The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl
(The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl #2)
by Leigh Statham
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.
This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.
Other Books in the Series
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I could, but then I’d have to kill you.
Hobbies, pets, fun facts?
I love to be outside. I wish I could live outside, but then I wouldn’t have anywhere to keep my chocolate. Pets? I have way too many. Chickens, cats, dog, bird and children. Fun Fact: I once worked as a thirty foot inflatable pig.
Tea or coffee?
Red bush tea, please. Hot or cold. I’ll take it however I can get it.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I loved writing the part of the book where Marguerite meets Otetiani for the first time. I can say with certainty that he will be making future appearances in this series, maybe even a series of his own.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?
The first book was based on the true story of teenage French girls immigrating to Canada alone. This book is based on the lives and customs of the Golden Age of Piracy. Fascinating stuff. Not quite what Hollywood would have you believe.
What inspired you to write this book?
All the amazing facts I came across while doing research. Like, did you know that pirate captains were largely picked for their literacy skills? They were responsible for keeping the books and making sure everyone got a fair share of the booty. No hooks needed.
Is there a particular author or book that influenced you in any way either as a child or an adult?
So. Many. Books. But if I had to pick one for this series, it would be Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan. If I can do for French Canada what Westerfield did for WWI, I’ll be a happy girl.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Read. Read. Read. And never stop writing. Worst thing I ever did was take a break from writing. You might need to take a break from a certain project, but always write. Be it a journal, a term paper, or a really bad poem, always write.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?
THANK YOU!! You make it all worthwhile! (Cue Buddy the Elf) I love you! I love you! I LOVE YOU!
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