Saturday, October 29, 2011

Invisible Sun by S J Davis-Interview: Bewitching Tour Stop

Invisible Sun
By SJ Davis

Genre: steampunk and vampires

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.
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Tell us about your current release

Invisible Sun is a Steampunk Vampire novella. Steampunk is such a great sub-genre for the kind of book I’ve always wanted to write - the rules are nebulous and the lines confining your imagination are full of gaps. With steampunk, creativity is the only rule.

There are certain “ideals” when you think of steampunk. Goggles, gas lanterns, airships, corsets, steam locomotives, for example. Or adventuring Victorian woman running about containing dastardly villains with a click of their parasol’s poison dart, but mostly, everything is in flux. Steampunk tropes have recently found their way into alien stories and the Wild West. And this is all good fun!

I began with the perils of the Industrial Age and man’s obsession with alchemy. Through genetic engineering, London scientists inadvertently create a new breed 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 the guardians of science.

I felt free to create fantastic scenarios with steampunk vampires living in a gaslight and steam powered world. I blended them together with a dash of futuristic and dystopian genetic science then a hint of romance. I hope this keeps the reader turning pages! It’s sexy, scary, retro, with high stakes to add more steam to your traditional steampunk.

What was your first sale as an author?

I wrote a novella, called INK. It’s a Young Adult Paranormal Romance with a Native American heroine. I love that story so much that I am working on a sequel or possibly expanding the whole story. INK came out the beginning of Oct 2011, and Invisible Sun followed a few weeks later. I’ve been blessed and busy.

When in the day/night do you write? How long do you write?  

I write while my kids are in school, right after I clean up breakfast and walk the dog. I do believe there are days when you can’t “make” it happen. On those days, I work out or read, and that usually gets me going. I try to write for a solid 2-3 hours per day and I can usually eek out about 500 works.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what? 

Oh I totally do!!! Usually each character has a playlist. While I wrote Invisible Sun, I listened to a lot of Abney Park (a fabulous Steampunk band), and Linkin Park. When I wrote INK, I listened to the Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Mumford and Sons, and Alice in Chains.

Do you friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?  

I would definitely say most of them believe I am an extrovert – and I am. I like to laugh and tell stories and my friends give me the space and confidence to be myself!

Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

I do! I wish I knew who to attribute it to; it is usually ascribed to “anonymous.” But it’s “Never let the hand you hold, hold you down.”

Beatles or Monkees?

Beatles, for sure! I love Paul and Abbey Road is one of my favorite albums.

Thanks so much S. J. for stopping in. It was great to find out a little more about you and your book!


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.


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