2 Aug 2019

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: CLOCKWORK IMAGE by L.G. Rollins

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Author: L.G. Rollins
Series: Steam and Shadow #3
Source: eARC via Author
Publisher: Self-published by author
Publication Date: July 25, 2019

Vandals and Vampires Beware: 
Tressa won’t let anyone stand in her way. 

After years maintaining engines and repairing machines, Seawoman Tressa Wimple has come into a shockingly large sum of money. It only takes Tressa a single breath to decide what to do—she will donate it all to Westwood Orphanage, a home for children who are otherwise bound for the streets. They saved her and her brother many decades ago; now, she wants nothing more than to reach out a hand to the small and helpless of London. 

All her plans are derailed, however, when a faceless adversary decries Westwood and claims that the orphanage is a front for something far darker; as dark as an alleyway where Tressa first rescues a boy from a vampire. With the help of her brother, Jasper, and the tall, alluring Brox, Tressa determines to get to the bottom of the claims and protect the children, regardless of the risks. 

When all that is dark is forced into the light, Tressa must face her most combustible problem yet: her own past.
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Describe CLOCKWORK IMAGE in 10 words or less.

L.G. Rollins:  Hum, that’s hard. How about: Tough woman saves orphaned children in a Victorian-era steampunk.

What has been your favourite novel to write in the Steam and Shadow series?

L.G. Rollins:  I’ve loved them all. One of the main reasons I’m writing steampunk right now is that it’s so much fun. However, I do have to say I loved writing WALTZ OF THE CROWS. That one has a stronge spy/mystery theme running through it and I really enjoyed it.

What is the most interesting part of researching steampunk aspects? What has been challenging in incorporating it into your writing?

L.G. RollinsI’ve kept a lot of my steampunk aspects “closely related” to the historical Victorian era. Almost all my research starts with me learning about what happened during that time period, and then I tweak it a bit, up the technology and such, and that’s the world the Steam and Shadow series is placed in. For example, I learned a lot about the one of the earliest submarines—built in France in the mid 1800’s—and how it’s propulsion worked. I used that science when writing about the Gearhound, the submarine used in BURIED IN BLUE.

What do you enjoy most about writing for a crossover young adult/adult audience?

L.G. RollinsI love that it’s so open—there are so few restrictions and boxes to check. This crossover audience is willing to pick up anything that’s a good story. It may include pirates, or spaceships, or historical settings, or puppy dogs. So long as the story is intriguing and well told, this audience likes it.

What do you like most about writing a series? How does CLOCKWORK IMAGE fall into this?

L.G. RollinsI love writing in a series. It’s wonderful not needing to re-imagine everything for every book. But, even better than that, I love giving side characters their own story. The main character in CLOCKWORK IMAGE is Seawoman Tressa Wimple—however, you first meet her aboard the Gearhound in BURIED IN BLUE. All the Steam and Shadow stories are stand-alones, so you can read them in any order. If you want to know the order they happen in, though, you can check out the series page on Amazon.

Tressa is a BAMF - what would be her profession in our current world?

L.G. RollinsI certainly could see her in a profession where she uses her hands a lot. Maybe on an oil rig. She’s learned the skills to be an effective leader, so perhaps running her own shop. Then again, she’s the type of person who would be very successful on a police force.

What can we expect from you next?

L.G. RollinsIn CLOCKWORK IMAGE you meet Tressa’s younger brother, Jasper. The next novel in the Steam and Shadow series is Jasper’s story. It’s titled STOLEN BLOODLINE and I’m so excited with the way it’s turned out! That one is going to be released end of August. So, very soon!

Thank you again for taking the time to answer these questions!

L.G. Rollins: Absolutely! It was lots of fun. Thanks for talking with me and I hope your readers find CLOCKWORK IMAGE right up their alley!
For L. G. Rollins, conversations regarding Schrodinger’s cat, the effects of scientific advancements on politics, and whether Infinity is better categorized as a number or an idea are all quite commonplace. To be short, she is an unapologetic nerd. Mix in her love of whimsy and the unusual, and you get Steam and Shadow, a steampunk series of science, sweet romance, and unexpected adventures.

To learn more about L. G. Rollins, her books, and get a FREE NOVELLA visit LGRollins.com.

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