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Weird human skill, writing more than one story & finding author community (Video Q&A)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I did a New Year’s Q&A video here’s some of the stuff I talked about and links to answers.

I didn’t bother to re-watch so if I forgot anything do let me know?

Links of Import!

Join the Chirrup to get Vixen Ecology.

Heroine’s Journey is here.

And here’s the schematic I showed briefly:

HJ Heroine's Journey Gail Carriger Graphic Schematic by Gail Carriger

Cape I’m wearing can be found here.

The cozy book we talked about was Klune’s House on the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea

The blog post I directed you to for more cozy book suggestions is here.

Lovely-Odd Questions I Answered

  • What other country would I live in?
  • What I drink when I am not drinking tea?
  • Do I have any weird talents like folding your tongue in a taco? (I demonstrate one skill.)
  • What are the only 3 foods I really will not eat? (Otherwise I genuinely with try anything.)
  • What weird human foods does my cat, Lilliput, like to eat?
  • As an archaeological ceramicist am I also a potter? Here’s a tiny photo of one of my old pieces (sorry it’s all I got).

Author Questions I Answered

  • Do I ever work on more than one story at a time?
  • Some Bridgerton thoughts as a consumer of romance books versus historical adaptations versus author perspective.
  • Which one of my books am I most proud of?
  • Has any audience reaction to a book release ever surprised me?
  • How to find and developed a writer-community + suggestions for those in very rural areas.
  • Following up on a NaNoWriMo project. What is the next step after finishing a draft? What did I learn about my process? Any advice?
  • Any / how much research into ASD / aspie did I do for Percy’s romance?

Reticence

I hope you enjoyed the video!

Yours,

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR!

The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture

Heroines Journey Gail Carriger free pdf ripped download

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Direct from me?

My first non-fiction book! How to use ancient story structure to understand and crack bestselling genre fiction.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Writerly Tincture 

World reading habits in 2020

Book Nibble 

Quote to Sip 


Happy Holidays Q&A + Vixen Ecology (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Final Video of the year!

I talk a lot about my weird food habits over holidays and all things yummy in conjunction with my family holiday traditions.

In This Video

Vixen Ecology will be a newsletter only digital release.  You can read more about it on my website.

Vixen Ecology free ebook mana lovejoy san andreas shifter GL carriger

My favorite chocolates to eat and gift? Belle Monde Chocolates.

The weirdest food traditions in my family around holidays. My favorite foods to eat at the holidays. How crab is a holiday food for me and why.

How do I feel about fruitcake? I mention, Panettone = Italian fruit bread. I also really love Italian Fruitcake cookies (I can’t remember the Italian name)

Other family food traditions: Pfeffernüsse, Dungeness Crab, Penguin Biscuits, Tim Tams, Jelly Babies.

Do I cook? What do I pretty much put into everything when I cook?

Crudrat started as a letter game!

Heroine’s Journey, how’s it going? What unusual things have happened because of it.

Traveling to research and researching while traveling for settings in books. I talk about my Singapore research for Competence here.

Piper and I discuss settings in books and why they make us want to visit certain places on our podcast, 20 Minute Delay.  And movies that do the same here.

Recommendations!

He’s Coming To Me – Gay Paranormal Romance – Thai BL.

Other favorite Thai Dramas: The Gifted (high school super powers, GREAT twist ending, PG13), 3 Will Be Free (poly romance on the run from assassins, trigger warning for sexual assault), and Until We Meet Again (epic reincarnation gay romance, so good, but trigger warning for suicide)

Sorcery & Cecelia

This is my favorite Chai, Thai Tea, cinnamon black.

A Villain for Christmas by Alice Winters.

My favorite holiday reads:

Gail Carriger’s Favorite Holiday Reads ~ Books for Kids & Adults (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Happy holidays,

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR!

The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture

Heroines Journey Gail Carriger free pdf ripped download

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Direct from me?

My first non-fiction book! How to use ancient story structure to understand and crack bestselling genre fiction.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Just me and my huge teapot purse at the release of Reticence last year.

Lilliput for scale.

Writerly Tincture 

Book Nibble 

Quote to Sip 


Gail Discusses Enforcer Enigma, Heroine’s Journey, & Tons of Gossip (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

A fun FB Live Q&A Video for you today, Gentle Reader.

