Thursday, February 16, 2012

Interview with Kady Cross & Giveaway!

 I'm representing The Girl in the Steel Corset against The Power of Six over at Fiction Fervor as part of the 2011 YA Book Genre Battle, so I got in touch with Kady Cross and asked if she wanted to join in. She replied that she would not only offer an advance copy of The Girl in the Clockwork Collar for a giveaway, but answer a few of my questions! So let us all give a warm welcome to Ms. Kady Cross!

Hello! Welcome to Songs and Stories. :) Thank you so much for stopping by; would you like a cup of tea?

Yes, please! Earl Grey if you have it.

I love steampunk; it is currently one of my very favorite genres, due in no small part to your novel. What is the hardest part of writing that genre? The historical aspects? The gadgetry? And what is the most fun part?

I started out writing historical romance, so the history aspect comes fairly easily. It was the world building -- making sure I put on paper what I saw in my head. I tend to concentrate more on character than environment when I write, but setting is a huge part of steampunk, so I needed to be really attentive with it.

If you could live in a steampunk world, what sort of person would you like to be? The mad scientist? Goggled adventurer? Victorian lady with a blade hidden in her parasol?

Oh, I would have to be a lady -- living in a house with hot water and plumbing! lol. I would wear pretty things and carry a dagger in my boot. I'd drive a velocycle and spend my evenings with men like Tesla or Poe. Oh, and I would be BFFs with Oscar Wilde. :-)

If Queen Victoria came after you for your scandalous use of her, what would you do?

Run screaming! No, I'd probably apologize (I'm Canadian, we're sorry for everything), and then maybe suggest she lighten up. If that didn't work, I'd run. She's an old woman in the book. I'm pretty sure I could lose her.

If you could go out to dinner with any of your fictional gentlemen from the Steampunk Chronicles, who would it be and what would you wear?

Oh, it would be Jack. Maybe Griff, but definitely my Jack. I'd wear something black with feathers, and a pair of Fluevog boots. I'd carrying a dagger in my bustle. We'd look like a couple of crows. Maybe I'd wear a plague doctor mask, but only if he wore one too.

Thanks again for agreeing to do this! Steel Corset is going to totally whup The Power of Six. :)

LOL. Thanks! Isn't that part of the I am #4 series? I'm really surprised the book has made it this far. I'm sure someone will shut me down eventually. lol.

Thanks for wanting to chat with me!

You can go vote for The Girl in the Steel Corset here. Make sure to keep an eye on it in later rounds and vote for your other favorite books

**** Giveaway! ****

To enter the giveaway for an advance copy of The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, just leave a comment saying what kind of person you would be in a steampunk world. For an extra entry, go here and spread the word for the 2011YABGB. For a third entry, spread the word for this giveaway. Please put all your entries and links in one comment along with your e-mail address. This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada and ends Feb. 29 at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!

                     Lieder Madchen


  1. I think I would be a Victorian Lady, but one that would have that hidden blade:D I love the idea of being a Lady, but having that independance, knowing I can take care of myself.

    Twitter Post:!/missvaughan22/status/170213373789732865

  2. I'd like to think that I'd be a bit like Finley (minus the whole personality thing). But really, I'd like to be anyone who catches Jack's eye haha :-) Thanks!


  3. I would be a tinkerer, creating weird gadgets and causing trouble with my experiments. It would be fun times!

    workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com

  4. I haven't read The Girl in the Steel Corset yet, but I am definitely in after this post! I'd like to be an inventor in a steampunk world--one who wears silk and kid gloves.

  5. Oh, I'd be the one in the eye popping corsit and tight leather pants with a set of kick ass boots and a knife in there of course.!/alterlisa/status/170610820236058624

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  6. I'd be the stealthy ninja with the fancy gadgets!! Yea....and boots. Need those steel toe boots.
    The poll was already closed :(!/deadtossedwaves/status/170660721183563776

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  7. Thank you for this giveaway!
    I would be like a sweet lady with a blade hidden on me. A secret warrior/inventor. Heehee :D
    Tweeted about 2011 YABGB!/pinkflower636/status/170825490897182720
    Tweeted about this giveaway!/pinkflower636/status/170825648271659008
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  8. I would definitely be on of the people tinkering with the gadgets in a steampunk world.

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. What a great interview. I met this author briefly at a Barnes and Noble near my house in CT. I bought a copy of the Girl in the Steel Corset and she signed it for me. She was so nice! I also got a cool boomark. I would love to win this book and read another book by her. If I could be anyone in a steampunk book it would have to be a lady. II can cary a blade, but I do need some comforts. :)

    petersonstef at

  10. I would have to say the mechanic =) I can't help it, it's in the family's blood - male or female born... and I'm proud of it and I would LOVE to be the most well known steam punk mechanic that can fix ANYTHING =D oh yes, that shall be me lol
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!! Have an awesome weekend!

    TValeros18 AT


  11. I would want to be the lady that always seems to think outside the box. Every one else is in turmoil trying to solve problem and BLAM I have the answer. There is always one of those!


    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  12. I'd love to be the mad scientist. I'm not sure how my inventions would pan out but I think that would be awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!