BJ Sikes writes steampunk and alternate history. She co-edited and wrote stories for the steampunk anthologies Twelve Hours Later, Thirty Days Later, and Some Time Later. BJ is the author of the steampunk novel The Archimedean Heart.
Q: Is herding authors for an anthology indeed like herding cats? Why do you do it?
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Sharon E. Cathcart is an award-winning, internationally published author who writes historical and paranormal fiction, essays, and non-fiction.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
SEC: The truth is that they can come from anywhere. Inspiration has come from songs, news stories, books I’ve read, or even a phrase that occurred to me. As a historical fiction author, I’m always looking for ways to show the human face of actual events.
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AJ Sikes writes noir urban fantasy and alternate history. He co-edited and wrote stories for the steampunk anthologies Twelve Hours Later, Thirty Days Later, and Some Time Later. AJ is the author of the alternate history novels Gods of Chicago and Gods of New Orleans. AJ is also a member of the 501st Legion and troops with the California Central Garrison.
Q: What got you into Steampunk?
AJS: In late 2011, I ran across a webzine called Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders – sadly now extinct. I started off as a contributing writer to the site and soon after became the Managing Editor The gig lasted for all of 2012 and put me in touch with steampunks from around the world—writers, artists, readers and reviewers, costumers, the whole circus!
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Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending cozy mystery, urban fantasy, and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.
Q: When you’re writing, do you brainstorm or build on ideas that you get from what is going on around you?
KW: Newspaper articles, gossip, overheard conversations… I enjoy taking two (or three) separate ideas and mashing them together to see what shakes out.
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By day, Anthony Francis builds intelligent machines and emotional robots; by night he writes science fiction and draws comic books. He’s best known for the Skindancer urban fantasy series featuring magical tattoo artist Dakota Frost, beginning with the award-winning Frost Moon and its sequels Blood Rock and Liquid Fire. He’s published over half a dozen steampunk stories, including “The Fall of the Falcon” read by Sage and Savant. All these stories are woven into a universe of adventure that continues in his new novel, Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine.
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Q: Who exactly is Tayliss Forge, other than a whirling dervish of creativity?
TF: Tayliss Forge, (sounds silly talking in third-person), is a college student who loves making costumes, jewelry, and accessories!
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Q: Who exactly is Professor Elemental and what do you teach?
PE: I am a risk taker, a move maker, a booty shaker and an earth quaker. Also, a rapping Professor from Victorian England- here to make the world a slightly sillier place.
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Q: Who is The Cog Is Dead?
TCID: The Cog is Dead is a band of time-traveling musicians who have journeyed from the Victorian era to various time periods and places around the world to share their music with the world and encourage people to return to using steam powered machines and clockwork technology. As a group who has traveled to so many different eras, we’ve heard a lot of different musical styles and we reflect that in the diverse music that we make.
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We were recently fortunate to participate in a photo session in the Garden Grove studios of Bailey-Denton Photographers. Valorie and James gladly shared their expertise and artistic talent with us and the experience was truly remarkable. Sage and Savant would definitely encourage you to make the trek to Orange County California and have your portrait taken by these amazing artists.
After the photo session, James and Valorie were kind enough to answer our burning questions.
Q: Who exactly is Bailey-Denton Photography which one of you is the photographer and which one is the chemist?
BDP: Bailey-Denton photography is the comprised of equal parts Valorie Bailey-Denton, the photographer and James Denton, the collodionist/chemist
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