I adore Beth Ciotta! I met her at a Romantic Times Book Convention event in 2011 and she volunteered to take pictures of my friends and me participating in a costume competition. She was just so sweet and darling. I was a fan before, because of her books, but after getting to know her even better and finding out what a genuinely warm, generous and fun person she is, I fell deeper in love… And she’s blushing <g> (it’s all true,Beth!)
I am so thrilled to chat with her about the launch of her brand new steampunk series The Glorious Victorious Darcys. I was privileged to read Her Sky Cowboy early and I fell completely in love with the world building. I have always related to Beth’s characters and enjoyed her sparkling dialogue but I was a bit uncertain about this new genre. I am happy to report that Her Sky Cowboy captivated me! Check out my vlog spazzing out about it (in a steampunk costume too!)
Join me in celebrating Beth’s book birthday and get cozy for our chat. Don’t forget to scroll down to the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post for a chance to win Her Sky Cowboy!
Beth: Some Earl Grey would be lovely, my dear. One lump of sugar, please, and a spot of milk. Lovely!
Me: I am so glad your book Her Sky Cowboy is here. I can’t wait to share it with other readers cause I absolutely adored it! Your book is maybe the third steampunk story I’ve ever read and I am becoming a huge fan. I really enjoyed your twist on it. How did you get the idea for The Glorious Victorious Darcys?
Beth: Thrilled you enjoyed the wild ride! As to the conception of the story… The title The Glorious Victorious Darcys popped into my head, out of the blue, and stuck there. That title screamed a couple of things to me. Victorian England, a quirky adventurous family, and a global treasure hunt. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I actually had an opportunity to explore and develop a full blown outline. I can’t remember what spurred the notion, but I wondered what would happen if a group of radical peace activists from the late 1960s time traveled back to the late 1800s in an effort to alter history? That notion coupled with my initial thoughts resulted in a romantic steampunk adventure–the Victorian Age meets the Age of Aquarius!
Me: Nice Beth! Love that phrase, The Victorian Age meets the Age of Aquarius
I raced through Her Sky Cowboy and loved every minute. You’ve written westerns before, and there’s a little of that flavor thrown in. *day dreaming* Did you have to do lots of research on the Victorian era? And then the steampunk element! Love! Love! Love! Lol so much with the love! It totally feels like you had fun creating invention and putting your own stamp on that.
Beth: I had a blast writing this story, Kat, but it was also a massive challenge. Because it incorporates two time periods as well as several locations in addition to the steampunk element, this story required a ton of research. Here’s a ‘small’ sampling: Steam engines, electricity, clipper ships, automatons, time travel, Queen Victoria, 1969, love generation, peace revolution, Leonardo da Vinci, theory of flight, airships… the list goes on and on. Hard work but interesting, and great fun to make it all mesh!
Me: Sooo, There’s at least three books for this series right? *puppy eyes* Can you share a bit about the sequels and where the adventure might go for the Darcys and their treasure hunt?
Beth: I can tell you that two more GVD adventures are on the immediate horizon! First up in May 2013—HIS BROKEN ANGEL—a bonus e-novella featuring Doc Blue, a secondary character from Her Sky Cowboy, along with Lily Gentry, the sister of Tuck aka The Sky Cowboy. The Freak rebellion is brewing and Lily ends up a victim of a botched kidnapping of the British Prime Minister. In need of redemption (and you know why, Kat) Doc rushes to the rescue!
Me: Yay! I want Doc’s story *kermit flail*
Beth: On the heels of that rollicking tale comes the second full-length novel of the series—HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY (June 2012). This tale features Simon Darcy and his hunt for the legendary clockwork propulsion engine (used for time travel) that was supposedly destroyed by the Peace Rebels years earlier. A famous tabloid journalist joins Simon on his journey, presumably to chronicle the adventure. Her motivations are not so pure, however, and her ‘persona’ is merely a guise. Intrigue and romance abound!
Me: Have you been able to go to any steampunk events? *munches some left over Halloween candy* Oh! Want some?
Beth: Love me some candy corn and I missed Halloween this year due to Frankenstorm, so yes! Ooh, could I have one of those Twizzlers, too? Thanks. Where were we? Ah, yes. I have not, as of yet, attended a steampunk event. However I am registered to attend the Steampunk World’s Fair in May of next year and I cannot wait! I saw some clips on You Tube from last year’s event and it looks like an absolute hoot!
Me: What about steampunk costumes? *bouncing on the couch* you know me, I LOVE costumes. And with your background with theatre I know you get a kick out of them too. Have you put together some steampunky outfits? (pictures of costume pieces or you in costume would be fun if you have them lol)
Beth: I’m just now shopping around in hopes of building a small steampunk wardrobe. I say small because my closets are bursting with costumes. Could you use a bumble bee suit? No, wait. I think I gave that away. What about a fairy princess gown? Roller skates? Sherlock Holmes pipe? Anyhoo… I’m shopping via the Internet. There are so many wonderful pieces, I’m taking my time. I actually think I’m going to create a cool steampunk hat myself. I already have a bowler that would be a great starting point. Goggles, some clockwork and lace. Maybe a jaunty feather. Oh, the possibilities!
Me: Ok, hon, *leans head on Beth’s shoulder* I know you have so much to do in real life… A story to finish is only one of them… Thank you ever so for stopping by. I have added Her Sky Cowboy to my keeper shelf and am eagerly waiting for the next chapter in the Darcys adventures. I am thrilled at your release schedule and all the Beth books I get to look forward to in the next year. But I know that means you have to get busy!
Beth: These are crazy, busy times indeed, but I always enjoy hanging out with you, Kat. You have the best treats, an uber cozy couch, and you make me feel like a gazillion dollars. You are, as they say, the hostess with the mostest! (and the best quirky wardrobe ever!) thank you for having me!
PS. Don’t forget to scroll down and enter the contest to win Her Sky Cowboy and a steampunk necklace from Beth!
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Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. “I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!”
Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A retired professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com
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