Thank you for joining me for my interview with D. Lieber, author of The Exiled Otherkin!
Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm has changed since she was there last. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed her emotions.
When the optimistic and naive Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart.
Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her while balancing new friends and lovers.
- Welcome! So, where do you get your ideas?
All over the place. Sometimes I’m inspired by something I’ve read or seen, sometimes a dream sparks my imagination, but it usually starts with a question. For The Exiled Otherkin that question was: I wonder what a Fae would do in a steampunk world?
- Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Honestly, I don’t really consider readers when I start writing. They aren’t considered until the editing process. I write because I want to know what happens in the story. I want to know which man the protagonist chooses. I want to know if the antagonist wins. I want to know who that man in the shadows with his hat pulled low is. I create a character and then stick her in a world to see what she does. I hope my stories are original, but I haven’t read every book ever written to say for sure. The only time I consider readers is after it’s all over, and I decide to share what I’ve created. Once I decide to share, then I have to make sure that everything is understandable to someone who isn’t living in my head.
- That makes sense! What is the first book that made you cry?
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. We read it in the seventh grade, and I bawled my eyes out. Just thinking about it makes me teary.
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a piece?
It depends on the story. Some stories I don’t have to do a lot of research because most of what’s happening has no real-world basis for it. Sometimes, I’ve had experiences or traveled to places, so I don’t need to do research. I had to do a little more research for The Exiled Otherkin than I did for Conjuring Zephyr. How hot does a fire have to burn to lift this much weight? How long would it take an airship to travel from London to Strasbourg? If someone grabbed me like this, what self-defense move would I have to use to get out of it? I also had to look into mechanics for my steampunk machinery. While I did a lot of internet research, I also asked people around me who had more expertise. I asked a fellow student in my Russian class about throwing a punch, a college friend who traveled to Asia what Hong Kong was like, my brothers about machinery and the like. I relied a lot on other people’s experiences for The Exiled Otherkin. Most of that research happened as I went. I didn’t have to do a lot before I started writing. However, the novel I wrote set in the 1920s required a lot of reading beforehand about history and language of the times. The next story I’m going to work on is set in Canada during western expansion, and I have a lot more reading to do before I’m ready to put pen to paper.
- What is your favorite thing you’ve written?
My favorite story is always the one I finished last. At this moment, it’s my 1920s detective novel, which won’t be seen by readers for at least another year.
- Some authors and movie makers add ‘easter eggs’ that only true fans will find, or cross overs from other tales. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Not necessarily secrets…but I do have a little gold coin I like to stick in there. In every book I write, I always have a character named Charlie in honor of my grandfather. The characters aren’t anything like how he was in life, and they can be either male or female. I’ve had a creepy country gent, a Fae airship’s carpenter, even a murder victim.
- Thank you so much for joining us!
D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.
She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).
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I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and a contemporary romance based on my parents’ 30-year search for true love. Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.
- Call of the Morrigú – Historical fantasy set in 1797 Ireland.
- The Enchanted Swans– Historical fantasy set in 500 BCE Ireland, based on The Children of Lir, an Irish Fairy Tale.
- Better To Have Loved– Contemporary romance based on the true story of my parents’ 30-year search for love
- Legacy of Hunger– Historical fantasy set in 1846 Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #1 NOW IN PRINT!
- Legacy of Truth– Historical fantasy set around 1800 Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #2
- Legacy of Luck – Historical fantasy set in 1745 Ireland and Scotland. Druid’s Brooch #3
- Misfortune of Vision – Historical fantasy set in 12th century Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #4 (release date January 2018)
- Misfortune of Song – Historical fantasy set in 12th century Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #5 (submitted)
- Misfortune of Time 0 Historical fantasy set in 11th century Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #5 (just starting!)
- Turlough’s Tale – Short Story in The Druid’s Brooch series, set ten years before Legacy of Luck.
- Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland
- Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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