Storm & Fury
A Storm and Fury Adventures Collection
by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin
Genre: Paranormal Historical Adventure, Steampunk
New Pittsburgh, 1898 – a crucible of invention and intrigue. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, the city is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the swarming streets, people of a hundred nations drudge to feed the engines of progress. The Department of Supernatural Investigation was set up to take care of those things that live below, that go bump in the night… those odd cases that go beyond ‘standard’ investigation. Nicknamed ‘Storm and Fury’, Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich are two of the more creative agents, working in New Pittsburgh and obeying the rules – when they have to.
A collection of short stories and novellas set in the world of the Iron & Blood novels and the related Storm and Fury Adventures.
Includes: Airship Down, Ruin Creek, Resurrection Day, The Hunt, Grave Voices, and Rogue. Plus two bonus stories: Ghost Wolf and a Steampunk fairy tale: The Patented Troll
Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wrote at age five was about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites.
Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack Cauldron/Secret Council series.
The Martins have three children, a Maltese, and a Golden Retriever.
Author Q&A with Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
A: We lived in Pittsburgh for ten years. There is so much history and so many buildings still in great condition from the Victorian era. We fell in love with the ‘steampunk’ and ‘paranormal alternate history’ genres and decided that we wanted to set a series in Pittsburgh in 1898, but with some changes to the real history.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
A: Right now, there’s a full novel (Iron & Blood) in this world, plus the short stories and novellas collected in Storm and Fury. We expect to have another novel (Spark of Destiny) out later in 2019.
Q: Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
A: Oddly enough, the novel Iron & Blood was the first in the series, and the characters in Storm and Fury are side characters in that book. Then we had the opportunity to write a number of short stories and novellas for anthologies, and that led to the bulk of the stories collected in Storm and Fury.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Storm and Fury?
A: Mitch Storm is a former Army sharpshooter who fought in the Rancher Wars out West, alongside his friend Jacob Drangosavich. After the conflict, Mitch and Jacob became agents with the secret Department of Supernatural Investigation, and it’s their job to look into paranormal incidents and handle problems. Mitch is handsome and smooth talking, and he’s got a flair for explosions and being somewhat reckless. Jacob blends in more, and he’s quiet, so he’s perfect for observing a crowd or gathering information. They make a great team, and they’ve always got each other’s backs!
Q: How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
A: We wanted to do a steampunk/paranormal alternative history story set in Pittsburgh at the heyday of American steam-powered manufacturing, a story that would use the history and locations of the city, and that would weave in a tension between new technology and old magic. The Victorians believed there was no problem science couldn’t solve, which makes for great inventions, but that can be at odds with supernatural creatures, paranormal threats and dark magic—and that’s where Mitch and Jacob come in!
Q: Where did you come up with the names in the story?
A: We got the idea of ‘Storm and Fury’ from the German phrase ‘Sturm und Drang’ which basically has the meaning ‘a whole lot of commotion’. So the characters are Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich for a play on words.
Q: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
A: It was really fun revisiting the locations and buildings in Pittsburgh that we knew well and reimagining them through the lens of what was there in 1898 and how things were different. We also used a lot of old maps that are now online to get the roads and bridges the way they were back then, which was extremely interesting. So much has changed, but an awful lot has stayed the same!
Q: Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
A: Mitch likes to jump in and get things done. He’s got a great head for strategy, but he gets twitchy and has trouble with patience. Jacob has plenty of patience, and he’s good at getting people to talk to him and underestimate him, or talk in front of him and not notice he’s there, so he’s terrific at gathering intel. They are best friends and work well together!
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