Author Interview The Sunken Tour

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I’m interviewing Steff Green today, author of “The Sunken”, a steampunk dark fantasy novel. My questions are bolded, Steff’s responses are in regular font. Enjoy the interview!

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Getting the words down. You have to show up in front of the computer, every single day, and pound out a few words, break your heart into pieces and pull out all the stuff you wish you could hide there forever, knowing you’ve still got days and weeks and months before you even have a rough manuscript to work from, before you even approach the possibility of putting everything together into a story that might .
 
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Sunken? What inspired you to write this book?

In the heart of London lies the Engine Ward, a district forged in coal and steam, where the great Engineering Sects vie for ultimate control of the country. For many, the Ward is a forbidding, desolate place, but for Nicholas Thorne, the Ward is a refuge. He has returned to London under a cloud of shadow to work for his childhood friend, the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Deep in the Ward’s bowels, Nicholas can finally escape his strange affliction – the thoughts of animals that crowd his head. But seeing Brunel interact with his mechanical creations, Nicholas is increasingly concerned that his friend may be succumbing to the allure of his growing power.

How did I come up with the idea of the Engine Ward an and alternate Georgian England where dinosaurs had never become extinct? A few years ago, my husband got really interested in steam engines and trains, and he started dragging me around to all these yards and vintage railways. The Victorian era has always fascinated me, and so learning more about these engines and what they meant for society started the cogs whirring in my brain, so to speak. I started to learn more about the men who invented these machines, and about the Gauge Wars between Stephenson and Brunel. I thought, “wouldn’t it be interesting if the Gauge War was a real war?” And the idea kind of came from there.
 
How many hours per day do you spend writing?

Maybe about ten. My day job is as a writer, as well, so I spend most of my day in front of a computer. I write fiction early in the morning, before I start my “real” work, and sometimes I will write in the evening and on weekends, too.
 
Name your top five favorite books.

Oh, that’s hard! Here are five I really love. Cats in the Belfry, Doreen Tovey. Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, Complete Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, War for the Oaks, Emma Bull, Perdido Street Station, China Meiville. If I could write like anyone, I wish it could be like Meiville.
 
What are you working on now?
Ooh, lots of things! I am finishing off the second book in the Engine Ward series. It’s called the Gauge War and it should be out in Jan or Feb next year. I’m doing NaNo with some friends, where I hope to finish the draft of the first book in my new dystopian series. And I’ve got a novella I’m finishing off, and a couple of short stories for another penname.

About The Sunken

the_sunken_coverwebsmallTitle: The Sunken

Author: Steff Green

Genre: Steampunk Dark Fantasy

 In the heart of London lies the Engine Ward, a district forged in coal and steam, where the great Engineering Sects vie for ultimate control of the country. For many, the Ward is a forbidding, desolate place, but for Nicholas Thorne, the Ward is a refuge. He has returned to London under a cloud of shadow to work for his childhood friend, the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Deep in the Ward’s bowels, Nicholas can finally escape his strange affliction – the thoughts of animals that crowd his head. But seeing Brunel interact with his mechanical creations, Nicholas is increasingly concerned that his friend may be succumbing to the allure of his growing power. That power isn’t easily cast aside, and the people of London need Brunel to protect the streets from the prehistoric monsters that roam the city.

King George III has approved Brunel’s ambitious plan to erect a Wall that would shut out the swamp dragons and protect the city. But in secret, the King cultivates an army of Sunken: men twisted into flesh-eating monsters by a thirst for blood and lead. Only Nicholas and Brunel suspect that something is wrong, that the Wall might play into a more sinister purpose–to keep the people of London trapped inside.

Author Bio

steffmetal-steampunk-wedding-celebrant4Steff lives in an off-grid house on a slice of rural paradise near Auckland, New Zealand, with her cantankerous drummer husband, their two cats, and their medieval sword collection. The first CD she ever brought was Metallica’s ‘Ride the Lightning’, and she’s been a card-carrying member of the black-t-shirt brigade ever since.

Steff writes about metal music, her books, living off-grid, and her adventures with home-brewing on her blog www.steffmetal.com. She writes humorous fantasy under the name Steff Metal, and dark, dystopian fantasy under S. C. Green. Her latest novel, The Sunken, explores an alternative Georgian London where dinosaurs still survive.

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