Hello Fellow Book Enthusiasts!
With my first post, I’m going to tell you what I’m working on right now. Earlier this summer I was browsing the class listing for the Romance Writers of America (of which I’m a member) and I came across a description for a great class being taught about Western Steampunk. For those of you new to the concept, Steampunk is a sub-genre of sci-fi/fantasy that takes the Victorian period and takes the technology of the time (steam based) and then plays the What-if Game with possibilities of things that could exist. Magic is frequently (but not always) added to the mix because magic is awesome. You get a blend of sci-fi with it’s cool inventions only set in the Victorian period with all of it’s fabulous clothing. When most people think of Steampunk, they think of Victorian London. However, the United States very much existed at that time and Steampunk stories set here can take place in the Industrial North, War-torn South, or Wild West.
I went straight for the Wild West. Why? Because I can write a story with magic, fisticuffs, shenanigans and at least one outlaw. Right about now I should add in my husband’s amusement regarding my tendency to like outlaw characters (it’s a thing, seriously). So the idea is that I’m writing a Western Steampunk that I would really like to be the beginning of a mystery series. More details will follow, I suppose I should get back to the drafting.