Today I’m happy to welcome urban fantasy/steampunk author Rachel A. Brune to the blog, talking about her books and a new Edgar Allan Poe project.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I’m 38 years old, six feet tall, and I have trouble saying no to new projects. On the other hand, I always have a steady stream of experiences and characters on which to draw when writing!
Q: What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
A: I write in a variety of genres, but lately urban fantasy and steampunk seem to be my thing. For urban fantasy, I am in love with the idea that the fantastical is right around the corner, and that there are worlds where magic lives right next to the subway. As for steampunk, I love the physical aesthetic of the costumes and artwork that you can see at conventions, but I also love the worlds that have been created around the idea of futuristic historical technology.
A: The very next thing that is coming out is a steampunk detective story, “The Case of the Cigar Girl in the Sixpenny Temple.” This is a punk version of Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt,” and will be part of an anthology that includes literary punk versions of Poe’s stories and poems, titled Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk. After that, I will be starting revisions on an urban fantasy novel, Steel-Toed Blues, and then sending that out to hopefully find a home.
A: For the last few months of 2015, I was having the WORST writer’s block. I couldn’t even sit down to my computer without wanting to cry because nothing was coming. So, I auditioned for a play, and ended up cast as the Priest in the local Sweet Tea Shakespeare production of Twelfth Night. I also played guitar and sang with the band that accompanies the play. For some reason, trying something new creatively jogged loose whatever was blocking my writing, and I started getting words done during rehearsal, and finally finished the steampunk short story, and made some good headway on my novel.