Thank you so much to author E.K. Johnston for stopping by my blog to share her thoughts about her new book! That Inevitable Victorian Thing was released on October 3. And don’t forget to enter to win a copy at the bottom of the post!

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history. The imperial tradition of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage. But before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer of freedom and privacy in a far corner of empire. Posing as a commoner in Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an extraordinary bond and maybe a one-in-a-million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process.

Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a surprising, romantic, and thought-provoking story of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

E. K. Johnston is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several YA novels, including the L.A. Time Book Prize finalist The Story of Owen and Star Wars: Ahsoka. Her novel A Thousand Nights was shortlisted for The Governor General’s Award. The New York Times called The Story of Owen “a clever first step in the career of a novelist who, like her troubadour heroine, has many more songs to sing” and in its review of Exit, Pursued by a Bear, The Globe & Mail called Johnston “the Meryl Streep of YA,” with “limitless range.” E. K. Johnston lives in Stratford, Ontario. Follow her on Twitter at @ek_johnston.

1) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
This is actually a hard question for me right now! For a long time, writing and reading were my escapes, and now that they’re my job, I am in search of another hobby. I love traveling (both at home with family and abroad in places like Iceland, Scotland, and New Zealand), and I love backing (not the best hobby when you live alone!), and I’m hoping that soon I’ll discover something else I can do for fun.

2) Which scene in That Inevitable Victorian Thing was the most fun to write?
Oh gosh. So, I had visualized a lot of how I wanted this book to go before I wrote it down (which is normal for me), and there was one scene that I was just SUPER PUMPED for. During the debut ball, Elizabeth arranges the dance order in such a way that Margaret (who is in disguise) will be able to dance with her father without raising suspicion. This means that the dance AFTER that one should be Helena and the Prince Consort, and Helena figures it out a few minutes before the music starts. Her nerves are my nerves before every social event, and then Margaret gets to save the day, and that’s kind of their meet-cute.

3) What was the most random thing you found yourself researching for this story?
This is going to sound weird, but I don’t remember? Like, most of it was stuff I already knew, and also I did the bulk of the world-building in 2013.

4) What are some of your favorite books you’ve read so far this year?
The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas), The Queens of Innis Lear (Tessa Gratton), Triple Threat (Gwenda Bond).

5) Who would be in your dream movie cast for your book?
I have no idea. I am not familiar enough with actors to know who would match Margaret’s or August’s phenotype, and it is vitally important to the plot. Obviously it would be great to cast an intersex actress for Helena. The one exception is Edmund Claremont, of course, who has been Richard Armitage since before I knew his name. Oh, and I’d love if Alan Doyle played the singer at the Callaghan party.

6) If you could live in any time period, which would you pick?
Now. The past was an ugly place and I try to avoid romanticizing it. With VICTORIANS, I was trying to show how it could have been without erasing how it was. We haven’t come nearly far enough as human beings, but I refuse to go backwards. Also I like vaccines, the vote, and indoor plumbing.

7) Any advice to beginning authors?
Keep writing. Keep reading. Try to have a hobby that involves leaving the house. Marry an accountant. Finish your shit.

Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on your new book!

Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of That Inevitable Victorian Thing E.K. Johnston. (ARV: $17.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on October 2, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 23, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 25, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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6 comments on “That Inevitable Victorian Thing Blog Tour: Author Q&A”

  1. Thanks for the interview today. My favorite question was the time period one–I also wouldn’t want to go back when their was no electricity, indoor plumbing, or vaccines.

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