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Gail Carriger

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Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy in three series: two adult, the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol, and one YA, the Finishing School. Her books are published in over a dozen different language. She has twelve NYT bestsellers via five different lists (including #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the ALA (for her debut Soulless) and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of tea.
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“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day."

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)”
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“How ghastly for her, people actually thinking, with their brains, and right next door. Oh, the travesty of it all.”
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“A vampire, like a lady, never reveals his true age.”
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“Cats were not, in her experience, an animal with much soul. Prosaic, practical little creatures as a general rule. It would suit her very well to be thought catlike.”
Gail Carriger, Soulless
tags: cats

“Madame Lefoux accepted a cup of tea and sat on another little settee, next to the relocated calico cat. The cat clearly believed Madame Lefoux was there to provide chin scratches. Madame Lefoux provided.”
Gail Carriger, Changeless
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“My dearest girl,' said the vampire finally, examining Lord Maccon with an exhausted but appreciative eye, 'such a banquet. Never been one to favor werewolves myself, but he is very well equipped, now, is he not?'

Miss Tarabotti gave him an arch look. 'My goodies,' she warned.

Humans,' chuckled the vampire, 'so possessive.”
Gail Carriger, Soulless

“Alexia figured, delightedly, that this meant he did, in fact, tend to traipse around his private apartments in the altogether. Marriage was becoming more and more of an attractive prospect.”
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Heather Hey, Gail! Soulless is now one of my all-time favorite books -- it's just brilliant, and so much fun.

I was wondering if you were at all inspired by the Doctor Who episode, "Tooth and Claw," which featured Queen Victoria (in a setting that was a bit steampunk-ish) and a werewolf. It also alluded to the fact that the presence of the werewolf is why Victorian England had become an alternate steampunk version of itself. I saw it and thought immediatey of Soulless...


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Gail Carriger Hi, thanks for the compliment! I have seen that Dr. Who episode but it was after I'd written the book. Was very fun to kind of see what I'd been thinking on screen, though.
Hope you like the next book as much,
~ Gail

Heather wrote: "Hey, Gail! Soulless is now one of my all-time favorite books -- it's just brilliant, and so much fun.

I was wondering if you were at all inspired by the Doctor Who episode, "Tooth and Claw," which..."





 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) Thanks for accepting my friendship request. And thanks for writing Soulless. It's such a great idea. Can't wait to read it.


Alycia Thank you so much for accepting my friend request, Gail! I have really enjoyed reading "Soulless" and am suffering from withdrawal already, but I cannot wait to remedy this by reading "Changeless" and others. Your series is such a fresh approach to the world of fiction, thank you. I'm also so glad to meet a fellow Austen fan :)


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Gail Carriger Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friendship request. And thanks for writing Soulless. It's such a great idea. Can't wait to read it."
My pleasure! I'm so glad you enjoyed the concept.



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Gail Carriger My pleasure Alycia. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, hope the next ones meet expectations.

Alycia wrote: "Thank you so much for accepting my friend request, Gail! I have really enjoyed reading "Soulless" and am suffering from withdrawal already, but I cannot wait to remedy this by reading "Changeless" ..."




Stacie  M. Ritchie Hey there! I am posting to say I just finished your book and it was great! I picked it up in November because it sounded like something along the lines of what I was writing for Nanowrimo this year. I am borrowing some of you reference list to add to my Victorian library for reference. A great read, I can't wait for the next one.

PS: Have you ever read the Amelia Peabody books? They are a great stories in Victorian Egypt.

Thanks again for the ideas toward some other research books!


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Gail Carriger Hi Stacie, thanks for the note! I'm glad you liked the book. I listened to the first Amelia Peabody of audio tape when it came out. I think I was about 10 years old. I enjoyed it, but I'm not a big mystery fan so I never listened to or read any of the others. Speaking of reference works both the Amelia author and I use similar source materiel: Amelia B. Edwards A Thousand Miles up the Nile, I highly recommend it if you are writing in this time period. I hope Nanowrimo went well for you. And do let me know if you have any other good reference books, I'm always on the look out.
All the best,
Gail

Stacie wrote: "Hey there! I am posting to say I just finished your book and it was great! I picked it up in November because it sounded like something along the lines of what I was writing for Nanowrimo this year..."




Marisa Gail-
Just had to say that I've found that crossing into the new year seems (in my mind) to somehow mean that I am infinitely closer to reading Changeless than I was on, say, December 30th. Can't wait!
-Marisa


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Gail Carriger That is sweet!

