The Old West in Steampunk

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Another setting is “Western” steampunk, which overlaps with both the Weird West and Science fiction Western subgenres. One of the earliest steampunk books set in America was The Steam Man of the Prairies by Edward S. Ellis. Recent examples include the TV show and the movie adaption Wild Wild West, the Italian comics about Magico Vento. I couldn’t resist taking Tesla to the Wild West o … Read moreThe Old West in Steampunk

The Nosferatu, a spotlight on evil

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A small preview from book two…. Von Voss looked back at Dante. “So, the matter concerns vampires. In what context is this to our objective?” “Twenty years ago, a Voodoo priest known as Doctor Skin made a pact with the Nosferatu in New Orleans. In exchange for providing them a fresh food source and promises … Read moreThe Nosferatu, a spotlight on evil

The original idea for Tesla’s wardrobe that I trashed

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When I first started designing Tesla’s outfit, I choose from steampunk designs that I saw on the internet. However, as I began writing the book, the outfit simply didn’t work. After all, what woman would want to run off into battle wearing something like that. In the early 1900s, wearing such an outfit would of … Read moreThe original idea for Tesla’s wardrobe that I trashed

The hidden symbolism and concepts in the Aetherstorm Chronicles, Erebus

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One of the hidden, underlying themes in Book 1 of the Aetherstorm chronicles is addiction. It may be an addiction to power or to a substance but the effects that it has on the characters and how it determines an outcome has always fascinated me. Although it is mostly visible in the character of Shylocke … Read moreThe hidden symbolism and concepts in the Aetherstorm Chronicles, Erebus

The hidden symbolism and concepts in the Aetherstorm Chronicles, the Ghostwalker

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The concept of the “ghost-walker” is one of the first concepts for my main character that was developed. The actual term comes from my days of being a tour guide for a ghost tour. The guides were called called ghost-walkers in a tongue and cheek sort of way. However in my book it is a … Read moreThe hidden symbolism and concepts in the Aetherstorm Chronicles, the Ghostwalker

The Secrets of the Airship Divinity

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As a writer creating a steampunk universe, how do you make an airship that is something extraordinary?  My concept was to make it originate from antiquity, an ancient vessel that was able to travel in the space that exists in-between the various worlds of existence (known as the Aether in my book). I additionally linked … Read moreThe Secrets of the Airship Divinity

The hidden symbolism and concepts in the Aetherstorm Chronicles: Quintessence

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I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for symbolism and foreshadowing.  Perhaps it is my love of mysteries that fuels these ideas but they are a large but hidden part of my fictional work. Today I will be discussing the concept of Quintessence as it applies to my story. In my story’s universe, quintessence the physical manifestation of magical … Read moreThe hidden symbolism and concepts in the Aetherstorm Chronicles: Quintessence

Tesla St. Vrain: The Power Within (The Aetherstorm Chronicles) is now available!

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My latest book Tesla St. Vrain: The Power Within (The Aetherstorm Chronicles) is finally finished. I spent the entire year of 2019 working on this project and I’m really excited that it has been printed. Back Cover text: “In the year 1899, women are expected to behave, but Tesla St. Vrain is no ordinary young woman. … Read moreTesla St. Vrain: The Power Within (The Aetherstorm Chronicles) is now available!