What she writes: YA Steampunk, Romance, Adventure, Hilariousness, Supernatural adventures. Seriously I want to live in her world.
I had the awesome opportunity to interview Ms. Carriger!
What draws you to the supernatural? Your stories wouldn't not be the same without your characters being werewolves or vampires.
I like to spoof Gothic classics so there is also good dose of comedy in my work – giggling readers are good. For me vampires, werewolves, and ghosts are a great way to access this. For one thing, they fit so well in with the premise of the science of the soul. For another, they are all monsters with strong Victorian literature ties; they strike me as quintessentially Victorian. So I decided to twist it around and explore a world where such supernatural creatures were accepted as part of society – what, then, becomes the monster?
Were there any books or people who drastically impacted you as a writer? Was it positive or negative influence?
Tamora Pierce. When I was 8 the first book in her Song of the Lioness series came out. Up until that point I’d never read a fantasy book where the central character was a girl who kicked ass. Then, when I was 14, it changed my life again. It was the means by which I became friends with the ladies who still beta my stories to this day.
What are you reading right now?
Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss. It's my book group pick for July. I run a monthly read along via my blog and Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/232416?group_id=115842
Would you ever consider writing outside of your current world or genre?
Yes. In fact I have a little audio book project called Crudrat. Not yet in print but perhaps some day. https://gumroad.com/l/pgdBi
What is your favorite kind of tea? And what do you eat with it?
Twining gold label (black box) English Breakfast imported from the UK. It is stronger and milder in flavor than the American (or red box) version. I take it milky but very strong with no sweetener. It's basically an Assam leaf. I prefer Indian teas as a rule. I actually prefer to drink it alone, although sometimes I'll have a little biscuit. Chewy NOT crisp, and generally not chocolate. Something like a tiny snicker-doodle would be ideal.
About Gail Carriger
(From her website)
Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy in three series: two adult, the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol, and one YA, the Finishing School series. Her books are published in eighteen different languages. She has twelve NYT bestsellers via six different lists (including #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the ALA (for her debut Soulless) and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of tea.