Tell us about your inspiration for writing
The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel.
The very rst time I learned what "steampunk" was,I was fascinated and knew I would someday write abook in that genre. It was just a matter of getting the rightstory. And so I just let it perk for a while, because there's onething I've learned after writing more than twenty books: whenthe story's ready to be told, it'll come to me. I've always been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. I readmost of the stories when I was in middle and high school, andwhen I learned a movie was being made with Robert Downey, Jr., as Sherlock, I was over the moon. I adored that movie(the second one, not quite as much but I will totally go seethe third!), and seeing it got me to thinking about Sherlockin a steampunk world. In fact, I had several discussions withpeople about whether that movie is steampunk (it's not), butthat got the juices owing and reminded me what a fantasticcharacter Sherlock Holmes is. I loved RDJ's portrayal of himtoo. He nailed it. (And so has Benedict Cumberbatch, in theBBC's
.) With this on my mind, one day I thought: what wouldSherlock Holmes's daughter be like? Then I immediatelyerased that thought. Sherlock Holmes would never, ever havea daughter.
THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB: Q+A WITH COLLEEN GLEASON