I finally got some of my energy back and am a bit more upbeat than last time. The first question tackles some weighty matters and we delve in and out of the current troubling state of the book industry, but mostly I managed to keep it pretty light a chatty.

RELEVANT BOOKS

TEE Enforcer Enigma SAS3 eBook

The Enforcer Enigma

The Heroine’s Journey (preorder coming SOON to the Chirrup )

Marine Biology

ALL GAIL CARRIGER BOOKS

What’s going on with Enforcer print edition? Borderlands signed editions? And Borderlands in general? List of independent bookstores.

I also chat about upcoming Delightfully Deadly and Tinkered stars book. How I feel about traditional publishing and the publishing industry in general right now. I talk about writer lessons learned and changes as a writer over time.

Why does Changeless have a cliff hanger ending?

BOOK RELATED

The House in the Cerulean SeaBig warm hug of a book? The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Ripped Bodice (LA) – women owned and big diversity supporters

Try to order from Black-Owned Bookstores?

Coastal Magic

Gail’s Pinterest boards

Gail Carriger Comfort Reads

How did the Soulless cover come to be?

Piper J Drake call out

Donna my cover model and Geeky Teas

Belle Monde Chocolates Nikki

OTHER COOL STUFF

ON GAIL

Asian drama segue!

  • Eternal Love: Chinese epic fantasy drama on Netflix
  • Love O2O the series: Chinese romantic drama of a gamer girl and the hottest boy on campus who figures out she’s a secret gamer, in-world gaming character start the romance first, it is ADORABLE also bonus secret but clearly coded baby gay romance between nerd and hacker in second half.

BL Chinese drama rec:

  • History2: Crossing the Line (YouTube 8 eps) – Trigger warnings for glorified fighting and sub-plot of two step brothers getting together that’s pretty taboo/odd but the main romance is sweet and clean

BL Thai drama recs:

  • SOTUS: The Series (Netflix 15 eps) – Trigger warnings for hazing rituals and school sanctioned bullying.
  • Until We Meet Again (YouTube 17 eps) – SO MUCH FOOD Trigger warnings for suicide, family member homophobia, tragedy/lost love, extreme submissive tendencies

Incidentally, I dropped two massive treaties on BL dramas recently in this blog, intended to be read in order. You need passwords to read these posts, for various reasons explained in the forthcoming Chirrup. The password to them will also be provided in that August 2020 newsletter.

  1. BL Dramas Analyzed from a Writer’s Perspective: PART I
  2. BL Dramas THE LIST – What to watch? PART II

Right now I have no intention to make these completely public facing. But that might change in the future.

Okay, that’s all I got for ya!

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR!

The Enforcer Enigma, third the in San Andreas Shifters series.

TEE Enforcer Enigma SAS3 eBook

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Direct from me?

A werewolf without rank or hope and an enforcer who has lived too long go up against the selkie mob.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Writerly Tincture 

English place-names

Book Nibble 

Quote to Sip 


Gail Talks Future Projects, Author Demigods, and Gets Emotional (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

New video Q&A for you today, Gentle Reader!

So here I am chatting about everything from Enforcer Enigma to Heroine’s Journey to other future projects. I urge you not to turn authors into demigods and delve into the philosophical weight of separating artist from art. Also I get pretty emotional at the end. So many hugs to you all.

Sorry, I’m a bit low energy in this video as I’m recovering from a bought of ick.

Links of Note

Yours (destined to be killed by a tumbling TBR pile),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR!

Defy or Defend, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Direct from me?

Dimity, London’s cheerfullest spy, must fix a broken vampire hive while a gentle soldier tries to keep her safe. A charming makeover story set in the popular Parasolverse.

It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Lilliput supervising the live video recording. 

Writerly Tincture 

Book Signing Conversation Tips

Book Nibble 

Russian Covers Soulless Changeless

Russian Covers of Soulless & Changeless

Quote to Sip 


All About My Love of Libraries with Gail Carriger

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

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.

What Would Gail read Reading Title

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.

Balloon Ride Hot Air Take Off Gail Carriger

Books I use all the time for Victorian research:

Primary:

Secondary:

Bonus!

Find these books and more on my Research List.

Some of my research books.

Impetus for moving from adult fiction into YA?

Blog post on this in detail here.

