Army Of Brass - EA Hennessy Interview
Phoebe Darqueling | May 8th, 2018
Steampunk celebrates its 31st birthday on April 27, so join in the festivities with the high-flying adventure, Army of Brass. The blog tour will run between Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, May 13.
About the Collaboration
“Steampunk” began as a literary genre, but has expanded to include fashion, music, art, and live events all over the world. It's sort of like a love letter to a future that never was and is rooted in the culture and technology of the Industrial Revolution. During 2017, in honor of author K.W. Jeter coining the term in 1987, Steampunk Journal Editor Phoebe Darqueling and the Collaborative Writing Challenge joined forces to create an amazing work that blurs the line between science fiction and fantasy. Twenty international authors contributed chapters to this story full of gadgets, romance, and political intrigue set against the backdrop of a fantasy world informed by the culture of the 19th century.
About the Story
When the mad conqueror haunting Elaina's dreams invades her adopted homeland, the real nightmare becomes what she's willing to do to stop him.
The dreaded Hunter Baron has landed on the shores of Mailderet, but Master Tinkerer Elaina Gable believes she has the solution. Giant automatons sit rusting in the valley, waiting for someone with the drive and ingenuity to bring them to life. But the king, swayed by the destruction his ancestors wrought centuries before, harbors a deep-seated fear of the machines. Though he will not allow the alliance of Tinkerers and Smiths to complete the work, Elaina resolves to bring the machines back to life in secret—with the help of a famous airship pilot.
From the safety of the swamps, a woman with silver skin jealously guards the secrets of the automatons. Though the Silver Woman also wishes the past to remain buried, she must weigh the value of secrecy against the thousands of innocents her hesitation might send to the grave.
As they discover the link between the toxic valley and the inner workings of the automatons, Elaina and her allies are drawn into a web of deceit threatening the balance of power across two continents—and proving the truth behind the deadly legends surrounding the Army of Brass.
About the CWC
1. How did you first get involved with the CWC?
EA Hennessy: This is my first time contributing to a CWC novel. I first heard about it through Phoebe Darqueling's blog.
2. What is your favorite part of working collaboratively?
EA Hennessy: You get inspired by others' ideas! Other authors will take a story in unexpected directions, which is wonderfully challenging and exciting as a writer.
About Army of Brass
3. Who is your favorite character?
EA Hennessy: Definitely Elaina. She's such a complex character, with an internal struggle that is very relatable, and external struggles that are exciting to follow.
4. Did you have a favorite setting in the story?
EA Hennessy: The city of Antikythera really captured my imagination. The unique city set-up is quintessential steampunk.
5. Did you have a favorite gadget or technology?
EA Hennessy: The titular "Army of Brass", of course!
6. Did you have much experience with Steampunk before the collaboration?
EA Hennessy: My first published novel, Grigory's Gadget, is a steampunk novel. I'm currently working on its sequel as well. I also attend local and regional steampunk festivals whenever I can.
About you as a writer
7. How often do you write?
EA Hennessy: It seems to come in waves. Sometimes I'll get into a good daily habit, and sometimes a couple weeks will go by without ever opening my work-in-progress. Life happens!
8. What is your ideal setting for writing? (Quiet vs. music, coffee shop vs. home, etc.)
EA Hennessy: I either like a quiet space, or a space where I can play some soft instrumental music. Typically I write at home, either on my couch or at my desk. Sometimes a coffee shop is helpful as a change of scenery if I'm stuck in a rut, though.
9. What is your favorite genre to write?
EA Hennessy: Any type of speculative fiction. I'm currently focusing on steampunk, but also greatly enjoy epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and science fiction.
10. Are there any genres you haven’t tried but would like to?
EA Hennessy: Horror! I've been reading some scary short stories lately, and would like to try my hand at that some time.
11. Who is your favorite character that you’ve created?
EA Hennessy: Currently it's a character named Larya, who plays a large role in the upcoming sequel to Grigory's Gadget. He's a fun character with a large personality and a sharp mind.
12. Are there any writers who inspire you?
EA Hennessy: Oh yes. My current main inspirations is Gail Carriger.
13. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
EA Hennessy: Just start writing. Don't worry if it's "good" or not at first. The hardest - and most important part - is to get words on the page and let your imagination lead you. You can clean it up and edit it later!
14. Where do you get your inspiration?
EA Hennessy: I get inspiration from a myriad of places. Lyrics in songs, interactions with people, and visiting new or unusual places tend to be my main inspirations.
15. Where can we find more of your writing?
EA Hennessy: Grigory's Gadget is available as an eBook or paperback on Amazon and as an eBook on Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. You can also keep up with my writing on my website eahennessy.com and my blog wordpress.eahennessy.com.
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