Guest Blog and Interviews, Oh My!

In The News
I'm guest blogging today over at Strange & Random Happenstance about Finding a Paranormal Home in Victorian London. Here's a sample:

There is something incredibly appealing about Victorian London. While I'm certain it was stinky, uncomfortable, unsanitary, and largely unpleasant for many of its residents - the romantic appeal is unassailable. I don't know what makes it so alluring to others, but for me it is equal parts the clothing, the manners, and the intellectual revolution of the time. London in 1873 seemed to me a natural habitat for vampires, with all their vaunted urbanity . . .

And I'm being interviewed Over on Falcata Times.

FT: If music be the food of love, what do you think writing is and please explain your answer?
GC: Writing is the booze of introverts. My explanation? Have you ever been to a hotel bar at a convention? I rest my case.

And Jeff VandeerMeer interviews me for Amazon The Rise of the Parasol Protectorate: Gail Carriger's Soulless.

Amazon.com: Do you carry a parasol for defense?
Carriger: Sadly, no, I'm an unparalleled wimp. There was once an entirely unsuccessful attempt at karate, wherein I kept fretting about actually having to kick people and trying to convince the class to break for tea. Sometimes, however, I've been seen carrying a parasol for protection against the sun. I know, I know, crazy talk.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Current Fashion Obsession: Dior Suits

Your Tisane of Smart:
Rare ancient jewels found in Crete
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Because it's banned book week here's and awesome blog on Censorship, Semantics, the Wall Street Journal, and Oklahoma

CAKE in Space: With agent.
Soulless: The Hiding Spot contest to win a signed ARC of Soulless closes today!
Changeless Release date currently April 2010. Copy edits are in.
Blameless: Still with first beta.

Quote of the Day:
"We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to."
~ Somerset Maugham


The Great and Fateful Book Launch: Part the Second & Characters!

Soulless is available TODAY on Amazon (and there is a kindle edition) you can also buy from other online retailers like B&N, Borders, and in ebook form from Books On Board! It is officially due on the shelves in 2 days.

You can catch a post about Soulless over on My Book, The Movie. I've cast the following actors & actresses. Can you guess who will play who?

Read the blog to find out which actor or actress I put into which role. Also find out which character I had the hardest time casting (it's probably not the one you think), which the easiest, and who else was under consideration!

I'm also guest blogging about characterization for [info]blodeuedd83 . Here's a sample:

Sometimes, in the days (months, years) of query letters (boy did I write a lot of them) I would worry about how to describe my own writing. It's a fine art, trying to sell yourself, but there was one phrase I never failed to use: character driven.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Sci-fi shower scenes: Video of the 29 sexiest and strangest.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Easter Island the origin of Ivy's ugly hats?
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Kristin's awesome blog on Earning Out. This, Gentle Reader, is the next Big Mile Marker, for me. I've done a lot of bits and bobs of celebrating on this publication rollercoaster, but I'm not breaking out the champagne until I earn out.

CAKE in Space: With agent.
Soulless: Strange selkie blog review. "So much detail is in this book, and yet it has pacing. The plot moves. The smut is not laughable or egregious. I can't wait for the next one. All good things for this debut novelist."
Changeless Release date currently April 2010. Copy edits are in.
Blameless: Still with first beta.

Quote of the Day:
"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end."
~ Ursula K. LeGuin


The Great and Fateful Book Launch: Part the First

So, my book Soulless is due on the shelves in 6 days, Amazon ships in 4 (there is a kindle edition), and a few brick & mortars around the world have already pipped the post!

I'm hoping to tap into my friends for a little assistance launching my chosen career. Remember, I'll never be asking for baby shower gifts, you could consider Soulless my first child - and cheep at the price!

If you'd like to help here are some options . . .

* Within the next 6 days you could mention Soulless in your blog, on facebook, twitter, or elsewhere. If you haven't read it, that's OK, just a nod to its release helps.

* If you have read it, please review it on Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powells, Borders, Shelfari, WeRead, facebook book reviews, and the like. Some of these do not allow reviews until after the launch date. Detail and honesty is much appreciated, even a bad review is better than no review. For those of you who wrote a review in the past for your blog, just a cut and paste to a second location would do wonders.

* Interview me or host me for a guest blog?