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:

More on Libraries?

how to request ebooks from library

Yours (destined to retire in a library),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR?

Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident featuring Alexia & Conall’s first encounter!

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

OUT NOW!

In this short story Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

A librarian has a lot of fun with graphic novels, read the titles out loud in order… (photo courtesy of my assistant, Kelly). 

Writerly Tincture 

Book Nibble 

Meat Cute Amazon #1 in Steampunk Fiction

Quote to Sip 

Hedgehog Quote

 


All About Meat Cute, Producing Audiobooks, Word Counts Fueled by CAKE & More (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

In this video, Gentle Reader:

Why did I write Meat Cute at all? I admit to teas I don’t like. Plus a big confession about Defy or Defend. (DON’T TELL!)

LINKS OF INTEREST

Meat Cute in digital format is out Feb 16, 2020!

Meat Cute Audio is out NOW can be purchased directly from me.

Meat Cute in print is in Fan Service, why only there in print? Too short.

Reticence in trade paperback to the USA!

Writing right now? The Enforcer Enigma

The Heroine’s Journey non-fiction (??) merph.

Defy or Defend (Dimity’s Book) cover art coming to the next Chirrup. Also TEA THEMED goodiebox!

Goodiebox How to Marry Tea for Two

AUDIOBOOKS

How they come to be, my process, why they take so much longer than other editions. Picking a narrator? Can’t Moira do them all?

Want a whole lot more info about audio.

Here’s a sample of Emma’s narration:

Emma Newman my narrator is ALSO an author herself. She’s great AND she narrates her own books.

Listen to the alien dialect that Michael Lesley came up with for Tris in The 5th Gender in this sample:

 

Kirt Graves narrates the San Andreas books & mispronounces Marin (as it turns out) East Coast action:

BOOK CHAT

Nicole asked for POC fluff suggestions, so if you have them bring ’em on!

I scrabbled about the fuzzy noggin can came up with: Nikki Woolfolk (in general) but specifically her: Mise en Death

List from Book Riot (includes both POC & Queer): 28 Romance Novellas You Should Check Out Immediately

Here’s my: Further Fiction Reading: Gender Fluidity & Varied Sexual Identities

This is where I sit to do my lives…

Gail Carriger Office Book Nook Grey

OTHER STUFF

Necklace if from etsy vendor Hibernacula.

Vintage glasses, I think here.

Researching London in Victorian times?

Here’s photo evidence of one of the MANY cakes I ate while on retreat…

Mousse Sponge Cake Berry Pink Purple Tan Grass Valley

Yours having fun with video,

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR?

Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident featuring Alexia & Conall’s first encounter!

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

OUT NOW!

In this short story Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Lilliput Obey Me Chair Cat Sunbeam

Writerly Tincture 

Beating Writer’s Block

Book Nibble 

Fan Service Lettered Edition Box Tray Red Burgundy

Quote to Sip 


Tour of the New Office + Writing Q&A (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader,

Some of you have been waiting a while for this one!

Finally a tour of my new office digs! This is my last Live Q&A of the year. Don’t worry more coming in January!

The Video!

OFFICE TOUR!

Office Bookshelf Antique Desk Tentacle Stencil

QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Moving Offices

  1. Do you stick to a specific regime, or are you a chaotic mover?
  2. Was purging stuff hard for you?
  3. Does it FEEL different writing here? Does the environment change your mindset?
  4. Did it take you long to adjust to the new place? Feeling like you’re home?
  5. Do you do anything to make your new place *smell* right as well as looking right, to settle in?
  6. Will the kitty come visit the new office?

Act of Writing

  • What do you do to stay limber while writing all day? (Wrist braces.)
  • Do you do anything else while writing? Music?
  • Did you enjoy the Heroine’s Journey‘s process? How did it compare to the fiction?
  • How do you stay focused while writing with other people?

Working On Now

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

Working On Next

  • Who is the next San Andreas book about?
  • Did that poll influence the next projects you have planned? (The poll in question.)
  • What is the the most “out there” project you want to do?
  • Do you have any more books geared toward 12-14 year olds coming out? Stephanie Burgis writes middle grade so I don’t have to. Gail does have one middle grade! Fairy Debt

Fairy Debt free PDF

Random!

