Well now! What better way to celebrate the launch of my new website than to give you another special podcast episode of Writing Habits!
Gail Carriger is a California-based archaeologist-turned-SF writer whose debut novel, Soulless, has generated quite some buzz. This steampunk romance Victorian urban fantasy comedy of manners – yes, you read that right – has already gone back for a second printing.
Here’s the low-down:
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced!
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible.
Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
I talked to Gail about the Parasol Protectorate series, steampunk, social media, and why the measurement of the soul was important to the late Victorians.
To get a taste of the world of the Parasol Protectorate, click here to listen to a full-cast reading of Soulless chapter 1.
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