Sensibility Grey Series of Steampunk Suspense Book 3
Publisher: Misterio Press
Date of Publication: May 1, 2016
Number of pages: 224
Word Count: 69,000
Cover Artist: Kirsten Weiss
A Midsummer Murder
The California Territory, 1849
Blamed for burning down the San Francisco wharf, clockwork inventor, Sensibility Grey has spent the last three months in hiding. Now all she wants is to depart the gold-crazy boomtown for a new life in the East. So when the owner of a traveling theater offers her work embellishing his mechanical stage, she turns him down. Then he turns up dead on her doorstep along with his enigmatic stage.
An explorer of the mysteries of aether, Sensibility has her own secrets to keep, and adversaries who’ll stop at nothing to learn them. Is the mechanical stage a part of a bigger game? Or the key to unlocking her true, magical potential?
A Midsummer Night’s Mechanical is book three in the Sensibility Grey series of steampunk suspense.
Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and in South-east Asia. Her experiences abroad sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes steampunk suspense and paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine.
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Conversations overheard, dreams, stories from history, even bits and pieces of my own life.
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
I confess, I imagined a young Robert Conrad as the hero of A Midsummer Night’s Mechanical. But he’s not available!
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
I don’t get writer’s block so much as writer’s distraction. Sometimes I just lose focus. But I have a daily word count goal, and I can’t leave my chair until I hit it.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
The Victorians were masters of stage craft, using trap doors and lighting to create marvelous effects. Since steampunk is all about Victorian-era technology, I thought a theater or stage would end up making a good setting. In the end, I didn’t bother with trap doors – the stage is a mechanical that walks!
5. What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Today, you can’t just be an author. Writing is a business, and authors must manage every aspect or hire people to do it for them. And when you’re starting out, you often have to do it all yourself. That can be challenging.