Author Spotlight: Rachel A. Brune



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.


Q: What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
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.


Q: A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
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.
Rachel A. Brune’s books are available at Amazon.
The Poe anthology will be available on Amazon on May 31.
Where to find Rachel A. Brune:
Blog | Goodreads | Twitter

About kyrahalland

Kyra Halland has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. Years ago, as a new stay-at-home mom, she decided to combine those two loves - like chocolate and peanut butter! - by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read. Complicated, honorable heroes; strong, smart, feminine heroines; magic, romance, and adventure; deep emotion mixed with a dash of offbeat humor - all of these make up Kyra Halland's worlds. She loves sharing those worlds with readers and hopes they will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does. Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, two young adult sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and an adorable granddaughter. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up. View all posts by kyrahalland

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