What the Heck is Steampunk Dystopian, Anyway?

Here’s the first stop on the blog tour, where I explain my novel’s genre(s) and what drew me to such a wild mash up!

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This week I am very happy to host a post from my fellow writer, Kate M. Colby, who resides in New Haven, USA. Kate’s first novel is being published by Boxthorn Press this month – grab an early copy and get money off (see below). Her book, ‘The Cogsmith’s Daughter’ is a steampunk dystopian, and (being over fifty) I had to ask, what the heck is that? Read on for Kate C’s response…

Kate C photo Oct15Picture this: after nearly fifteen years of dreaming about writing a novel, you finally finish your first one and decide to publish it. You’re thrilled—nay ecstatic! You can’t wait to tell your friends and family about it. The moment comes. Someone asks you, “So what’s your novel about?” Your eyes light up, you lean over and say, almost conspiratorially, “It’s steampunk without steam.”

And all you get in return is a “deer in the headlights” look. This, dear…

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Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

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5 comments on “What the Heck is Steampunk Dystopian, Anyway?
  1. I had never thought of combining Dystopian and Steampunk … but it works! Sharing on Twitter:)

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  2. frenchc1955 says:

    I think it is very important for writers not to feel confined by preconceived ideas of what constitutes genres, so I congratulate you on bravery and mixing these forms.

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  3. frenchc1955 says:

    You are very welcome, and I agree with your sentiment. I, too, dislike, boxes and artificial artistic restrictions.

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