Interview with Bec McMaster author of My Lady Quicksilver
1. If you could be BFF’s with any one of your characters from any of your books who would you choose and why?
Bec: Hmm. That’s a tough one. Maybe Rosa from My Lady Quicksilver, because we share a bit of a bawdy sense of humor. And then I would have ample opportunity to check out the very sexy Lynch.
2. Which character has been your favorite villain to write?
Bec: I’ll be honest, my favorite is yet to come (maybe because I just finished writing about him), but if we’re talking books that are already published, I would have to go with the Prince Consort. He’s a villain who’s played a role in all of the series, and his legacy just keeps growing. I like exploring his nature. Is he going mad? Or is it fear? Knowing that his power is slipping, causing him to clutch ever more closely at it. And have you seen the best of him yet? I can definitely answer that one (: There is much, much more to the Prince Consort than we’ve seen so far.
3. Have you ever killed off a character that was really based off a person who made you mad in real life?
Bec: I can’t say I base my characters on people I know, though I do take experiences I’ve had with people and use them to flesh out a particular character’s actions. The closest I’ve come to this is the Duke of Vickers. There was a man I once knew and some of my experiences with him, I took to shape how Honoria (from Kiss of Steel) felt when she was being hunted by Vickers. Embellished of course, because I’ve never had a stalker, but just that subtle fear, that looking around to see if they’re in a room when you enter it, hanging around in crowds of people because you know they won’t dare do anything/say something in front of others, definitely that. Coincidentally Vickers died. Does that count?
4. What made you decide to mix paranormal romance, historical and steampunk elements together to make this delightful series?
Bec: It just kind of happened. I love all three of those sub-genres, so when I was crafting the world, they all had a part to play. Or perhaps that’s just how it formed in my head, because when I first sat down and started tinkering with this new idea, the world, Blade and Honoria, they all just hit me, almost fully formed.
5. You write such strong female characters especially Rosa; are your Heroines modeled after anyone in particular?
Bec: Thank you! To write a strong heroine is one of my major aims; however, I definitely think there are thousands of different types of ‘strong’. As for modeling them off anyone I know, my instant reaction is ‘no’, but I actually sat and thought about this question and I think unconsciously, a little of that creeps in. I’m surrounded by a lot of strong women and its something I aspire to. My mum, my mother-in-law, my sisters and friends are all strong in their own way. Some of them have survived some fairly awful circumstances and they’ve done it with a quiet kind of fortitude that inspires me. For me strength is that certain kind of defiance, that just-get-on-with-it attitude, no matter what life throws at a woman. Surviving, no matter what the odds. That translates into my stories. I like to think that my heroines are flawed, realistic characters. I put them into some horrible situations and then I try to imagine how I’d deal with it. Sometimes my heroines don’t make the right choices, they make mistakes, but they don’t give up. And when they’re wrong, they admit it.
6. What was your favorite part to write of MY LADY QUICKSILVER?
Bec: Definitely the opera scene. I’d been leading up to that all book, when a lot of secrets are exposed, and it was so much fun. The fallout of that, that moment… It was perfect (can’t go into too much detail, as its a major spoiler).
7. Did you have a playlist or a favorite song while writing MY LADY QUICKSILVER?
Bec: I’m going to be honest. I don’t listen to music whilst I write. If it’s playing I tend to completely tune out and not even notice anyway.
8. In your own words how would you describe your London Steampunk Series?
Bec: Sexy, adventurous romance set in a dark, dangerous world.
9. Do you have any plans for any new series or a spinoff of the London Steampunk Series? *the Nordic verwulfen cough cough*
Bec: I definitely have ideas, but it will all depend on my editor – and readers. I’d really love to expand on the world, though I have two ideas on which way to go, so I’m not sure if it will be Scandinavia yet, or something a little closer to home.
10. If you could co-author with any other author dead or alive who would you pick and why?
Bec: I’d have to say Kristin Callihan, because we write a similar sub-genre mash-up, so maybe we’d be in the right place to start? She could do all of the lush, lyrical writing (I love her sentences!) and I could blow a few things up.
11. What can we look forward to next on Bec McMaster’s schedule?
Bec: Forged by Desire is up next, sometime next spring (USA’s fall I believe), though the month isn’t finalized. It features two characters that first appear in My Lady Quicksilver and is all about what happens when someone crosses that magic line of friendship. Of course, being London Steampunk, there are also a few plots, a pair of murders, a dangerous madman and secrets that need to be revealed.
