Welcome back to another Fake Geek Girls Like Us interview. Fake Geek Girls Like Us is a feature on +5 Charisma where I interview some awesome geeky and nerdy ladies out in the geek world. This month I get to chat with author, Rebecca Diem, about steampunk, books and Halloween!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Author, music lover, knitter, nerd. I’m the author of a steampunk adventure series, the Tales of the Captain Duke, currently residing in Toronto. I grew up in small-town Ontario around the Bruce Peninsula and went to the University of Ottawa for political science and women’s studies.
What are you currently reading?
I recently picked up a copy of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle that I’m excited to finally dive into. I just finished The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, Saga Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, and The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Other favourites from the summer were Uprooted by Naomi Novik and You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day.
When did you first realize that you may be considered a “nerd” or a “geek”?
Pretty early on. I was a huge bookworm and read anything I could get my hands on. My elementary school librarian actually created a ‘Nose in a Book’ award just for me when I graduated, so it was fairly obvious.
Can you speak to your interest in Steampunk? When did you first become interested? What about it holds your interest?
I’ve always been a fan of history and the classics. I loved the aesthetic of steampunk, taking these elements of Victorian fashion and steam-powered technology, and combining them into something that’s old and new at the same time. I don’t remember when I first had an interest in steampunk, but it definitely grew through reading H.G. Wells, watching Disney’s Atlantis and films like Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. When I began writing the Tales of the Captain Duke, I also had fallen in love with Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. As an author, the disruption of the historical narrative really appeals to me.
Who are female authors that you admire?
Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. LeGuin, J.K. Rowling, Virginia Woolf, Isabel Allende, Anne Rice, Simone de Beauvoir, Jane Austen, Naomi Novik, Patricia C. Wrede…I could go on. They’ve all touched my imagination in some way that’s allowed me to see the world with more complexity and magic than I did before.
Who was the first female character that you can remember looking up to?
I think I’d have to say Kristy from The Baby-Sitters Club. I was obsessed with those books when I was younger, I’d just devour them and then be sad I had no new books to read. But I loved that there was this take-charge, independent, ambitious person who was allowed to be flawed and make mistakes, all while working to be a great friend. I really took those books to heart.
We are only a couple of months away from Star Wars Force Awakens. Are you excited? What are you most looking forward to? Is there a character that you are interested in learning more about?
As intriguing as Daisy Ridley’s character Rey is–and I do hope that she gets a solid storyline–I really want to know more about Captain Phasma, the stormtrooper played by Gwendoline Christie. But overall? I’m looking forward to that magical feeling you get when the orchestral score begins and you know you’re in for something special. I was too young for the original trilogy, but I was all-in for Episodes 1-3. I collected the pop cans, I had the T-shirt, I didn’t even mind Jar-Jar all that much (I was young, okay?). I get full body goosebumps every time I see the trailer, so I’m pretty optimistic about The Force Awakens.
In theme of the month of October, do you have any favourite Halloween stories? Or Halloween movies?
Rocky Horror Picture Show. Does that count? I love it. As for stories, I would have to say Edgar Allan Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart. My elementary school teachers would read it to us and it always creeped me out.
What are your thoughts on this season of Doctor Who? What do you think of the new spinoff featuring Clara Oswald’s school? What do you think of Missy as the Master?
I’m excited to see the direction the new season takes, but I’m hoping there’s something substantial for Clara. I totally fangirled over the Missy/Clara team up. It was so delightfully twisted. You get the sense that the companions are much less safe with the Twelfth Doctor, so it was a neat contrast to see Missy’s lack of regard for Clara’s wellbeing contrasted with The Doctor’s “duty of care.” Also, Under the Lake was terrifying. Definitely watching the next episode with a friend.
Are there any movies or television shows that are coming out that you are looking forward to (near or distant future)?
I definitely need more Agent Carter in my life! I’m really excited for The Force Awakens too, we need more female Star Wars cosplay options that aren’t primarily Leia, Padme and their outfits. And, if it actually happens (please please please), the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series.
Thanks to Rebecca for chatting with us! Find out more about Rebecca by going to her website or follow her on twitter @kthnxbex . Thanks for tuning in! Fake Geek Girl Like Us is an interview series on +5 Charisma where we talk to girls in nerd culture. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be featured!