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The Department of Backstory
I met Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine through podcasting, and for various reasons, they're some of the coolest people ever.
Last year at Dragon*Con, they invited me to write a story for the companion podcast to their Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, which, if you haven't read it, is like a London-based steampunk version of the X-Files. The podcast, called Tales from the Archives, featured the cases of different ministry agents as told by authors from around the podcasting and writing circles.
I squeed. I came up with two characters and figured out what a steampunk Bakumatsu Japan would look like. Then I started writing. It was one of those fugue states where you hear birds chirping outside, then look up to find yourself sitting on the edge of your bed in your underwear, legs burned from the bottom of your overheated laptop, and for some reason you still have shoes on. I mean, you know that feel, right? That could just be me. Nevermind.
I turned in my story, which is titled The Incident of the Clockwork Mikoshi, simultaneously terrified and excited because, well, it was a long short story, almost 8k, and I wasn't sure it was short enough to be included. By the time Tee got back to me, I was sure it was too long and the steampunk tribute to the Shinsengumi, Shinto pantheon, and mobile suits had been overkill.
Then they offered me a spot in the anthology, pending a few revisions and the success of the kickstarter. And I was like, 'anthology means, like, published and stuff. Which means they liked it. They like-liked it.' And then I was like:
Ministry Protocol Cover Reveal!
The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels are a multi-award winning steampunk series, which tells the story of the government agency committed to keeping citizens safe from the strange, the unusual, and the bizarre.
In a very successful Kickstarter in July, the Ministry Initiative was funded, allowing the creation of both a roleplaying game and a brand new anthology.
Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is a collection of short stories that will take readers across the Empire and all over the world, revealing new facets of familiar characters and introducing new agents, allies, and enemies from the Ministry’s colourful history.
The authors of this globe-spanning anthology include Delilah S. Dawson, Leanna Renee Hieber, Alex White, Jared Axelrod, Tiffany Trent, Peter Woodworth, Jack Mangan, JR Blackwell, Dan Rabarts, Lauren Harris, Karina Cooper, and Glenn Freund from The League of S.T.E.A.M.
And one of the Ministry’s creators, Tee Morris, presents the origin story of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences itself.
Look for the ebook coming in August, with signed print editions to follow.
Feast your eyes on the cover art from the Ministry renaissance man, Alex White, and spread the word about the anthology by entering the giveaway.
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