpers Bazaar New York Sat June 13 1891 Poet at a Party

Book News:

The Lesbian Review says of Romancing the Inventor:

“This is a fantastic and quick read. Fans of Carriger’s will be well-served in picking up this novel, and those who aren’t familiar with her work will find it a great way of introducing themselves to her steampunk universe. I was sold at the name Genevieve Lefoux, and I suspect many others will be also. It’s a wonderful story with two characters who are more than a match for each other. The combination is electric and sure to please.”

Quote of the Day:

“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.”

~ Gladstone, 1865

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

2017 In Retrospect: What Gail Did, Where She Went, Did You Catch The Elusive Authorbeast?

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Well my darling Gentle Reader, it’s a new year and that means I get all nostalgic and introspective (and purgy and clean like a mad woman). So here are some of my thoughts on 2017, and where I might be headed in 2018.

Where did Gail Go in 2017?

Here are some of the places I traveled to last year for events.

1. Confusion, Detroit

A small con in mid winter in Detroit doesn’t seem like a big draw but it was such a blast. I met the James SA Corey boys (and played a prank on them) and hung out with a number of old friends and made a few new ones. Confusion is small industry-heavy convention, highly recommended if you are in the area.

Great networking opportunity for authors plus star packed panels for fans. If I lived closer, and the risk of being stranded during air travel at this time of year weren’t so high, I would return regularly.

2. Steamposium, Anchorage

Fun tiny tiny convention, plus I visited glaciers and all sorts of other outdoors type madness. The cosplay was off the chart for such a small event.

3. BayCon, San Jose

BayCon used to be my regular con in my days as a fan girl. I don’t make it often anymore because that particular weekend is so convention heavy. Next year, for example they host my favorite author of ALL TIME, Tamora Pierce, however I’m likely going to Phoenix Comic Con because… that weekend.

Ty & Dan turned up again (plus I ran into them at SDCC), so this was the year of James SA Corey, for me.

4. Steampunk World’s Fair, New Jersey

This was my second time at this event and I had another fun weekend. World’s Fair is probably the largest Steampunk Convention in continual operation. I enjoy it so much and I feel like I have a lot of old friends there now.

I hope to make it back again in a few years. For me, the highlight was Ashley’s one woman show, Pass Fail. So good. I still think about it.

5. San Diego Comic Con International

This was my second official time at SDCC (I did a flash visit of 20 minutes last year). I had an OK time, it’s a rough haul on those of us who don’t handle crowds well. I self-medicated with a lot of ice cream. Once or twice a decade is about what I can handle with SDCC.

Still, I do like the option to dress up.

My highlight was whipping Sam Syke’s arse at Paul Cornell’s silly author-panel game.

It’s small goals, darling, that make life worth living.

6. Denmark, Fantasy Book Faire

A small event in a beautiful setting. I met my Danish translator and ate way too much delicious food.

7. Local Stuff, San Francisco Bay Area

I did some local events: a book group here, a library there, some visits to Borderlands. Good old Borderlands also hosted my book launch for The Sumage Solution.

How I love my darling Borderlands. Let me count the ways?

  • Their sponsor program helped me find my lovely assistant.
  • They are the only place readers can consistently buy my books, signed.
  • They support my indie efforts, Romancing the Inventor even made their bestseller list.
  • Their sponsor-only events are a blast.
  • They are a home away from home when shopping in the Mission.

Borderlands will be moving, and as a result SURVIVING, next year.

I look forward to their new location on Haight Street (my high school stomping grounds). I did a lot of shopping on that street in my youth. I look forward to reacquainting myself with the area.

How do I feel about my 2017 events?



Because that was it, that was the sum total of the in person events I did this year.

As opposed to 12 + a book tour. (Which is what I’ve done in previous years. Madness.)

You know what?

I feel great. Refreshed and good. Not threadbare and burned out like I have done at the end of previous years. I also get the sense that in-person events are shifting and fading, less well attended and less urgent than they were at the start of my career.

And, you know what, that’s fine.

Why? Because…

Facebook Lives

So yeah, this is where I am going with all this… virtual Gail is in your house!

I will keep up with the Facebook Lives (and companion YouTube videos) as you really seem to like them. I feel like I can reach so many more people than hauling my exhausted self all over the place.

I’m sorry if you’re opposed to Facebook, or otherwise struggle with this method of communication. But, frankly, it is so much easier and more relaxing for me, and more importantly it eats up so much less of my writing time.

And you want me to write more, right?

Speaking of which…

Writing Retreats

I did two writing retreats last year. A one weeker and a two weeker. I managed to finish a book, and write you How to Marry a Werewolf plus a super cute short story.

