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Today I am interviewing Marianne de Pierres , author of the new urban fantasy/SF Western novel, Mythmaker.
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DJ: Hey Marianne! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
Could you start things off by telling readers a little bit about Mythmaker?
Marianne de Pierres: Hi DJ! Great to meet you! MYTHMAKER is the sequel to PEACEMAKER, a story set in a future Australia about a park ranger and a US Marshall who have to work together to keep mythological creatures from overrunning the world. Their relationship is uneasy at best, and the series is action packed. I blend the Western genre with urban fantasy and a little SF.
DJ: Can you briefly tell us a little about your main character? Does she have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with her?
MP: Her name is Virgin Jackson; an unusual…
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On my PEACEMAKER blog tour, I talk to the Skiffy and Fanty show about CliFi – climate fiction.
The Skiffy and Fanty Show
Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular PARRISH PLESSIS trilogy and the award-winning SENTIENTS OF ORION and PEACEMAKER series.
The PARRISH PLESSIS series has been translated into many languages and adapted into a role-playing game, while the PEACEMAKER series is being adapted into a novel adventure game. The sequel to PEACEMAKER, MYTHMAKER was just released by Angry Robot Books.
Fictional dystopias born from climate change are increasingly prevalent in fiction. Not that it’s a new concept … JG Ballard wrote The Wind from Nowhere, The Drowned World and The Burning World back in the ’60s, and they weren’t the first CliFi novels by any means. Jules Verne, I believe, wrote one in 1889. Recently though, the sub-genre has gained momentum as particularly seen in the success of Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake trilogy.
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My new short story is finished and for the moment it’s called ‘The Echo of Love’. It still needs a bit of tweaking but I managed to successfully get most of my dream down on paper. It’s the first time I’ve ever done that – dream to story. It was a weird experience. The dream left me with a lingering sense of loss and disconnection which was impossibly hard to translate. And like most dreams it didn’t make sense. But I remembered it two years later and became obsessed with the idea that it should become part of the Sentients of Orion universe.
So please tell me, have you ever written a story based on a dream? I’d love to hear about it.
So I’m writing a short story in the Sentients of Orion universe. It’s based a dream I had a long time ago, and I’m quite unsure if I can pull it off. As it is with dreams, the inner monologue of the characters/dream people is harder to capture once you commit their thoughts to page. The story’s main character is a humanesque psychologist by the name of Kyne who lives on a space station. It’s a love story of sorts. Wish me luck! About halfway through now, I’ll give you an update when I’m done.
I’ve just read four of the most interesting reviews written about the Sentients of Orion. If you’ve enjoyed the series then I encourage you to check them out.
Detailed, lucid, and thoughtful.
I’m excited to share another pearl from the The Hue graphic novel that Wayne Haag is slowly drawing for me.
I have so much respect for these critters. I’m collecting photos of them on my PINTEREST site as I start thinking about the new novella.
I’ve got a hankering to write me some space opera. So, I’ve decided to write a novella spin off from the Sentients of Orion universe. It will be more of a prequel and will follow the story of the Stain Wars. More than that … well, I’m still considering whose POV to tell it from: Jo-Jo Rasterovich, Rast Randall, or maybe even Lasper Farr. I’ll let you know who, when I decide. Any thoughts?
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As you know, I’m blessed to have amazing artist WAYNE HAAG drawing a graphic novel bases on the series for you to enjoy. You’ve already seen the cover – but here’s a sneak peek at some of the internals as well. The graphic novel entitled The Hue will be available when Wayne’s finished. I’ll keep you posted!
You can read Marianne’s interview with Helen Lowe, where she talks about heroes and the Sentients of Orion series.