I am beyond thrilled to have Delilah S. Dawson visiting The Book Tart today!!! *bouncing on the couch* I read her first novel in the Blud series, Wicked As They Come and it was my first official book review on my site back in May. I adore her world building and am ecstatic to introduce her to ya’ll if you’ve missed the first book and to celebrate her book birthday with today’s release of her Blud novella, The Mysterious Madam Morpho. It’s an entry point into her delicious steampunk world if you haven’t read Delilah before. And for those of us who have… It’s a welcome treat as we wait for the second full length Blud novel Wicked As She Wants out April 30th.
OH! Delilah’s site is promoting a contest for 3 lucky winner’s registration fees to Olde City, New Blood, the upcoming urban fantasy/paranormal romance mini-con in St. Augustine, FL next February. There’s only a few days left to enter, check it out, Click HERE to go see the contest.
Click HERE for convention info.
And because I adore her so much, and she wrote me a limerick that I want to get cross stitched <g> I am running a contest here on The Book Tart, more info at the bottom of this post.
So get on the edge of your seat and evesdrop in on our visit.
Me: Hi Hon! Welcome to The Book Tart. Please take a seat on my virtual couch *plumps pillows and grabs the bag of sour patch kids off the couch and puts them on the coffee table* can I get you anything to drink? Tea, Coffee, pina colada? <g> This is virtual soooo, normal rules don’t apply.
Delilah: Thanks so much for having me! I’ll take coffee and Sour Patch Kids, please. I’ve never had them together before, but as long as it’s less dangerous than Pop Rocks and Coke, we should be cool.
Me: ummm <g> so far nothing has happened to me :p
Your book Wicked as They Come was my first time reading a steampunk story and I fell in love with the genre. The clockwork creations, steampowered machines and in the world of Sang, the magic and Criminy *sigh* Have you always been into steampunk? What drew you to it?
Delilah: I stumbled onto steampunk online in 2010 or so, but it immediately felt like home. I adored Return to Oz and Edward Scissorhands as a kid, loving the weird mix of impossible machinery and creativity. I especially dig the aesthetic—the Victorianesque clothes and the shine of brass against polished wood. But the steampunk part of the story happened organically, an answer to the question of what life would be like in a world filled with bloodthirsty creatures. A very happy, very welcome accident!
Me:A wonderfully happy accident! I am so glad for us 🙂
I am so thrilled that your novella, The Mysterious Madam Morpho is out today! I know what I’ll be doing tonight after work 🙂 Thank you for giving us this story. It will make the wait till next spring and the 2nd full length Blud novel a little more bearable. Do readers need to have read Wicked as They Come to understand the novella?
Delilah: Nope! Although it will hopefully be extra yummy for fans of Wicked as They Come, since it starts out in Criminy and Tish’s boudoir. 🙂
The Mysterious Madam Morpho stars Imogen, a London scholar with a dark past and an intriguing act that even Criminy has never seen before. When she needs help crafting the stage for her performance, she’s one of the first people ever to meet the reclusive (and totally hot) inventor who makes the caravan’s clockworks. Imogen has never actually seen a caravan before, so the story is designed as a cozy introduction to the world of Sang. At least until she makes a mistake and wanders onto the moors alone…
Me: Oh! What are you working on now? Is the 3rd Blud novel written yet? I am also very curious about your young adult story.
Delilah: Right now, I’m working on the first draft of Blud 3, which doesn’t have a name yet. An excerpt of it will hopefully be included in Wicked as She Wants next April, and I can tell you that it takes place in the glittery cabarets of Paris. As for the YA, it sold as SERVANTS OF THE STORM and is a creepy paranormal about Savannah, hurricanes, fox-eared girls, demons, and fighting for the people you love. Not steampunk at all, but hopefully intriguing to people who like the weird, slightly dark, and off-kilter worlds I write.
Me: O_o that sounds good too. Fox-eared girls… I’ll be on the lookout 🙂
Soooo, I noticed we both love corsets. I adore how they look and how they make me feel. How many do you own and do you have any pictures you can share? *puppy dog eyes* also, where do you shop for them? My new favorite store is www.corsets-uk.com I own a few from them and I’ve been impressed with the quality and price… I look for excuses to buy corsets. Lol
Delilah: I do love corsets, and I LOVE that my career allows me to dress in costume! I have five corsets from Damsel in this Dress (www.damseldress.com), which are my all-time favorites. The designs are so comfortable that I can wear them for eighteen hours straight—and eat at a sushi buffet without dying. I do have two corsets from Corsets UK, but I think their models are shaped differently, as they’re GORGEOUS but don’t fit me as well. Or I could just be a sissy when it comes to those pokey steel bones…
Me: Oh! That’s so great to know about Damsel in this Dress. I haven’t ordered from them. I think I need one, or three. 🙂
Ok, *bites head off sour patch kid* now it’s silly time- like hammer time, but different :p I got the idea from this wacky interview I giggled maniacally while reading. Sooo, I have to try it on you. Ha! 🙂
Delilah: *chews a handful of red Sour Patch Kids with a suspicious stare*
Me: Is your writing influenced at all by the dessert choices of your children? What about Narcissa Malfoy?
