Interview with steampunk/fantasy author Steven VS

Welcome,
Readers.
Steven VS is in the hot seat today. He’s in the midst of a virtual book tour with
Goddess Fish Promotions for his steampunk fantasy novel The Kingdom Lights. The book is appropriate for late middle grade
and early young adult readers.
During
his tour, Steven will be awarding one randomly drawn winner with a $50 Amazon
or Barnes and Noble gift card. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit his other tour stops and enter there,
too!
Bio:
Steven
is a resident of the sleepy coastal town of Bexhill, East Sussex, England. He
graduated in the summer of 2013 from the University of Southampton with a
bachelor of medicine degree and a master’s degree in global health from Sussex
University – where he spent the majority of his time in Shawcross writing his
debut novel, The Kingdom Lights.
In
between writing and dreaming, Steven is a medical doctor and has worked at the
University Hospital of North Straffordshire and the Princess Royal where he
fights the system with quirky lanyards.
Welcome, Steven. Tell us about your latest release.
Steampunk
middle grade about a boy and a long history of civil war. I thought about this
a great deal and I realized something. I never set out to write a children’s
story, but the way the story was, it was the only thing that made sense. I
think that’s how you should approach writing – think about the story, then
decide how to present it, not the other way around.

Blurb about The Kingdom Lights.
In a
world where cities float, airships sail the skies and mythical creatures are
summoned in a pinch, Celes Vale is distinctly average. Living in the shadow of
his talented cousin and his powerful aunt and uncle, Celes is resigned to a
future of soot, factories and well, more soot.

But on the night of his twelfth birthday everything changes. A blinding light,
a whispered voice and in an instant Celes becomes the first ordinary child in
history to develop magic, sending him on a fast-track ticket to the greatest of
the floating cities, Gardarel. Boasting grand, elegant buildings wrought from
shimmering white stone, the entire city appears as though it has been built
from light, and so it has come to be called the Kingdom Lights.

Though some welcome Celes, others want the dirt-ridden up-start off their city
preferably head first. Nowhere is this clearer than in the attitude and actions
of the beautiful and haughty Lady Ban and her sneering nephew, Marcus Blackwood.
But Blackwood, with his gang of goons and unimaginative one-liners, is soon the
least of Celes’s problems.

With a
little magic and a lot of detective work, Celes and his group of Scurriers and
Wisps unravel the dark truth behind Lady Ban s prim, perfect smile an alliance
to the villainous Wardens and the masked man who leads them. However, in his
attempt to expose Lady Ban, Celes unwittingly stumbles onto an even darker
conspiracy a plan that could lead to the complete destruction of Gardarel
itself.
What have you got coming soon for us to look
out for?

My steampunk middle grade novel The
Kingdom Lights
. I’ve always thought about it as a very adult story told
through a child’s eyes, which I don’t think is done very often. I hope you like
it!
Excerpt from The Kingdom Lights:
With his immaculately
polished shoes, carefully preened suit and even more carefully preened
moustache Jaime Milton was the last person one would expect in the sooty
factory city of Midgard. His father, Lord Milton, Sr., a great wobbly man with
fat flapping fingers like purple bananas was a close second.
It was a brilliant
June morning and the city of Floating City of Midgard was alight with life.
Jaime walked through the weathered cobblestone streets and watched as houses
flung their windows and doors open, lapping in the sunlight. Jaime had not been
here for two years and yet the City of Factories was exactly as he had
remembered; there were rows of homes huddled together, tightly packed into the
little street as high rising billows of smoke sailed into the sky. The
cobblestones of rose-tinged granite underfoot were boisterous and uneven and
Jaime had to be extra careful so as not to fall over as racing children zoomed
past, chasing one another furiously through the street. Some were covered in
soot whilst others were rosy clean but, he noted, all were breathless.
Jaime Milton couldn’t
help but smile.
“What are you
smirking about?” barked Lord Milton, Sr. as his son pushed him through the
streets in a beautiful silvery wheelchair.
“Just thinking about
the first time I came to Midgard,” replied Jaime. “It was a…”
“I didn’t ask!”
announced Lord Milton, Sr., brandishing his polished walking cane. “Always
answering questions I didn’t ask! And stop your smiling! There’s no reason to
smile!”
What song would you choose for Karaoke?
Either
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey, or Night Moves by the legendary Bob Seger.
Which Star Trek or Star Wars character are
you most like?
Good
question. Do you remember the little Sullustian who was with Lando when they
blew up the Death Star 2? He was so negative about things, but then was so
happy when they won! He is so underrepresented in the Star Wars universe. He
needs a bigger shout.
Who would you least like to be stranding on a
desert island with? Why?
I would
hate to be stranded with Amelia Cutts. She ruined my elective by joining me and
my friends in Cuba for four weeks and it was a nightmare. She complained about
everything!

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