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Interview with Thomas Carpenter

Interview with Thomas Carpenter

This is exciting! As part of The Indie Steampunk Literary Extravaganza I am delighted to welcome Tom Carpenter author of Fires of Alexandria a Steampunk tale that's part of the 50% book discount starting next week.

Enough of this and on with the interview:

Who are you, and why are you in my computer?
I fight for the users. Oh, this isn't Tron? Okay, well then. I'm actually multi-genre bestselling author across multiple platforms. Oh, this isn't marketing class? I write books that people seem to really enjoy. I'll hope you'll enjoy them, too.
Where do you get your ideas from? (Authors hate this question)
A trillion clockwork monkeys reside in a temporal pocket inside my basement, banging away on a trillion typewriters, so they're not really ideas, but randomly generated collections of letters that pose as one. The monkeys' banging also powers the Andromeda galaxy.
Why steampunk?
I like technology and history. They seem to go together like peas and carrots. Or steam and alchemy, take your pick.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
How did you get that camera in my shower?!?!
Are you a plotter or a pantster?
Pants are optional for writers. But I'm a gardener, defined by George RR Martin, as a writer that outlines the major points, but let's the characters grow naturally from those circumstances.
What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
Typing in edits that I get from: myself, my beta readers, my editor, my copy-editor, etc. Gawd, the edits never end!
Do you notice a recurring theme in your work? What is it?
I like to explore how technology changes history. The Alexandrian Saga, my current series, is a look at how the steam engine might have changed ancient Alexandria, which wasn't too far off from happening. Many modern inventions like the steam engine, hydraulic pumps, wind power, automatas—were invented back in the early ADs, but due to socio-economic reasons (like slavery) they didn't catch on. In these books, I get to explore what might have happened if things were slightly different.
What makes your writing special?
Salt. What's life without a little salt, even if it burns your wounds.
Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Transdimensional gymnastic-inspired temporal love-making by a quad of automatas. I just can't seem to get the physics right.
What have you published most recently?
Book five of the Alexandrian Saga - Empire of Alexandria.
What's next on your publishing schedule?
Book six of the Alexandrian Saga - Voyage of Alexandria, due out in May. Sensing a trend here?
You're going to be appearing in The Indie Steampunk Lit Extravaganza at the end of April. What can you tell us about that?
That it will be more awesome than thirteen clockwork cats juggling thirteen elephants with wings. Which is really a terrible metaphor to say that we've got thirteen authors with thirteen books and they're all going to be majorly discounted for your reading pleasure. This is a great opportunity to discover a cross-section of steampunk works, from high adventure to high fantasy, from intrigue and mystery to romance and comedy.
How can people find out more about you? Where can they find your books?
My books are at all major retailers in eBook, paperback, and audiobook form. You can find me under Thomas K. Carpenter, or check out my website at I'd also love for you to sign up for my newsletter. I give away stuff from time to time and I'll let you know when the next book is coming out. You can sign up at:
Thank you
Thank you very much for having me here today. It's been a pleasure.

And you can acquire the book Fires of Alexandria here.

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