* If you are planning to purchase online, please, please, please try to buy the book on Amazon the first day it's on sale (September 29, 2009) this will up me in their rankings. If you can't do that, or aren't willing to support Amazon, going into a brick & mortar store, or buying online from an independent bookstore on the Big Day, October 1, would also be very much appreciated.

Thanks to everyone for their help and support. This will be cross-posted. I will also post a reminder about online purchasing on September 29, and on brick & mortar purchasing on October 1.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Steampunk (or dieselpunk) motorcycle.
Your Tisane of Smart:

Your Writerly Tinctures:
Call for submissions in this month's SFWA Bulletin for a M/M and Ménage Steampunk Anthology. Title TBA. Published by Phaze Books. I so can't write this kind of thing but I also so can't wait to read it!

CAKE in Space: With agent.
Soulless: King of the Nerds has a review up! "It is something decidedly different from everything else on the market today and does a remarkable wonderful job blending a variety of genres into easily-digestible package."
Changeless Release date currently April 2010. Copy edits are in.
Blameless: Still with first beta.

Quote of the Day:
"Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him out to the public."
~ Winston Churchill


An Entirely Unpreferential List of Steampunky Books

Research - Tea and Books

Much discussion recently on the subject of steampunk literature. Here's my list:
  • The Windup Girl ~ Paolo Bacigalupi
  • New Amsterdam ~ Jonathan Barnes
  • The Somnambulist ~ Elizabeth Bear
  • Crystal Rain ~ Tobias S. Buckell
  • Scar Night ~ Alan Campbell
  • The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters ~ Gordon Dahlquist
  • The Steampunk Trilogy ~ Paul Di Filippo
  • The Difference Engine ~ William Gibson
  • Thunderer ~ Felix Gilman
  • Neverwhere ~ Neil Gaiman
  • The Court of the Air ~ Stephen Hunt
  • Morlock Night ~ K. W. Jeter
  • The Age of Unreason ~ J. Gregory Keyes
  • Escapement ~ Jay Lake
  • The Affinity Bridge ~ George Mann
  • Perdido Street Station ~ China Mieville
  • The Nomad of the Time Streams ~ Michael Moocock
  • Anno Dracula ~ Kim Newman
  • Airborn ~ Kenneth Oppel
  • Whitechapel Gods ~ S.M. Peters
  • The Anubis Gates ~ Tim Powers
  • The Boneshaker ~ Cherie Priest
  • The Golden Compass ~ Phillip Pullman
  • The Alchemy of Stone ~ Ekaterina Sedia
  • The Hunchback Assignments ~ Arthur Slade
  • Eyes of Silver ~ Michael A. Stackpole
  • Diamond Age ~ Neil Stephenson
  • The Fall of Ile-Rien ~ Martha Wells
  • Extraordinary Engines Anthology ~ Nick Gevers (ed.)
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret ~ Brian Selznick
  • Steampunk ~ Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (eds.)
  • The Grand Ellipse ~ Paula Volsky (eds.)
  • Like a Wisp of Steam ~ steampunk erotica from Circlet Press

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Oscar De La Renta's Spring 2010 Collection

Your Tisane of Smart:
2,000-year-old ritual bath found in Jerusalem
Your Writerly Tinctures:
If you like werewolves.

CAKE in Space: With agent.
Soulless: PiggyDiva at Book Crossing has some very nice things to say. "Carriger is a less verbose Dickens, a less crass Wilde, and a less proper Austen."
Changeless Release date currently April 2010. Copy edits are in.
Blameless: Still with first beta.

Quote of the Day:
"The virtue of books is to be readable."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Hiding Out at the Hiding Spot

Today's a big day for me over at the HidingSpot. There's a lovely review.

I'll admit that I have no clue where to start when it comes to writing a review for Soulless! I can easily say that it was one of the most fun and imaginative books I've read this year, but there is just so much more to this book in addition to those details.

And an interview with self.

First off, tell us a little bit about your new novel, Soulless.
It's an "everything but the kitchen sink" mash up of genres (steampunk, comedy, and urban fantasy) in which a startlingly assertive spinster (who just happens to have no soul) takes on Victorian London's supernatural upper crust one parasol whack at a time.

And a contest to win a signed ARC copy of Soulless!

