Welcome to the World of Dieselpunk

If steampunk as a genre and an aesthetic relies on imagining a late 19th-century world where steam technology never got replaced—along with clockwork cops and airships dotting the skies—then the question needs to be asked: what happens when we roll into the 20th...

J.D. Astra – So long!

Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight! It’s been a blast doing this blog takeover! The Coffee Time Romance mods have been so great and gracious. I just wanted to thank them so much for this opportunity to share myself and my works with all of you (and them!). It’s a...

J.D. Astra – Bastion Academy Spotlight

Like waking up to the best job ever, every day This book series is so near and dear to me for fulfilling a desire I’ve always had. I’ve wanted to connect to Korean culture specifically for a long time, but never devoted a lot of time to it on my own. When the idea for...

J.D. Astra – Best of Steampunk – IMO

There’s so many classics that would clutter up the page if I listed them all, but just in brevity, my top three favorites: The Time Machine (duh) by H.G. Wells Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson In more...

J.D. Astra: Steampunk Inspiration

Dat Aesthetic–Part 2 I’m a sucker for the aesthetic—especially when western elements are added. I know, I’m a heathen… The “Wild West” was just another layer of uncharted territory, the new and undiscovered aside from the fact that the west was… already settled…...

J.D. Astra’s Library

What do I write? Let me show you! Since joining up with Shadow Alley Press I’ve been much more prolific than I’d been in the previous years of publishing. The first series launched with them was the Viridian Gate Online Extended Universe, Firebrand series. This was a...

J.D. Astra’s first encounter with Steampunk…

Books beyond me… My first encounter with Steampunk was H.G. Wells The Time Machine. What an odd book to be reading at eight years old. It was loaded with terrifying social degradation implications, carefully masked political dissonance, mentions of sex acts...