Like Clockwork

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.

ClockworkTaleThe result is ONCE UPON A CLOCKWORK TALE.

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

ONCE UPON A CLOCKWORK TALE is available on Amazon, in paperback for $13.99 and eBook [no longer available] for $4.99, and at Smashwords in multiple electronic formats for $4.99.

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.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Like Clockwork

  1. KatFrench

    June 3, 2013 at 9:18am

    Thanks for helping us get the word out, Marian! Also, Matt interviewed Robin and Ella, as well as me. You can find his interview with Ella here:

    And his interview with Robin here:

    Once Upon a Clockwork Tale was a tremendously fun project to work on. I hope everyone finds it every bit as fun to read. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      June 3, 2013 at 10:01am

      Thanks for the links to the other interviews, Kat. I’m enjoying the Tales very much, indeed!

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  2. Jane

    June 3, 2013 at 9:33am

    I just indulged in a new beer find:

    Diesel Punk Porter.

    Highly recommended.

    Good luck with the anthology.

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      Marian Allen

      June 3, 2013 at 10:02am

      Ah! I’ll look for Diesel Punk Porter, next time I go anywhere fine beers are sold. 🙂

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  3. Karen Syed

    June 3, 2013 at 10:07am

    Thank you so much for doing this. I will confess though, the idea for the retelling of Fairy Tales, was not my idea. It was actually Sean Hayden who had a story in our first anthology (Her Majesty’s Mysterious Conveyance.)

    I am pleased to tell you that our next anthology will be announced soon, but as a preview, Ella Grey (of Once Upon a Clockwork Tale) has decided that the theme for our next anthology will be MYSTERIES. So feel free to get those stories rolling. Oh, but keep in mind, we are going to be looking for Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie type mysteries. No vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc. Straight mysteries folks.

    Submission info will go up soon.

    Thanks again for these great interviews and the exposure.

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