Feature Artist

Kristy Carey

October 5, 2016

“Dreams don’t die, we kill them.” 
- Gene Kelly

What started as a dream to one day own a bookstore, turned into the reality of owning her own design business and becoming an author. Kristy Carey is a jewelry designer and author from Spokane Valley, Washington. Carey is a huge believer in never letting go our dreams, never let go of hers, she simply allowed it to mature as she did. “The bookstore kept me going until I was at a place where I could allow it to mature into something achievable,” says Carey.

A simple necklace with a fake skeleton key was all it took to hook Carey onto the possibilities of steampunk jewelry. After doing some research into the culture, she started buying clock parts, watches, and other miscellaneous oddities.  Carey loved the freedom and openness that steampunk offers. “No set color schemes or time lines. It was supposed to be around the Victorian Era, but it never felt trapped there,” says Carey. If you close your eyes while wearing one of her pieces, you might find yourself transported to an opium den in another timeline.

Unfortunately, she’s starting to think that the essence of steampunk is being lost when it comes to jewelry. “I noticed people being insanely picky about what ‘Steampunk was.’ I felt it got shiny and new. I was told the ‘punk’ wasn’t really apart of the genre,” she comments. Perhaps that is why she has tried to expand her designs into other areas than simply steampunk. Her designs are a part of her. They represent her brand. Ideally people should be able to look at a piece she’s created and say, “Kristy made this.”

Taking the old and making it beautiful is the slogan of her company Vintage Fusion Jewels. A place where she fuses together vintage and modern designs.

Carey’s advice to others is simple.

Don’t let others define what you love. Look at a subculture and see if you can find what I call the center of it. What elements seem to show up, no matter where you look? Good. That’s the heart of the… Whatever. From there, it can be shaped and altered, but always keep that center.

Book Titles

  • The Wandering Wizard
  • Daughters of Davit

 

Steve Turnbull

August 29, 2016

“Writing is harder for writers than anyone else.”

Author Steve Turnbull’s creativity has taken many forms over the years. After watching a BBC TV adaptation of Cider with Rosie, which contained some nudity, hormone-driven, teenage Turnbull decided to read the book. He found it interesting, but not in the way he expected. “I was swept along by the beautiful prose and I discovered language could be so much more than just words on a page.”

This revelation changed his outlook on Engli...


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Patricia Loofbourrow

August 23, 2016

“If it's not fun for you, something's wrong.”

Author Patricia Loofbourrow, from Moore Oklahoma, United States, has been writing all of her life. Her interest in novel writing started in 2005 when she took part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). She joined Forward Motion for Writers and has been writing extensively ever sense.

Even though Loofbourrow has been freelance editing since 2000, she does work with other editors and proofreaders. Individuals who are able to meet the li...


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Q & A with Billy O'Shea

August 7, 2016

According to self-published author, Billy O’Shea from Denmark, and sometimes Ireland, Steampunk is “a feeling, an atmosphere, more than a set of rules.” Steampunk offers a world of possibilities in every aspect from individual creations to virtual reality. A place where technology is beautiful and exciting. His favourite Steampunk elements are the numerous gadgets, the artwork, and designs. He enjoy “the work of visual artist Vadim Voitekhovitch, the designer Dmitriy Tikhonenko and th...


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Anders Blixt

July 31, 2016

“One step at a time will take you there.”
- Anders Blixt

Swedish author, Anders Blixt, tends to write “stories that look at grim aspects of our time through a dieselpunk prism.” He explains:

Since the 1970s I have lived in five countries on three continents and I have seen much misery close up. A lot of people in less privileged parts of Earth still do not enjoy the four fundamental liberties that Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed already in early 1941: freedom from fear, freedom from w...


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Kara Jorgensen

July 17, 2016

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
- Oscar Wilde

Kara Jorgensen of New Jersey, USA has been writing for as long as she can remember. Like many authors she struggled with self-doubt about actually getting published. It wasn’t until a college professor mentored her that she realized being published wasn’t actually out of her reach. She has now self-published four stories. “All my life I had thought traditional publishing was the only way, but after ...


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W.K. Pomeroy

July 2, 2016

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
- Richard Bach

W.K. Pomeroy is a third generation author, who has published a combination of more than 60, stories, poems, and articles. At the age of five he wrote his first story, he had no idea that his Grandfather was an author and wasn’t really aware that his father wrote movie reviews and non-fiction books.

Before reading the works by the French author Jules Verne, Pomeroy had never heard the term steampunk. Like many stea...


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Why I love Steampunk

May 24, 2016
Wacky and wild.
  • Freedom to be creative. 
  • Nothing is impossible. 
  • Ingenuity. You can invent anything. It's handmade. It moves. It's taking the old and making it new. Taking the new and making it old.
  • Fashion. The corsets, the hats, the jackets...
  • Transportation. Who doesn't want to fly in a big airship or travel by train?
  • Combination of genres. Fantasy, science fiction, romance, adventure...
  • and on and on I could go


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