Gail answers bonus questions
Have you had the chance to watch/read Japanese Steampunk like “Steamboy”? what is your opinion on the way that the Japanese culture embraced Steampunk? I’ve seen Steamboy, which I found a little boring, and Howl’s Moving Castle, which was fantastic (and I also love the original book) but I am not a dedicated fan of Japanese pop culture like many I know, so I can’t comment from a place of education.
How much do you draw from folklore/mythology vs invent new takes on things like vampires? A lot but I try to look at the blood sucking/flashing eating and shape changing mythology of the place that the characters are from and visiting. Since it is different in different parts of the world. That’s part of the fun.