Gail Carriger

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Gail Carriger
Gail Carriger at the Multicultural Steampunk Panel, Eastercon 2012.jpg
Carriger at Eastercon 2012
Born (1976-05-04) May 4, 1976 (age 40)
Bolinas, California
Pen name Gail Carriger
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 2009 to present
Genre Steampunk, urban fantasy, mystery, science fiction

Gail Carriger is the pen name of Tofa Borregaard, an American archaeologist and author of steampunk fiction.[1] She was born in Bolinas, an unincorporated community in Marin County, California, and attended high school at Marin Academy.[2] She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, a masters of science in archaeological materials at England's Nottingham University in 2000, and a master of arts in anthropology (with a focus on archaeology) at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2008.[2]


Carriger's first novel, Soulless, was published in 2009 by Orbit Books and earned her a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[3] The book was a Compton Crook Award nominee,[4] a Locus Award finalist for Best First Novel,[2] and Locus placed her on their recommended reading list.[5] Her second novel, Changeless, was published in early 2010 and earned her a place on the New York Times Bestseller List.[6] Her third novel, Blameless, was released in September 2010 and also became a New York Times bestseller.[7] The five-book series continued with Heartless in late June 2011 and concluded with Timeless in March 2012. Carriger was the guest of honor at FenCon, a science fiction convention in Dallas, Texas, in September 2011.[8] Carriger lists "PG Wodehouse, Austen, Dickens, and Victorian travel journals" as influences on her writing.[9]

Carriger's series for young adults, the four-book Finishing School series, launched with Etiquette & Espionage in February 2013 and was an instant New York Times bestseller.[10] Book two in the Finishing School series, Curtsies & Conspiracies was released in November 2013. In July 2012, final cover art and synopsis for Etiquette & Espionage were revealed along with the announcement of the second Parasol Protectorate series titled The Custard Protocol. The first novel in the Custard Protocol series will be called Prudence to be followed by Imprudence.[11]


Parasol Protectorate[edit]

Supernatural Society Novellas[edit]

  • Romancing the Inventor, Gail Carriger LLC, ISBN 9781944751067, Pub date 1 November 2016, eBook.

Parasol Protectorate (Manga)[edit]

Finishing School[edit]

Delightfully Deadly Novellas[edit]

The Custard Protocol[edit]

  • Prudence (2015)
  • Imprudence (2016)

Short fiction[edit]

  • "My Sister's Song"
  • "Marine Biology" (2010) The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2
  • "Fairy Debt" (2013)
  • "The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn't, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar" (2013) The Book of the Dead


  • "Which Is Mightier, the Pen or the Parasol?" article (2010) Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded


  1. ^ Henninger, Jason (May 28, 2010). "Pickles and Parasols: An interview with Gail Carriger". Tor Books. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "2010 Locus Awards Finalists". Locus. April 19, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "2010 Hugo Awards Final Ballot". Aussiecon 4. 
  4. ^ Silver, Steven H (March 25, 2010). "Compton Crook Nominees". SF Site. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Locus Magazine unveils 2009 recommended reading list". io9. 
  6. ^ "Oberlin Beyond Oberlin". Oberlin College Alumni Magazine Spring 2010, Volume 105 no. 3. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Weekly Bestsellers: Week ending 14 September 2010". Locus. September 14, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2010. Gail Carriger's Blameless (Orbit), debuts in 20th place on the NYT mass market paperback list this week. 
  8. ^ Carriger, Gail (September 22, 2010). "The Very Beginnings of the Parasol Protectorate". Hail the Victorious Parasol. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Gail Carriger". ReadAndFindOut. 
  10. ^ "February 24, 2013 YOUNG ADULT Bestsellers". New York Times. February 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Final cover art and release info for Gail Carriger's Etiquette & Espionage". Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. 

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