So what is Steam Punk?
Hello everyone! I hear a lot of readers asking me what a Steam Punk romance is. The quick definition is Victorian Sci-fi. I’m a historical writer and love to do my research. Any story I am going to pen needs to have a strong base in fact. Just putting a hero in a vest and over coat doesn’t make him a Victorian Gent. On the same note, just scattering a few ultra-modern(by Victorian standards) things throughout a book doesn’t make it a Steam Punk. I think part of the allure of writing in this gene was the challenge of creating my Steam Punkers.
A LADY CAN NEVER BE TOO CURIOUS is the beginning of a Steam Punk saga. In book one, I introduce the reader to the Illuminist. They’re a society that is devoted to research and science. The social niceties of the period take second place to expanding knowledge and there is no topic deemed unsuitable. My heroine is fascinated by this order but like other secret orders of the time, you must swear loyalty to them before being admitted. And just like the Victorians, once a young lady crosses that threshold, she’s considered tainted.
My hero is intent on keeping my young lady from falling from grace. It’s a battle that he will lose but by the end of the book, he’s very pleased with losing the battle.
I’ve also been having fun making a new Steam Punk inspired dress. Here I am modeling it outside the wood paneling which used to be aboard the Olympic ocean line. Now it decorates the inside of the Olympic restaurant on board the Millennium ship. My husband and I thought it rather fitting to wear our Victorian evening wear to dinner there. Reading is about fun, so I hope you’ll pick up a copy of A LADY CAN NEVER BE TOO CURIOUS. Cheers and join me on FaceBook for more on what I’m doing next.
Mary Wine has written over twenty novels that take her readers from the pages of history to the far reaches of space. Recent winner of a 2008 EPPIE Award for erotic western romance, her book LET ME LOVE YOU was quoted “Not to be missed…” by Lora Leigh, New York Times best-selling author.
When she’s not abusing a laptop, she spends time with her sewing machines…all of them! Making historical garments is her second passion. From corsets and knickers to court dresses of Elizabeth I, the most expensive clothes she owns are hundreds of years out of date. She’s also an active student of martial arts, having earned the rank of second degree black belt.