Rise of the Arcane Fire
by Kristin Bailey
Series: The Secret Order #2
Publication date: February 4th 2014
by Simon Pulse
Genre: Historical Fiction, Steampunk
After her parents died in a fire and her grandfather disappeared, Meg Whitlock thought her life had come to a standstill. But when she learned that the pocket watch her grandfather left her was really an intricate key, Meg, with the help of a stable hand named Will, uncovered the Amusementists: members of an elite secret society dedicated to discovery and shrouded in mystery.
Now the Amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland Meg fears she can’t trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by the sabotage happening at the academy, with each altered invention being more harmful than the last.
With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy’s saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it – or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.
Welcome, Kristin! It’s awesome to have you here on My Book Addiction today. Can you tell us how your adventures as a zookeeper, a balloon artist and a substitute teacher have shaped you into the writer you are today?
I once had an aunt tell me I had the single most interesting job history she’d ever seen. My stint as a rehabilitator for wounded birds of prey and as a zookeeper helped give me a fantastic base of crazy, usually useless, knowledge that is remarkably handy. My critique partner teases me about it because I’ve called her on writing details like when rigor mortis sets into a dead rat. Being a balloon artist in restaurants forced me out of my shell. I worked for tips only, and it turned me into an entertainer. As for being a substitute teacher, I decided I really love teenagers. I loved spending the day with them and talking with them. Teenagers have such a fascinating perspective on the world I find both refreshing and entertaining. I love writing for teens, and I love visiting classrooms even more.
What made you decide to write Steampunk? Do you think you’ll stick with this genre, or is it possible you’ll branch out into other directions in the future?
I wanted to give this trilogy a Steampunk sensibility because Steampunk celebrates the art of invention and engineering, and I wanted to present science and engineering as magical things within the world I was creating. I loved writing these Steampunky books, but I’m probably going to do something a little different next. If the book I’m planning to write finds its feet, it will be much darker and have more of a gritty fantasy feel.
What are your favorite genres to read?
I really like to read historical romance, young adult and middle grade adventure, science fiction and fantasy.
Do you have any rituals when you sit down to write? Any superstitions?
I don’t think I’m organized enough to have rituals. I tend to have to sneak time to write, so I don’t have too many things I do regularly. I do like snacking on carrots, and I tend to check in to Twitter just before, and while I’m writing. I don’t have any superstitions either. I do have a crocheted octopus that sits on top of my monitor. I don’t know if he’s lucky, but he is cute.
If you had to pick one book and one movie to be your absolute favorite, which would you pick and why?
I love The Lord of the Rings on film. It is truly magnificent, and while I might get some literary nerd-rage when I say it, I think the films told the story in a more emotionally engaging way than the books. For books, I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and I think I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for them.
Do you attend book signings or book conventions where your fans can meet you?
I do love going to conventions. Not this year but next, I will probably be back at Archon in St. Louis in October. I’m also thinking about attending another RT Reader’s convention in the near future.
What do you have in the works now that your fans would love to know about?
I just finished up revisions on book three in The Secret Order trilogy. It is epic and I can’t wait to share it with readers next spring. I’m very proud of the innovative and courageous young woman Meg grows into.
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today, Kristin. It’s been great getting to know you.
Thank you for being a part of the RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE blog tour.
About the Author
Kristin Bailey grew up in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California. As a kid she enjoyed visiting the beach, camping and skiing with her two brothers.
Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails.
In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.
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