Blog Tour: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Check out this interview with author Colleen Gleason about her new book, The Clockwork Scarab. Plus, you can stop by this post and win and autographed copy of The Clockwork Scarab and some awesome temporary tattoos! I also have a special for you readers too! You can get 30% off discount at ChronicleBooks.com! Use the discount code: SCARAB. Expires 10/18!
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate. Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.
As an author that writes several genres is there one you avoid tackling?
Oh, yes. I don’t think I could ever do justice to romantic comedy or high fantasy. Although I might have elements of those genres in my work, I don’t think I could pull off a whole book that’s laugh-out-loud funny or Tolkien/CS Lewis-like.
The other thing I absolutely cannot do is write an unhappy ending. A cliff-hanger for sure–in a series–but not an unhappy, sad ending. It’s just not in my nature.
Do you find that you have a different process writing for young adults?
Not really. In fact, no. A resounding NO. My process is the same: wring every word out and haggle over every scene, but when I type THE END, I’m done. I pretty much write only one draft, but it’s a draft that I manhandle and muscle and beat into shape through constant editing. Then I send it to my editor. Revisions will follow, of course, but when I deliver a manuscript to my publisher, it’s after writing that one draft.
Tell me five things you loved about writing The Clockwork Scarab.
- Two different young women, with different skills and perspectives.
- Three fascinating guys (I have crushes on all of them).
- Being able to create super-fun gadgets along with their names as well as new words (slang and otherwise).
- The fashion! Creating and imagining the unique fashion of the world.
- The food! Making up all those fun foods (flaming carrots, vanilla creme teas, etc.) is so much of a blast. There are even more examples in the second book.
Tell me a few of the hardest things about writing The Clockwork Scarab.
- Keeping the two voices of Mina and Evaline distinct.
- Keeping all the threads of the plot–and future plot elements–straight and in mind.
- Melding fact with fiction in Victorian England–although that was really fun too.
What books are currently in your reading pile?
I’m currently reading a series of historical mysteries set in turn-of-the-century New York City by Victoria Thompson, as well as a biography about Harry Houdini…and a book called The Ghost Hunters, which is a non-fiction book about a group of scientists who tried to prove the existence of supernatural phenomena in the late 1800s. Fun!
Although The Clockwork Scarab is fictional, did you have any fun research moments?
I spent a lot of time reading old tourist guides about the British Museum! It was a lot of fun to read about the Museum, and learn what exhibits were there, what sorts of rules there were, and when the floors got waxed. I even have an old map of the Museum, with the exhibits marked as they would have been during The Clockwork Scarab. (Of course, the Atlantis Exhibit wasn’t on the original map….)