Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.
Dawn Vogel’s academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-edits Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She is a member of Broad Universe, SFWA, and Codex Writers. Her steampunk series, Brass and Glass, is being published by Razorgirl Press. She lives in Seattle with her husband, author Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats. Visit her at http://historythatneverwas.com or on Twitter @historyneverwas.
Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?
Dawn: A cat. Naps all day, and people give me love and food when I’m not napping. That sounds pretty excellent.
Wolf: It does indeed. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?
Dawn: Some might argue that it’s letting them survive situations that appear to be certain death. There’s a scene in the manuscript for Brass and Glass 3 where one character escapes an extremely dangerous situation with just a mild concussion and another character escapes basically unscathed. A crueler writer would likely have killed one and maimed the other.
Wolf: I suppose that can seem nice from the right point of view. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?
Dawn: In Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering, Captain Svetlana Tereshchenko has to go to a party in order to get some information. It’s a very elegant party, and very much not her speed. So her crew dolls her up in a borrowed dress that necessitates a corset as an undergarment AND a corset as a fashion accessory, pins a very tiny hat to her hair, and sends her in on her own. Basically, any time someone gets to dress Svetlana for an event, she regrets this option immediately.
Wolf: Eek. I’d regret that too. Corsets are torture. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?
Dawn: Definitely a cat person. I’m not fond of dogs of either extreme (very small or very large), but I have found virtually no cats that I can’t come to terms with.
Wolf: Hope you’re okay with wolves. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Dawn: I’ve wanted telekinesis since I was a kid. As I’ve gotten older, it seems even cooler. That way, when I go into a room and forget what I wanted, and then remember what it was as soon as I sit down, I could just bring the thing to me!
Wolf: Wish I could do that. Of course, remembering what you want is the hard part. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Dawn: Because I write a lot of short fiction, I’ve written a whole lot of characters, so picking one of those is nearly impossible. If we’re limiting it just to the characters in my novel series, Brass and Glass, my favorite is Indigo, the ship’s mechanic. He’s a teenage boy who was raised at the fringes of the “civilized” world, so he’s got some unusual speech patterns and other quirks. So writing him is always a bit of a challenge but also a delight, as he sees aspects of the world through a very different lens than his fellow crewmembers.
Wolf: Sounds like an interesting fellow. What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)
Dawn: I love the ocean, particularly the northern Pacific Ocean in the damp and dismal Pacific Northwest. I would much rather be on a cloudy gray beach than a sunny one. That being said, however, I really love water in just about any format. I feel more alive when I’m near or in the water.
Wolf: Interesting. I like the ocean as well, but am very much an east coast gal. What story are you working on now?
Dawn: At the moment, I’m working on three VERY different stories. I’ve got a sci-fi noir detective story, a space opera story, and a post-apocalyptic story with mechas and climate change that really is only barely spec fic when you peel away the trappings.
Wolf: Sounds like you’re very busy. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? (Assuming you have time.)
Dawn: Gaming, watching TV or movies, and crocheting. Normally crocheting happens while one of the other two is going on.
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