I’ve Got You Under My Skin continues today and tomorrow. Tomorrow, we will have a special guest post from author Christina Westcott.
Today is something special indeed. I’m talking with Viola Carr. She has a new release in her Electric Empire series. The Dastardly Miss Lizzie features a female Jekyll/Hyde character who solves mysteries.
In the third book in Viola Carr’s fantastically fun and wonderfully edgy Electric Empire novel, set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll must team up with her secret other half, Miss Lizzie Hyde, as her world comes crashing to a halt when a madman begins targeting the city’s most important scientists, and sorcerers threaten all she holds dear.
The Dastardly Miss Lizzie
An Electric Empire Novel
by Viola Carr
About The Dastardly Miss Lizzie
Crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to share a life with her rebellious second self, Lizzie Hyde. But being two people in one body isn’t easy, not when Eliza has a professional reputation to protect and Lizzie is veering headfirst into a life of debauchery and crime with an increasingly demented Mr. Hyde. Not to mention the difficulty of making a respectable marriage with Remy Lafayette–Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope–while Lizzie enjoys her own dubious romantic entanglements. And with England on the brink of war, Remy’s secretive mission in sorcery-riddled Paris grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is Eliza finally going mad?
Now, she’s confronted by her most baffling case yet: an evil genius with a penchant for theatrics is murdering eminent scientists in the most inexplicable ways. Her investigation uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories and bleeding-edge science punishable by death–and a shocking connection to her father’s infamous experiments. Desperate to learn the truth about her past, she must infiltrate a cabal of fanatical inventors bent on a discovery that will change the world–or destroy it.
With London under attack by sorcery-wielding terrorists, and the Royal Society’s enforcers determined to bury her evidence for good, Eliza needs all the friends she can get if she’s to thwart the killer and keep her head. But when Lizzie’s criminal shenanigans get Eliza fired from the Metropolitan Police, and Remy is implicated in an act of bloody vengeance he didn’t commit (or did he?), she’s on her own.
Except for wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie. But Lizzie’s got her own life now. And she’ll do anything to keep it. Even if it means attempting the unspeakable and finding her own body. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn…
Interview With Viola Carr
Will you tell us a little about your series?
The Electric Empire is set in a edgy, dark, steampunky alternate mid-Victorian London, and my heroine, Dr. Eliza Jekyll, is a crime scene physician who investigates murders, while struggling with the dark side of her personality – she’s the daughter of the infamous Henry Jekyll, and she’s inherited his dual personality. Quaff that potion, and schllp! Out comes Lizzie Hyde.
What led you to create the character of Eliza Jekyll/Lizzie Hyde?
Well, I like mad scientists, and I always thought it would be fun to do a steampunk detective or CSI character. So when I had the idea of doing a female Jekyll & Hyde, all three sort of fit together.
The relationship between Eliza and Lizzie is really quite fascinating. Was it hard to work that out, or did it evolve naturally? What challenges did you run into?
They’re like any adversaries – they want different, mutually exclusive things. Eliza is a respectable doctor; Lizzie is a layabout and a petty criminal. Eliza is falling for a ridiculously honourable and handsome army officer, whereas Lizzie wants… well, other things. Eliza is fascinated with murder; Lizzie thinks there’s something wrong with her. Which would be fine if they weren’t living in the same body!
It actually made it easier to write, in a way – because they’re literally stuck with each other – there’s no chance for either of them to just walk away. But it was a challenge to avoid just going over the same old ground with their conflicts – both Lizzie and Eliza evolve throughout the series.
Who is your favorite character in the Electric Empire and why?
I love them all! Especially the villains. Mr. Todd is always fun to write. He’s such an appalling human being – multiple murder is the least of his sins – but he covers it up with bullshit… erm, I mean charm and subterfuge. Eliza is fascinated with him. He’s the mistake she can’t undo… but she can’t help trying.
How did you get started as a writer?
Writing is a thing that anyone can do. Not everyone wants to be a published author, and that’s OK – if you just want to write for fun, why not? I started writing stories when I was at school, but I didn’t write for publication until much later. If you’re serious about being published, I recommend joining a writing organisation, like Romance Writers of America or the Crime Writers Association. It’s a great way to learn and meet interesting people.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
I like to play with my pets, and play music. Reading, of course, plenty of that. A bit of console gaming.
What are you reading now?
I’ve just finished a book called DAY FOUR by Sarah Lotz. It’s a suspense/thriller set aboard a stranded cruise ship. Snakes On A Plane, except with a boat and tourists 🙂
Many thanks to Viola Carr for answering my questions! If you haven’t read the first two books and think you might like to, click on the book covers below in the giveaway section. If you are ready for book three, links follow.
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About the Author
Viola Carr was born in Australia, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat. She likes steampunk, and thought it would be cool to investigate wacky crimes with crazy gadgets…just so long as her heroine was the creator of said wacky gadgets: a tinkerer, edgy, with a dash of mad scientist.
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“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
I’ve got you deep in the heart of me.
So deep in my heart that you’re really a part of me.
I’ve got you under my skin.
I’d tried so not to give in.
I said to myself: this affair never will go so well.
But why should I try to resist when, baby, I know so well
I’ve got you under my skin?