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Kristin Bailey

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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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Kristin Bailey Ooh, I'd hate to give away spoilers. I will say this. Meg has grown up a lot by the third book in the series, and the prospect of marriage plays a sig…moreOoh, I'd hate to give away spoilers. I will say this. Meg has grown up a lot by the third book in the series, and the prospect of marriage plays a significant role in Meg's life. The problem is, she has worked so hard to become an Amusementist, and she doesn't want to jeopardize that. However, the world seems bent on ruining her reputation, and circumstance could force her into marriage if she's not careful.

It's important to remember that at this time, women had few legal rights, and marrying anyone would mean handing over her potential fortune and legal control of her affairs to her husband. That is not something Meg takes lightly anymore. I'll give Will credit, because he realized this social pressure in the first book and took it seriously.

He has become a man worthy of her affection as a respected man of means and rising member of the Foundry.

But.... Other elements might be at play, like the influence of her grandfather, should he ever be found, and the desires of another young man who sees the potential in Meg.

I will say this, Meg and Will make a very good team. That is especially true in SHADOW OF THE WAR MACHINE. I enjoy them as a couple, and as Will would say, "We'll see what the future holds."(less)
Kristin Bailey When I set out to write this trilogy I was thinking a lot about Harry Potter and how a lot of the fun of the books came from wishing we were all someh…moreWhen I set out to write this trilogy I was thinking a lot about Harry Potter and how a lot of the fun of the books came from wishing we were all somehow magical and just missed our owl.

That got me thinking and eventually I realized we are magical. There is very little we can't do as a species through the power of science and engineering. We can extend life, end pain, go to the moon, and speak with people thousands of miles away as if they were right next to us.

I may not have gotten my owl, but I could have been an engineer if I had wanted to, and therefore the power of magic is in me too. So, since I set myself on a writerly instead of a more inventorly path, I decided to make this book my ode to the magic of engineering.

I did my best to give each invention a real-world physicality to it. All the clockwork inventions are run by clockwork. They have to be wound through various mechanisms. I wanted them to feel like you could find old abandoned amusements hidden away, and bring them back to life in our world.

That said, it's a challenge to make old technology feel surprising and magical, so my rule of thumb was, "The Amusementists could invent anything. I am not one, so I don't know how they did it, but anything was within their power of invention." And from there I played. It does take a little stretch of the imagination to believe these inventions were all real, but that is what makes them magical for me.

As for how were all of these things maintained? There are three actually equal branches to the Amusementist Order, though the inventors make a big deal of themselves. The Foundry makes up the second branch, responsible for taking the ideas of the Amusementists and bringing them into physical reality. They are the makers. The final branch is The Guild, a sworn group of men and women devoted to the logistics of the Order. They are the doers. They facilitate communication, upkeep, transportation, and most importantly, keeping the secret. The Guild members are just as important as either of the other two branches, and I enjoyed writing two such members in detail in book three. John Frank is now one of my favorite characters, and Gabrielle amuses me, because at every turn she is so regal and thoroughly unamused.

I hope you enjoy reading about them too.(less)
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“He could sit in the dust and dark of the carriage house and rot for the rest of his life. Clearly that's what he wished to do. It was not my place to get in the way of so profound a destiny.”
Kristin Bailey, Legacy of the Clockwork Key

“sustenance for a thousand years. If I’d felt alone, his words could have called armies to battle by my side. His words filled my heart, and at the same time terrified me because they meant so much.”
Kristin Bailey, Shadow of the War Machine

“Wynn was born as all in your world are born. She is as she ever was, as she should be.”
Kristin Bailey, The Silver Gate

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“He could sit in the dust and dark of the carriage house and rot for the rest of his life. Clearly that's what he wished to do. It was not my place to get in the way of so profound a destiny.”
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