Everyone, please welcome today’s guest author Jenny Schwartz, coming to us live…well, okay, by televised delay (or the Internet equivalent)…from Australia!
Fremantle, Australia’s main Indian Ocean port with its endless western horizon, is the setting for “Wanted: One Scoundrel” (one of four novellas in the Steampunk anthology, “A Clockwork Christmas“). It’s also the city where I went to high school, and down the road, studied Australian social history at university.
Freo (as the locals call it) is heaven for history buffs. Its limestone buildings hark back to the very earliest days of the Swan River Colony (the original name for what is now the State of Western Australia). Where else can you find an octagonal prison with a whaling tunnel underneath? Where else but Freo would an octagonal prison be called a Round House?
When Natalie offered me the chance to guest blog at Everybody Needs a Little Romance (huge thanks!) I thought of blogging about the Fremantle Arts Centre, which started life as a lunatic asylum, briefly housed the US Navy during WWII, and now embraces creative types of all kinds.
The building is a great example of colonial gothic architecture.
Despite the many ghost stories involving the old lunatic asylum, these days the only thing trying to escape its walls is the glorious garden.
The old lunatic asylum isn’t actually part of “Wanted: One Scoundrel”, but being able to walk down Fremantle’s historic streets and enjoy its buildings is definitely inspiring.
Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband’s love. A man learns that love isn’t always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.
Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail
This Winter Heart by PG Forte
Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz
Far From Broken by JK Coi
Stories also available for purchase separately on the release date December 5, 2011. Available for preorder at Amazon now.
Note: Jenny lives in Australia, so she’ll likely won’t be responding to comments until evening Eastern U.S. time. 🙂