At the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention, Meljean Brook took home the award for Best Novel of the Year for her steampunk story Riveted. In our video interview with the author, she reveals that she writes strong heroines for her young daughter, who will presumably read her books when she gets older. Filled with diverse, multifaceted characters, as well as plenty of adventure and mystery, Brook discusses why she chooses to tackle social issues in her Iron Seas series. She also shares what it was like writing an alternate history and her experience writing such an unconventional hero. Plus, the author tells us her favorite book of 2012 and what's next for the Iron Seas characters.