I am absolutely delighted to welcome Angry Robot Author,Marianne de Pierres to the blog today to share a Guest Post on her reading and writing influences.
Marianne's Adult science fiction novel, Peacemaker will be hitting the shelves on the 29th of April 2014 by Angry Robot!
So without further ado let me turn the blog over to Marianne....
My Reading and Writing Influences
I was so blessed as a child. My parents had a cosy library, complete with armchairs and an open fire. I spent hours in that room as I was growing up, getting to know a whole bunch of writers and their beloved characters. There was The Secret Garden and Charlotte’s Web and like everyone else, I cried when Charlotte died! As I grew older, I met Zane Grey and all his romantic, frontier-loving cowboys, and a lot of other boys adventure stories like the Tom Swift series. I never once thought that I couldn’t be one of those canyon-climbing, lion-taming boys.
Then I fell into a reading period where I gobbled up historical sagas, books by Anya Seton and Sigrid Undset. My immersion in their reimagined histories spurred me to read encyclopaedias on European history (just saying that sounds SO nerdy!). By my late teens/early twenties, I was swinging wildly between reading science fiction (A. C. Clarke) and more general fiction writers like Carlos Castaneda and Gabriel García Márquez. Then came the fat fantasy era … and I read tons of them. The best of all was ASH by Mary Gentle, which was a genre bending masterpiece. I LOVED that book. By the time I’d numbed my fantasy sensibilities, I was in my forties, and I succumbed to a long period of just science fiction: Ian McDonald, Stephen Baxter, Jonathon Lethem, M. John Harrison, Ken MacLeod, Peter F. Hamilton, Nancy Kress, Tricia Sullivan and Justina Robson. Now I’m fifty plus and it’s crime, crime, crime. Nordic Noir. Spartan Noir.
Peacemaker, the novel I’ve just written (and the reason for this blog tour), is a Western, future fantasy, Australian Noir (and may well be hiding some SF). I guess you can now see how that might have happened!
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