Welcome to The Talkative Writer’s guest post with Australian spec fic author Marianne de Pierres.
Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular PARRISH PLESSIS trilogy, the award-winning SENTIENTS OF ORION science fiction series, and the genre-bending PEACEMAKER Western/urban fantasy 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. Marianne has also authored children’s and young adult stories, notably the Night Creatures trilogy, a dark fantasy series for teens. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and three galahs (and once upon a time three sons–before they grew up). Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Visit her website at www.mariannedepierres.com.
And now here’s Marianne, in her own words …
I often get asked how I choose which project to work on next. Occasionally, the answer is terribly prosaic i.e. whichever book I’m contracted to produce. But whenever I’m out of contract, I experience that frisson of delight that comes with knowing that I can now write any goddam thing that I feel like. Or, indeed, not write at all.
Of course, the not write at all never lasts very long. A week, sometimes a month. But before long, my mind begins creating stories of its own accord, my dreams become more memorable, and my desire to sit quietly with just a keyboard and my thoughts takes on an eerie intensity.
But from amongst all of those squabbling, vying ideas, which one do I pursue? Sometimes, one jostles to a spot above the crowd and demands to be given an audience, but other times, the din is so loud it’s impossible to pick one voice from the other.
I think it’s in the moments when the din is the loudest that I birth my wildest cross genre ideas. It’s like the only satisfying choice is everything. Or at least some of everything.
Take my latest novel, Peacemaker—a Western, crime, urban fantasy with science fictional elements set in Australia. Why would anyone come up with that recipe for a story?
The only way I can answer that question is to give you a snapshot of the clamour in my head…
Write a Western! Write a Western! Write an f… Western! Call the horse Sombre Vol.
Myths. Crows. Pocongs! Mythago Wood. Love that book. Write about MYTHS!
But whodunit? Someone always dunit. But who? And who solved it?
Virgin Jackson solved it. Remember Virgin? Rip her from that short story a while back. Give her space. She was cool. And ornery. Virgin! Virgin! We want Virgin!
Hey, it’s in the future isn’t it? It’s always in the future. I mean why write it if it’s not in the future? Spaceships. Gotta be.
But myths need fantasy. Fantasy. Urban fantasy. Urban noir. Crime noir. Cool noir. Cool.
Dolls. Vodoo. And spurs, and chaps, and Akubra’s. Stetson’s too. Ten gallon-
Pause. Collect. Breathe.
Fingers on keyboard…