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MY LADY QUICKSILVER BY BEC MCMASTER – IN STORES OCTOBER 2013
“I WILL COME FOR YOU…”
He will find her no matter what. As a blue-blooded captain of the Nighthawk Guard, his senses are keener than most. Some think he’s indestructible. But once he finds the elusive Mercury, what will he do with her?
It’s his duty to turn her in—she’s a notorious spy and traitor. But after one stolen moment, he can’t forget the feel of her in his arms, the taste of her, or the sharp sting of betrayal as she slipped off into the night. Little does Mercury know, no one hunts better than the Nighthawk. And his greatest revenge will be to leave her begging for his touch…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com or follow her on Twitter, @BecMcMaster.
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The London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster is quickly worming its way into my favorite series list. Its unique, fun, action packed, the men are strong and confident and the women are the same. I adore the heroines of this series; each is very different and strong but in their own ways. The males of this series are your over protective Alphas but they appreciate their woman and what she brings to the table. They are protective without being overbearing. McMaster has a strong voice and she has built a vivid new world in the London Steampunk Series. Her writing is clear and very descriptive, you can easily close your eyes and imagine the settings as described. She seamlessly weaves together a historical romance with paranormal and steampunk elements. This series is dark, brooding, action packed and plenty sexy.
My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster is a bit different from the other two of the series, we depart from Blades crew, whom we have come to know and enter the dangerous world of the Nighthawks. Lynch is THE Nighthawk, the one who started it all. A blueblood once of noble birth who was cast out at a young age, it was his idea to take the other “mistakes and cast offs” and great an elite task force. Lynch’s number one job at the moment is to capture Mercury; his very life is dependent on it. It’s Mercury’s head or his. After a run in with Mercury, never in his life has he been more conflicted, never has he questioned his duty or job. When he finds out Mercury belongs to the scent he has been hunting for months for the first time he doesn’t want to solve his case. Things become further complicated when he finds himself more than marginally attracted a bossy bit of goods in the form of his new secretary Rosa. Enter a crazy little love triangle. Rosalind aka Mercury takes a position as THE Nighthawks secretary to find out what she can about her brother who disappeared months ago. She knew it was risky business getting so close to Lynch and so many Bluebloods, he enemy but it is her brother. What Rosa never imagined was that she would come to respect Lynch and what he did so much. What she found was not what she was expecting and it blew all of her preconceived notions about Bluebloods out of the water.
Lynch is highly intelligent, a bloodhound even among other Bluebloods, he’s extremely loyal to his men yet holds himself apart. He is a strong man, with a strict moral code with a slightly venerable side. He is hard not to love from the beginning. There is just something about him from the get go that just has you on his side. Maybe it’s the brooding sexiness, or the fact that he’s so intelligent or that he holds himself under such strict control but Mercury gets under his skin. It’s probably all that and more, he’s one of my favorite heroes of this series so far (Will is still my number one, but he’s hard to beat). He’s just so, I don’t know, good. He’s one of the good guys in an F’ed up world/situation but he helps others because it’s the right thing to do. Even in his weird little love triangle he tries to do the right thing. He doesn’t know that it’s kind of pointless but that’s beside the point.
Rosalind also gets me from the beginning; she is a strong female lead, the leader of a revolution. She works hard to overcome her past, she’s a total bad a$$ and is totally loyal to her loved ones. She inspires and leads and is always quick to jump in where needed. She can hold her own in a fight even against a Blueblood, but she still has her feminine side, which as her alter ego she gets to explore for the first time in years. As Rosa, she can be that part of herself she has long denied, a care free woman who can flirt with a sexy man. When she first started being Lynch’s secretary she never thought she would actually come to respect him as a man, sure she was attracted to him, but he’s a Blueblood and they are her enemy. Lynch quickly shows her there is more to him then his lineage. She struggles with her feelings for Lynch and her attraction. She also finds herself a bit jealous of the predicament she has gotten herself into, she wants Lynch, but he wants another. It’s kind of fun to watch her dig herself into this hole that you know is just she is going to have a pull a miracle to pull herself out of. Further and further down into the hole she falls, until there has to be a big blow out. Oh and there is, and it is ill timed and a doozy! Quite enjoyable!
Overall I loved this book, I don’t think there is a single bad thing I can say about it. Its action packed, emotional, unique, with great characters and a fantastic interesting story. I adore this series, I adore this author and at this point I will read anything she writes. If you haven’t started reading the London Steampunk Series, I seriously think you should start. It’s a fantastic whirlwind of a ride.
*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.