Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Interview with Tiffany Trent

Magical creatures, steampunk, alternate London, and a high stakes plot full of intrigue and danger? Sign me up, please! I'm excited to introduce you to the lovely Tiffany Trent and her fabulous debut novel, THE UNNATURALISTS, today. Want a closer look? Here you go:

In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.
Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.
And some blurbaliciousness:

"Fast-paced, heart-wrenching, magical and fascinating."--Tamora Pierce, author of The Song of the Lioness quartet

"Utterly ingenious! Tiffany Trent has more fine invention at her fingertips than a roomful of magical Leonardos!"—Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award-winning author

“By St. Darwin and his Great Apes, The Unnaturalists is unnaturally good! Few authors can mix science and fantasy the way Tiffany can; her science-worshiping New London is perfectly original and perfectly realized, and Vespa Nyx is a heroine to cheer for. So much steampunk is just more of the same; The Unnaturalists is captivatingly different.”—Ysabeau Wilce, Andre Norton Award-winning author of Flora’s Dare

"Thrilling, intricate and magical, The Unnaturalists is a formidable entry into the steampunk genre. Vespa Nyx is a spunky heroine we can all root for, and Tiffany Trent's worldbuilding skills are unmatched. This book will delight anyone who loves magic, gadgets and brilliantly drawn settings. I highly recommend it."—Caitlin Kittredge, author of The Iron Thorn

"Thoroughly magical...leaves readers wanting more."--Kirkus Reviews

Sounds fabulous, doesn't it? I couldn't wait to have Tiffany on the blog! She decided to take on the formidable Spork of Doom. Let's meet today's guests.

Tiffany Trent

Spork of Doom

Now, usually this is the point in the interview when I show off the amazing cupcake my hubby created for Tiffany's book. But life has been hovering around the level of Defcon 4 in this house for the past two months, and so I've decided to suspend the cupcake creations for a while until things settle down. Instead, let's dive right into the interview!

1. I’m all about world domination, and I’m always looking for good help. Why would you be an acceptable minion in my quest?

Minion? Heck—I’m thinking more on the level of co-conspirator! ;-) I have an entire army of mad scientists at my disposal!

2. The Spork of Doom does not usually take on co-conspirators, although the idea of having an army of mad scientists minions is tempting. Perhaps we'll have a trial period. You can prove your sporky worth. Being a Spork of Doom takes moxie. What’s the sporkiest thing you’ve ever done?

Hmmm…there seem to be a number of things I could mention (and many I can’t). One that springs immediately to mind: I once stepped up and sang “Country Road” to a group of Tibetans in the Chinese highlands to avert international disaster.

3. You see? You averted international disaster. If you truly want to be my co-conspirator, you must CAUSE international disasters! When I’m not busy taking over the world, I like to eat pie. What kind of pie do you think is worthy of my Spork of Doom status?

Strawberry-rhubarb, my dear Spork. Strawberry-rhubarb all the way.

4. Hmm ... I'm sorry, what were you saying? I couldn't hear you over this mouthful of strawberry-rhubarb pie. What’s your favorite thing to do with a spork?

Egg toss. Or digging into shepherd’s pie. I can’t decide.

5. Egg toss?? For the sake of your probationary co-conspirator status, I hope you mean you use a spork to toss eggs into the faces of your enemy. I have the ability to be simultaneously spoon, fork, and weapon of mass destruction. What unique ability do you have?

The ability to identify most living organisms at a single bound. ;-)

6. Add to that the ability to quickly eliminate the most living organisms in a single bound and you might prove useful in my quest to take over the world. In this day and age, a savvy spork bent on world domination can’t afford to ignore a good marketing campaign. I’m thinking t-shirts with “Spork or Die.” If you made a shirt with your own slogan on it, what would it say?

I think you should also make a shirt for yourself that says, “Let’s Get Runcible.” For myself, hmmm…I would probably go with “Dark Geniuses don’t get even, they just kill you in their novels.”

7. My theme song is I'm Runcible And I Know It, so also putting that on a t-shirt seems like overkill. WHICH I APPROVE OF. You are hereby dubbed my official co-conspirator! Why is your job just as much fun as world domination?

Well, isn’t that what writing fantasy is anyway? :)

8. I wouldn't know. I make my fantasy a reality one sporked-up enemy at a time. In between conquests, I like to read a good story. What can you recommend and why?

