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Monday, June 27, 2011

INTERVIEW: Gail Carriger

 Today, here at Peace Love and Reviews, I am interviewing, Gail Carriger, author of the only Steampunk-Paranormal novel, that I read, The Parasol Protectorate Series. 
        What are you currently reading right now? 
    Right now I am reading The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, and various books on Victorian etiquette. Unfortunately, I rarely have time to read fiction these days.

When I go to your website all I see is everything steam punk from the web design to your photos, does this mean, you have everything steampunk in your closet? Home?  
Actually, quite the opposite. I love steampunk and I will dress steampunk for conventions but I'm not certain I could live with it, too fussy. I'm one of those people who could quite happily exist in a room with big windows, white carpets, and bare counter-tops ~ minimalist to an extreme.
Two of my favorite steampunk pieces from my own collection.
Are there any of Alexia’s character trait that mimic your own?
Actually, I think Alexia is more like the person I wish I could be. I am afraid I am far less practical and far more silly than she.

 On your Parasol Protectorate series, who is the character that is most complicated to write? 
Madame Lefoux, definitely. I love her but her motives are often in question yet I want the readers to like her, this makes her very complex to write.

If this were to have a movie / tv adaptation who would you like to play the part of Alexia and Lord Maccon?
 I have a guest blog on this subject here: My Book, the Movie

What else do you want your readers to know? Consider here your likes and dislikes, your interests and hobbies, your favorite ways to unwind — whatever comes to mind.
 I'm really organized as a writer. I like outlines and editor guidance and lots of beta readers. I edit myself very strictly, with much red pen action. I think readers often think of us writers as crazy, creative, artistic beasties, but I'm more practical than that. I guess I want people to know that other kinds of writers are out there. Oh, and I play a mean game of pinball.


Upcoming Sightings (from

Heartless book launch party at Books Inc, Opera Plaza at 7 pm on Friday July 8, 2011 in San Francisco, CA.

Heartless book launch signing at Kepler's Books at 7 pm on Tursday July 14, 2011 in Menlo Park, CA.

Reno, NV for World Con (August 17 ~ 21, 2011). Confirmed! Preliminary schedule: Thu 2 ~ 3 pm Futuristic Fashion & Wearable Art Panel; Thu 7 ~ 8 pm Adventures in Ceramics Archaeology: a Field Report Presentation; & Fri 11 ~ noon Urbane Fantasies vs Urban Fantasy Panel, plus perhaps an autograph session and/or a kaffee (of should we say tea?) klatch.

Guest of Honor at FenCon in Dallas, TX (September 23 ~ 25, 2011)! There is a Facebook page for the event. (Gail's thrilled to do her very first GOH gig.)

Frankfurt Book Exhibition (October 12, 2011) in Frankfurt, Germany. Not yet entirely settled but I should be there with my agent the day before and the first day of the event.

TeslaCon in Madison, WI (November 19 ~ 20, 2011) where she gets to meet George Mann, so exciting.

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