Blog Tour with Giveaway & Review – Mechanized Masterpieces 2: An American Anthology


Today we are featuring Megan Oliphant, who has written the story Winged Hope in this anthology. Read on to learn more about her and her story.

~ About the Author ~

Megan Oliphant

An editor at The X, Megan Oliphant has studied creative writing since college, taking classes from the founder of LTUE, Marion K. “Doc” Smith at Brigham Young University, and attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp in June of 2014. Her primary interests are in fantasy, ranging from dark urban to high epic, but she’s a sucker for a good mystery that she can’t guess the ending to before she gets there. She divides her time between reading, writing, and “familying” with her husband and five children in North Carolina.

~ Author Links ~




~ Q & A ~

Please share how you came up with the concept for your story?

Winged Hope came out desperation. I had been struggling with a steampunk version of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, but got nowhere. For months. It was my desperate search for new inspiration that led me back to one of my favorite poets, Emily Dickinson. I’ve always loved her spare, punctuationally challenging poetry. Who knew you could read so much into a dash? I think some of that desperation leached into the story and Bea’s search for salvation for both her and her daughter.

Please name some of your other published works?

This is my first published work!

What is your preferred writing genre?

Modern day fairy tales, where unexplainable magic changes the course of ordinary lives. Not necessarily rewritten fairy tales, though I do have some of those in a drawer somewhere, but that moment when a life becomes…more.

And preferred reading genre?

Fantasy, mystery, thrillers, sci-fi, epic family sagas, romance…um…do I have to name them all? If a story blurb sounds interesting, I’ll pick it up.

What are your top 3 favorite books?

That’s a tough question, because I’m not sure which direction to go to find the answer. I have books that are my favorite for “rereadability”, ones that I’ve read several times and will probably read again. Then there are those that change me profoundly, but I know I could never go voluntarily into that world again. But off the top of my head, I would have to say anything by Robin McKinley. Her Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, not to mention Beauty (both versions of it) were some of the most lyrical prose I have ever read. So there you go. Three books by one author, lol.

Do you have any particular writing habits?

I don’t think so. My chair has to be comfy. Does that count?

Do you have a playlist that you created while writing your story?

I’ve run through a lot of types of music, but most recently I’ve settled on a Pandora station based off Rachel Portman, the film music composer. I’ve found I really love the stories film scores tell without words. They help flesh out the world I’m trying to get on paper.

Panster or plotter?

I’m a light plotter. I can envision the big scenes, but I need to plan out those connecting scenes that will help build tension and take the story to the next level.

Advice for writers?

Be brave. Write the hard thing, the thing that makes you question your ability to tackle it. And it may be too hard for you right now. If it is, put it away and write other things for a while. Then when you come back to the project you thought you could never write, you’ll have developed a new set of tools that will help you write the hard stuff.

What’s up next for you?

I’m currently working on one of those modern day fairy tales, set in Paris. It’s a story somewhere between “Sabrina” and “Chocolat”, if you’re familiar with those movies.


 ~ Review by Jessica ~

*I received a copy of this anthology in exchange for an honest review.*
If you are a fan of steampunk, this book is for you! This is a great anthology. Steampunk is a hard genre to work with when you have to keep it short. World building is key, and that’s hard to accomplish when your time is limited. You’ve got to not only create fleshed out characters and an intriguing plot, you also have to create a fantastical world as the backdrop. These authors did a fantastic job.
I was quickly sucked into these mechanical worlds and I loved the wide variety of characters. Some stories were dark, some were romantic, some were action packed, and some were a little lighter and made me laugh. Most were many of these things at once. I also liked that they were all inspired by famous stories or poems. It added an extra layer of interest and made me even more excited to read them.
My favorite was Invested Charm by M. Irish Gardner. It was dark and romantic which is a personal preference of mine. While most of the stories were of comparable caliber, there were 1 or 2 that I found enjoyable, but just not quite as good as the rest. I knocked off half a book for that, but I would still definitely recommend this book and I enjoyed reading it immensely.   I give this anthology 4.5 books.


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~ Tour Schedule ~

February 22: 
Book 1: 
A Princess of Jasoom by J. Aurel Guay
February 23: 
Book 2: 
Winged Hope by Megan Oliphant
February 23: 
Book 3: 
The Van Tassel Legacy by Jay Barnson
February 24: 
Book 4: 
Invested Charm M. Irish Gardner
February 25: 
Book 5: 
Payoff for Air Pirate Pete by D.
Lee Jortner
February 26: 
Book 6: 
Rise of the House of Usher by J.R.
February 26: 
Book 7: 
The Silver Scams by M. K. Wiseman
February 27: 
Book 8: 
Nautilus Redux by Scott E. Tarbet
February 27: 
Book 9: 
Mr. Thornton by Scott William
February 28: 
Book 10: 
West End Neve Talbot

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