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Posted by: Silver Posted on: 08. May 2013 at 15:39
A new Blaylock article was posted today in The Orange County Register:

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"Chapman University professor James P. Blaylock, a pioneer of the Steampunk historical fiction genre, has a new hero. She's an 11-year-old cryptozoologist (someone who studies mythical creatures) named Kathleen Perkins.

Blaylock, an Orange-based author, came up with the precocious Perkins for his new book, "Zeuglodon," aimed at a young adult audience.
Article Tab: image1-Steampunk pioneer James P. Blaylock
James P. Blaylock

Career:author, teacher

Claim to fame:pioneer of the Steampunk literary genre

Residence: Orange

Family:wife Viki Blaylock; children John Blaylock, 32 and Danny Blaylock, 30

Teaches at:Chapman University and Orange County School of the Arts

Reading:"The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens

Authors he likes:James Lee Burke, Tony Hillerman, Michael Connelly, Patrick O'Brian

E-readers:He's a book guy. "I like the smell of paper. I really like the smell of old, dusty paper."

Education:Master of Arts in Literature, Cal State Fullerton

High School:Magnolia High School in Anaheim

Awards:Winner, World Fantasy Award; Winner, Philip K. Dick Memorial Award (for his novel "Homunculus"); Nominee, O. Henry Award; U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award, 2012.

"I wrote 'Zeuglodon' on a whim," Blaylock said.

"I found myself writing the voice of an 11-year-old girl. I don't know why."

He wrote Perkins picturing the character Scout in "To Kill a ..."