How did you get into steampunk and to what detail did you create your world before starting to write?
My Mum is a tea–swilling ex–pat. I was raised on British children’s books (Tom’s Midnight Garden, The Borrowers, The Water-Babies, Wind in the Willows) and I spent many a youthful summer in Cevon, some months as a PA in London, and two years of graduate school in Nottingham. It was this, plus the fashion aesthetic, that first drew me to steampunk – the beauty of 19th century clothing but with a less rigid everyday feel.
I had the science of my world all figured out before I started writing.