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#Steampunk’d Hobo’s, Boxcar Baby & #Zombie Hunting Wizard’s with AK-47’s

Steampunk’d part 2 of 4

In the first post I talked a little about every little about several various aspects of the different areas the steampunk trend has played a part in. The photography, the art, the music, the stories, the RPG’s, the unusual… As I mentioned in part one, steampunk is a trend with roots back to the 1800’s beginning with Jules Verne… Tentacles.. Giant Squids.. Stories where characters blend Victorian and Edwardian industry into new inventions… gadgets and and gizmos and adventures! Author J.L. Mulvihill is a well known southern indie author published by Seventh Star Press in a few things and with her first novel in her Steel Roots Series, The Boxcar Baby, in the summer of 2013.

steampunk-hoboThe book also is a theme that brings up memories of Halloween days of the past. I have had a few costumes I was quite fond of. Pirates, gypsies and my mother reminded me my grandmother and I went as a hobo two years running. Mainly because I kept threatening to run away fourth and fifth grade when I wasn’t allowed to wear my Planet of the Ape mask to School.


Yes this is the exact one I had to wear. Ebay is a wonderful thing

So my grandmother showed me how to pack up all my worldly goods in a bandanna and my grandfather told me tales of the hobos. When I was putting together my post today I remember this tale, of course, this book is a steampunk tale of horror; dark and mysterious and full of terror.


Welcome to a Steampunk Author Interview with Cabin Goddess

The Boxcar Baby

box-car-babyBorn in a boxcar on a train bound for Georgia. At least that is what Papa Steel always told AB’Gale. But now, fifteen years later, the man who adopted and raised her as his own is missing and it’s up to AB’Gale to find him. Aided only by a motley gang of friends, AB’Gale train hops her way across the United States in a desperate attempt to find her papa and put her life and family back the way it was. Her only guide is a map given to her by a mysterious hobo, with hand written clues she found hidden in her papa’s spyglass. Here is the Great American Adventure in an alternate steampunk dystopian world, where fifteen-year-old AB’Gale Steel learns that nothing is as it seems, but instead is shrouded in secrets and mysteries … and that monsters come in all shapes and forms. The Boxcar Baby is the first book of the Steel Roots series.



Jen-6Jen! Welome to the Cabin! Care for a bacon, walnut, chocolate chip cookie? Just baked them today! Also have some fresh coffee! I know we have put off this interview for a while, but I am excited because this month I have a really exciting series of posts happening during my campaign with! I thought, WOW! How can I not throw my interview I have with you up during it while not only getting my halloween post ready but also talking about all this steampunk goodness going, especially since you like goggles as much as me. Of course, I tend to have WAY to much fun with my goggles! Hey, take a peek at the page and pick a pair that you would like to wear at the next Con! 

Jen – “Oh OK! Ohh Wow! Ok cool, I am so loving the vintage lace and pearl #steampunkgoggles Rock on!”

CG – Ya those rock a lot of my friends! Corinne loved those too! She just tweeted about those earlier tonight!

CG -As you can see  I have way to much fun with mine. I am still working on my mini movie and preparing to scare some trick-or-treaters!


CG -Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO! (Has to fit in a tweet, I will be adding a custom tweet button at the top of post. You can and are encouraged to include #hashtags)


@JLMulvihill  #yaNovel #BoxcarBaby #heartstopping #trainhopping #adventure of a young girl searching for her lost #Inventor papa

CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)

Hi my name is Jen a/k/a J L Mulvihill, and I’m a Monsterholic. It all started when I met Stephen Zimmer and I was drinking a Redbull. He scoffed at the very idea and told me that real Rock Stars drink Monsters. I eventually tried one once I found out that they had low carb diet Monsters. Then I found the blue Monsters and the protein Monsters and now my children tell me that I have a problem.



But despite my Monster problem I have managed to turn out this novel, The Boxcar Baby, and it does indeed deal with all sorts of monsters as you will find when you read it.

CG – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into? (If you want you can – I would love it if you did – a max flash fiction of no more that 500 with the prompt of “LIGHT” since summer is almost here (Yes this could work with romance, mystery, humour, textbooks on quantum physics.. own it, title it and GO!) This can even be a Haiku, just have fun!

I would like to write Horror, but not gore horror but psychological horror.

The light gradually dims until the darkness swallows it and Briana. She pulls her knees in close to her chest and hugs them tight listening to the silence buzzing in her ear. Suddenly she hears a sound faint but growing louder by the moment. What is it? She wonders. Her body trembles with fear; fear of the dark, fear of the strange and distant sound growing ever louder, ever closer. Fear of the unknown that waits there in the dark for her. Briana’s heart begins to pound, louder and harder than she has ever felt it beat before until it begins to hurt, and she knows this is the end. Whatever is out there coming for her will not be her demise because Briana’s heart has beaten it to her.


