Check out this gorgeous cover for YA steampunk novel Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear! So pwetty!
Q&A with Suzanne Lazear
What is Innocent Darkness about?
Innocent Darkness is a Steampunk Dark Fairytale — these aren’t your little sister’s faeries. It’s a tale of flying cars, wishes gone awry, bad bargains, forbidden love, and sacrifice. It takes place in an alternate version of Victorian Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as the Otherworld (Faerie). The story tells the tale of sixteen-year-old Magnolia Braddock who makes a wish that sends her tumbling into the Otherworld. But if Noli doesn’t die, an entrie civilization will.
Steampunk seems to have entered mainstream consciousness (even my mum knows what it is) – why do you think this is?
Steampunk as a term has been around since the 80’s, but I don’t think a lot of people were aware of the term. I think Steampunk is gaining popularity because people are finally realizing that that thing they like has a name — I liked steampunk long before I knew what it’s called.
What’s your favourite steampunk book and why?
My favorite Steampunk books are Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate Series because they are hysterically funny and have a very strong female protagonist.
What is is about steampunk that appeals to you?
I write steampunk for the hats.
[And what a hat! Tremazing.]
What’s your top tip for aspiring authors?
Never give up. I wrote many, many manuscripts and got many, many rejections before I sold and found an agent. Keep writing, keep learning, and keep trying.