5 Questions with Gail Carriger
<once again our intrepid interviewer, Eric Hardenbrook asks the author of the month some posers>
1. Congrats on the award nominations and on making the bestsellers list. You have previously stated it took a while to sell your books overseas. How are your books selling overseas (particularly in the British market)?
Thank you! It is a genuine surprise. When I was first writing Soulless I remember saying
to my friend, "Well it's a fun series to write but it'll never get me any recognition, 'cause it's got romance
2. In a recent podcast/interview you compared
the social structure of the Victorian Age to the structure of social interaction of today in
What a fascinating question. From my personal contact with the upcoming generation of Americans, yes I think you may be on to something. Or perhaps it's that the style of person-to-person communication has changed, and I just can't keep up. These young whippersnappers don't seem to know how to play the game of social niceties anymore. Perhaps, I'm just jaded, I was teaching college when this first came to my attention.
3. Fan fiction is a hot topic on the web lately. How do you feel about Fanfic and do you know of any for your characters?
Oh, I have a massive blog prepared in answer to this question,
it's rather much to go into here. I will, however, say three things. First, so far I haven't seen any fanfic for the Parasol
Protectorate characters. Second, the situation is destined to remain that way. (Not that none will be written, but that, for
legal reasons, I will never be able to read any.) Finally, I go to great lengths to ensure I am
approachable and accessible over the internet so I do find it very rude if such things are made/written without at least a
polite little note saying something along the lines of, "Hey, I enjoy your world, hope you don't mind me playing in it." If
you want to hear more of my autocratic thoughts on the matter, drop by my blog for a big long discussion on the subject Weds
4. Can you conceive any way your book would work if the main character was male rather than female?
Another fascinating question, and yes. Alexia is rather masculine in some ways, especially for a Victorian female. I could certainly see her as a gay man, for example. I enjoy writing female heroines, so it's probably easier on me that she is a she. Which isn't to say I wouldn't like to write a male main character. I may try my hand at it someday, but knowing me the hardest thing would be to write a completely straight male main character.
5. Our obligatory oddball question: if you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I'd like to be able to breathe underwater. Not much of a super power, but then I wouldn't be called upon to save anyone, I could just muck about amongst the fishes for hours on end. On the down side, I'd probably never leave the bathtub.