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Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Elizabeth Chatsworth!

Today we’re welcoming Elizabeth Chatsworth, another of the amazing Persisters, the 2018 class of Golden Heart Finalists. Her manuscript THE BRASS QUEEN (fabulous title!!) is nominated for Best Mainstream Fiction.

Elizabeth Chatsworth was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. After earning a Masters in Business Management, she left a career in corporate marketing to become a voice actor. She emigrated to the U.S., where she (barely) survived intensive comedy training with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. In 2010, she joined SAG-AFTRA as a professional actor. Her voice acting encompasses corporate training, advertisements, medical videos, and computer games. If there’s an elf, a witch, or an aristocrat in a video game, it might be her! 

Elizabeth lives in Connecticut with her husband and Yorkshire terrier, Boo. Elizabeth and Boo (a Pet Partners therapy dog) visit hospitals, colleges, and retirement homes to share Yorkie snuggles. Elizabeth also donates her vocal skills to record audio books for the blind and dyslexic at Learning Ally, and for fun practices archery, kung fu, and horseback riding (but never at the same time).

She describes THE BRASS QUEEN as “a science fiction rom-com set in an alternate Victorian world” and says its “cross-genre fun will appeal to fans who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, historical and paranormal romance, alternate history, and/or steampunk.

Here’s a blurb:

In 1897, fiery English aristocrat Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogues. Selling illegal firearms under her alias, the “Brass Queen,” has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full, but due to an archaic law, she will lose her ancestral home if she fails to marry within three days. Torn between high society and the underworld, Constance throws herself a lavish coming out ball to attract a noble spouse.

Her party is gatecrashed by US spy, JF Trusdale. Tall, dark, and almost handsome, Trusdale is shadowing a shady scientist. Doctor Creswick has developed an invisibility serum that could change the international spy game forever.

Trusdale is blindsided, and Constance mortified when an airship crashes through the ceiling and kidnaps Creswick.  Constance knows a liar when she sees one. Trusdale knows a fraud when he meets one. Yet, the two join forces to save the scientist.

As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world they know will literally disappear before their eyes.

This just sounds incredibly fun!! I love the idea of steampunk with a sense of humor, and the threat of the world literally disappearing is so clever! I wish I had THE BRASS QUEEN to read at the beach this summer!

Folks, Elizabeth and I are sitting down here in my parlor to take tea, with a lovely steam-powered fan (made of peacock feathers!) to keep us cool! Please join us!


Welcome, Elizabeth! Wow, what an interesting background you have! You grew up in Yorkshire, lived in New York, and now are in Connecticut, with a little kung fu and improv comedy thrown in! (Though I think your life won’t really be complete until you combine the archery and the horseback riding!! At least once!! And post a video on YouTube!! Bonus points if you do it with your Yorkshire Terrier on your lap!) With all those influences, I’m not surprised you’re going the highly inventive steampunk route. How did growing up where you did tie in to writing this novel?

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