Marisa wrote: "Gail-
Just had to say that I've found that crossing into the new year seems (in my mind) to somehow mean that I am infinitely closer to reading Changeless than I was on, say, December 30th. Can't..."





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Ali Bottorff I found Soulless when I actually for once read the Goodreads monthly news letter and it was featured. Since then I have successfully read it at least three times, recommended it to a customer at work who then bought it, and got two friends to buy it, one of who is planning on getting it for a friend for her birthday. I absolutely love it and have requested Changeless at work so I make sure I get it the day it comes out. I just wanted to say thank you for writing such a wonderful book that makes me laugh even when that would not seem possible.


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Gail Carriger Ali (Dox) wrote: "I found Soulless when I actually for once read the Goodreads monthly news letter and it was featured. Since then I have successfully read it at least three times, recommended it to ..."

Thanks Ali for saying such nice things. All I want if for my book to make people laugh so if it has done that for you, I've succeeded! Hooray!


message 13: by Alycia

Alycia I hope you feel better soon Gail!


message 14: by Bry

Bry Just started Changless today and am loving it so far! Can't wait to hear your talk and get my books signed when you come to Houston!


message 15: by Issam

Issam Went to 2 bookstores yesterday, neither of them had "Changeless"! I'm so sad, it looks like Canada's shipment got delayed! They're supposed to give me a call once it comes in. I'm really looking forward to it!


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Gail Carriger Alycia wrote: "I hope you feel better soon Gail!"

Thank you! I'm all better now.


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Gail Carriger Issam wrote: "Went to 2 bookstores yesterday, neither of them had "Changeless"! I'm so sad, it looks like Canada's shipment got delayed! They're supposed to give me a call once it comes in. I'm really looking fo..."

I hope it comes in soon for you!


message 18: by Gail

Gail Carriger Bry wrote: "Just started Changless today and am loving it so far! Can't wait to hear your talk and get my books signed when you come to Houston!"

I shall do my very best to entertain!


message 19: by Alice (last edited Apr 06, 2010 10:35AM)

Alice Just finished Changeless and I couldn't be more enthralled. I cannot wait for Blameless to come out. In the meanwhile I will just have to recommend you to all my friends!


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Gail Carriger Alice wrote: "Just finished Changeless and I couldn't be more enthralled. I cannot wait for Blameless to come out. In the meanwhile I will just have to recommend you to all my friends who read!"

Thank you! I hope you find Blameless equally engrossing.


Catrina My goodness, Ms. Carriger, I honestly thought I would swoon when I read the end of Changeless! I loved the book but do not do well with cliffhangers... When does Blameless come out again? All kidding aside, I just wanted to say I love your books! They are the first books that have made me actually laugh out loud, and though I get some strange looks, I couldn't enjoy them more! Keep up the good work!


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Gail Carriger Catrina wrote: "My goodness, Ms. Carriger, I honestly thought I would swoon when I read the end of Changeless! I loved the book but do not do well with cliffhangers... When does Blameless come out again? All kidd..."

Thank you. Yeah, sorry about that cliffhanger, needs must (as Alexia might say). Blameless is due out in September, so on the bright side you don't have a whole year to wait.


Stacie  M. Ritchie Another great book, Madame Author! Writing Steampunk paranormal is proving to be interesting. Now I have to figure out how to create a Steampunk outfit. Maybe parasols and Scotties will be involved. I am eagerly awaiting September! Congrats on the New York Times Bestseller list.


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Bry Just finished Changeless and am now dying to read Blameless! Can't wait to attend your signing in Houston this weekend!


message 25: by Gail

Gail Carriger Stacie wrote: "Another great book, Madame Author! Writing Steampunk paranormal is proving to be interesting. Now I have to figure out how to create a Steampunk outfit. Maybe parasols and Scotties will be invol..."

Thank you so much!


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Gail Carriger Bry wrote: "Just finished Changeless and am now dying to read Blameless! Can't wait to attend your signing in Houston this weekend!"
Thanks, I look forward to meeting you there. I think it's going to be fun!


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Ashley S. Thank you for adding me


message 28: by April (last edited Sep 07, 2010 10:50PM)

April Gail
I read Souless on a recommendation from other Goodreads friends and loved it! I am almost done with Changeless and find it even more wonderful, many witty moments that had me giggling!
Looking forward to Blameless!
Thanks for your enjoyable books!
Have to add, I just finished Changeless and OH the cliffhanger!! I could not believe it!!! I am starting Blameless right away. I hope this is resolved, I love these two Together! Wonderful story.


message 29: by Gail

Gail Carriger April wrote: "Gail
I read Souless on a recommendation from other Goodreads friends and loved it! I am almost done with Changeless and find it even more wonderful, many witty moments that had me giggling!
Loo..."


