A lot of readers ask me what ‘Steam Punk’ is. In fact, when I first started hearing the term for this gene, I was curious myself. In short, it’s Victorian Sci-fi. A historical setting and characters which has the added element of advanced technology. Not anything that you would find in today’s world, which would ruin the historical nature of the book.
The historical setting was essential to my plot. Writing a ‘Steam Punk’ means understanding your historical setting. I think the biggest challenge was making sure I didn’t introduce too many modern ideas. I wanted to have my secret society to be the opposite of Victorian society in their view on equality and that took a little doing to make sure I didn’t have my heroine sounding like a city girl from 2012.
The Victorians did enjoy their secret societies. Reaching the Masons and other orders was a great deal of fun. For my book, I decided to create a fictional order called the Illuminist. These would be my ‘Steam Punkers’. The people who devoted themselves to science while shunning illogical social niceties which got in the way of expanding understanding. I gave them the very controversial custom of allowing women into their order which is in conflict with the Victorian idea of ‘The gentle sex’. It made for a few conflicts and forced my heroine to choose because the Victorians were very clear on one point…you did not cross class lines. By joining the Illuminists, the upper crust of society was no longer willing to accept my heroine.
I do love writing historical. In the case of ‘A Lady Can never be too Curious’, it was great fun being able to place my characters in the Victorian era. I’ll admit that I adore wearing a bustle. It’s true. Here is a picture of me in my newest ‘Steam Punk’ dress. Lots of people seem to be enjoying incorporating touches of Victorian attire into their dressing. Yes, I’ve gone all out but that’s just the insane historical costumer in me. She likes to have her way.
I hope you enjoy my little journey into Victorian Steam Punk.
On the outside, Janette Aston appears to be a proper young lady; however, the people of England have no idea that this poised young miss secretly studies the scientific discoveries of the mysterious Illuminist Society. Janette soon grows hungry for more secrets about this Society, and she finds herself impersonating an Illuminist to discover more information. As she is exposed to secrets and dangers she never could have imagined, she begins to wonder if she's finally gone too far. But when she runs into gorgeous Illuminist Guardian Darius Lawley, she finds that, while her life is in danger, her sense of curiosity is most certainly piqued...
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