An MTSU staffer whose first attempt at “steampunk” fiction resulted in a national award was the guest on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with Regina Puckett, author of “I Will Breathe,” first aired Sept. 26 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. You can listen to their conversation above.
The novel won the 2017 silver medal in the science fiction/dystopian category from Literary Classics, an organization founded to promote excellence in children’s and young adult literature.
Puckett, an account clerk in the MTSU Office of Development and Advancement Services, characterizes “I Will Breathe” as “steampunk,” a genre that sets science fiction adventures in historical settings, usually in times when transportation was steam-powered.
Her novel is set in the year 2836 in the wake of a devastating war that virtually wiped out civilization. The few survivors live in a “kill-or-be-killed” society where trust is rare.
The protagonist, a young girl named Liberty, pilots her airship to the few remaining trading posts in existence. She is defensive but is compelled to let down her guard when she develops a friendship with a robot named Boy.
“It’s in a time when it’s frightening to be on the ground,” said Puckett. “She likes being up in the air because she feels safe, but she has to land every now and then to collect water and to make trades for food.”
Puckett is a prolific author of both prose and poetry. Her latest romance novel, “I Close My Eyes,” was a finalist in the historical romance category of the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards competition.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.