The Debut Authors Bash continues! Today, Evangeline Denmark, author of the AMAZING sounding Curio, has stopped by.
About Evangeline Denmark: Evangeline writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural. Her debut novel CURIO was an RT Reviews Top Pick for February 2016, and USA Today’s HEA blog called the world-building “two levels of genius.” A Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy with shades of The Wild, Wild West and The Wizard of Oz, CURIO sets coming of age and first love against a backdrop of steam-propelled greed and societal repression. Evangeline lives in Colorado in a house stuffed full of animals and creative people that would surely go to ruin were it not for the watchful eye of a cattle dog named Willie.
What is the one sentence blurb for Curio?
Trapped in an enchanted curio cabinet where porcelain figures rule and their clockwork servants plot revolution, Grey Haward must trust a new strength growing within and a strange boy in disguise if she hopes to survive and get back home.
Can you share a little about your writing process?
One thing that’s a little unusual about my writing process is that I tend to fall in insta-love with a word and then build a concept around it. CURIO was born out of this inspiration process, and I have other projects calling to me that began the same way.
I am definitely a seat-of-the-pants writer and I love being in my storyworld and discovering new things about my characters and setting. Writing for me is like planting an unknown seed. I know I’m going to end up with a story, but I’m not quite sure what it will look like.
What has been your favorite part of the publication process?
I’m not gonna lie, one of the biggest highlights was seeing Kirk DouPonce’s amazing cover for CURIO that captures Grey and the magic and mystery of her world. I still get a thrill every time I look at it.
Also, getting to interact with authors, bloggers, and YA readers is such a privilege. I am a creativity addict and I love to meet others who are equally enamored with using their imaginations, especially young people.
You’re given the opportunity to create a special edition of a board game for Curio. Which would you pick?
I’d love to see a CURIO version of Candyland that combined the whimsical steampunk aesthetic of the Porcies and Tocks with the creepy undertones of the society I created within the curio cabinet.
What is next for you?
I’m working on some projects within the CURIO universe as well as some completely unrelated stuff. (Gothic Romance anyone?) Follow me on social media for updates!
Wow, thanks so much for stopping by, Evangeline!
About CURIO: Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may not actually need.
By working at her grandfather’s repair shop, sorting the small gears and dusting the curio cabinet inside, Grey has tried to stay unnoticed—or as unnoticed as a tall, strong girl can in a town of diminutive, underdeveloped citizens. Then her best friend, Whit, is caught by the Chemists’ enforcers after trying to protect Grey one night, and after seeing the extent of his punishment, suddenly taking risks seems the only decision she can make.
But with the risk comes the reality that the Chemists know her family’s secret, and the Chemists soon decide to use her for their own purposes. Panicked, Grey retreats to the only safe place she knows—her grandfather’s shop. There, however, a larger secret confronts her when her touch unlocks the old curio cabinet in the corner and reveals a world where porcelain and clockwork people are real. There, she could find the key that may save Whit’s life and also end the Chemists’ dark rule forever.
1 finished copy of Curio open to US residents, no PO boxes