Season 2 Episode 49: Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene on Writing Steampunk

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

Photo Credit: Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

I just finished reading a riveting tale of an old lost Valentine and the shenanigans that ensue when it turns up. The intrepid, Fiona Finch, and her brother Steele – along with a helping “wing” from Quellie the duck, work to bring two long ago sweethearts back together.  This story is a Steampunk Novelette. Steampunk is a new word for me and the first time I have encountered Steampunk literature.  I want to know more about this form of writing

Today, I am connecting across the miles to meet up with my blogger friend, Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, the writer who gave us ,“Fiona Finch and the Pink Valentine: A Steampunk Novelette.” 

Be prepared for an exciting adventure – Teagan is taking us back into time. But first put the kettle on and add your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia.

I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Thank you for joining Teagan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to you, Teagan – I enjoy our conversations and following your remarkable blog.

News Update: Hullaba Lulu – a Diesel-punk Adventure is ready to launch!

Photo Credit: Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure is finally at the dieselpunk train station.  Teagan has given us another brilliant escapade. We are embarking on a wild and woolly 1920s fantasy story. I am looking forward to meeting Lulu and tagging alone on her adventure.

Photo Credit: Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Listeners,  I invite your to meet up with Teagan at  https://teagansbooks.com/ You are only an internet click away from being swept away on a daring adventure.

Teagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13707141.Teagan_Geneviene

You can also visit Teagan at:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordai…
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangenev…
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-…
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangen…


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45 Comments Add yours

  1. Good morning, Rebecca. What a terrific beginning to my Tuesday! I enjoyed our chat enormously, and hope everyone will click over to the podcast and join the fun. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you so much for introducing me to Steampunk and Dieselpunk. I am looking forward to meeting Lulu and her two pals. We are on a grand adventure, Teagan! And adventures are the best when shared with kindred spirits. So glad that we connected. And to quote Quellie, “Quack, quack, quack-quack quack! Quack!!!

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      1. LOL, I never dreamed that Quellie would be quoted. She’s a wise duck. 😀

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      2. Clanmother says:

        She is indeed, a fount of wisdom!

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  2. olganm says:

    It’s great to see (and hear) Teagan talking about her writing and about steampunk. I love her blog and her books and it’s a treat to hear her interviewed. And thanks for sharing a great review as well. ♥

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Teagan has a fabulous voice, doesn’t she? I am delighted that you listened in and am so pleased for your visit and comments. I am very interested in your amazing community of writers. You support and encourage each other. It is indeed heartening!! Have a wonderful day – looking forward to our ongoing dialogue.

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    2. Thanks so much, Olga. Your support means the world to me. Hugs on the wing.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    It’s always a pleasure to hear Teagan’s voice. I love this topic. I learned about the various ‘punks’ by following Teagan’s blog. It was fun to hear her describe these.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Teagan is a wonderful guide through Steampunk and Dieselpunk – and I heard there are more punks still out there to be discovered. Dan – I’m with you. I had never heard of this form of literature – exciting, adventures, and brilliant technology. Teagan has a marvelous way of welcoming us all. Heading over to board the Delta Pearl!!! Are you coming with me?

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      1. Dan Antion says:

        I’ve been on board from the beginning. I wouldn’t miss it 🙂

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      2. Clanmother says:

        🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉

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    2. You’re so kind, Dan. Thanks for taking time from a busy day to visit. Hugs on the wing.

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  4. I also loved Fiona Finch and the Pink Valentine. Great to see Teagan featured here.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you listened in Roberta! I had never heard about Steampunk or Dieselpunk before I met up with Teagan who is a brilliant guide through this form of literature. I truly enjoyed this podcast conversation. I confess I’m a non-fiction reader, but now I realize that I have been missing out so I’m back to the wonderful world of fiction. I am also fascinated by the amazing community of writers who support and encourage each other. So glad we connected. Looking forward to our ongoing conversation.

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      1. I have always loved fiction and I admire Teagan’s marvelous imagination. I must admit, I also didn’t really know what streampunk or dieselpunk was.

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    2. Thanks so much for taking time to visit here, Robbie. I’m looking forward to being at Robbie’s Inspiration. I’m delighted that you enjoyed Fiona, and still grateful for your review. Hugs on the wing.

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  5. Darlene says:

    A great interview with Teagan! Thanks for clarifying Steampunk for me. I too loved Fiona Finch and the Pink Valentine. Hugs on the wing back.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I love that saying “Hugs on the wing”. Thank you, Darlene, for stopping by and listening in! Fiona and Quellie were a dynamic force throughout the adventure. I especially appreciated the sense of belonging and of working together that came through the storyline. I am delighted that we have connected – I enjoy following your blog, was you “created for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers, friends and friends I haven’t met yet.” I look forward to our ongoing dialogue.

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      1. Darlene says:

        Thanks for following my blog. I have been enjoying your podcasts and have suggested them to others.

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    2. Darlene, that really means a lot to me. I’m tickled pink that you liked it. Hugs on the wing!