I find writing retreats work really well for me, especially if I have good synergy with the other authors. So I have 4 planned for 2018, 2 shorter long weekend ones, and 2 week long ones.

I hope they will be very productive, for all our sakes.


I taught an all day workshop and also gave a 2 hour lecture in 2017. I forgot how much I enjoyed teaching to an eager audience on a subject I adore.

By Sarah Coldheart (@sarahcoldheart)

I’m trying to get back into it, partly to give back to my fellow writers. Now I’m 10 years into being a professional author I feel like I have something to say that might actually help others.

To that end, I learned how to use Keynote and really love the program. Right now I have three decks going and I hope to do more.

I also started up a Travel podcast, 20 Minute Delay, with my friend Piper, talking about all the things I learned about traveling, doing it as much as I do.

The Future!

So 2018 looks like fewer, mostly bigger, events (to maximize travel versus number of people likely to show up ratios). No international travel (I’ve a big one in 2019). No book tour. Lots of writing retreats and Facebook Lives.

Of course, everything will be announced via the Chirrup, on the Events section of my website, and of course here in the blog.

Hoping to see many of you in 2018, in one form or another.

Woman by pond, ca. 1906-12. Autochrome (early color photograph) by the Lumiere brothers. source

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for January is Angels Blood (Guild Hunter Book 1) by Nalini Singh.


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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

One corset 4 different ways

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Business Musings: Quitting

Book News:

On Instagram, I talked briefly about this book and how I am still surprised I had the guts to write one with a pregnant main character.

Quote of the Day:

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

Gail Carriger Invades Denmark (20 Minute Delay)

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First, thank you all so much for your support of my new book, Romancing the Werewolf. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see people talk about it and show picture of it on ereaders all around the world.

And on that note…

I just returned from a trip to Denmark (I might have stealth visited another country, too). What a beautiful place! So clean and full of Danes with serious faces and towering cheekbones.

Here are 7 things that I learned about Denmark…

1. Denmark is a land of neutral clothing. Everyone wears black, grey, and navy. Accent colors are burgundy, army green, and blush pink. That’s it. No deviation. It’s easy to spot tourists because of this. Houses, however, are another matter.

2. Certain words are hilarious in Danish.

3. In fact, Danish itself is rather hilarious. And also rather mocked by other Europeans.

4. The Danes bike everywhere, at very high speeds.

5. In fact, it felt like, in Copenhagen, more people commuted by bike than by car.

6. Rufus Gifford, former Ambassador to Denmark under Obama, is most likely a Gail Carriger-style vampire. (Apparently he is much beloved by the Danes.)

7. I am reliably informed that Beta Readers in Denmark are called Shadow Readers. Isn’t that wonderful?

Found this lovely little SF/F bookstore in Copenhagen, stocked my books & new about the Locus awards! (Waves at Ditte.)

In other news…

I met my Danish translator at the book festival and she told me that Soulless was the hardest book she has ever had to translate. Which I took as a profound complement!

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In Other Travel News

I just might have started a podcast! (I know, but I love them soooooo much, I wanted to join the party.) It’s all about travel with my friend and fellow writer Piper J Drake.

It’s called 20 Minute Delay

And you can listen to a sample.

Coming soon to iTunes!

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Werewolf.


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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available in digital form (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Carl Frieseke, Lady with a Parasol, c 1905

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bifi Roll XXL with mini salami – Biffy would approve?

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Case of the Small Shoes —a.k.a. Survival Bias: No, people were NOT “just smaller then.”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

36 Inspirational Home Office Workspaces That Feature 2 Person Desks

Book News:

Desiree Schwartz via FB

Quote of the Day:

“He spoke with a certain what-is-it in his voice, and I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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

San Diego Comic Con – The Return of Gail

Posted by Gail Carriger

The last time I went to San Diego Comic Con was also the first time I went to any Comic Con. Back in 2012 it was utterly overwhelming. It’s gotten even more overwhelming. Nevertheless it was a feast for all things, eyes, nose, ears, and feet.

Memorable moments of the con, L-R, T-B:
1. Tea (a lovely strong unsweetened chai) at BOTH my Mysterious Galaxy signings. (I am SO spoiled.) 2. Vamping it up in leopard print. 3. Showing off my new scarf (thank you Amanda Panda), a delightful gift. 4. Familiar much beloved faces.

