I had the great joy of reading my amazing friend and writing mentor’s book, Maiden of Iron, A Steampunk Fable, a retelling of the Robin Hood and Maid Marian story! Edie Melson created an imaginative world of Steampunk, and I had so much fun delving into the action and romance! In fact, I read it while riding my stationary bike one afternoon and wound up working out way longer than anticipated because I got so into the story! I loved the unique spin on such a classic, and the Steampunk is definitely a genre that ignites the enthusiasm of creative minds and hearts. You can find Edie at her website, EdieMelson.com and hop onto her award-winning blog for writers, The Write Conversation. Since Edie is a wonderful writing mentor for writers, I wanted to ask her a few questions about her book and her chosen genre!
1) Steampunk is an up and coming genre. Will you give a brief explanation of this genre and how you got interested in it?
The Steampunk movement is a unique mix of past, present, and future. It’s a juxtaposition of victoria-era mannerisms, steam-driven gadgets and gizmos, and science fiction world building. It’s way more than a genre, and it’s influence touches everything from home décor to current clothing trends.
The foundation of this movement can be found in the literature and architecture of the late nineteenth century (although the term, steampunk was coined in the 1970s), but it’s so much more. It’s dirigibles, Jules Verne, and the music of Abney Park. And they’re all wrapped up in bustles, top hats and goggles.
My background is in costume design, so this genre perfectly blends that passion with my love of story-telling.
2) The Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian is well-known. What gave you the idea of rewriting it as a Steampunk Fable?
I’ve always loved the idea of retelling familiar stories. And I feel like the heroines of the fairy tales I grew up with weren’t given a very exciting role in the stories I love. I believe—had the stories been true—these women would have been as active in defeating the villains as any hero. So I decided to give them a chance.
3) Your novel also has several unique science-fiction and alternate reality aspects (no spoilers). Genre blended novels have become quite popular. Did you find it difficult or freeing to write across genres and why?
I didn’t set out to blend genres. I tend to let the story lead me and in this instance it took be across boundaries. I love living outside the box, so it only makes sense that my writing would push the normal lines of what is normal.
4) Your story is told from multiple points of view. Which character’s point of view was your favorite to write from and why?
That’s an unfair question! LOL! It’s like asking a parent which child is the favorite. When I dive into one of my character’s point of view, that one becomes my favorite.
5) Do you have plans to continue this book as a series? If so, give us a little teaser for the next installment.
It won’t be a series in the traditional sense of the word, but I’ve built the steampunk world and I have many more stories planned. They all fall under the category of “Fables”. I’ve decided to keep my audience guessing about the next one I’ll be retelling. I’m going to turn it into a game and as they read the next book, my readers must guess which familiar story I’ve rewritten. I will give you the title, it will be called Iron Heart.