Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Gail Carriger


Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate and the urban fantasy San Andreas Shifters series, was able to chat with us briefly about the inspiration behind her popular series, gave a valuable piece of advice as a writer, and even shared a little bit about her experience with adapting a novel into a manga!

1. We’re so excited to have you at Phoenix Comic Fest! Is there anything you’re excited to see or do at PCF this year?
I’m really excited about the Friday evening Drinks with Creators. That is totally my cup of tea. Or should I say, glass of prosecco?


2. I saw that you are an ex-archaeologist. What made you decide to turn your attention to being an author?
I always wanted to be an archaeologist, writing was rather more like breathing, just something I did. A year after Soulless released, I realized I might actually have a career as a writer. I still haven’t recovered from the shock.


3. What was your inspiration for the Parasol Protectorate Series?
The simple fact is: this was what I wanted to read. I like steampunk but it tends to be a little too dark and riddled with technobabble for me. I enjoy urban fantasy but am not wild about a modern setting. So I thought I might just combine the two, and then shake it up with a jot of romance and a whole lot of comedy. Then I started thinking about what kind of world could accommodate all these different elements. I’m familiar with the Victorian era and I find it a rich source of amusement in and of itself. Those ridiculous fashions and that obsession with etiquette seem the perfect time period to drop in vampires (dictating such things) and werewolves (chaffing against them) not to mention steam technology. It seemed to me that what comedy I couldn’t supply with plot and character, an alternate Victorian London could provide simply by being itself.


4. Most of your works are set in the Parasolverse. For readers just discovering your work, does this mean it’s connected to your Parasol Protectorate Series? Should we read them in a certain order, if so?
Yes, the Parasol Protectorate series is the first in the Parasolverse. You can read them in any order you want. Jump in with a series. Start with YA. Or pick up one of the stand alone novellas. It’s kind of like Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar world, there are lots of jumping off points. If you want to read strictly in world chronological order, there is wikia listing for that.


5. I see you had a manga adaptation of the Parasol Protectorate Series! Can you share how the experience was developing your manga?
It was great! I love the manga and I loved working with Yen to bring them to life. I’m so lucky I got a graphic novel adaptation, so few authors do.


6. Do you think you’ll do another graphic novel adaptation of any of your other stand-alone or series?
I’m absolutely open to it. Would love to.


7. What kind of writing advice would you give your best friend?
Go get yourself training in how to run a small business.


8. Do you have any new or future projects that yon share with us today?
Well my latest stand alone novellas is basically my ode to Georgette Heyer, only with werewolves. I have a new Custard Protocol book out in July, Competence. There is a special Illustrated edition of Soulless coming out in September, and the plates would be really fun to color in - just saying. Finally, the next in my sexy San Andreas Shifter series, the Omega Objection, will be out in November.


9. Where can readers find you online? and most social media platforms.


10. Let’s end it on a fun note. If given the choice, would you be a vampire or a werewolf?
Neither. I’m one of those who wouldn’t opt for immortality, I find the idea of outliving all of my friends unbearable.

Thank you so much for taking some time to answer our questions, Gail! You can catch her at Phoenix Comic Fest, May 24-27th at the Phoenix Convention Center. Make sure to check out her books and where she will be at the event below!