RTW Feather Wreath Octopus Decoration Christmas Romancing the Werwolf Gail Carriger

Other Things Mentioned

Office Sitting and Book Nook

Yours (enjoying a fabulous new office),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR?

Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident featuring Alexia & Conall’s first encounter!

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

PREORDER NOW!

In this short story Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Lilliput Cat Bow Tie Formal Wear Front Facing Stoool

Lilliput doing dapper December, Madame Lefoux style.

Writerly Tincture 

Ten Commandments for the Happy Writer

Book Nibble 

Lost in a Good Book says of Soulless:

“The pure joy of this is not even these supernatural creatures, it is Carriger’s storytelling ability and her way with words and dialogue.”

Quote to Sip 

“Grammar is a flexible thing, especially where commas are concerned.”

~ Gail when her copy editors disagree


Miss Gail’s Scariest Author Stories, Happy Halloween! (Video Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For Halloween this year, I did this video telling some of my scariest author stories, Gentle Reader.

Shiver in horror as I reveal the worst book tour ever, disastrous adventures in airport bathrooms, being orphaned, abandoned, stranded, and that time when hundreds of books went missing.

Are you ready for the fear and terror?

Well, tea will help you cope, of course. Although… did it help me? Watch to find out!

Author Horror Stories with Gail Carriger

The blog post about those signed editions going missing is here.

Unscrewing the Bumbersnoot ~ In which Flywaymen Hijack Waistcoats & Weaponry Signed Editions (The Missing 500)

And the video of the Spy Museum event that I did the day after I cried my little heart out is here:

Yours (destined to die on book tour),

Miss Gail

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  • Coop de Book for October 2019 is Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern (comic). I bit spendy but it will make a GREAT Christmas gift. 

OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Gail Carriger Gold Parasol Circus Waist Cinch Swiss Waist Dark Garden

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger Mirror Teacups

My two mirror teacups, the saucer image is distorted until you look at it in the reflection on the teacup.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  (A Writer Beware Selection)

Book News:

The History and Future of Audiobooks

Quote of the Day:

Perhaps cats get into boxes because they are, in fact, just like phone booths installed with cat-to-cat communication.
Hello? How’s your day going? Knock any good things off tables?
We got some nasty smelling feet round these parts, you should come visit sometime.
Well, I have been thinking about bolting. Or maybe just standing in the doorway indecisively for an hour.
Sounds fun. Well, gotta go lick my butt now.

~ Gail & AB

Your Moment of Gail

 

“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

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Post Reticence Q&A, Future Plans, Meat Cute Release Info (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dear Gentle Reader, here’s my latest Live Q&A – Post-Reticence writing life, future plans, and more!

Gail Carriger FB LIVE! Post Reticence Fan Service Free PDF

Upcoming Projects I’m Excited About!

I talk about Meat Cute and plans for audio and digital.

The Enforcer Enigma is coming!

Heroine’s Journey non-fic.

Blog post featuring my story ideas and possible future books.

Stuff I’m Into!

I talk about my love of heights, creating Arsenic as a character, how to get me at a convention near you, my single biggest tip for aspiring writers.

Books that got shout outs!

Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business by Lynda Obst

The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis + The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Ordinary Princess MM Kaye https://amzn.to/2NcMzxS

That’s all, I hope you enjoyed it!

By request (and amusement) October’s Live will be…

Horror Stories from An Author 10 Years In: Book Tours, Publishing & Missing Signed Editions! Oh my!

Yours (excited by the next Live),

Miss Gail

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  • Coop de Book for September 2019 is Still Waters by Alex Gabriel.

OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1865 The Young Ladies' Journal May 1, 1865 Parasol Orange Blue Children Victorian

The Young Ladies’ Journal Monday, May 1, 1865

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gift from the lovely Ty on Reticence’s release.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Goat-Cheese Honey Cake from Ancient Greece

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

30 Things You Should Check Off Your Book Bucket List Before 30

Book News:

Rodrigo and Anitra Tarabotti running errands for the crew in The Custard Protocol series Gail Carriger Ace Artemis Fanartist

Rodrigo and Anitra Tarabotti running errands for the crew in The Custard Protocol series by @AceArt3mis on Twitter or Ace Artemis Fanartist Tumblr

Quote of the Day:

“I really wish there was someone smarter than me around to deal with it.”
“I understand, but sometimes being a grownup means you’re all the smart you’ve got, and you just have to do your best.”

