Kady Cross

Welcome YA Steampunk author Kady Cross!!!

Get Lost in This Story…

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.

I am thrilled to host YA Steampunk author, Kady Cross, on the blog today (who just happens to also be my lovely friend, Kathryn Smith). Her debut with Harlequin Teen is getting rave reviews calling it a perfect blend of steampunk, mystery, paranormal and romance all wrapped up in coming-of-age emotions…I can’t wait! I am currently reading The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, Kady’s exclusive e-prequel to her Steampunk Chronicles and can’t WAIT to delve into Finley’s story in The Girl in the Steel Corset!

Kady Cross is a pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a pride of cats. She likes singing with Rock Band on the 360, British guys, Vietnamese food, and makeup (she’s hopelessly addicted to YouTube makeup tutorials!). When she’s not writing Kady likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read a good book or make her own cosmetics.

Let’s get right to The Get Lost Interview…

Heather: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Kady: It changes. Right now I love Despicable Me and Penelope.

Heather: How often do you get lost in a story?

Kady: As often as I possibly can. J I get lost in the story I’m reading, and the one I’m writing.

Heather: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?

Kady: Anything with some fantasy or paranormal elements, with some adventure and romance.

Heather: What’s your favorite cartoon character?

Kady: Pepe Le Peu, of course! The greatest romantic of all time!

Heather: What sound or noise do you love?

Kady: I love the sound of heels clicking on tile or pavement. Horse hooves too.

Heather: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?

Kady: A lot of the time, yes. I listen to whatever suits the story. Sometimes it’s heavy, other times orchestral, and sometimes power ballads!

Heather: What was the first story you remember writing?

Kady: Oh, dear. I was 9? It was a story about a girl whose father gave away her horse and years later she found it – and love on a ranch.

Heather: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?

Kady: I’d probably be a makeup artist. Or a silversmith. I like to play with makeup, and I’m teaching myself to make jewelry now.

Heather: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?

Kady: Laugh maniacally.

Heather: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?

Kady: I’d like to dine with Jack Dandy. I think he’d have good table manners, but he’d also gossip with me.

Heather: What soundtrack or playlist do you recommend for your current release?

Kady: Watered Down, Blood on My Hands by The Used, All I Need by Within Temptation, Black Bullet by Kidney Thieves, Asleep, Misery Loves Company, I Want My Innocence Back by Emilie Autumn

Heather: Have you ever written a character who wasn’t meant to be a hero/heroine but he/she wouldn’t go away?

Kady: Yes. Jack Dandy.

Heather: What is your favorite cheese?

Kady: Jalepeno Jack.

Heather: What would you do if you had a time machine?

Kady: I’d go back to the late 1800’s and hang out with Oscar Wilde. What wit! I’d also warn him that the whole Marquess of Queensbury thing was NOT going to be worth the suffering it would cause him.

Heather: What is your favorite thing about you? J

Kady: That people seem to feel that I’m nice. I try to be a good person. I don’t always succeed. ;-)


Heather: So, I noticed on your website that you love to sing with Rock Band on your 360. Any particular songs that you totally nail? And if you could rock out with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Kady: Okay, I nail Let Me Roll It by Paul McCartney and Wings, Underneath it all by No Doubt, Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, More Than a Feeling by Boston, Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, We Belong by Pat Benatar, Imagine by John Lennon, Radar Love by Golden Earring… There are a few more, but I don’t want to brag. LOL! I would love to rock out with Freddie Mercury, because he was freaking amazing. And I’d like to hang/rock out with Emilie Autumn, because I love her music and I think she would dye my hair for me, and we’d drink tea.


Kady: Who would YOU most like to rock out with? J


Kady: Sure! How about an eyeshadow palette inspired by the book, The Girl in the Steel Corset.

Thanks so much for being with us today, Kady! Where can your fans learn more about you on the web?


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Join us Monday when I host historical author, Debra Mullins!!!


  1. Hi Kady! Welcome and thank you so much for visiting GLIAS...always a pleasure to have you!

    First, congrats on your successful foray into YA and Steampunk combined. You are so incredibly talented...as a huge fan of your historicals, I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Girl in the Steel Corset, just to see where your fantastic imagination would take me.

    And I LOVE Paul McCartney and Wings...I've been rocking out lately to Maybe I'm Amazed...so touchingly beautiful.

  2. Thanks so much, Heather! Maybe I'm Amazed is such a FABULOUS song. I wish they'd get Mull of Kintyre on Rockband. LOL.

  3. I am not so great at Rock Band, but I don't have those songs on mine, maybe if I upgrade I would do better.
    I would love to rock out with Aerosmith especially Steve Tyler. I loved him this year on American Idol and I am a huge fan of the band!

  4. Awesome interview!

    I read The Girl in the Steel Corset and loved it so much..I'm such a steampunk fan.

    I'm only good at singing on Rock Band. The guitars always stump me, I was also never really good at Guitar Hero...lol!


  5. I don't have rockband, but I've been known to kick some Aerosmith butt on Guitar Hero.

    I'm trying to talk the hubs into getting RockBand, now that The Beatles and Greenday have a game.


  6. Oh, my gosh, this sounds fabulous. I don't quite get Steampunk yet, but what a book to cut my teeth on, no? Thanks for joining us at Get Lost in a Story. And here's to a million sales!

  7. Kady, I think you had me wanting to drop everything and read this story with the first line of the summary. Congratulations on the release and what is sure to be a succesful career.

    Welcome to GLIAS !

  8. Hi Kady!

    Always like to welcome another Victorian era/Steampunky writer. Yay for the fledgling subgenre! Can't wait to read THE GIRL IN A STEEL CORSET, sounds great!

    I think for pure hard driving rock fun, the Stones, but I secretly would like to learn some of Beyonce's moves. Who wouldn't?

  9. I would have to say... Lady Gaga! :-)

  10. Looking forward to this book! Thanks for coming by the blog to tell us about it!

  11. Kady, what a fun interview. I haven't read any steampunk but the description of your story makes me want to!

    As for rockin' out - Can I choose performing on a Broadway stage? Put me in the middle of Les Miserables or Chess and I'm golden. :)

  12. Kady and Heather - Definitely would want to rock out with Bonnie Raitt. Yep. Bonnie Raitt.

  13. Maestra Amanda is our winner! Congratulations