1) What is the title of your book?
Ø What is the story about?
Eleanor wakes in an unfamiliar home with unrecognizable people doting over her. She struggles to piece together her past, and in order to discover herself again, she is forced to put her trust in strangers. A startling revelation leads readers on a steampunk-driven storyline that encounters mystery and romance along the way.
Ø Who is the main character?
Eleanor Howell, a young girl who discovers what it means to be “human”.
2) What inspired this tale?
Ø How did the story come to you?
Gear Girl is the result of a meshing of two of my favorite works: The Fault in Our Stars and Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy. The idea of a clockwork heart intrigued me, and from there, I created the storyline of Eleanor and Percy.
Ø Did you have to research for this novel, and if so, why?
I researched illnesses common to the 19th century, and I wanted to be accurate in depicting scenes, so I was sure to research the general fashion and furniture style of the period.
Ø If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn and why?
Florence Nightingale came up during my research. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about her and the way she affected the medical field. The famed nurse pioneered a health reform with her writings, which is truly remarkable!
3) Do you relate to your character?
Ø Is your protagonist anything like you personally?
ü If no, how do you differ from one another?
o Eleanor is far more quick-tongued than I am. My come-backs are usually two-minutes too late to be effective...
Ø What made you write this character; were they based on a real person or something that inspired you?
ü What should readers know about this character?
o To be patient with her. At times, you may want to shake Eleanor. You may want to tell her to “move on” or “let it go already”, but I’ll gently remind you to put yourself in her shoes. Life isn’t always prettily packaged in a neat little bundle. It’s messy. It hurts. And it takes time to heal.
ü Why is this character important to you?
o Eleanor is important to me because of her unusual journey and the sacrifice she’s willing to make all in the name of human nature.
Ø Do you consider the main character of your story to be good or bad, and why?
She’s absolutely good. Eleanor has a heart unlike anyone else, and I encourage you to read the book to find out why.
Ø What’s the objective of your character?
To discover what it truly means to be human, and whether each of us have the capacity to love unconditionally.
4) Is there anything you specific want readers to know about this piece of work?
Only that I fell in love with the story, and I hope each word conveys that.
Ø Is there a particular idea or morale you are trying to convey?
It wasn’t intentional, but the story conveys that not all love stories end happily, but they do end justly.
5) Is this novel a standalone?
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