Steampunk has been around for a long time — some people date it back to H. G. Wells’ THE TIME MACHINE. Steampunk, in case you don’t know, is fiction with some mixture of Victoriana, steam engines, clockwork, alchemy, and modernity. There sometimes hot air balloons. There are sometimes sky pirates. There are generally modern inventions which run, as they would in days of old, by clockwork or steam power. Corsets are worn, also frock coats. The costumes are dead gorgeous.
And Karen Syed of Echelon Press has come up with a different wrinkle on it: an anthology of four novellas by four different writers, re-imagining four fairy tales as Steampunk.
Inspired by the excitement of the classic fairy tales, four outstanding authors offer their steampunk versions of four favorites. Adventure, intrigue, and deep emotions lead the reader into a different place and time, where almost anything can happen…if you believe.
Katina French, one of the authors, has not only written a funny, touching, frightening, and madly imaginative take on The Snow Queen (the anthology’s third tale, Bitter Cold), she has generously used her own blog to interview her three fellow writers:
Ella Grey interview
Robin Wyatt Dunn interview
Matt Mitrovich interview
Katina French interview by Matt Mitrovich
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Outline your favorite childhood book as Steampunk. Unless, of course, your favorite childhood book was Steampunk. In which case, you know, don’t.