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
New York Times reports on the "New Antiquarians."
Your Tisane of Smart:
This weeks Material World ends with a segment on the perfect cup of tea, how taste relates to the cup itself.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Territorial rights on digital books

CAKE in Space: With agent.
Soulless: Popped up in Publisher's Weekly Ladies Book Club
Changeless: Working on copyedit. Release date currently April 2010. (Orbit did post it to facebook CHANGELESS by Gail Carriger, the awesome follow up to SOULLESS (out in October!). A missing husband, preternaturals and a dirigible trip full of hats, parasols and attempted murder… April 2010.
Blameless: Gone off to betas.

Quote of the Day:
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
~ E. L. Doctorow


Podcasting Chapter 1 of Soulless

So I'm a podcast fan, Gentle Reader. You may have garnered as much from reading the "music" line on this blog, or from my general comments and posts regarding podcasts, or from my array of podcasting-inclined facebook and twitter friends.

The addiction is, as so many things are, my parent's fault. I grew up without a TV. Oh, don't get me wrong, I loved to read and that was mostly what I did, but sometimes I wanted to do other things like eat. And during those times I listened to books on tape. Then I stopped, grew up, and started to travel places.

It was like magic when the world gave me podcasting. I mean music is all very well and good but to get stories and information, tailored to my taste, downloaded at will? Heaven.

So J. Daniel Sawyer and I were sitting about one afternoon, as you do, and he turns to me and says, "We should podcast the first chapter of Soulless." He had that mercurial twinkle in his eye that indicated, as surely as anything, that the games were afoot. (I should preface this by saying that Dan and I became friends after he spent an evening learning about body casting and the naked model - who happens to be my beta - dragged him out to a Medieval kiln firing. These things happen with my friends.)

The issue, of course, was that I'd sold audio rights to The Parasol Protectorate to Orbit. And, before you wince at me, yes, I knew what I was doing, don't fuss. Luckily, my publishing house is a forward thinking kind of establishment so when I went, hat in hand, to see if they would let me podcast the first chapter they said, without dissembling, the marketing-equivalent of, "Sure" pat pat "cute little gumptiony author beast."

A few months later finds myself, my mother, Miss Kalandar of the Brass Needles podcast, George, and Chris Lester of the Metamor City podcast crammed into Kitty and Dan's tiny little studio, learning the fine art of audio machinations. Then Dan, who is brilliant, whisks away the raw data and pings me in the wilds of Peru three weeks later with a charming rendition in full cast with extensive audio effects, of my own work.

I mean, how fantastically wonderful is that? See why I love podcasters?

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the audio drama sample of the first chapter of Soulless. I hope you enjoy it!

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Pringle of Scotland satisfies the knitter craving. Single color palate = gray. Paired with feathers and big fat cables.

Your Tisane of Smart:
The Unbreakable Umbrella I suspect many of you saw the prototype tests on youtube well you can now buy it for yourself!
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Steampunk romance on the rise according to industry insiders. Fancy that.

CAKE in Space: With agent.

Soulless: Books On Board is offering Soulless in ebook form.
Changeless: Working on copyedit. Release date currently April 2010.
Blameless: Gone off to betas.

Quote of the Day:
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein


Interviewed at Babbling About Books

Since I'm running close to the deadline on those copy edits – and you all want Book the Second on time, now don't you? – I'm delighted to report that I'm being interviewed today by Katiebabs over on Babbling About Books. Here's a sample:

KB: Lord Maccon, who is an alpha werewolf, is also very important to Soulless. What type of man would you say he is? What are his feelings towards Alexia?
Gail: Lord Maccon is large and bumbling and used to getting his own way. He's only recently been integrated into London society and is still experiencing difficulty adapting, no one is quite sure if this is because he's a werewolf or because he's Scottish. I've described him in the past as the kind of man who would probably rip out your throat, if he could just remember what that other thing was he wanted to do first. He hates to wear cravats and sings very bad opera in the bathtub.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Alexis Bittar jewelry designs hitting some home runs for me. Here are some of my favorite picks:

Your Tisane of Smart:
The Discworld Reading Guide

Your Writerly Tinctures:
Lucienne Diver's Keynote speech on publishing paradigms.

CAKE in Space: With agent.
Soulless: There are rumors going around the net about a Jan 2010 Brit release. I've asked my house about it. Will let you know when I do.
Changeless: Working on copyedit. Release date currently April 2010.
Blameless: Gone off to betas.

Quote of the Day:
"You mean there really are ladies who steer the punt from the Cambridge end?"
~ Lost in Austen