I’m Kathryn Smith. I’m a USA Today bestselling author of a little more than 20 books. Under the name of Kady Cross, I’m the author of The Girl in the Steel Corset, a Steampunk Young Adult novel from Harlequin Teen.
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
The world of TGitSC is one of technology, science and wonder. Evolution — particularly that of humans — plays a big part in the plot and the world. People are making huge scientific and technological discoveries, so they have all kinds of fantastic devices, some of which are dangerous, and others that are frivolous. There are automatons and mechanical horses, motorcycle-like transportation, and best of all — girls who can fight and fix tech as well or better than any boy!
What should readers know before stepping into your world?
That anything is possible in this world. That it’s not exactly how it was in late Victorian England, but close. I would also want readers to know that it can be a dark and gritty world, as well as a fun one. Finley, my main character, often resorts to fighting to get out of a situation, so there’s violence, and sometimes a hint of the nasty things people can do. There’s usually an element of mystery, but I’m not trying to fool my readers or keep it a big secret — it’s about the characters figuring out what’s going on and putting a stop to it.
Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
This will be my first BEA. I’m very excited!
Are you speaking on any panels during BEA? What panels are you planning on attending?
I’m not on any panels, but I’ll be signing copies of The Girl in the Steel Corset on Wednesday afternoon. I’m on deadline right now so I haven’t even looked at panels, I’m ashamed to say. I have no ideas what ones I’ll manage to get to.
If someone wanted to meet up with you at BEA, who should they look for?
I’ll be around the Harlequin Teen booth. I’ll be the woman with impossibly red hair who talks way too much! If I’m not there chances are the folks at Harlequin will know how to find me.
What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
Right now I’m working on an adult Steampunk romance for Penguin’s Signet Eclipse line. I’m also working on an urban fantasy series for Orbit. I’m incredibly excited about both. The Steampunk romance is set in a different world from my YA books, and is a little grittier — with more emphasis on tech and science than evolutionary ‘magic’. The urban fantasy is set in a world where the Victorian Era never really ended.
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