I’ve had the chance to sit down with the lovely Vanessa Barger to talk about her new release Into the Ether, as well as other fun stuff! Not only is this a fab story, but Vanessa is also a great friend/crit group member!
Tell us a little something about your book and what genre it is?
Into the Ether is a YA Steampunk Romance, hopefully the first in a series, set in an alternative reality. Think Victorian London with really cool Steampowered gadgets.
I think the blurb says it pretty well, so here it is:
As a Touch-Know, Genevieve has never been required to steal more than a few paltry coins. But when a powerful stranger requires their help, her family of street-wise thieves sends her to get the most important thing they’ve ever decided to liberate. It was supposed to be a simple overnight job. Instead, Genevieve is required to appear attached to her mark, the curator of the British Museum. For Genevieve it becomes more than an act, and her problems are far more significant than the possibility of her lies being
When her family betrays her, she must make an important choice – turn to the man who has destroyed everything she holds dear, or strike out on her own.
What character(s) do you like the most and why?
Hmmm… the most? Well, I like Terry, just because he’s a little bit of everything I’d like in a boy. I also really like Phillip because he’s got so many more facets to him than you may realize. I do also like Thomason. Even though he’s not really alive…
What are your favorite books? And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer?
I have many favorite books. But I love Jane Austen and Shakespeare and anything Bill Bryson and Katie MacAlister write. In YA, I also love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. I don’t think there was any one book that made me want to become a writer.
I’ve always written and read anything that didn’t move.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing?
Tea. Lots of it. With sugar. And cream, if its hot.
Reality or Fantasy?
Fantasy. Duh! I get enough reality at work.
Your favorite snack?
Smoked cheddar and good crusty bread.
Lastly, what’s your favorite season?
Fall. Halloween, not too hot, gorgeous leaves
Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s been awesome having you. Make sure you check out Vanessa’s book Into the Ether. It’s available from Astraea Press now.