Monday, October 24, 2011

Guest Blog by S.J. Davis - October 24, 2011

Please welcome S.J. Davis to The Qwillery.

Did I pick Steampunk? Or did Steampunk pick me? What is Steampunk?

Readers, family, heck even strangers ask me “What is Steampunk? Why do you write it?” In a ridiculously tiny nutshell, Steampunk is Victorian-era speculative fiction – it’s an exciting subgenre of science fiction traditionally occurring during the Age of Steam. The “punk” in Steampunk is a reflection of its similarity to Cyberpunk. Steampunk often adds a dystopian feel to the narrative or a sort of “fight the power” punk aesthetic and that is truly indicative of the era. The Victorian era was not a Utopian time for the masses – the Industrial Age was rife with issues of pollution, child labor, and of course women had no political or legal voice.

So, why do I write Steampunk? Well, first, I am a huge fan of everything Victorian. From teacups to parasols to bustles, the many fashions and ideas during the age of steam can be seen as uber romantic when viewed through the lens of time. But I am also a huge fan of dystopian and futuristic science fiction by writers such as William Gibson. So, when I discovered Steampunk, I found a sub-genre of speculative fiction that I could really enjoy – it’s the best of both worlds. I found a way merge my love for Jane Austen, John Keats, and Mary Wollstonecraft, add a dash of dystopia, and add a punk rock aesthetic. Did I say I love punk music? Because I love that too!!

DRACULA is one of my favorite novels of the Victorian era. My new novella, Invisible Sun, incorporates this Vampire mythos. Vampires are a fun way to contemplate the horror of immortality and the mythology of creatures that go bump in the night. Writing about Steampunk vampires was a fun way to merge this fantastical creature with innovative modern science – for me, it was a perfect mix for a dramatic narrative. So, Steampunk Vampires were born!

When I began Invisible Sun, I wanted to begin with the perils of the Industrial Age and man’s obsession with alchemy. It’s through genetic engineering that man inadvertently creates a new race of vampires in Victorian London. But instead of these vampires being scavengers or prowling the fringes of society, these creatures are highly evolved and respected organizers of law and also the guardians of science.

Unfortunately, one stray drop has spilled from this genetically perfected vein. Draegan, a vampire genetically designed to be “perfect,” turns rogue. Of course, the genetic experiments have unintended results, upending the precarious peace between human and vampires. But there is a sense of hope, a message that as we work together, we can regenerate our fallen spirit and fix our errors. I hope you enjoy reading Invisible Sun!

About Invisible Sun

Invisible Sun
Vamptasy Publishing, October 2011

In Victorian London, at the beginning of the Industrial Age and the height of man’s obsession with alchemy, scientists gave birth to the foundation of modern genetic science. As steampunk airships cut across the foggy city of Gravesend, vampires are brought to life.

But instead of scavengers prowling the fringe of society, these creatures have evolved to be the respected organizers of the Society, a universal religion, and the Guardians of Science.

One stray drop has spilled from the vein. Draegan, heralded from birth as the genetically perfect vampire, has turned rogue, attacking the women of London’s East End. Only his brother, with the help of Lady Astrid West, can hunt him down before he is able to unleash his full insanity upon the helpless city. And only another birth, the birth of yet another perfect vampire, can stop his madness.

About S.J. Davis

SJ Davis is the daughter of an ex-patriate British mother and a Southern Baptist ex-CIA father. As a child, she spoke in silly accents and recounted outlandish tales of fantasy over afternoon tea and to this day it remains her favorite activity. Born in Long Island, NY, she was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and went to school for a very long time (University of Virginia and George Mason University), married an all-around wonderful man, had two kids (smart, funny, full of opinions), moved from Virginia to New Jersey to Philadelphia to Chicago, and began her writing career. She is a believer in fate, an avid tea drinker, a stiletto aficionado, Doc Marten worshipper, punk rock listener, and lover of flip flops and cardigans. She has a terrible sense of direction, loves gummy bears, and is a Johnny Depp fangirl.

S.J.'s Links

Facebook Fan Page
Author page at Vamptasy


  1. I have yet to get into reading the steampunk genre but this sounds like it might be a good book to start with.

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  3. This sounds interesting. Though I have a few steampunk novels, I haven't read them, yet.

    I think it's time for me to start reading!

    Tracey D

  4. I just have to tell you that the cover of this book is simply beautiful and the plot sounds incredible! I'm adding this to my To Buy list right now!
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