JR_GoodA long way to go, and a short time to get there… Kind of the theme running through my mind when I wrote this book. At first, Journeyman’s Ride was an experiment. I’d been fascinated by the steampunk releases I’d seen. Worlds where typical conventions don’t apply. Fun. Rule breaking. My kind of story.

I write erotic romance, so naturally there had to be some spice mixed in with gears and steam. And since I rarely can write inside the box, I added Norse gods, mechanical monsters, and magical lightning to round out the world through which my heroes journey.

But for me, the story has to have that happily ever after or I’m not satisfied. So Danner and Miranda must trudge their way through a nightmare to find what really matters–each other.

I have to say, I think my favorite parts of the book are my antagonists. I’m not talking just the villain, but all the obstacles Danner and Miranda face: feral cats, mechanical spyders, cannibals, angry gods, blessed lightning, and a rich, spoiled prince with way too much power.

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My Coffee Time Interview

1. What does Steampunk mean to you?

To me, Steampunk is taking the convention out of convention. Putting together anachronistic devices to create a mood that everything’s possible where most things shouldn’t be. And steam. Lots and lots of steam.

2. What is your favorite thing about steampunk or writing about steampunk?

Breaking boundaries. I love creating the devices and world rules. I’m more into the fantasy element of the genre than the actual definition of steampunk—which is actually a subgenre of science fiction.

3. What is your favorite steampunk accessory?

Has to be the locomotive,with those huge turning, churning wheels.

4. What turned you on to steampunk?

I was a huge fan of the old TV show, Wild, Wild West. And then I saw the cover for Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker and fell in love. Embarrassingly enough, I have not yet read the novel, but I do intend to…as soon as I get caught up on work (read–not likely anytime soon.)

5. Do you have any upcoming Steampunk stories you can tell us about?

Journeyman’s Ride was supposed to be the first of a trilogy, but I was sidetracked by other projects. I do hope to someday get back to my books, in which I blend Norse mythology with steampunk and the Old West. All of my favorite things!

6. Who is your favorite character of all from one of your Steampunk stories?

That would have to be Danner. He’s an injured soul, a man who lost what love is all about. Once he finds it, he realizes all things are possible.

7. What’s the hardest thing about creating a Steampunk universe?

Sticking to your own rules. I created a world that fascinated me, and then I started changing up what was possible and what wasn’t, which confused the heck out of me and my characters until I straightened them out. Thank goodness for first drafts.

8. What’s the easiest thing about creating a Steampunk universe?

Blending genre, dress, and speech. Everything’s acceptable because there’s a little bit of everything in the world/book I wrote.

9. What does steampunk allow you to do as a writer that no other genres can?

That curiously acceptable blending. I can have a man use a telephone to call home, but he can’t drive anywhere because there aren’t any cars. Though he can take a steam powered locomotive or a hover-wagon, also powered by steam.

10. What are the challenges and advantages to writing a steampunk story?

Not overdoing the trinkets and gadgets and moving more into the feel and touch of the steampunk universe. There’s more to the genre than goggles and dirigibles, and using some creativity to expand on the genre makes it that much more challenging.

11. How much research does it take and how much imagination?

I googled all sorts of steampunk sites, watched a few reruns of Wild, Wild West, and generally poured through anything that seemed anachronistic. Then I closed my eyes and did the rest. I’m a glutton for writing outside the box. And even with my steampunk romance, I couldn’t just write about a Victorian heroine trapped on a train wearing a corset and high boots. Norse gods, magic, and a journey through hell somehow wound through the story, and a new kind of steampunk was born. My kind.

Thanks to Coffee Time for having me!  I love Steampunk. This was a lot of fun. *grin*

Marie Harte
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Marie Harte is the author of over sixty books. She writes paranormal, contemporary and futuristic erotic romances. You can find her everywhere and anywhere online. Her next story, Killer Thoughts, releases from Loose Id February 19th.