~ Overheard in Borderlands Bookstore 

Your Moment of Gail

 

“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

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Reticence Release Q&A and More!

Posted by Gail Carriger

My new book, Reticence, hits stores tomorrow, Gentle Reader.

Gail Carriger and Reticence

I hope you are excited to read Percy’s book and to visit more and very different parts of the world. You are in for a great deal of hijinks and silliness and a couple big reveals that I think will shock and delight about the world, the characters, and the Parasolverse past.

USA/Canada here is where you can buy this book:

Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

In print you can ONLY get this book as a hard cover. The trade paperback version (with THIS cover) will be out Feb 4, 2020.

You can request this book from your local bookstore and library.

UK/overseas here is where you can buy this book:

UK Amazon digital & print | Kobo UK 

Amazon DE | FR | AU 

Kobo DE | FR | AU

Audible & audiobook currently somewhat(?) unavailable. See below.

You should be able to request this book from your local bookstore and library. Ask them to “order it from Ingram.”

Here are some of the most common questions I get when a new book launches!

Is this the last in the Custard Protocol series?

Yes.

Why?

Because it feels like a good ending point and for various other reasons which you’ll need to meet me in persona and buy me a drink to learn about.

Is this the last for these characters?

NEVER! When have I ever let a character just drop? I imagine various of the side characters will turn up again or in other forms around and about. You should recognize one foxy cross over already.

I like to say you can play a rousing game of spot that side character in most of my books.

Why Are There Two Covers?

Different territories are involved. 

Where is the Audiobook?

ARGH! So frustrating

How can I best support the author?

Here’s how I earn money and which gives me the most and why. Otherwise the greatest gift you can give me is a review.

What’s next?

The special edition omnibus Fan Service is out in October (sold out). You can expect the original short story about Alexia, Conall, and the hedgehog incident, Meat Cute, to get an audio and digital release eventually.

The next Delightfully Deadly books comes out in Spring 2020, more on the title, main character, and release date in an up-coming Chirrup.

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After that, I’m not sure, hopefully I will have news for you soon.

Yours rather crazy with book launch stuffs,

Miss Gail 

OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo UK | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU 

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1880s Joseph Caraud (French artist, 1821-1905) The Red Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput Gail Carriger's Cat and a Pink Cocktail

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Tea Culture Around the World: What Americans Get Wrong About Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Authors Don’t Have Much Control Over Covers; Here’s Why

Book News:

Sophril Reads says of Prudence:

“I really enjoyed this first adventure for this crew. I was having a rough time with life in general and this book made me smile and laugh it was just what I needed.  This is definitely something that I will encourage you all to pick up…”

Quote of the Day:

Your Moment of Gail

 

“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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A Very Personal Interview ~ Gail’s Out Front Pride (Q&A)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Bit of something different for you today, Gentle Reader. The following if from an interview for Denver’s OutFront Magazine, the Comic Issue (print, not online) when I was in town for Denver’s Pop Culture Con in 2019.

I figure the super nosy amongst you might want a peek into this part of my life, and since it’s out and proud already (so to speak) here’s the bulk of my interview for your titillation and amusement…

I’ve added a few rabbit hole extra bits where necessary.

At Tattered Cover in Denver

Gail Carriger Interview with Out Front Denver

1. Can I get your preferred pronouns?

she/her

2. How did you get into comics, and how does that coincide with your coming out story?

I’ve always read comics. I’m a Marvel Girl through and through. The New Warriors were my team (yeah, I know, that dates me.)

I suppose it became a matter of learning that I didn’t just want to be them (I used to be a big cosplayer), sometimes I wanted to be with them too. I’ll take a Rogue Gambit sandwich, all the trimmings, thank you.

Gail Carriger’s Favorite Comic Book Heroines (Occasional FAQ)

3. What are some major themes you work into your stories, and how do you include queer themes?

I like to think of what I write as queer comfort food. I always have queer characters, although they aren’t always the main characters. Since I write primarily comedy in various genres, my stuff tends to be both silly and gentle – books that are hugs.

Lots of…

  • found family
  • heroine’s journeys
  • happy ever afters
  • honest (if snarky) communication

I know, I know, how wholesome. But also kinky and charming and lots of fun. Sometimes super sexy, too.

