Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
All Men of Genius is a steampunk novel inspired by Shakespeare’s 12th Night and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. In it, Violet Adams, determined to go to the best scientific university in Victorian London (which, alas, is men-only), disguises herself as a man and uses her twin brother’s name to gain entry. Inside she finds mystery, killer automata, blackmail, romance and a really foul-mouthed bunny. The world has a lot of history in it, and many send-ups to classic mad scientists. It’s also very funny, or so they tell me. Obviously, there’s a romantic plotline, which is pretty sexy, and a lot of comedy, but I was also thinking a lot about one of my favorite Victorian authors, Wilkie Collins, when I wrote it, so it has some real moodiness and mystery, too. A more detailed description can be found at my website.
What should readers know before stepping into your world?
Well, there’s going to be a lot of swearing. Mostly from the bunny.
Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?
This is my first time at BEA, and honestly, I’m a little scared. I want to take it all in, but I don’t want to commit to anything in case something else catches my eye. That said, I totally want to get as many ARCs as possible. I hope they have Dan Chaon’s short story collection.
Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
First time. I’ve been told I should bring a large bottle of water.
Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?
Yes! I’ll be signing at the Tor booth on May 24th (Tuesday) from 10:30 til 11. I’ve been practicing my signature and everything.
What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
I have a finished draft of a sequel to All Men of Genius, and I’m nearly through a first draft for the book after that. I also have a much darker, literary sort of magical realism type novel finished and I’m working on a futuristic mystery.
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