Interview (& Giveaway): Marianne de Pierres, author of the Parrish Plessis series, and more!

I’m so thrilled to have the awesome Marianne de Pierres on the blog today. Marianne is the author of the Parrish Plessis sci-fi series and much more! She was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, and I’m also offering a copy of Nylon Angel (Parrish Plessis #1) to one lucky winner, so be sure to check the details at the end of the post!

Marianne, on your site it says your word journey began when you were only 6 years old! What were some of your favorite authors when you were growing up?
Well my two all-time favourite books from my childhood are The Secret Garden and Charlotte’s Web. My sister read them both to me and I was forever lost to the world of books and imagination.

You’re the author of the Parrish Plessis sci-fi series (one of my faves), the Sentients of Orion series, and also crime under the name Marianne Delacourt! Whew! Then there’s the graphic novels! How do you balance such a busy writing schedule with family life?
It was very hard when my children were little but now the youngest has almost finished school, I have more time. Having said that, I still work to a fairly strict schedule because every afternoon is taken up with sport and family duties. Where there’s a dream there’s a way!

Those of us in the states are missing out on the Sentients of Orion series and your Marianne Delacourt books. Are there plans to release those in the US ?
The Marianne Delacourt books are very Australian in their humour and tone and my agent and I don’t think they would pique the interest of American publishers. It would be nice to think that one day they’ll be released internationally though. The Sentients of Orion though we are taking steps to at least get e-book release in the US. Fingers crossed!

What’s on your nightstand right now?
OMG do you really want to know? OK you asked!

Body Count – PD Martin
Thunderbolts – Warren Ellis (graphic novel)
Stella Rimington – Illegal Action
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Val McDermid – Grave Tattoo
Shamini Flint – A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder
Arrabella Candelabra – A K Wrox
Jonathon Lethem – Chronic City
Nick Harkaway – The Gone Away World
Robert McKee – Story
Lauar Ann Gilman – hard Magic
Michael Dibdin – back to bologna
Beth Revis – Across The Universe
Rachel Caine – Glass Houses
Mia James – Darkness Falls

There are others but I’ll stop now … J

What are 5 sci-fi books that you would recommend if someone were just starting to read in the genre?
Here are some of my favourite SFF novels:

Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge
Ash by Mary Gentle
Divine Endurance by Gwyneth Jones
Flowerdust by Gwyneth Jones
Brasyl by Ian Macdonald
Chaga by Ian Macdonald

When you’re not busy writing, how to you like to spend your downtime?
I love sport and exercise, and always have DVD sets of my favourite TV shows on the go. I can spend a lot of my time dreaming and exercising and hanging with my sons.

Your bio says you used to have some wild times to rival those of Parrish Plessis (that would be pretty wild!)
What’s one of the most daring things you’ve ever done (that you’re willing to admit to?)
Ooooh no … absolutely must remain secret for fear of repercussions! In fact, best forgotten!

What do you love the most about living in Australia, and where would you take a first time visitor?
There’s something very expansive about the Australian psyche; you can be who you want to be here. I also love the Aussie sense of humour, it’s quite anarchistic.

If I wanted to show someone what Australia is truly like, I’d take them to the Pilbara area of Western Australia; red soil, purple flora, a hostile and harsh landscape which is also astoundingly beautiful. You can die there from exposure – it’s the kind of environment that keeps people honest.

Is there any other news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share with us?
I have another YA series brewing in the back of my mind. It’s called Emo Traders and is about being able to trade your emotions to visit the “other” side of life. But of course that comes at a cost.
I’m quite excited to write it. I’m also partway through an original SF film script and will continue working on my comic. I love the comic writing and hope to working in that area.
Keep up with Marianne: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

**GIVEAWAY DETAILS (please read carefully)**

(GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED)

About Nylon Angel:
In a world where the rich live behind the safety of a giant fortress wall and everyone else can go to hell, Parrish Plessis has learnt some useful survival tactics. Like don’t cross Jamon Hondo – unless you want to be dead by the morning. But heck, what’s a girl supposed to do when the one chance she may have of escaping from his grubby, stinking paws presents itself? Anyway, it’s hard to be a saint in a city, and Parrish Plessis is sick of doing what she’s told. Tonight, she’s going to take her chance. Because she can’t face tomorrow. NYLON ANGEL is the first Parrish Plessis novel. She will be back. When you’ve met her, you’ll understand why.

22 Comments:

  1. Love the cover art and would love to win a copy of the book to add to my collection. I’m at 1300 volumes and growing. I have sci fi books going all the way back to the late 40’s and 50’s.

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  2. I’m new to this series. I’m loving the sound of it though. I’m a huge sci-fi fan, so this sounds great!

    GFC follower

    Vivien
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  3. The heroine seems so strong and I like that a lot! The series is new to me and I am keeping it in mind.

  4. These books sound amazing can’t wait to read them

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  5. Would love to win this, always wanted to read this series 🙂
    erin258@hotmail.com

  6. Wow – how come I’ve never spotted this before – would love to win a copy h_sale at hotmail.com

  7. I haven’t read this series, yet 😉 I would love to win.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Happy Thanksgiving

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  8. This is a new series for me, and this world sounds quite fascinating. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Nylon Angel.

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    cathy m
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  9. I love this author and would love a chance to review this book 🙂 Thank you very much! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  10. I’m not familiar with Marianne’s work but I’d love to check it out. Great interview!
    GFC: ML
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  11. I’d love to read this book! I’ve heard so much about Marianne, but I haven’t had the chance to read her books.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  12. Wow this series sounds packed with excitement! I can’t believe I have never heard of it! Congrats to you on getting a graphic novel as well. This series must be doing well for you. Either way you got me hooked!
    And kudos to you for writing when you had young children, I dont think I accomplish much of anything with my three running around.

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  13. I enjoyed the interview and I’m very interested in the Parrish Plessis novels.

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  14. Marianne is a new author to me. There are just so many authors out there it is often hard to keep up !

    I am a great SciFi and Fantasy fan and would love to try her series.

    THanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Please enter me.

    Carol T

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  15. It’s so rare to read an interview with a SciFi writer. Thanks for including a genre that’s generally overlooked in favor of urban fantasy, paranormals and other derivatives. I would love to read these books–gotta love a gal with attitude.
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  16. Thanks for the interview, you are a new author to me, so I look forward to getting acquainted!

  17. I didn’t know about this book! Would love to read it

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  18. I don’t know Marianne’s book yet, but would love a chance to win to discover them.

  19. Sounds like a great book! Thx for the chance

  20. sounds like a fun read

  21. Books sound great. I’ve not read very many sci-fi genre books but would love to read this series. Thanks for a great giveaway.

    Pam
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  22. oooh! I’d love to read this.

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