Delilah: My children have horrible taste and sticky fingers. My writing is more influenced by *my* dessert choices, which are mainly cupcakes. Lots and lots of cupcakes. I can even eat cupcakes when wearing a corset. As for Narcissa, we dueled at Dragon*Con. It was a tie, as Tonks got in the way and tried to calm us down before we jelly-leg jinxed a random audience member. If you don’t believe me, I’ve attached a picture. (Note: Narcissa is actually author and actress Leanna Renee Hieber! Who is AWESOME!)
Me: Leanna is completely awesomesauce 🙂 I wish I could have seen that duel!
How could you compare your writing process to a carnival ride?
Delilah: One time, I got on this ride called THE OCTOPUS. I was in the cart alone, as everyone else was much smarter than me, and the cart turned one direction, and the arms turned another direction, and then the whole ride turned in yet *another* direction. While going up and down. And I realized that I was very much stuck and would just have to ride the blasted cephalopod of doom to the end and try not to barf. First drafts are like that, too—a confusing whirlwind, and I can’t get off and figure out which way is up until it’s over. And I try not to barf.
Me: oh my goodness *giggles* that is an EPIC description! ride the blasted cephalopod of doom! rotflol
I just made up a word, Squidget, what does it mean and put it in a sentence please.
Delilah: Sounds like a squid-calculator cyborg.
“Texas Instruments recently released the SQ-10 Squidget, which is capable of addition, subtraction, and squirting your neighbor in the face with ink should he attempt to copy your answer on the next math test.”
Me: Tell me a story…. There once was a bunny from Snood…
Delilah: Who went out to look for some good food.
He found the Book Tart
And ate all but her heart
Because feelings would’ve ruined his mood.
(Was that too morbid? I told you—I can’t control those bludbunnies!)
Me: *hoots with laughter* THAT is brilliant! I so want that framed in my living room! love, love love!
Now it’s time for The Book Tart Quickie
- Last costume you wore?: steampunk Red Riding Hood to Dragon*Con
- Favorite music album- right now? The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
- Spicy or mild?: Medium
- Favorite snack food?: Cupcakes. Or maybe guacalsa.
- Rain or snow?: Snow. It’s so rare in the South!
- Chocolate or vanilla?: Chocolate with vanilla frosting.
- Night owl or morning person? : Neither, oddly. I function best from 8am to 10pm.
- Tv or movies? Movies in the theater and TV on DVD.
- Ebook or print? Ebook for midnight desperation. Print for saving and snuggling.
- Fictional character you’d like to meet? Is it too self-referential to say Criminy Stain? FOR REASONS.
Me: Mmmm I want to meet him too *sigh*
Thank you so much for visiting with me at The Book Tart! Thank you for putting up with my mischief. <g>
Delilah: Thanks so much for having me! And for the Sour Patch Kids! I love those sugary little scamps. 🙂 And I hope you enjoy Madam Morpho. If not, I give you full permission to pelt me with cupcakes.
Delilah S. Dawson
Delilah S. Dawson comes from a long line of Roswell, GA natives. Originally named after two grandmothers and a dog, she grew up as Missy Southard and attended Roswell High School and the University of Georgia, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Studio Art. Her career gag reel includes stints as an art teacher, a balloon artist, a reptile vendor, various Disney princesses, a corpse, a cube monkey, a tour guide, a horseback riding instructor, a muralist, and a gallery supervisor.
Delilah wrote her first book in 2009 and promptly stuck it in a drawer. WICKED AS THEY COME is the first in the Blud series by Pocket/S&S. She has several projects in the works, including paranormal YA and a steampunk romance version of Robin Hood and is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Georgia Romance Writers. You can also read her product reviews on www.CoolMomPicks.com and www.CoolMomTech.com, where she is given the more eccentric and geeky products to cover. Delilah lives with her husband, two small children, and cat in Atlanta
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My website: http://www.delilahsdawson.com
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Wicked as They Come on Amazon
The Mysterious Madam Morpho on Amazon
I want to pimp out Delilah and her Blud series soooo, for every 5 commenters I will give away 1 copy of her novella The Mysterious Madam Morpho (up to 10 copies) and 1 random winner will receive an ebook copy of the first novel Wicked As They Come. So leave me a comment and tell me your favorite costume to dress up in 🙂
Contest runs from Oct. 2nd-14th 🙂 winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.