We are just a few days from the publishing of Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare and we are lucky enough to have Gwen here on the blog sharing her BOOK FANCAST. So you may ask: WHY should you pick up Ink, Iron, and Glass this Tuesday? Well, here are just a FEW reasons:

  • Steampunk Fantasy!
  • Scriptology–a NEW form of science which includes lots of world building and rules
  • Alternative 19th century Italy!
  • Secret societies!
  • A strong female lead that may be destined to save the world
  • Gorgeous boys haunted by their past


Ink Iron Glass

Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.

But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.



Gwendolyn Clare Author Photo

I’m Gwendolyn Clare, and I write fantasy and science fiction. My debut young-adult steampunk novel — INK, IRON, AND GLASS — is forthcoming from Macmillan/Imprint (Feb 20th, 2018). My short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and my poetry has been nominated for the Rhysling Award. I’m represented by Jennifer Azantian of Azantian Literary Agency.

I’m a New Englander transplanted to central Pennsylvania, with long stops in Chicago and North Carolina along the way. I have a BA in Ecology, a BS in Geophysics, and a PhD in Mycology, which completes my acronym collection (for now, at least). I love the fieldwork aspect of being a scientist, and I’ve been lucky enough to work in awesome places like Italy, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Guyana.

I enjoy practicing martial arts, adopting feral cats, and overstaying my welcome in local coffee shops while writing. I’m still in the market for a cybernetic left arm, though my rotator cuff seems to have forgiven me for past transgressions and started functioning properly again.



I have a confession to make: I fancast in my head all the time while writing. I’m a very visual thinker, so I can’t help it! Often I’ll fancast people I know in real life as the actors playing my characters — hey, it’s not like they’re actually going to have to act, right? — and I also go through several different mental fancastings as a project develops.

So this is one of many possible casts, and certainly not a definitive last word on what the characters should look like in your head. Some of these actors have matured beyond the point in their careers where they play teenage characters, but since it’s my fantasy cast anyway, I’m casting the younger versions of them.

Elsa da Veldana (Bianca Lawson)

Elsa da Veldana as played by Bianca Lawson

Elsa’s mother, Jumi (Kandyse McClure)

Elsa's mother Jumi as played by Kandyse McClure

Elsa’s mentor, Alek de Vries (Bill Nighy)

Elsa's mentor Alek de Vries as played by Bill Nighy.jpg

Leo Trovatelli (Daniel Sharman)

Leo Trovatelli as played by Daniel Sharman

Faraz Hannachi (Alfred Enoch)

Faraz Hannachi as played by Alfred Enoch

Porzia Pisano (Ivana Baquero)

Porzia Pisano as played by Ivana Baquero

I love how diverse this cast is and I’m not even going to start on how good looking all these actors are.  What do you think?



Blog Date Content
The Bumble Girl 2/13 Gwen- Character Interview
Novel Knight Book Reviews 2/14 Gwen- Inspiration behind INK, IRON, AND GLASS
The Book Nut 2/15 Playlist
YA Wednesdays 2/16 Gwen- Fancast
Ex Libris Kate 2/17 Gwen- Author Interview
One Way or an Author 2/18 Moodboard
Books and Ladders 2/19 Moodboard
Fangirlish.com 2/20 Fancast