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Scott E. Tarbet

Scott Tarbet writes enthusiastically in several genres, sings opera, was married in full Elizabethan regalia, loves Steampunk waltzes, and slow-smokes thousands of pounds of Texas-style barbeque. An avid skier, hiker, golfer, and tandem kayaker, he makes his home in the mountains of Utah.

A talk with Author Scott E. Tarbet

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Dr. Lakshmi Malleaux, genius inventer, artificer, and engineer. Creator of Diamond Jubal

Dr. Lakshmi Malieux:  Indian princess, physician, engineer

Part 5: My lady, the Queen’s Engineer

I must admit that Author Scott E. Tarbet is full of surprises. To rewrite Shakespeare’s comedy as steampunk is clever, but apparently not clever enough. In this, my final interview with Mr. Tarbet, I am treated to a discussion of a personal favorite in his book. Dr. Malieux. No, this is not the sadistic Dr. Oberon Malieux that darkens the path of Pauline Spiegel. Instead, meet the beautiful wife of Oberon, the Godmother of our heroic Pauline, and her mother’s best friend. Genius physician and engineer, Dr. Lakshmi Malieux. Continue reading

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Part 4: Through the Sci-Fi of a dream 

It’s often said, “Good things take time, great things happen all at once.” No one knows that better than an author. The thrill we feel when the story  finds us is often indescribable. For Author Scott E. Tarbet, a story came to him in a dream. Today, I bring you a sneak peek of that story: a science fiction tale that woke him up, demanding to be written.

Mr. Tarbet’s initial foray into fiction landed him in steampunk, fantasy, and paranormal camps, directly in the wheelhouse of  Xchyler Publishing. However, this author does not impress me as someone who wants to think inside of a box. Coming in the future is an action space thriller, a paranormal screenplay, and this surprising new idea that he tells me in this interview. Reading it, Isee the influence of sci-fi kingpins; particularly those who write stories about space colonization. Unlike many tech fiction writers, I envision Mr. Tarbet as a man who will allow his characters to lead, even at the expense of a gadget or two. But to jump genres like this, the author must remember that he is also writing for a different audience.  Continue reading

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Part 3: Give the actor a pen!

Painting, acting, singing, dancing, writing . . . who cares? It’s all art, right? Well, try this: if you are a talented singer and actor, perhaps you are an expert at your craft, sit down and try to write some of the plots you deliver to an audience every day. Sound simple? It is not. For Author Scott E. Tarbet, telling a story is like breathing. However, few people know that it is only in recent years that he began to tell stories in writing.

A seasoned actor, opera singer, poet, and guitarist, Scott knows about delivering a live story to an audience. How, then, did he decide to step behind the scenes, and become a writer of tales? Why did he start writing late in his career, and what keeps him writing, despite the steep learning curve? In this, my third  interview with him, I learn about the passion that drove him to write novels like A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk, produced by Xchyler Publishing. I also learn what compels him to continue writing stories, as he grows rapidly into his new craft.

Here is what this new author had to say when I asked him just one pivotal question: What inspired you to write books?
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Part 2: Playing Favorites

Admit it, bibliophiles, you are all biased. When was the last time you picked up a book, examined every character inside, and then led these make-believe people through your conscious mind equally, with legal precision? Face it, our relationships with fictional characters are no different than they are with living people — we like some better than others. Ever wonder why that is?

Here’s an answer for you: we authors have our favorite characters, too. It is true for me, and the same is certainly true of Author Scott E. Tarbet. In this, my second interview with him, I learn about the characters in his newly revised novel, A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk, and how he relates to them personally. Did you expect a writer to stand at a distance from a work of fiction? If you did, prepare to change your mind. If a story is the relationship between fact and emotion, then a good storyteller is the person who can bring you into such a relationship.

Brought to us by Xchyler Publishing, this second edition of A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk features characters that draw us in from the start. When you read your copy, you will instantly guess which ones our author finds most engaging, for he does not keep this a secret. I reasoned that a man who writes such deep characters is likely to have a deep relationship with each of them. I was right.
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Part 1: Shakespeare and Steampunk, Double Reboot

Welcome to the first of my interviews with Author Scott E. Tarbet. A new and rising sensation in steampunk, Scott hails from the volumes of indie book producer Xchyler Publishing. His first novel, A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk, was an instant worldwide sensation. Globally, the book is popular enough to earn Mr. Tarbet a loyal fanbase in the Americas, and almost a cult following in the Middle East and Asia.

Now, Tarbet reboots the reboot, delivering an update well worth his readers’ time. But why all of the fuss to begin with? Clearly, something is special about a gears-and-steam retelling of Shakespeare’s comedy. In this, the first of five author interviews, Scott E. Tarbet helps me understand why his books drew me in, and why I can’t wait to read more.
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Hot Steam on a Midsummer Night

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Scott E. Tarbet's riveting revision of a beloved novel.

Shakespeare turns to steam in the new version of this beloved novel.

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Sunday Steampunk!

Author Scott E. Tarbet does it again with a riveting revision of his popular first novel. A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk, now a worldwide hit, is selling on Amazon.com. Watch my Author Spotlights for a special interview series with Scott. You won’t see it anywhere but here, friends, a one-on-one with a rising Steampunk Star!

You won’t believe how well this author understands us women, and you will love how he adores his characters. I’m bringing it all to you soon. Meanwhile, grab the new book and read up. This is what we women wanted to be back in the 20th Century. Imagine what might have happened if we did not have to fight to be mathematicians and scientists. Where would we go? What would we invent? Mr. Tarbet has it firmly in mind, revised in this book with an even stronger female lead.

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The “Real” Murph

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A walk on the roof with Dragonflyers

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Murphy Hargreaves tends to show up at the turning of the tide.

and Author Scott Tarbet

Rather than “walk,” perhaps it is more appropriate to call this a “dragonflight.” Author Scott E. Tarbet told the story, “The Year of No Foals,” in the fantasy anthology, The Toll of Another Bell. This was where he introduced me to his character, Murphy Hargreaves. I begged Scott to help me get this interview. Murph captured me as soon as he was introduced. He is a “Horse Man” and a horseman. He is the kind of trainer who sleeps in the stables, personally overseeing the care of his horses. He has done that job for as long as he can remember, and he was still doing that job in Dubai, when we met on top of a high rise building. That was his work and his home, right there on the roof. Continue reading

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Interviewed by Scott E. Tarbet

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Scott Tarbet, Steampunk author, novelist, and friend.

Today on scotttarbet.timp.net, I am interviewed by steampunk author, and longtime friend, Scott E. Tarbet. Scott and I appear in two Xchyler anthologies together: Shades and Shadows and The Toll of Another Bell. I am also privileged to have one of my poems on the first page of his novel, A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk.

Here are my answers to the Bernard Pivot Questionnaire, just for Scott. Enjoy!

My talk with Scott E. Tarbet

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