Where did I get the idea for Fortitude?
I trained in the sciences and subscribe to the notion that just because science can; it doesn't mean science should. Scientists need to be aware of the potential misuse of their work. They must make responsible choices. I'm wary of science driven by military or commercial needs or by wealthy individuals. However, these provide fodder for a range of stories.
I also love the steampunk aesthetic. Most of all though, I wanted to write a tale with strong female characters, a rollicking adventure with elements of science, fantasy and gothic horror.