CG – When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question?)

In the steampunk genre the authors that inspire me most would have to be, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, L. Frank Baum, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and of course let’s not forget the man whose novel coined the name steampunk, K. W. Jeter who wrote Morlock Night. (CG – And the man who coined the steampunk term!)

CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? (Some have a huge cast, so say no more than five, I am thinking many would be able to do at least one, you do have one character right? Include photos of choice or I Can find them also – include photo credits or links where they are found)

Well I agonized over this question for a while. You see for me to cast for this novel I have to look at young stars but the ones I felt suitable are actually now too old to play the parts. Also I feel that I would like the readers to show me who they think these character looks like based on how they perceived the story. I will however, give you one character. Detective Reece Walker could very well be played by John Cusack

JOHN-CUSACK• Why? (yes you are going to have to support that choice)

John Cusack looks like Detective Reece and since he is such a good actor I am sure he could portray him very well.

• Write one line you would love for him say from your book.

“Miss Steel, I need to know what your father was working on in his workshop before he disappeared,” says Detective Walker.

CG – Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?

Well other than the occasional Monster, ha, ha, ha, I like to snack on red vines and now I have discovered chocolate vines. As far as music is concerned, I t depends on what I am writing. When I write steampunk I usually listen to folk music and musicians like the Lumineers or Mumford and Sons. When I write fantasy I like to listen to Celtic music, and when I write horror I listen to strong passionate classical. When I write interviews or I am relaxing I listen to heavy metal and rock n roll.

CG – What do you do when you’re not writing? (ie: What festive things do you do for fun? What things do you do when you make yourself have fun, and what is on the top of your list to do when you actually take two days for you (and family)

The fun things I like to do are camping and fishing. I love the outdoors but only when it’s not too cold and not too hot. I’m kind of picky like that. I don’t mind sleeping in a tent but I would prefer a cabin. I love to fish because it’s like meditation for me. The last time we had some time off together as a family we did a road trip from Mississippi to California. We had quite an adventure running into bad weather and strange people, so I guess I would have to say we like to travel too.

CG – During the zombie apocalypse, what fictional character would you want watching your back?

#Steampunk'd Hobo's, Boxcar Baby & #Zombie Hunting Wizard's with AK-47's

Xena, Warrior Princess, because she can kick butt, and maybe we better throw in Gandalf because it never hurts to have a wizard around. (CG – I hear Gandolf is pretty awesome with an AK-47 as well as his staff)

Gandolf gone Bad

CG – If your book was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine? (I do a recipe with many of my authors this maybe an opportunity for you to share a recipe as part of the bonus round below)

Ah the Boxcar Baby is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of story but the pauper’s kind.

Let’s make this a real Cabin Goddess “Interview and a recipe”


CG – Create a drink (with or without booze) representing your book in name and ingredients (this could be a renamed established drink)

GINGER BEER! I love Ginger Beer, I remember when I was a kid my mom used to get this for me and I thought it was cool because it came in a brown bottle and looked like real beer but it wasn’t beer at all. It’s more like Ginger ale with a kick. If you want to make it more interesting go ahead and top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, YUM!

WHITETAILCARMELWHISKEYOk that’s for the kids now for the grownups, let have some White Tail Bourbon on ice or right out of the flask.


Bonus Round – Make Mine a Meal!

Hobo Dogs – cheese filled, bacon wrapped, hot dogs rolled up in a thin slice of sourdough with mustard. If you are a Hobo living off land off the System’s radar, I don’t want to know where the ingredients come from, you may have stolen them or bartered for them, if you worked then you may have bought them, either way here is what you need:

  • 1 – package of hot dogs, or if you want to be a steampunk purist, sausages, the large ones like they made in the old days;
  • some good sharp cheddar cheese cut in small long chunks;
  • 8 – pieces of bacon or 1) piece of bacon per hotdog/sausage;
  • 8 – slices of sourdough bread;
  • mustard;
  • toothpicks and/or a long sharp cooking stick;
  • pocketknife; and
  • campfire.

Here is what you do:

  1. Get yourself a good campfire going, making sure it’s safe and away from buildings or tents, I learned this one first hand. Take your pocket knife and split hot dogs lengthwise, do not cut through. Fill with strips of cheese. #Steampunk'd Hobo's, Boxcar Baby & #Zombie Hunting Wizard's with AK-47's
  2. Wrap bacon strip around each hot dog and try and make it so your cooking stick will poke through the hotdog and hold the ends of the bacon, if you cannot achieve this then secure with toothpicks.
  3. Cook over the campfire, cheese side up. When the bacon is a golden brown and looks done then remove toothpicks if you have used them, this is very important, and wrap with the sourdough adding mustard.