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  6. Mary Jo Malo says:

    I always wondered about this genre, ever since my granddaughter was interested in it. Now I know thanks to your wonderful conversation with Teagan! Sounds like a delightful place for an introduction…so thanks again for sharing new adventures in reading. There’s always something new around the corner, and listening to writers’ share their experience is encouraging for sure. It seems to be a thing lately for writers to share how they discard, then pick up, works and find new life in them. This is certainly true for my own work. I need to share this podcast with family!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you, Mary Jo for listening in and for your insightful comments. I agree wholeheartedly – listening to writers share their experiences are encouraging to me too. I have found that readers place a great deal of trust in writers to lead them through the twists, turns and disruptions that come within the storyline until they come to a final redemption. This does not mean there is always a happy ending. Even when the outcome is not what is expected, readers recognize and appreciate the writer’s message. Connecting within the writing community has been an extraordinary experience for me. Many thanks come along with the hugs that I’m sending your way.

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    2. Hi Mary Jo, I’m delighted to meet you. I’m tickled pink that you took time to visit and that you enjoyed it. Writers do seem to face many of the same challenges (to writing), no matter how different their backgrounds or their current situations. Wishing you well. Hugs on the wing!

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      1. Mary Jo Malo says:

        Wishing you well, as well 🙂 And hugs on the wing!

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  7. That was so fun, Rebecca and Teagan. I’ve been a follower of Teagan’s for years, and it was delightful to hear her voice. Lol. I’m also a huge fan of her books as well as her amazing imagination. I can see now how the three “things” contribute to the stories and create opportunities for her imagination to flourish. Congrats to you both on the entertaining podcast! You make it look easy. ❤

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you listened in, Diana. One of the reasons that I started blogging and more recently podcasting, is to explore and discover how communication will evolve giving emerging technologies, including AI. While there are many studies in this area of research, I wanted to experience, first hand, the transition. The story of humanity is one of belonging and community. How do we foster genuine conversations in a virtual setting? Hearing a person’s voice, listening to a story – these are the things that come down to us from ancient times. We still enjoy sitting around a campfire listening to stories. By I digress… Looking forward to our ongoing conversation.

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      1. Beautifully expressed, Rebecca.

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    2. Thanks so much for visiting, Diana — and for taking time to listen and so become part of the conversation. Your support truly means a lot to me. Hugs on the wing!

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  8. Resa says:

    That was great, guys! I really enjoyed the interesting chat, not just about Fiona Finch & the Pink valentine, but about Teagan’s development into becoming a writer. Also how she came up with her readers presenting random items to work onto her serials, Steampunk and her new Diesel Punk book, Hullaba Lulu.
    I wish Teagan all the best with the book launch.
    Rebecca, thank you for this podcast.
    I’ll go water my wings, now!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so glad that you listened in, Resa. And the serendipity of your post on Fiona Finch & The Pink Valentine the day before the podcast went into the universe was unbelievable. We may be separated by miles, but we were reading the same book and then blogging about it. Teagan’s ability to write a storyline within a community structure is a testament to the creative spirit. She entices us with an adventure; in so doing she strengthens our courage and resilience. May our wings continue to grow!! Hugs and more hugs.

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      1. Resa says:

        {{{HUGS}}}
        There should be an emoji for Hugs on the Wing!

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      2. Clanmother says:

        What a great idea!

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      3. Resa says:

        I know, right!

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    2. Dear Resa, I’m so glad you joined us for the podcast. Heartfelt thanks for your kind words. Hugs on the wing!

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      1. Resa says:

        It was a lot of fun!
        {{{hugs}}}
        When you get some time (I know how busy you are, check out my review! https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/2020/09/26/fiona-finch-the-pink-valentine/

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    3. I vote for a hugs on the wing emoji! Until then, maybe something like this…? Although with my luck that actually already means something awful. LOL

      Looks kind of like wings and the ampersand wraps around like a hug…

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      1. Oh… what I typed didn’t show up… maybe it really did already mean something bad! o_O

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  9. Trust Tea, Toast, and Trivia to get me to stop and pay attention to steampunk! Thank to Rebecca and Teagan for a fun and informative interview. Wild, Wild West was steampunk? Who knew?! I loved that show.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Wild, Wild West is iconic – loved it!! Every time I watch it, I find more gadgets to fascinate me. I had no idea about steampunk until I met Teagan. I read a blogger book review on “Speak Flapper” and another one on “Fiona Finch and The Pink Valentine: A Steampunk Novelette.” (Those blogger book reviews are amazing for introducing me brilliant authors – one of them being you, Liz) I am now reading “Hullaba Lulu, A Diesel Punk Adventure.” Teagan has an amazing way of taking readers into a world of fantasy that seems so familiar (like the Jazz age) but so very much different. Lulu loves to dance, so I plan to danced along with her.

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      1. I had read about a NH steampunk festival that is held once a year on Mount Washington. The group rides the cog railway to the top of the mountain to pay hommage to the railway’s roots in the Industrial Revolution. There is a chaper devoted to the steampunk festival and the cog railway in Dan Szczesny’s book The White Mountain: Rediscovering Mount Washington’s hidden culture.

        I’m planning to check out Hullaba Lulu once I’ve finished with some reading commitments.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        I found other books by Dan Szczesny but not The White Mountain, which is recorded in Goodreads but not on Amazon. I will continue to look – sounds very interesting.

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      3. I bought it at a local bookstore, now that you mention it. If you’re interested, you can get it from the publisher: https://www.hobblebush.com/product-page/the-white-mountain.

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      4. Clanmother says:

        Thank you for the link, Liz. I have enjoyed viewing the Hobble Bush website which is full of interesting books and writers. What an extraordinary publishing company.

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