Class of 2k12 in the Spotlight–INNOCENT DARKNESS by Suzanne Lazear

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I have another Class of 2k12 preview for you!!!! INNOCENT DARKNESS by Suzanne Lazear is a Steampunk Faerie Tale, but if you’re anything like me, you might not really know exactly what steampunk is. To help you out, I’ve grabbed Lazear’s explanation straight from her website to get us started.

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk. You hear the term more and more. But, what is exactly Steampunk, other
than an excuse for people to wear bustles and brass goggles?
I commonly describe Steampunk as “Jules Verne on Crack” – which I’m sure would
make my high school English teacher sigh in despair. Steampunk is imagining a world
where steam and natural gas, not coal and electricity, are still the primary power
sources, yet technology continues to advance. It’s a world abounding with airships,
gas lamps, gears, cogs, and brass goggles and populated with mad scientists,
philosophers, adventurers, brass robots, and air pirates.Steampunk stories can be set in the past, in the future, or on another planet. They
don’t even have to be Victorian. The Wild West is a very popular place for
Steampunk and I’ve even been hearing about Steampunk set in the Regency Era.
Steampunk transcends genres, creating genre-blending and bending at its finest.
Steampunk stories can be dark or light and funny, scary or romantic, for kids or
adults, they can even feature the supernatural or paranormal elements.

It’s in the setting, the gadgets, and the characters–who could speak like Victorian
ladies or fast-talking American teenagers. Steampunk characters often desire to make
the world a better place in some way shape or form–even if it’s by blowing up
parliament. Their adventures are often about figuring out where they fit even if it’s
means bucking the system.
With Steampunk, anything is possible. Steampunk offers an opportunity to be creative
and make amazing worlds ranging from gritty to opulent.
But Steampunk doesn’t stop at writing. Steampunk can be found in comics and
movies (League of Extraordinary Gentleman, anyone?) music (Emilie Autumn is my
favorites), clothes (if you haven’t seen the boots at Clockwork Couture, you should),
and jewelry (I am partial to tiaras made of clockhands). There are entire Steampunk
online communities dedicated to making rayguns, writing Steampunk, and Steampunk
in general.

So, now that you know all about Steampunk are you ready to write?

~Suzanne Lazear

ISBN-10: 0738732486
ISBN-13: 978-0738732480
Wish. Love. Desire. Live.

Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock’s hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer’s eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.

INNOCENT DARKNESS is available for Pre-order here…


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Recently I went to a writer’s conference where everyone was debating what the “next big thing” in YA literature was going to be. Some people argued that contemporary is on the rise and it was also suggested that steampunk has yet to see it’s day. But what everyone seemed to think was the most probable was a mash-up of some of our perennial favorite genres–a blending of some of our best loved reads. The first thing that came to mind when I heard this was INNOCENT DARKNESS–a steampunk faerie tale. Now, I have to admit that this was my first foray into steampunk and I found it to be very interesting, but what I loved the most was how creative Lazear got with this story. It was very clear that she has her finger on the pulse of this new type hybrid. It is also obvious that INNOCENT DARKNESS is a mix of topics that Lazear really loves and feels passionately about. Steampunk meets the fae is just fun. I can’t wait for the next installment to see what happens. Oh–and Dollymop is my new favorite word!

Suzanne Lazear’s young adult steampunk dark fairytale, INNOCENT DARKNESS, book 1 of The Aether Chronicles, will be released from Flux in August of 2012. Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter, the hubby, and a hermit crab, where she’s currently attempting to make a raygun to match her ballgown. She’s also part of the Steampunk group blog Steamed.

You can find out more about Suzanne Lazear and INNOCENT DARKNESS here…




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So, are you familiar with Steampunk? What’s your favorite steampunk book, movie, related site?

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  1. Great preview/review of Suzanne Lazear’s new book, Kim! I’m really getting into steampunk lately and I love the wild and innovative creativity of the genre. “Innocent Darkness” sounds awesome – a combination of steampunk and faerie tale is right up my alley! 🙂 I’ve got a lot of steampunk titles (for teens and adults) on my to-read list – I think it’s going to be a “Steampunk Summer” for me. I’ll be looking forward to its release in August so I can get it and add it to my reading list this summer. Thanks for your post!

    And for anyone who wants to know all about history of Steampunk, as well as its impact on books, movies, music, art, fashion, design, and invention – I highly recommend “The Steampunk Bible,” by Jeff Vandermeer with S.J. Chambers – it’s an illustrated hardcover guide, published in 2011 by Abrams Image, and it’s a fun and fascinating read!

    • Like I said, I don’t know a lot about it, but what I got a taste of was very cool!

  2. I haven’t read a lot of Steampunk, but I love the idea of blending anything with a fairytale. INNOCENT DARKNESS sounds really intriguing!

    Also, cool dress!

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