Steam & SorceryToday, author Cindy Spencer Pape is visiting to talk about her new steampunk STEAM & SORCERY, as well as her writing process. Also, there’s a contest! Stay tuned this Friday for a Danger Gal feature on STEAM & SORCERY’s heroine, Caroline Bristol.

What inspired you to write STEAM & SORCERY?

I love the idea of mixing genres, and steampunk is inherently a mix of S/F and historical, so that was appealing right from the start. Add in romance and some fantasy elements, and it was just too much fun to resist.

Which element of story creation is your favorite and why?

Probably the characters. I love world building too, but finding the right couple to fall in love is just the best.

What is your writing process?

I’m not sure I really have one. I write wherever I can, whenever I can. Sometimes I know ahead of time exactly what I’m going to write and sometimes it just comes out and I’m as surprised as the reader is.

What do you enjoy the most about writing?

Getting to make stuff up for a living is just the coolest job ever.

Is there a certain type of character or theme that you find yourself coming back to again and again?

Besides the whole HEA thing, of course? I’d have to say family. Not just the family a person is born with, but the one we create around us as we move through life.

What’s next for you?

Well, up next at Carina is a mini sequel to S&S called Phantoms & Photographs, which will be a free download on April 25. Then book 3 of my Urban Arcana series, Motor City Werewolf comes out in August. Hopefully in June I’ll have the fourth of my Holiday Hearts series out from Ellora’s Cave. Beyond that? Who knows?

What’s the first book you remember loving?

I can’t remember not loving books, especially fairy tales. No one title sticks out—I loved them all.

Do you read the same genre that you write?

I write a bunch of genres and read them all, but I do read other stuff too, like romantic suspense, SF, fantasy and mystery.

What’s your advice to new writers?

Learn your craft, but don’t forget to have fun. And as you keep learning, keep writing. Don’t quit, even if it seems like you’re never going to make it.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

Reading, listening to music, playing games. I also love seeing new places, trying new things, meeting new people.

Lisa, thanks so much for having me here today!


To celebrate the new release, Cindy is running a contest. Comment on any (or all) of the blogs she visits on her blog tour this week. One entry per person, per blog stop. Visit Cindy’s blog to find the other stops. After the final stops on Sunday, March 13, Cindy will draw one winner for a free download of STEAM & SORCERY, or the winner’s choice of her other available titles. Happy Reading!

About the Author

Author of over forty popular books and stories in paranormal, historical, and contemporary romance, Cindy Spencer Pape is an avid reader of romance
fantasy, mystery, and even more romance. According to The Romance Studio,
her plots are “full of twists and turns that keep the reader poised at the edge of
their seat.” Joyfully Reviewed said, her “colorful characters and plot building
surprises kept me spellbound,” and Romantic Times says her “characters are
appealing, and passionate sex leads to a satisfying romance.”

Cindy firmly believes in happily-ever-after. Married for more than twenty years to her own, sometimes-kilted hero, she lives in Michigan with him, two adult sons & an ever-changing menagerie of pets. Cindy has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher, and an elected politician, but mostly an environmental educator. Her degrees in zoology and animal behavior almost help her comprehend the three male humans who share her home.

To learn more about Cindy, visit her at:

8 Responses to “Top Ten With Cindy Spencer Pape”

  1. Thanks so much for having me here today, Lisa!

  2. Great interview, Cindy. Sounds like 2011 will be busy with lots of releases….yay for us fans!

  3. thanks, Amber! I always appreciate your support!

  4. I’ve read Motor City Fae, but not Motor City Witch. I’ll have to get going if the third book is coming out in August and I love werewolves so I’ll be looking out for that one.

  5. Thanks, Jen. There’s a Fab review of MCW up this morning at if you want to check it out!

  6. Mary Poppins meets Van Helsing? Sounds like it would make an interesting movie!

    I don’t know about how interesting a musical, though.

  7. Probably a little bloody for a musical, Fred!

  8. I like that part of the advice you give new writers is to remember to have fun. I think it must be wonderful to have the ability to entertain through the written word, or verbal storytelling. lisagk at yahoo dot com

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