4. The 5th Gender looks awesome – how does it explore gender, and why did you feel it was important to write at this time?

There are tons of amazing writers doing fantastic work to push boundaries in queer spaces, many with justified anger and suffering. It’s powerful and necessary. But as a humor writer, I’m more inclined to be insidious. The great advantage of writing fluff, is people don’t take you seriously, and then you can wiggle your way into changing their minds *despite* themselves.

At its heart, The 5th Gender is a light romantic cozy mystery, it just happens to feature the cutest snarkiest alien ever, who also happens to be a member of a species with 5 genders.

I can hope that this book encourages readers into thinking about how they define gender to themselves, and why a black and white perspective is damaging, not to mention the danger in associating gender with biological sexual characteristics and codified social norms. Perhaps they will even chat about such things with others.

I could go into my academic thoughts on the implicit culture-wide risks of any biologically deterministic approach to dictating human behavior, but mostly I want people to read my book, smile, be happy, and think about their role in ensuring the happiness of others.

Researching Gender Fluidity & Representing it in Fiction – The 5th Gender by Gail Carriger (Custard Protocol, San Andreas Shifters & Tinkered Stars Behind the Magic)

5. Is there anything else in particular you’d like to promote?

I’ve mad love for the SFLBGT Center in San Francisco. If you’re in town, pay them a visit, or encourage local friends to support them and their events. They do amazing work in queer advocacy, safety, and job placement.

Further Fiction Reading: Gender Fluidity & Varied Sexual Identities (The 5th Gender – Special Extras)

6. Where would you like to see queer genre fiction go in the future? How can we make it more inclusive?

  • I want more joy.
  • More models of what it can be, and could be, and should be.
  • More funny. Always more funny.
  • More queer characters finding love and happiness and forever homes and family.
  • I believe that fiction can lay a foundation of hope, and that that is a form of fighting back, and I want to read more of that.

Similar to The 5th Gender, Gail Suggests More Queer SciFi (Miss Carriger Recommends)

7. How can science fiction and fantasy make an impact on today’s society and help queer folks?

I’d like to see more mentor programs and queer support in the SFF convention community. WorldCon in San Jose one year had a queer advocacy program: members donated passes, authors donated mentoring, and new or financially strapped queer lovelies who could not afford to attend suddenly could *and* they were matched with an advocate already within the ecosystem.

I’d love to support and see more of that kind of thing.

It’s a form of “we are here, we are queer” that can hopefully take advantage of the old systems and gateways that were closed in the past, and really need to be shaken up and knocked down. It would be healthy and exciting for everyone, if this kind of sponsorship and advocacy took root in established writer’s tracks, from Dragon Con to Comic Cons to anywhere in between.

At WorldCon during the Year of Queer 

8. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

My friend Dan always ends by saying, “Be good to yourself.” And I think that’s something the queer community often needs to hear.

So please, be good to yourself.

End of interview.

Quotes from my  books relating to this…

Primrose in Competence thinking about coming out and loving another woman openly, also emphasizing support of found family and the queer community:

Tank on bi-erasure, in The Omega Objection:

And that’s all for today, Gentle Reader,

Be good to yourself,

Hugs,

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

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Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

Boy Meets Boy says:

“This was smart and complex, contemplating human and alien nature as Carriger creates a fascinating species with their own complicated problems and foibles. Such contrasting dynamics always bring an interesting perspective in seeing ourselves from another point of view and to be more accepting and opening minded about others’ choices and beliefs.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

The Queen June 5, 1880

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Tea tastes good even without sugar: Study Shows (duh)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.”

~ Louise Brooks

Book News:

In honor of Tris, self in lavender.

Quote of the Day:

“Stop using exclamation marks, bring back italics,” says Lord Akeldama
Tris nods (and hair fluffs) in agreement, “Enthusiasm should be wiggly.”

~ Self on Twitter


5th Gender Special Extras: Hear Gail Read the First Scene + Q&A & Praise

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The 5th Gender was Gail’s first wide release science fiction novel (set in the same universe as Crudrat but not linked in any way).

It released on May 18, 2019

To general delight and eagerness by those who managed to find out about it.

Here’s some special extras for this book:

The Tweet that started it all…

I almost never do readings, so this is a special treat!