I survived by…

  • Leaving at least a half hour to get anywhere.
  • Mostly walking in flats and only donning heels for the actual events & photos.
  • Eating my bodyweight in fro-yo and salt & vinegar crisps, but not a whole lot else.
  • Not doing any parties. I was too exhausted each night (I’m getting old, my darlings), and a good number of my particular friends no longer go to SDCC – it’s a young person’s game.
  • Using my octopus parasol pretty constantly when I was outside, but parasols can be a difficult in that kind of crowd.

(I actually have now ordered this folding umbrella meets parasol as an all occasion steampunk option. I will let you know how it goes.)

Defining moments:

Well I won the 60 Secs with Sci-Fi Authors game. (I generally suck at such things, so I was overly chuffed to win.)

My favorite part of comic con, by far, was seeing my readers both familiar faces and a few new ones. I also met the author of The Paper Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg, who was LOVELY. Have any of you read her book?


Speaking of books:

My most unexpected moment might have been accidentally hand selling multiple copies of Uprooted while hanging out at the Mysterious Galaxy booth, because I couldn’t stop talking about it. (You can take the girl out of the dealer’s room but you can never take the dealer’s room out of the girl.)

Mysterious Galaxy has pretty much everything of mine signed right now, so give them a ring or drop them a line if you want something with the hand scribbled penmanship of yours truly.

The Clothes!

Here is an overview of all my outfits. I’ll be covering each one in detail over on Retro Rack.

Vote for your favorite! 

Which was your favorite of Gail's Outfits at SDCC 2017?

Meanwhile USA and CAN can pick up the ebook of…

Soulless on sale for $2.99!

And that’s all the madness for now!

As ever yours,

Miss Gail

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
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.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

This Airplane Gadget Makes Flying Long Distances In Coach Almost Bearable

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Food Pyramid for Writers

Book News:

Books Glorious Books says of Crudrat:

“Cravats, humour and kickassery are a given (it is Gail Carrier, after all). This time, Maura isn’t one of the upper crust. She isn’t anyone. It’s an interesting dynamic; the nastier side of human nature and classism are addressed. The world is creative and delightfully ridiculous, and the character dynamics fun.”

Quote of the Day:

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

20+ Blogs & Podcasts for Authors Recommended by Gail Carriger (Important for Writers)

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My dear Gentle Reader,

This one if for authors/writers who are interested in publishing & marketing their books.

This post is part of my occasional FAQ series where I endeavor to answer questions I get asked all the time. (Mainly so I have a perma-link to point people at in future.)

Below I list the blogs and podcasts I find most useful as a hybrid author (including those related to indie and self publishing). I recommend picking episodes/posts based on topic.

(I keep this list as updated as possible.)

Miss Carriger’s Top 13 Blogs for Authors

  1. Goodreads Authors & Advertisers Blog
  2. Build Book Buzz
  3. Elizabeth Spann Craig
  4. Just Publishing Advice for Writers and Authors
  5. Kikolani
  6. Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  7. Nathan Bransford
  8. Smart Blogger
  9. The Blood-Red Pencil
  10. The Book Designer
  11. Fiction University (was The Other Side of the Story)
  12. Writer Beware
  13. Writer Unboxed

Gail consumes her blogs via Feedly.

As always, you don’t have to take my word for it:

Miss Carriger’s Top 11 Podcasts for Authors

  1. The Author Biz Podcast (possibly podfade)
  2. The Creative Penn Podcast
  3. The Murverse Annex (Ditch Diggers & I Should Be Writing Podcasts)
  4. Novel Marketing Podcast
  5. Online Marketing Made Easy (no strictly for authors but still useful)
  6. Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing
  7. Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast
  8. The Self Publishing Podcast
  9. The Smarty Pants Book Marketing Podcast (defunk but some good backlist)
  10. Go Publish Yourself from IngramSpark
  11. Sell More Books Show

Gail consumes her podcasts using Overcast.

More podcast suggestions?

Gail’s pinterest board Writer Education is full of more recommended resources for authors.


Heroines Journey Gail Carriger free pdf ripped download

  • Tired of the hero’s journey?
  • Frustrated that funny, romantic, and comforting stories aren’t taken seriously?
  • Sad that the books and movies you love never seem to be critically acclaimed, even when they sell like crazy?

The Heroine’s Journey is here to help.

Multiple New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a clear concise analysis of the heroine’s journey, how it differs from the hero’s journey, and how you can use it to improve your writing and your life.


Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Gender Neutral Pronouns: Singular ‘They’

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

15 Productivity Apps to Help Keep Your Writing Goals on Track

Book News:

Curiosity Killed the Bookworm says of Prudence:

“Gail’s characters are so much fun…”

Quote of the Day:

“She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

~ Annie Dillard

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