My pleasure April. Delighted you enjoyed the book and that it made you giggle.


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April Gail wrote: "April wrote: "Gail
I read Souless on a recommendation from other Goodreads friends and loved it! I am almost done with Changeless and find it even more wonderful, many witty moments that had me gi..."


Gail,
I am looking forward to meeting you at the Book signing in Redmond, Wa. Thanks for wonderful stories!


message 31: by April

April Gail
I really enjoyed meeting you at the book signing in Redmond. I am looking forward to Heartless!

Thanks for the reading and the answers to the many questions.

Take Care!


message 32: by Gail

Gail Carriger April wrote: "Gail
I really enjoyed meeting you at the book signing in Redmond. I am looking forward to Heartless!

Thanks for the reading and the answers to the many questions.

Take Care!"


Nice to meet you in person.


Stacie  M. Ritchie Currently reading Blameless. I will listen to the audio of Souless when I finish the book. Which means next week sometime. Very entertaining so far!


message 34: by Melyssa (last edited Nov 15, 2010 09:48PM)

Melyssa I just recieved my parasol from lace-parasol.com in the mail today! So, so happy with it! Thanks for recommending them! :D

Oh, and do you think you'll be making an apperance in or about Salt Lake City anytime soon? We would love you to come!


message 35: by Gail

Gail Carriger Melyssa wrote: "I just recieved my parasol from lace-parasol.com in the mail today! So, so happy with it! Thanks for recommending them! :D

Oh, and do you think you'll be making an apperance in or about Salt La..."


I'm so glad! Currently no plans to visit Salt Lake, I'm afraid. Although I may be in Reno for WorldCOn, which is "almost" the right neck of the woods.


message 36: by Pamela

Pamela hey Gail...thanks for accepting my friend request.


Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) you're #1 on goodread's Listopia list of Best Steampunk novels! 2 in the top 10 and all three in the top 20!
Well done & well deserved.


message 38: by Sangr1a

Sangr1a Thanks for your friendship, Gail! :)
Totally love your profile pic!!


message 39: by Crystal

Crystal Sloan I just got my copy of Heartless in the mail today! I am sooo excited to read it!


message 40: by April

April Gail
Just finished Heartless, AWESOME! Wonderfully done! Can't wait to see what comes next!


message 41: by Gail

Gail Carriger April wrote: "Gail
Just finished Heartless, AWESOME! Wonderfully done! Can't wait to see what comes next!"


thank you!


Tegan Mae So I'm a little behind on the times (I graduated college this year, so it was too busy for fun reading :( boo), I just finished Changeless, but I absolutely loved it! I can't wait to see what happens next! :)


Shayantani Das Thank you for accepting my request Gail, I love your books :)


message 44: by Kat

Kat Thanks so much for adding me! I love your books and am addicted to your blog. I look forward to meeting you at a book signing one day. :-)


Stephanie Your book (Soulless) has been staring me in the face every day at work (I work at the local Book Shop) and every day I've said, "okay... *this* is my next book". But like any good bookseller, I'm easily distracted by all the "shiny" things in my store. Well, the time has come... I bought Soulless and haven't been able to put it down. So I stocked up for the weekend and bought Changeless, Blameless, and Heartless. Bring on the rainy weekend!

By the way, you are AMAZING. And so is Alexia. I adore her.

Keep up the INCREDIBLE work, and I will most definitely keep reading!



message 46: by Gail

Gail Carriger Stephanie wrote: "Your book (Soulless) has been staring me in the face every day at work (I work at the local Book Shop) and every day I've said, "okay... *this* is my next book". But like any good bookseller, I'm e..."

Thank you, thank you. I'm delighted you enjoyed it so much!


message 47: by Kristin

Kristin Thank for adding me as a friend. I am a big fan of your books - they are perfect on a rainy day with a mug of tea. Can't wait for the next series and hope you have a book signing in Fort Collins, CO sometime soon.


message 48: by Gail

Gail Carriger Pleasure is all mine!
Kristin wrote: "Thank for adding me as a friend. I am a big fan of your books - they are perfect on a rainy day with a mug of tea. Can't wait for the next series and hope you have a book signing in Fort Collins, C..."


message 49: by Justina

Justina Greetings Gail and thank you for the add! I'm having a wonderful time just devouring your series. On to book four this morning!
Enjoy your day.
-Justina


message 50: by Gail

Gail Carriger Hi Justina, delighted you are enjoying them. ~ Gail


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