If you fancy middle-grade, I can’t recommend Stephanie Burgis’s Regency magic series enough. Start with KAT, INCORRGIBLE. They’re delightful and feature some truly excellent villains bent on just your type of world domination. Try also Ysabeau Wilce’s FLORA series, starting with FLORA SEGUNDA. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Lisa Mantchev’s THEATRE ILLUMINATA series, which I believe you’ve featured here before, yes?

9. You need to accomplish a secret, night-time mission as my minion. Cloak? No cloak? Why?

Cloak, of course. All the best villains wear them.

10. Cloaks, mad scientist army, and a strawberry-rhubarb pie? I like you more and more. My best piece of advice to others is this: “Fear the spork!” What’s your best advice?

Eat more chocolate! (Unless you’re diabetic—in which case, you probably shouldn’t).

  Thank you, Tiffany, for such an entertaining interview! Of course, the fun isn't over yet. Tiffany is offering a copy of THE UNNATURALISTS to one lucky winner, and the contest is open internationally! The contest is open until 9/30/12, midnight EST. Good luck and happy reading.

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  1. Definitely adding The Unnaturalists to my TBR mountain! I can't wait to see just what kind of creatures are in the museum. :D

  2. This was a really fun interview! I'm in total agreement that writing fantasy is synonymous with world domination. (I mean, hello, look at what J. K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer alone have accomplished! Haha.) Although, as a type-1 diabetic, I'd just like to say that we can, indeed, eat chocolate, thank you very much! ;)

  3. Oh, these interviews are always fun! And that cover is killer.

    1. as for the kind of creatures that might reside in the museum...hmm, unicorns, dragons, sprites, perhaps, or maybe something not so nice like a hellhound or a cave troll. I'd sure like to find out :)

  4. @Heather - My bad! My mother is diabetic and is not supposed to have ANYthing like that, but then and again, she never learned the keyword "moderation," either. I am glad you can have it! Enjoy! :-)

    1. Aw, I see. No worries! Yeah, now that I think about it, there are some diabetics who should stay away, depending on the state of their diabetes. It just doesn't mean all have to stay away. :)

  5. Magic + steampunk = very awesome! I really like the sound of that kind of book. Onanother, more random note, I love the word incorrgible. LOL.

    To answer the question: well... no museum with animals is the complete without dinosaurs of some sort :D

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  6. Awesome! I can't wait to read this!

    As for the geekiness wishes for UNICORNS!

  7. The interview was all kinds of awesome, but of course, it's the spork of doom!

    Big big thank you for making this giveaway international!!

    Hmmm, in the museum, in an alternate reality... for some reason I'm thinking it could go both ways, one going for unicorns and centaurs and the like, or the complete opposite and go for what's normal for us, and go with cows and deer and the like?

  8. The good thing about fantasy is that any sort of creatures can gargoyles!

  9. Great interview. I think there would be dragons, trolls, unicorns, and sprites...

  10. Awesome interview! I don't know why, but for some reason, as soon as the museum was mentioned, I pictured those flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz. *shudders* They're a little creepy.

  11. Love the interview! i'm thinking maybe some unicorns and little fairies and centaurs. It really could be anything!

  12. Thanks a lot for enjoying this beauty article with me. I am appreciating it very much! Looking forward to another great article. Good luck to the author! all the best!

  13. Maybe Dragons, Unicorns, Centaurs, Cyclops. Great post and I love the sound of this :) (Entered as Natalie Cleary)

  14. I don't know. Either mythical creatures (minotaurs, dragons, fairies, etc.) or mutants. I think mutants would be lovely.

  15. Going to finish reading the book today so I know what resides in the museum and don't want to ruin it for those who haven't read it yet! Such a great read!

  16. Mythical creatures :D Sorry for the twitter link. I posted the blog url. This is the real link:

  17. I have been waiting for this...WAITING WITH BAITED BREATH, I TELL YOU!

    And holding a spork. Bring it on! :-)

  18. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway:D. Since this is a steampunk book, I am guessing there are going to be a lot of robotic creatures.

  19. Wow, it is so nice and interesting blog. I like it so much

  20. I hope the whatever creatures reside in the museum don't require homework, flossing or poop patrol on my part!

    Looking forward to the read!!!


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