 

 

The actual narrator, Michal Lesley, reading a sample for this book.

In this video you’ll learn…

Why I don’t normally do readings and how I was persuaded to this one. (Blame the Group!)

What’s the greatest invention of the modern age.

What my really bad British accent sounds like.

Why writing multi genres in one book is an advantage.

Why I wear gloves to events.

On The 5th Gender Specifically

  • What inspired me to write this book and what scene came into my head first (my epiphany moment)?
  • How my writing process was different with this book.Where the emotive tentacle hair idea comes from.
  • How I came up with the idea of multiple genders. How I keep 5 distinct in my head.
  • What it’s like to vomit out a book and why it’s not always a good thing.
  • How I approached the mystery element. Sci fi? Which did I like writing more?
  • Using delicacy readers.
  • Cover model? Hair? Talk to Starla!
  • More in this universe? (The Tinkered Stars)

On Writing In General

My feelings on the different kinds of mysteries, from a writer perspective. I name some of the cozies I watched as a kid with my Popster. (The two names I forgot were: Johnathan Creek & Hetty Wainthropp Investigates)

How hard cover versions of books are challenging.

Will there be more Biffy/Lyall? Claw & Courtship.
Sophronia/Soap? Upcoming releases.

What is it about writing retreats that works so well for me? (Big confession.)

Easiest character voices for me to fall into?

How many novels do I work on at once?
What am I writing right now.
What’s coming up next? Always keep an eye on the Chirrup.

You Shall Not Write

LINKS to Stuff Mentioned

I have a complicated relationship to purple. Necklace & earrings from Etsy vendor Hibernacula

Grey lilac fascinator

Eye makeup!

  • Vamp Stamp
  • Liquid pen liner
  • White liner on bottom lash line.
  • White eye shadow, best with my kind of glasses and eye shape.

Dress from eShakti (no longer available).

Gail’s Podcast 

Yours in lavender love,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

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Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

Den of Geek says:

“While some of these dynamics may play a little more comfortably for readers familiar with category romance novels (the sex scenes here are certainly as graphic and creative as category romances strive to be), the world-building has the depth that science fiction readers crave, and the cozy mystery plot, though frequently interrupted by the other two aspects, hangs together well, hitting all the right emotional points.”

Tiny Navajo Reads says:

“This was such a sweet book! I loved it and I loved how much a culture of a society can affect how they treat those that are of greatest importance.”

Rally the Readers says:

“The 5th Gender delivers in so many ways: it’s sweet, it’s romantic, it’s funny, and most importantly, it tells a very impactful and very timely story.”

Hugh Likes Fiction says:

“…the story is charming and sexy, with delightful characters you’ll want to see more of when you get to the back cover.”

BookRiot says:

“This is a fun, funny, sexy book, and I’m so happy it exists. It hits you in the feels, makes you laugh and cry, and makes you think about matters of family, kin, and the heart.”

Every Book a Doorway says:

“I think Carriger did an excellent job of creating – and conveying – zyga as an identity; the eponymous 5th gender of the title. It’s incredibly important to Tris, the story, and his culture, and I found it deeply moving. It’s a really beautiful concept/identity, one that hearkens to the roles queer people have held in many different cultures, and especially the minor revelation of the last few pages just took my breath away.”

The Lit Bitch says:

“Carriger does such a fantastic job with her world building and this book is no exception. The world is richly described and interesting, but it’s the mystery/plot that really push this one forward.”

Bonkers About Books says:

“I loved this book! It had everything I ever want from a sci-fi story and added in lots of lovely romance and then stirred the whole thing up with a murder mystery. With all my favourite tropes in one book, of course I loved it.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

La Mode Illustree September 3, 1870

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Sporting a boater hat, talked about on Retro Rack

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Teahouse at Koishikawa the morning after a snowfallPrint shows men and women at a teahouse looking at Mount Fuji.Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849, artist

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Why, Exactly, Do We Have Subtitles on Books?

Book News:

Beyond Romance says:

Soulless is the rollicking first volume of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. Set in an alternative Victorian period in which vampires and werewolves have been integrated into British society, the book seamlessly melds steam punk, fantasy, humor and romance.”

Quote of the Day:

“Someone had an Emotional Support chicken on the bus today.”

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

Your Moment of Gail

 

“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

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


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