I discovered a little over a year ago a wonderful Steampunk novel, The Captain and the Lady Fair:Changing Times by an author with the improbable name Quinne Darkover. I loved the book and reviewed it on Amazon, saying among other things that this was great steampunk with terrifically cool women.
You can imagine my delight when I heard the second book was in progress, and now I can say it has been published! The new book, The Captain and the Lady Fair: Pathfinder is even better than the first. The addition of new characters and a wonderful rescue mission give this book more substance building on the relationships established in the first book. The writing is smooth and humorous, the characters well-developed and engaging, the plot daring. I’m not going to talk about specifics, because it is a sequel, and you really ought to read the first one first. No spoilers here.
I’ve interviewed Quinne about his writing and I hope you enjoy it. In his answers he gives inks to his books. I recommend reading the first book first (duh!) because of the necessary groundwork it provides, as well as the fact that it’s where the story starts. You won’t regret it.
Here is the interview:
Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
A: Just an ordinary guy. Joined the military and spent the first 10 years doing repair on aircraft communication and satellite systems. Medical issues while in Africa forced me to change careers so managed AF clubs, both enlisted and officer.
Q: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
A: That my books become popular and enjoyed. No dreams of major dollars, just readers that like the works.
Q: Which writers inspire you?
A: Sorry to say, the names are long gone from my memory. I read everything I could get my hands on when I was a youngster. My main addiction became sci-fi. The pulp mags and Daw double sided books. I loved the stories, of course back then, stories where mostly about how something worked then moving to story. These days a writer says, “We activated the warp drive.” That tends to cover it.
Q: So, what have you written?
A: My first book was a cookbook, simple foods and mostly foods bad for you. Second was a steampunk novel, and third was the sequel. All of them are on Amazon. I have a blog I post to, as the mood moves me covering what I am working on as well as my take on writing, and I guess things that could be called writing tips.
Q: Where can we buy or see them?
A: My author page on Amazon is http://tiny.cc/49wu0x . I am working with Amazon to get my sequel that was released mid July linked to my author page. A direct link to the sequel is http://tiny.cc/ydxu0x .
Q: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?
A: The central character is a Captain/owner of an airship. He is always trying to do the right thing and stand up for others but he is a rotten fighter.
Q: What genre are your books?
A: Steampunk. Generally steampunk takes place in the Victorian era with the dress and attitudes of the time. Steampunk can have anything that can be imagined as long as it is mechanical or steam powered. Basic electricity is available as well. It is a sub genre of sci-fi.
Q: What draws you to this genre?
A: I have no idea. Perhaps because the freedom of sci-fi letting the imagination roam, combined with the hope and optimism for the future.
Q: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
A: I am an odd ball on that. I only see it with unknowns. Type cast stars would deflect from the characters and story.
Q: When did you decide to become a writer?
A: I wrote short stories in high school, and wrote a novel in the mid 70’s ( which got lost ).
Q: Do you write full-time or part-time?
A: If I am working on a book, it is full time, either at the keys or thinking about it.
Q: Where do your ideas come from?
A: Like most writers a thought or image comes to mind and it just keep expanding. On my first steampunk novel, I had a clear vision of the opening and the end, but nothing in between. I had to write it to find out how it got from A to B. The second, I had a vision of the start, I had to write it to see how it ended.
Q: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
A: My mind has always been able to visualize, but I think in the process of writing over time, I have learned to listen to the voices in my head and close my eyes and see scenes.
Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?
A: Editing. ‘Nuff said.
Q: What is the easiest thing about writing?
A: I don’t think there is an easy but the easiest and best is when I see a scene playing like a movie in my head and my fingers try to keep up
Q: What are your thoughts on writing a book series”
A: I am doing that now. I don’t know how many total it will be as when I did the first one, I thought that would be it, but just the finish, thoughts of the second crept in. I thought I would take a nice break before doing a third but nooooo … the voices and visions have started already for a book 3.
Q: Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
A: First book, I hired an editor. XXX second I relied on writing groups, beta readers and lots of odd editing techniques.
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?
A: Start writing now. Don’t wait.
Q: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A: I have seen this question before and have thought what would be my answer. No one came to mind. If I had to pick, either Jules Verne or H G Wells. They are the ones that broke the molds on story writing.
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