What is Steampunk and how is it connected to The Kingdoms of Kearnley series? In simplest terms, Steampunk is a movement that involves a) an alternative time period, b) a style of clothing, and c) imaginary inventions that are powered by steam.
I consider my series to be at the beginning of this movement. Most readers have picked up on the fact that there are modern elements sprinkled throughout the books, and the Steampunk clothing style is prevalent.
In the first book, Securing Aisling, there is only a mention of steam-powered inventions for sale at the temporary market that has been set up during Session at Gilvary. In Healing Gilvary, there is an inventor’s contest in honor of Prince Reagan’s birthday which sparks his interest and has him building a trade school that would allow inventors time, revenue, and space to work on their inventions, making Gilvary the birthplace of this factor of the Steampunk movement. Restoring Dermot (due to be out in 2017), the third book in the series, takes place ten years after the second. By this time the production of steam powered inventions will be in full swing.