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The Next Best Thing Meme
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The Next Best Thing Meme

So James Daniel Ross was kind enough to tap me to participate in this and I just found the file that I started long after the meme has gone - but I thought I'd post it anyway...

1. What is the title of your latest book/WIP?
The Emancipation of Maxwell's Ghosts

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was asked to write a Steampunk + magic story for the anthology In an Iron Cage : the Magic of Steampunk by Danielle Ackley-McPhail.  I chose to consider the psychic mediums as magic and the characters from the story were compelling enough to merit a larger work.  But it's also about the theme that while steam is a fascinating power source, it may not be the best in the long run for everyone and the environment.                 
     (have a look at this and think carbon debt.)

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Steampunk and Alternate History.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Dear Hollywood, thank you for being insane and considering this, here are my recommendations :

Kassandra Leyden
Francesca Dellera – I was looking for an image of Francesca Hunt (The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne) when I stumbled across this picture and realized this was more of what I considered Kassandra to look like.

Constable Cobham Peckwith

Jim Caviezel, just imagine him with sideburns instead.

Manfred Bremstrung

Jude Law

Sante More

Brian Blessed - (I practically hear Blessed's voice when I write Sante's lines...)

5. What is the book blurb for your book?

The Emancipation of Maxwell's Ghosts

Something is stirring in lands of the Plague demolished Old World. It will take two unlikely companions, a constable and a medium; a dangerous trip half way round the globe and a discovery about the very nature of death itself to bring the truth to light and save the future of New Britain.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It is an ongoing process.  After writing four stories with the characters, the novel concept presented itself and I keep working, albeit slowly, on it.

7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
George Mann's Newbury and Hobbs series, Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century and Tee Morris & Philippa Ballentine's Minstry of Peculiar Occurrences.

8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The original science adventures of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells show just what can be accomplished if you stretch your imagination.  Steampunk offers an opportunity to not only take a step back in terms of technology but also to the grand adventure and idea based story telling.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This is an alternate history where at the height of the Black Plague the Old World was abandoned for the New.  Using the maps of Brendon the Navigator,  Edward the Third moved his throne to New Britain.  Using Heron's helper, they rebuilt their world using the power of steam.  A new technology is discovered using the power of bound ghosts that could be an alternative to steam.  Kassandra's father goes missing and all clues point to a clandestine trip to the Old World.  As a medium who sees the departed, can Kassandra survive the visions of the millions lost so long ago to the plague to rescue him?

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I just can't wait to read this.

I love your divergence point for the alternate.

For some reason this kept bumping to the top of my brain while i was sick in relation to your timeline.

Tea - Was introducted to England and India by the British East India Company from China in the late 1600's.

Coffee - From Africa, introduced into western culture around the mid-1600's.

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