Like many of us in the Steampunk community, Steve’s first introduction to the genre and the aesthetic was Disney’s version of ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ by Jules Verne. He fell in love with the Nautilus (don’t we all). Then as an adult writer, Steampunk found him rather than the other way round.
Steve: “Up until three or four years ago I wasn't even really aware of it (Steampunk). I was writing a contemporary SF web serial for a director friend, Chris Payne, and we weren't too happy with it, so he said "How about making it steampunk?" because he'd been working on a steampunk feature script and wanted to put it in the same universe. So I said "OK" and wrote The Lazarus Machine script and that was the first story I wrote in the Voidships steampunk setting. But I've always loved history and science fiction so it's a match made in heaven for me.”
Do you have a local Steampunk community?
Steve: Yes, Cottonopolis Coglective, actually run by someone my daughter knew at school. But I've never attended an event, unfortunately my current lifestyle precludes much in the way of social interaction. There is a massive steampunk movement in the UK, and because the most populace areas are no more than a couple of hours apart we can get huge numbers to events. And do.
Do you plan to produce any Steampunk-inspired works in the coming year?
Well this year I'll be publishing 12 Steampunk books so I guess the answer is "yes". I just released the first one, which is the fourth in my Maliha Anderson series, I'm just wrapping up editing on the second Frozen Beauty novella, and almost finished writing the first of my Harriet Edgbaston series ("A girl's own steampunk adventure") which is out in March. A romance set during the Siege of Lucknow in April featuring a character from the Maliha Anderson books. The fifth Maliha Anderson book in May ... and so on.
In addition, I'm editing an Anthology of steampunk stories by various writers (some known as steampunk authors and some new to it) due out in October. What's interesting is that all these stories will also be set in the same Voidships universe as my work.
And I have a comic book version of The Lazarus Machine being worked on, the first issue will hopefully be out this year as well. As mentioned The Lazarus Machine was originally written as a web serial (serial = fixed length story) and I really want to have that made at some point. Plus I also have a feature film script with a xeno-botanist as the protagonist (she beats the bad guy with plant knowledge), and that too is set in the same universe. Ultimately I want that made too.
So, as you can see, Steve is making a large contribution to the Steampunk literary genre. If you interested in seeing Steve in action:
Steve Turnbull on Amazon (geolink): http://viewauthor.at/SteveTurnbull
His website: http://steveturnbull.me
Voidships website: http://voidships.com