Author Interview: Marianne de Pierres
Marianne de Pierres
Bio: Marianne de Pierres is the author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis and award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a roleplaying game. She’s also the author of a teen dark fantasy series.
Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, three sons and three galahs. Marianne writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Visit her websites at www.mariannedepierres.com and www.tarasharp.com and www.burnbright.com.au
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What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing? I like complete quiet because I’m very easily distracted. And there must be cake in the house!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books? How characters are so independent and self-willed. I had no idea! 🙂
Where did you get ideas for your books? Everything in life is one gigantic idea. It’s just finding a way to distill those ideas into words.
Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why? Too hard!!! I do love my little boutique collection of short stories though, because they a delicate, fragile pieces of fiction.
What people do you think will love your book the most? I suppose I have a reputation for strong world building. I’m big on atmosphere and character.
What do you think makes a good story? Good characters and meaningful conflict. You have to want to be on the side of the main character – prepared to follow them to hell and back.
Who are some of your favorite Authors? Soooo many …A.C. Clarke,
Ian MacDonald, Tana French, Michael Connelly, Sigrid Undset, Terry Dwling,
J G Ballard, and… and …
If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be?
Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing? I suppose you could say my parents because they are the ones who instilled and nourished my love for books.
Is this book considered a dark Sci-fi book such as aliens or other decimate the earth or something lighter like ET? Sci-fi doesn’t necessarily mean aliens but it is a good example of the genres extreme polarities. The Burn Bright series is dark fantasy with a science fiction backbone.
What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a Sci- Fi Writer that you gravitate toward Sci-Fi Movies and Television such as Lost in Space or Stargate?
I love TV in general. Some of my favourite shows are Justified, Luther, Spiral (French), Saving Grace, The Killing, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica.
Sci-Fi is often grouped with the Fantasy and Paranormal genres; do you find a close connection between them? Sci-Fi tends to crossover well into all kinds of other genres. I find that I often write paranormal/SF/crime.
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author what would it be? Read. Write. Finish what you start!
What would you like to say to friends and family of Authors (not just your own)? Be kind.
What projects do you have up and coming? I’m writing a SF near future thriller called Pharmakon, and a new crime novel, untitled. I also have my first children’s picture book coming out in September from a UK publisher called Books to Treasure. Details are on my website www.marianndepierres.com/books
Is there anything else you want to share with your readers? Please say hello, I love to hear from readers.