TQ: Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
Kady: There are so many! I love Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and the Brontes, but I also enjoy Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and a host of others. My influences would have to be Sidney Sheldon, Judy Blume, Stephen King, Amanda Quick ... I'm probably missing some, and I just realized what a strange list that is!
TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantster?
Kady: Definitely a little of both, but mostly a plotter. I love to plot.
TQ: What appeals to you about steampunk?
Kady: The freedom of it. It's such an 'open' genre. My steampunk is nothing like someone else's steampunk. It's a genre that can be very dark and gritty or light and funny. To me the essence of steampunk is a fear of change mixed with the hope and wonder of technology. Sometimes good things come out of the lab, and sometimes things that aren't good at all...
TQ: Describe The Girl in the Steel Corset in 140 characters or less.
Kady: Jekyll and Hyde meets Teen Titans.
TQ: What inspired you to write The Girl in the Steel Corset?
Kady: I wanted to write young adult, but I didn't want to write vampires or wolves. I love both those things, but I was itching to do something different. I love superheroes and had just read League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and wanted to do something like that -- or not quite so brutal!
TQ: What sort of research did you do to create the world in the novel?
Kady: l continued with my Victorian research from my adult books, added in some on evolution, organisms that can live below ground, and the steampunk genre. I also read some authors that would be considered Victorian science fiction.
TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Girl in the Steel Corset?
Kady: When Finley finds Griffin in the fountain and carries him back to the house. He's so embarrassed to be carried by a girl! I love how that scene sums them up. She's physically stronger than him, but the devastation of his power is all around them. It shows that Griffin really has no idea how powerful he really is -- and that he's got hang ups. Plus -- to me -- it reveals so much of what they're going to be to one another. They're going to always be there for each other, but it won't be easy.
TQ: In The Girl in the Steel Corset, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?
Kady: The hardest was Griffin because he needed to be more Bruce Wayne than Clark Kent. It's hard to write good and honorable without making him seem like a boy scout. He needed to be edgy, but heroic. The easiest was Jack because Jack could just be whoever he wanted to be. Jack is the type who always has a reason for doing the things he does. He threatened to steal the entire book, so I had to tone him down. Still, there are readers who fell completely in love with Mr. Dandy!
TQ: Who should play Finley Jayne and Griffin King if the novel is made into a movie?
Kady: Emma Watson would make a great Finley, and Rob Pattison could easily play Griff. Of course, there are a ton of fabulous young actors out there who could do a wonderful job. Maybe some day I'll see my characters brought to life!
TQ: How many books are planned for the series?
Kady: I have 5 planned, with the final book being Jack Dandy's story.
TQ: What's next?
Kady: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar comes out next year. It's Jasper's story. Finley and Griffin are viewpoint characters as well. Finley will always be one of the 'main' characters, just because I see this as her journey. Anyway, the book is set in historical New York City. I like to think there's more insight into the characters, and you definitely get to see some changes in Griffin - and the beginning of a mystery with him that will span a couple of books before getting resolved. After that is book 3, which has no title as of yet, and will have Sam and Emily at the center of it.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery
Kady: Thanks so much for having me!
About The Steampunk Chronicles
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Steampunk Chronicles Prequel
(Harlequin, May 2011)
An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.
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The Girl in the Steel CorsetThe Steampunk Chronicles 1
(Harlequin Teen, May 24, 2011)
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.
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