Today I have the pleasure of being a part of The CLOCKWORK SCARAB Blog Tour. I am a big fan of Steam punk literature and this debut YA novel does not disappoint. The combination of Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker as a crime solving duo is absolutely entertaining and unique and once I began reading their story I could not stop.

So, it is a huge treat to Interview Coleen Gleason, author of The CLOCKWORK SCARAB on Tales of the Ravenous Reader today. Please stay and get to know this author and her new book. I promise that by the end you will want to read this novel ASAP and I will show you how that can happen.

Colleen Gleason is the author of the paranormal romance series The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, and the post-apocalyptic romance series The Regency Draculia. Set in steampunk Victorian London, this is her debut young adult novel. She lives in the Midwest.

RR:   What was your inspiration for Clockwork Scarab?
CG:  I had been writing historical urban fantasy (a female vampire hunter during the time of Jane Austen) for a while, and someone suggested I consider a steampunk setting. Fascinated by the suggestion (and wondering what the heck steampunk was), I did some research...and found myself captivated by the concept.
Immediately, I knew whatever I would write would be a YA novel--about young female characters pulled into some sort of adventure...and things began to evolve from there.
Mina and Evaline are each other’s opposites, but at the same time, they have many things in common. When Irene Adler pulls them together at a clandestine meeting at the British Museum to assist the British Crown in a delicate affair, the game is afoot!

RR: What was so appealing about writing a world set in this time and its Steampunk element? 
CG:  I love the idea of meshing a historical setting with odd/advanced technology, and I’ve always loved writing in a setting with alternate history--an environment in which I can play with fact. The idea of writing about a world we *think* we know, and then revealing little hints and clues about it so the reader gets that this isn’t *quite* the setting we thought it was is part of the fun for me.

RR: What made you write about Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker? 
CG:  One of the tenets of steampunk is the melding of literary and fictional characters with historical characters in an alternate world, and I started thinking about who my main characters would be. I’d always felt we were missing a female equivalent of Sherlock Holmes, especially in the YA world, and almost instantly decided to write about his niece--Mina. And who would be a better foil than a brash, headstrong superhero type of young woman than a descendant of my vampire-hunting Victoria Gardella.

When I learned Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker had been friends, I decided to connect my vampire-hunting Gardella family to the author of the most famous vampire novel, and voila! Evaline Stoker, vampire hunter and sister of Bram, was born.

RR: If Clockwork Scarab could be made into a movie who would you picture as Mina and Evaline?
CG:  OOOh! Fun question! I could see Emma Stone as Evaline. She’s such a badass. But I could also see Emma Watson as Evaline...which would be quite a departure from the brainy, pedantic Hermione Granger!

As for Mina, I think I’d see someone like Lea Michelle (except she’d have to be taller).

RR:   Who has been your favorite character to write?
CG:  Pix was always a big surprise for me. Whenever he came on the scene, I wasn’t anymore certain what was going to happen or what his motivations were than Evaline or Mina. That makes him very fun--as well as a challenge!--to write.

RR:   Now that you’ve finished writing Clockwork Scarab, what are you currently working on?
CG:  The third Stoker & Holmes book, as well as the next installment in my Gardella Vampire Chronicles series.

RR:   What kind of research did you have to employ for writing Clockwork Scarab?
CG:  Since I was writing in an alternate world, I had a lot of leeway. However, I did want to incorporate quite a bit of historical accuracy and detail for this quasi-Victorian setting, so I did do research. In particular, I researched things like crime-solving techniques (what’s known as the Bertillon concept to identify perpetrators by measuring parts of their body and comparing it to clues left on-scene), as well as the political and cultural aspects of late Victorian London.

RR:   What is on your nightstand now? and what would you recommend for YA readers?
CG:  I’m currently reading the third book in the Gaslight Mystery series (set in Turn-of-the-Century New York City) by Victoria Thompson, as well as a non-fiction book about a group of scientists who (around the same time--late 1890s) tried to study psychic and supernatural phenomena. It’s fascinating.
I love Kady Cross’s Steampunk Series (The Girl in the Steel Corset, etc.) and also I think YA readers should consider some of the classics that have spawned so many of our current pop culture phenomena: Pride & Prejudice (or anything by Ms. Austen), Dracula, and of course the original Sherlock Holmes stories!

RR: What is the best way for readers to find you?
CG:  I hang out on Facebook a lot--my readers can always find me there: 
or on my website 
I do occasionally tweet at @colleengleason :-)
I also have a Tumblr site ( 
And I can be followed on Pinterest too! (


Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate. Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.


“Gleason’s writing is witty, humorous, tense, and beautifully Victorian.
—Kady Cross, author of The Girl in the Steel Corset

“Victorian-inspired girl-power at its finest. Daring young ladies born of famed literary legacies are beautifully written and artfully woven into a historical past with fascinating futuristic elements.”
—Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Magic Most Foul series

“Colleen Gleason manages to twine together steampunk, Holmesian mystery, Egyptian mythology, and even time travel into a seamless and fun read!”
—Leah Cypess, author of Nightspell

If the interview, praise and book trailer has not inspired you to read The Clockwork Scarab then check out this excerpt HERE

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