I’m beyond excited to welcome Bec McMaster to the blog today! Bec is the author of KISS OF STEEL, a steampunk PNR that blew my mind with its dark, original world, incredible romance, and compelling characters. To say I loved this book would be an understatement (read my review here).
Now, please welcome Bec to the blog!
SWR: For those who haven’t yet read KISS OF STEEL, can you tell us a bit about the story and the series as a whole?
Kiss of Steel is set in an alternative version of Victorian London, where the city is ruled by the aristocratic elite who are infected by a virus that makes them crave blood. Humans are considered second-class citizens and the mechs, those forced by circumstance to take a metal limb or organ, are considered less than human.
In Kiss of Steel, my hero Blade is a rogue blue blood (one of those stricken by the craving virus), though he’s definitely not an aristocrat. When a young woman with a price on her head comes into his world, he sees a way to get back at an old enemy of his, the Duke of Vickers. However, Honoria soon becomes more than just a means to an end… she could be the very salvation he’s been looking for.
I like to write about heroes and heroines that weren’t born on silk sheets, those that have to fight their way against the system, or to find a place in the world. All of my heroes and heroines will be fighting for something, whether they’re a duke’s heir or a lowly verwulfen slave.
SWR: Do you already know the arc of the series? How many books are planned or are you keeping it open?
Yes, I know the main arc. At this stage the series will be five books, which will finish this particular arc. There’s always a possibility of more, but that would mean a different storyline.
SWR: I loved the world you created – the Echelon, the blue bloods, the Fade, the virus, vampires – so dark and original. What was your inspiration for the world and what came first – the world or the characters?
It’s hard to say. I had pieces of the world floating around in my head for years, but nothing solid. It wasn’t until I had this image of a desperate woman hurrying home through the squalor of Whitechapel, and a dangerous man watching over her, that it all began to piece together. So I would have to say that the characters definitely gave it a shove in the right direction.
SWR: Honoria and Blade…the chemistry was incredible. What are your plans for these two over the course of the series? Will we see more of them?
Blade and Honoria have had their happy ending, but it definitely isn’t the end of their story. However, I’m a firm believer in having past couples come back into the storyline only as it suits the story – not just as a cameo to see how they’re going. But of course, Honoria’s research is a catalyst for… things to come.
SWR: We already know the next book will feature Lena and Will. I’m dying to know more about Barrons and Aramina. That look at the end of KISS OF STEEL hinted at something beneath the surface. Can we expect more of their story in the next few books? I’d also like to put in a plug for Jasper Lynch. There was something intriguing about him…
This is the part where I have to say “No comment.” (: All I can say is keep an eye out for book three, My Lady Quicksilver, which may just fulfill part of your hopes.
SWR: Who would be in your dream cast for London Steampunk the TV series or feature film?
I’ll admit it, I use actors or images to cast my books before I begin so I have a definite idea of what they look like before I start. I could so see Rose Byrne or Lady Mary from Downton Abbey doing an excellent job with Honoria. Beautiful women that have that inner strength shining through. As for Blade, well, I always had Cam Gigandet in mind when I wrote him. He just has that wicked, diabolical look about him. And he’s blonde, which is important.
SWR: KISS OF STEEL is your first published full-length novel. How long did it take to write from conception to publication and what did it feel like to finally let your baby out into the world?
Kiss of Steel was just the perfect book, in that it practically wrote itself. The idea jumped me in October 2010 and I had to write it. It was finished in January 2011, just in time for a full manuscript contest it was entered into.
It’s certainly not the first book I’ve written, but it was definitely the easiest. I think these characters and the world were just waiting for my writing skills to get to the point where I was ready to tell the story. As for seeing it out in the world, I have to admit it’s the best feeling ever, especially when I hear from readers who’ve loved the story.
SWR: I know you love to travel. What’s a favorite place to visit and what’s on your bucket list as a must see?
Russia is my favorite place in the world, with its wooden churches, fascinating history, museums full of czarist treasures and palaces dripping in gold. I desperately want to go back there and take my boyfriend with me. As for a bucket list, do you have all day? I’d have to say Egypt is top of the list. I have an obsession with history and I can’t wait to go.
SWR: What’s the last book you read that you would recommend to a friend?
Considering I finished this two days ago, I’d have to say God Save The Queen by Kate Locke. Steampunky UF fun, with goblins, vampires and werewolves.
SWR: I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones where every family has a motto – the Starks have “Winter is coming” and the Lannisters have “Hear me roar!” What is the Bec McMaster motto?
I’m stealing this one I saw somewhere online, as I have it taped to my wall in front of my computer. ‘Dreamers who only dream, never have their dreams come true.’
SWR: Thanks so much for the interview, Bec!
Thanks for having me Lee!
LONDON STEAMPUNK NEW COVER!
This third book in the London Steampunk series releases in October 2013 but don’t forget to pick up book two, Heart of Iron in May!