Welcome to UTC, Bec! We’re so happy to have you! How would you describe yourself in three words?
Thanks for having me! Three words, hmmm… Adventurous, creative, bookworm.
The world-building in London Steampunk is extensive. How did this world come to you and how in the world do you keep track of every detail?
I always find that worlds build slowly over the years for me, often when I’m not even aware of what they’re doing. I get snatches of it here and there, then something will fall into place and suddenly I’m up and running. London Steampunk started as a vague idea about a vampiric aristocracy, then I started thinking about how I was tired of vampires always being the ‘heroes’. I wanted to write something where they were ugly, dangerous predators – the monsters of the Shelley, Byron period etc. I’ve also had this idea running along for years about a virus being the cause of the vampiric disease. So as you can see a little of this, a little of that…
As to keeping track of it… I must admit I need to start a series diary. At the moment it’s all in my head and various notes I have stashed around my study, which does mean I have to go back and check things frequently.
Will from HEART OF IRON is probably one of my favorite heroes! What do you think it is about him that makes him so desirable to readers?
One of the themes popping up in my work – or so it seems – is the idea of a hero who is what he is, and isn’t ashamed of that. They’re not trying to be anyone else or to follow any ideals.
Will is verwulfen, which means he’s not entirely human, and after spending ten years locked in a cage, forced to perform for a crowd, he truly has little understanding of human interactions. I loved writing about that outside-looking-in hero; he’s so lonely in a way, but he doesn’t know what he wants until his heroine Lena comes into the scene. She is truly the center of his world and he will do anything to keep her safe, even when he’s afraid to get close to her. And I think respect has a lot to do with him being a great hero; he’ll never try to make her less than what she is, indeed, throughout the story he tries to help her find her own strength.
Can you please tell us more about MY LADY QUICKSILVER? We’re dying to know!
My Lady Quicksilver was so much fun to write! *laughs evilly* Take one dutiful hero – Lynch, the Master of the Nighthawks – and pair him with the masked revolutionary he’s been tasked to capture. ‘Mercury’ swiftly becomes his obsession, but he doesn’t realize that the real Mercury is right beneath his nose. I love a secret identity plotline, and that moment where Lynch finally realizes who she is… That gut-wrenching sense of betrayal… Man, I was hanging out for that scene all manuscript.
Who is your dream cast for the London Steampunk series?
I do have a little list, because I’m a visual writer:
Blade – I totally saw Cam Gigandet (Burlesque) as Blade. Physically, as well as that entire attitude. I needed someone who could be the bad boy as well as a dubious hero.
Honoria – Rose Byrnes, because she’s so delicate and pretty, but has this whole inner sense of toughness going on.
Will Carver – Will’s a bit of a mix for me. I visualize him a little more like Taylor Kitsch, but I could see Sam Worthington having the physicality and gruffness for the role.
Lena – Natalie Portman all the way. Fun, flirtatious, vulnerable.
I know you’re a woman of the world and enjoy traveling, where is your favorite place to visit?
Russia really amazed me. Europe’s beautiful, but there’s just this sense of complete different-ness about Russia. Tourism’s only just beginning to take off over there too, which means there’s a genuine feel to the culture. And the history! I simply love history and Russia has it all.
If you could put yourself in your books, what would your character be like and who would your HEA be?
I would probably be the bluestocking with her nose buried in a book, who doesn’t notice that hot rake in the corner. I’d love to say Leo Barrons (Honoria and Lena’s half-brother) would be my HEA, but I’ve a feeling he’s destined for someone else.
If you were having a tea party which 5 people, either real or fictional; from the past or present who would you invite and why?
1. Ilona Andrews, because she always seems so nice and funny and her books are the best.
2. Joss Whedon. I think he’d be fascinating and he’s my storytelling hero.
3. Terry Pratchett for the entertainment value.
4. Stacia Kane, who’s books I love.
5. And Manu Bennett (played Crixus on Spartacus) just because I have a complete crush.
What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?
Gilded by Karina Cooper. And yes, I’d recommend it. It’s amazing steampunking fun (which is now a word) with ambiguous heroes and a heroine with a bad habit. I love that kind of anti-hero vibe.
HEART OF IRON BY BEC MCMASTER
IN STORES MAY 2013
In the mist-shrouded streets of London’s dreaded Whitechapel district, werewolves, vampires and a clockwork army are one step away from battle…
NO ONE TO TRUST
Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.
Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwulfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.
“Deftly blends elements of steampunk and vampire romance with brilliantly successful results…darkly atmospheric and delectably sexy.” –Booklist, starred review for KISS OF STEEL
To purchase Heart of Iron:
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Want a free taste of the London Steampunk universe? My novella Tarnished Knight is available in ebook form at my website.
London Steampunk Series 1.5, connected
Smashwords • April 1st 2013
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In the steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and a man made partly of metal is about to discover just how far he’ll go to protect the woman he loves…
After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John ‘Rip’ Doolan, thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realised precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined…
For six months Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she’s devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his.
But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship… or risk losing each other forever.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. The third book in the London Steampunk series, My Lady Quicksilver will be in stores in October 2013. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com or follow her on Twitter @BecMcMaster.