20 Minutes with Gail Carriger

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Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate series

Gail Carriger

Joining Brion and Dave this week is paranormal steampunk author, archeologist, and confessed Victorian junkie, Gail Carriger.  Gail’s latest work – Timeless – just crested the New York Times Bestseller List (huzzah!) and after speaking with her, we can understand why.  Join us as she shares some of the discoveries, resources, and strategies she’s employed during her authorial career. (and don’t miss Gail’s Workshop Episode!)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Gail Carriger

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Episode Breakdown.

1:00 – Finding the narrative voice for the Parasol Protectorate series

2:45 – Concern for influences (except for Austen)

3:50 – Matching the narrative voice to the story

6:10 – Shifting POV based on requirements of the book

6:46 – Researching the real world

7:38 – Be vested in the reality

8:05 – A Bad Victorian Habit

8:12 The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (http://www.dickensfair.com/)

9:15 – The Rabbit Hole

9:40 – Top Three Victorian Resources

9:55 – Things a Lady Would Like To Know (Amazon and GoogleBooks)

10:41 – Baedecker’s (Amazon and Website)

11:30 – What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew (Amazon)

12:00 – Humor lets you get away with a lot

13:00 – Blending Tropes

13:30 – Holding funny for a whole novel

14:00 – What do I like?

14:30 – Victorians cut everything open

14:57 – Gail is an archeologist!

15:50 – Write first, THEN edit

16:41 – What needs to be fixed?

17:10 – The “TK” technique (brilliant!)

17:35 – Too much foreshadowing

18:00 – Repeating character descriptions

19:05 – The editing cap never comes off

20:00 – Affirming the reader’s smartness

20:25 – plotting and writer’s ticks (thank you, secondary readers)

21:18 – Character ticks as identifiers

22:00 – The Soulless Manga (Amazon)

23:05 – Don’t be precious about your work

23:28 – Author as potter (not the Harry kind)

27:05 – The Gail Carriger addiction

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About Author

Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet drought of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.

7 Comments

    • Dave Robison on

      I know, right? Gail is quite the inspiration. But I’m sure she wouldn’t want her accomplishments to downgrade anyone’s self-esteem. Consider her living proof that success is not a matter of luck, but rather a matter of hard work, a little patience, and a LOT of love for what you do. 😉

  1. I am loving these podcasts! Not only for the fantastic writing advice, but also for discovering authors. Thanks guys, looking forward to more 🙂

    • Dave Robison on

      Wow, Belinda! Thank you so much… we appreciate the enthusiastic thumbs up! If there’s anything we can do to improve the quality or content, please let us know. We want this to be something useful AND entertaining.

      We have some awesome hosts (and guests!) lined up for April, so stay tuned (Oh! I better get that April Schedule up…) 😉

  2. Thank you so much for interviewing Gail – she is one of my favorite authors and I loved getting to know her and her writing better!

    I don’t know how I haven’t discovered this podcast before, but I am now officially a regular listener. Keep up the good work!

    • Dave Robison on

      Hey Skye! Yeah, we’re the new kids in the podosphere (plus our ninja stealth skills have kinda been workin’ against us). But we’re delighted you found us… welcome to the Alchemy Lab!

      We’re so with you regarding Gail. She shared a lot of valuable insights into her craft, stuff both Brion and I have been incorporating in our own writing (using ‘tk’ to mark a spot to come back to? Brilliant!)