Whilst I’ve been doing this tour, I’ve been constantly amazed by how inventive my hosts have been in the ways they have differentiated themselves from everyone else (yesterday’s visit to Lord Likely being a prime example). And today’s stop on the tour is no exception, as we visit the none other than Tania Hershman. Tania is one of those people that I was in awe of when I first started trying to make a name for myself in the short story world – and if you haven’t read her collection “The White Road”, well, just go and buy it now, OK?

Now the thing about Tania is that she comes from a scientific background and so it’s no surprise that her approach to “Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens” reflects that. Take a look – it’s rather fascinating (and she says some nice things about the book too). Tania and I will actually be sharing a platform together in the not-too-distant future, by the way, at the launch of the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize – should be a lot of fun.

Meanwhile, following Mrs Darcy’s appearance with Lord Likely, some of the Steampunk community have picked up on the book (US and UK) and there have been a number of interested comments on Twitter (my favourite pair being this one, followed immediately by this one). And Jessica Patient has given the book a very nice review, although once again my writing career appears to be shackled to that of Gavin James Bower. Well, he gets his own Wikipedia page, so I can’t really complain.