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If you want something to go with your Hobo Dogs then add some Campfire Corn.

  1. Campfire CornAlong your travels as a Hobo, acquire some ears of corn; I don’t care where you get them.
  2. Soak the ears unshucked in water for about fifteen minuets
  3. Lay them down in the hot coals of the fire for about 15 to 20 minutes rotating every now and then and cook until the outer husk is good and brown.
  4. Remove the husk and silk and salt and butter to taste.

For desert I am sure you must have picked yourself an apple or two along the way, go ahead and spike that on your cooking stick and cook until the skin begins to bubble and pop. With your pocketknife take the skin off the apple and roll it around in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, (2 tbs of cinnamon to 2 cups of sugar is the standard ratio). Replace the apple in the fire until the sugar begins to melt and drip. Let the apple cool a bit and eat. If you want you can slice off the candied pieces and repeat the process until you reach the core. There you have it, dinner fit for a hobo. 

CG – FAST and FURIOUS – Don’t pause just answer what comes first to mind

• For a Bender what do you prefer? Gatter or Hard Lush? (for my non-steampunk readers a beer or a shot) a Hard Lush… in other words a Shot 🙂
• Coke, Pepsi or bubbly water? Coke, diet preferably (CG – Oh heck you are forgiven)
Airship, Locomotive or Time Machine? Time Machine
• Top Hat, Bowler or Helmet? Top hat
• Alienist or Abbess? Alienist
• Big Ben or pocket watch? Pocket watch
• Learn battle techniques from a Viking or a ninja? Viking, it runs in my blood.
• Bolo, facemask or just a pair of goggles? Goggles
• Chainsaw arm or shotgun leg? Shotgun leg, awesome movie.

CG – Anything you would like to add… appearances, upcoming releases, where I can find someone to adjust the algorithms for my time machine?

Hey Cabin Goddess, thank you so much for having me here on your blog today. I have enjoyed it a great deal. My up and coming adventures will be taking me to:

Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention on November 15-17 2013 in Memphis, TN.

I look forward to hearing from people about the novel so please feel free to friend me on Facebook and like the Steel Roots page, and I encourage you and those who have or will read my novel The Boxcar Baby, to post a review on Amazon, Barns & Noble, and/or Good Reads.

Also, don’t forget to check out some of the other fabulous books and authors at
Thanks again for having me.

Born in Hollywood and raised in San Diego, CA, J.L. Mulvihill has made Mississippi her home for the past fifteen years. Her debut novel was the young adult title The Lost Daughter of Easa, an engaging fantasy novel bordering on science-fiction with a dash of steampunk, published through Kerlak Publishing.  The Boxcar Baby, the first novel of her Steel Roots Series, was released by Seventh Star Press in the summer of 2013.



J.L. also has several short fiction pieces in publication, among them “Chilled Meat”, a steampunk thriller found in the Dreams of Steam II-Of Bolts and Brass, anthology (Kerlak Publishing) and “The Leprechaun’s Story”, a steampunk urban Fantasy found in the anthology, Clockwork, Spells, & Magical Bells (Kerlak Publishing)

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J.L. is very active with the writing community, and is the events coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower.  She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Arts Council of Clinton, and the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group.



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  1. ^^^ Pin the contest button to your new Steampunk board. (or you can re-pin it from my board HERE)
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Watch for more Steampunk goodness, including Interviews with authors, DIY videos, commentary and even an original short story! Suggestions? What do you want to talk about which involves the Steampunk movement? 

Part 2 of 4 in the Cabin Goddess get’s Steampunk’d


This is a sponsored post! I opened my mail up and saw that I had been invited to participate in Triberr’s campaign for Considering my obsession since reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the fact I am obsessed just a wee bit (literature, Graphic novels, LARP, Cos-play, formal teas, webisodes, ideology… Cons.. ya obsession) I jumped in with both feet! You know me, if I have a box to play in I go for the gusto and never do anything halfway.

Some of the images used for my photo montage in photography & art are creative common licensed images from unless otherwise noted. The term Steampunk’d was adopted from our Pinterest Board for this campaign, L.A. Story’s,  Stevie Wilson, I am stealing it because it is exactly how I feel this week, in a most epic way.



#Steampunk'd Hobo's, Boxcar Baby & #Zombie Hunting Wizard's with AK-47's


  1. Howareya AK Mamma? Gandalf with an AK in AK? LOL Love it! YES YES YES! great interview! Save me some Monster there Jess!!! You can have the Ginger Beer, it aint’ bad, but it isn’t the magic elixer. 😉

    • Ah heresy! Of course ginger beer is magical!

      • But not THE Elixer that heaven-sent Monster is! 😉


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