Today here at OUAC we have the pleasure of interviewing the author of a book that I recently reviewed. I found Steam and Sorcery via another review blog and it sounded interesting. I was looking to branch out in my reading a bit and decided to give it a shot. I was quite surprised to find that I enjoyed it very much! I enjoyed it so much I wanted to pick the author’s brain a bit and give two copies of her book to two very lucky winners! (Details below.) Without further ado, OUAC welcomes Cindy Spencer Pape!
OUAC: When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
Pape: Actually it was pretty late. I was in my mid-30s and had a job where I often had to be at my desk, but had nothing to do. I decided to try writing a novel, because it made me look busy, LOL. Once I got started, I was hooked.
OUAC: What inspired you to write steampunk?
Pape: I love paranormal, and I’ve always had a soft spot for historical romance. Combining them was just too much fun to resist.
OUAC: In Steam and Sorcery there were vampyres, fae, and werewolves. Are you interested in any particular paranormal entity more so than others?
Pape: No, though I think I’ve tended more toward Fae and shifters than other. Vampires are being done so well by so many authors, that I’ve only touched on them occasionally. In the Gaslight Chronicles world, my vampyres (which is how it was spelled by the first author in the 1800s to write about them) are ugly, smelly, nasty things—not at all heroic.
OUAC: Who is your favorite heroine to write?
Pape: It’s impossible to say. I spend so much time inside the head of each and every one that each of them is a small aspect of myself—even if the heroine is very different from me, like the elegant blonde Caroline. (I am neither blonde nor at all elegant. 🙂
OUAC: Who is your favorite male romantic lead to write?
Pape: See above—it’s really hard to say. But I do favor heroes who are wounded, who have battle scars inside and out.
OUAC: In Steam and Sorcery did you have a favorite child to write?
Pape: Wink will be a great heroine of hopefully, the next full-length Gaslight story, so she’s fun, but I also have a soft spot for little Jamie, who is always getting into trouble.
OUAC: Tom is 17 in Steam and Sorcery. Is there a chance he will have his own book?
Pape: Tom and Wink are the same age. I’m planning to write Wink’s story first, then Tom’s.
OUAC: Steam and Sorcery was the first in a related series. How many do you hope to write for it? (I hope lots!!)
Pape: I’m leaving that open-ended at the moment. So far, I’ve written two novellas about other Knights of the Round Table, and am hoping to write full-length romances for at least Wink and Tommy.
OUAC: Aside from writing what else do you enjoy doing?
Pape: Reading, of course. 🙂 I love playing dress up for conferences or Renaissance fairs. Roleplaying and strategy board games.
OUAC: Most of us have a sweet tooth for chocolate or a favorite reality show we can’t get enough of….can you tell us about one of your guilty pleasures?
Pape: I’m a sucker for Warehouse 13 and Eureka on Syfy, Dr. Who and Primeval on BBC, and have occasionally 😉 watched Idol and Dancing with the Stars.
OUAC: The famous question: You’re deserted on an island and can only have three things with you. What would they be?
Pape: In my previous career as an educator at a Nature Center/camp, one of the classes I taught was survival. First off, a good knife, then a space blanket, and a metal bucket or pan. 🙂 Actually, my first choice is a satellite phone or a ship-to-shore radio…
OUAC: Are there any books on your “keeper shelf?”
Pape: Boxes and boxes. It hurts to get rid of any of them.
OUAC: Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books? Do you have any “autobuy” authors?
Pape: Elizabeth Lowell, Linda Howard, Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, Elizabeth Peters, Lora Leigh, Christine Warren…the list goes on.
OUAC: What books do you have lurking in the TBR pile?
Pape: I spent most of last week down with a cold and so have depleted my TBR pile. The top of the “just finished” stack is Phantom’s Rest by Anny Cook, (Passion in Print), Virtually His by Dee Brice (Ellora’s Cave) and The Seduction of Miranda Prosper, by Marissa Day (Berkeley Heat). I heartily recommend all of these.
OUAC: Are you currently working on a book? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Pape: I just sent in my fourth Urban Arcana book and a Gaslight Chronicles novella to Carina Press, and my agent has two submissions out. I took most of this week off with the cold from hell, so right now, I really don’t have a project I’m focusing on. I have a Ha
lloween book to finish from Ellora’s Cave, and I do need to get started on the next Gaslight book.
OUAC: Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring authors?
Pape: Don’t give up. Seriously. I came so close to quitting a couple times that it scares me. But you’ve just got to keep writing one more book, or sending it out to one more publisher. If it’s something you love to do, then just keep at it.
OUAC: Thanks again for taking time to answer these questions!
Pape: Thanks for inviting me, Stephanie. I’m so glad you liked Steam and Sorcery, and I want to remind everyone that the second Gaslight story is a FREE novella from Carina Press.
OUAC: Also Carina Press is selling Steam and Sorcery (EPUB, click title for a review) for $0.99 at the moment! At that price the book is a steal! So with Photographs and Phantoms for FREE you can get both books in the Gaslight Chronicles for the low price of $0.99. It’s worth it! If you click on the book titles it will lead you to Carina Press’ site.
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This giveaway will follow all rules listed in OUAC’s giveaway policy found here. Contest ends May 30, 2011 at 11:59 PM CST. Good luck!
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