1. Why did you decide to write a YA series?
I adore YA. Since I picked up Alanna: The First Adventure
by Tamora Pierce
I've been hooked. It's still my favorite genre to read and I've always
hoped to be able to write it. There's something so breezy and tidy about
the best YA novels. I find them comfortably immersive...and I can
finish one in the space of an afternoon!2. Why keep the Finishing School series in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate?
felt there was more about the universe I wanted to explore. More about
the way the Victorians accepted or reviled the supernatural creatures
and their Steampunk technology. More about class structure and the
etiquette of social interaction. More about what this environment was
like for a normal, daylight girl. I've always admired writers like Mercedes Lackey
who create a universe and then play with multiple books, various characters, and different time settings.3. What's the biggest aesthetic difference?Etiquette & Espionage
is set in 1851, while Soulless
takes place in 1873. Aside from different kinds to steampunk technology
and a much diminished presence of dirigibles (and more frequent use of
hot air balloons) the clothing style is different. Alexia wears drape
layers and bustle dresses, curiasse bodices, and perch hats. Sophronia
wears large poofy skirts held out by multiple petticoats, often
horsehair (crinoline had yet to be invented), the occasional Swiss
waist, and classic broad brim bonnets. Alexia wields her parasol with
untrained verve, while Sophronia carries about her person multiple small
useful devices and weapons her first objective being to keep both hands
free for nefarious purposes (or possibly porpoises).
1872 Afternoon Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art versus 1854-1856 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
4. How did you approach a younger audience?
worked to create a more youthful and accessible voice and characters
who would grow and change with the books. Sophronia has a different
world view than Alexia. She's private and introverted and must become
more self actualized along the way by making new friends and
discoveries. Her focus is on her immediate environment, less political,
more personal.5. Will we recognize any characters in Etiquette & Espionage?
One of the wonderful things about writing with immortals is they are
immortal. Even though this series is set 22 years before Soulless
there are plenty of familiar faces, although perhaps not immediately
recognizable. There are also many lovable newcomers. In addition, I hope
fans will have fun theorizing on how and why the technology is so
different between the two time periods. Many steampunk details mentioned
only in passing during Alexia's journey will be explained through
Sophronia's adventures.GAIL'S DAILY DOSEYour Moment of Parasol . . .1895-1900 Mourning Parasol The Metropolitan Museum of ArtYour Infusion of Cute . . .A teacup planter from Hobby LobbyYour Tisane of Smart . . .MIND MELD: Rebranding Fiction as Young AdultYour Writerly Tinctures . . .Cakes wrecks goes all literal.PROJECT ROUND UPPrudence
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Corralling edits. Working 3rd draft.Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second:
Title changed. Release date November 2013. Proofs handed in. Done my end.Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless
) Out now!Etiquette & Espionage
~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Tour events planned!
Book News:Blameless reviewQuote of the Day:
"Six Ways of Wasting Time to be Guarded Against
1. Indefinite musings
2. Anticipating needlessly
3. Excessive speculation
4. Indulgence in reluctance to begin a duty
5. In doubtful cases, not deciding at once
6. Musing on what has been said or done, or what may be."
~ Adapted from Schott's Quintessential Miscellany (Indispensable Irrelevance)