My New Steampunk Project

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for me.

For the last few months I’ve been working on a sequel to my World War One werewolf novel, but my next published novel for Spice will be a different project instead: a steampunk Western. The tentative release date is spring/summer 2012.

I don’t have a title yet, but I do have characters! The men include a Native American scientist who’s also a bit of a diplomat/spy; a down-on-his-luck younger son of a British aristocrat, who was thrown out of Cambridge for his scientific experiments; and a charming gambler/con man who happens to be an extraordinary mechanic. The women are an airship pilot who bears a bit of resemblance to Han Solo in personality, and an east coast bluestocking engineer who’s fleeing marriage.

I’ve already begun collecting research materials. This won’t be a historical; rather, it’s an alternate universe with a few ties to “real” history and a whole variety of extrapolations. I’m really excited to work out the details!

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

31 replies on “My New Steampunk Project”

  1. CONGRATS!!! It sounds like you sold this on proposal? I can see why. It sounds like a killer idea. Can't wait to see what you come up with!


    Congratulations – I think I've gone over the edge from I <3 Victoria to I Want to Have Victoria's Babies! Woohoo! Why is 2012 so far away?!

  3. Thanks, Kimberly! Emily, it's still only a gleam in my eye…but I will keep you in mind.

  4. Looking forward to reading it! I just completed a steampunk historical and it's making the rounds with agents. It's fascinating to see how authors are using this "steampunk" theme in their own unique ways!

  5. Sounds like something that would make a good movie as well as book. Hope you have fun writing it. Congrats!

  6. Mara wrote, Sounds like something that would make a good movie. From your mind to someone important's ears?

    Thanks, Crista!

  7. What an awesome list of characters.

    (I confess to a deep hankering for The Moonlight Mistress's sequel, though.)

  8. Thanks! Karalynn, there still might be a sequel to The Moonlight Mistress – not sure when, though.

  9. Congrats!! As soon as I saw "steampunk Western" I thought of the old Wild, Wild West TV shows. Hurry up and write it! :)

  10. What a fabulous concept and a great character lineup. Like Natasha, I thought of the Wild, Wild West. Enjoy the author ride.

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