What was it like for you growing up ,what inspired you and when did you first find out that you were interested in writing stories?
My dad was an officer in the Air Force, so I lived on a number of RAF bases as a child. I always say that the lifestyle either makes you very outgoing and that you easily make friends (because the turnover is so great), or it makes you very introverted and shy (because you lose friends almost as soon as you make them). I became very shy and found reliable friends inside books. I’ve always loved books and have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. Funnily, one of the things that inspired me to write Angel’s Fury was a visit to an RAF base that I had last seen when I was seven (Gibraltar). I had no conscious memory of the base itself and yet when I re-visited in my twenties, I recognised scenery from my dreams. Seeing my dreams brought to life was a real shock. I had retained memories from that early on, in great detail, but only in my subconscious.
That event was what inspired Cassie’s visit to Germany, when she recognises places she has never been and people she has never met and locates the site of an atrocity based only on her nightmare visions.
Can you tell me one thing about yourself that people might not already know?
I’m a soft-hearted vegetarian.
What preparation do you do before you start writing a book and what do you think the key things are when writing a good book?
I plan my books pretty carefully. First I outline my idea, then I write a full synopsis, then I write a chapter outline, so before I start properly writing, I know exactly where I’m going, what needs to happen in each chapter and how long I’m going to take to get there. Not all writers plan in the same way that I do – some like to let the characters and story take them a more organic route, but because I have two small children and limited time, I need to maintain direction and plot. I also like to be able to seed my story with foreshadowing and clues as to what is going to happen.
What are your favourite books .who for you has been the best story book character ever made and which authors inspire you?
I have so many favourite books –King Lear, Five People You Meet In Heaven, The Time Travellers Wife, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Thomas Malory’s Tales of King Arthur, absolutely anything by Terry Pratchett. I’m also a huge fan of David Gemmell – he writes fantastic heroes and anti-heroes. I loved Anne Macaffrey and I’m sure I was hugely influenced by the way she does characterisation.
What is the best storybook character? My answer would completely change depending on the day you ask me, but my top picks from my favourite books are King Lear, King Arthur (who still hasn’t stopped inspiring literary and screen adaptations), Pratchett’s Granny Weatherwax, Gemmell’s Waylander, Druss the Legend and Jerusalem Man and Anne Macaffrey’s White Dragon …
What music and television are you into and do you use them for inspiration?
I love series with an epic story arc and supernatural elements, my all-time favourites are Joss Whedon’s ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Angel’ and ‘Firefly’. I also loved the recent ‘Game of Thrones’ and am very much looking forward to series two. At the moment I’m watching ‘Supernatural’, but I came to that late and need to go back and watch the earlier series. I’m also a sucker for ‘The Big Bang Theory’. It’s not so much that I use these series for inspiration, as that I need to make sure I’m not inadvertantly plagiarising episodes for my books!
What hobbies do you have and what other things do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a full time mum to a girl and boy (aged five and two), so the concept of having hobbies in addition to writing, maintaining the house, paying attention to my husband and keeping the cat alive is laughable.
Can you tell us about your latest book and what are the main reasons why people should read it?
Angel’s Fury is about a teenage girl who suffers from terrible nightmares. She finds out that she has lived before and that all of her past lives are being manipulated by a fallen angel bent on destroying mankind.
It has good vs evil, a little romance, Nazis, mystery, reincarnation and mythological elements from Hindu, Jewish and Christian religions.
It is hard to classify and difficult to compare to another book. It is unique and fast-paced and has been called ‘unputdownable’, ‘superb’, ‘heart-rending’, ‘chilling’, ‘powerful’, ‘evocative’ and ‘stunning’. The reviews are fantastic – they’ve blown me away.
What is the best chracter or plot you have ever thought of and is there any ideas you have rejected which you wish ud have used?
Angel’s Fury has a complex yet very comprehensible and quite linear plot (despite the flashbacks) and I’m really proud of it. I love all my characters – how could I not? – each is a bit like a child to me. Obviously some are children you wouldn’t necessarily want to meet in real life … but all were very fun to conceptualise and write.
Inevitably though, I feel most strongly towards my protagonist, Cassie, she has such a journey to go through, she’s drawn to the darkness, but fights it. I love that about her.
I haven’t rejected any ideas I wish I could have used – my editor, Philippa, is brilliant and any cutting decisions we made together were definitely right for the book.
If one of your books was made into a film or TV programme how would you approach it ?
I’d love it if Angel’s Fury was made into a film or TV programme. I know what I think the focus of my book is, what my characters look like and so on, and it would be absolutely fascinating to see what someone else visualises when they read my book. Their Cassie would look totally different to my Cassie, their main slant may differ from mine and so on.
I don’t claim to know anything about film production, so I’d love to see what someone else would make out of the raw material I’ve provided.
Can you tell us about any ideas you have for future work?
I have written two further books – one a modern ghost story, mixed in with Egyptian mythology and the next set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic America. I’m currently writing an end-of-civilisation book which combines the fuel crisis with the eruption of Yellowstone and I have some ideas for a sci-fi story about someone who slips into different dimensions. I have a lot of ideas, what I lack is time.
What are you main reasons for writing books?
I love to write. I get antsy if I have an idea in my head and cannot get it onto paper (or rather screen). I really can’t go too long without writing – I get cranky.
For anyone thinking about going into writing what advice would you give them?
Persist. Be stubborn and thick-skinned. Read everything. Keep writing, keep learning. Never think you know everything, because you never will.
What would you like to say to the people who have either bought your books or are thinking about it?
Thank you! And do let me know what you think – you can find me on Twitter (BryonyPearce) and Facebook (Author Bryony Pearce).
If you had to desciribe yourself and your writing style to someone reading this who didn’t already know you , what would you say?
My writing style is an awful lot darker than I appear to be.
What are you upto at the moment and what’s next for you?
At the moment the children are on school holidays, but when the schools go back I have a few school visits and other publicity events lined up. I’m really hoping that Angel’s Fury does well and I’ll be able to write a sequel. With any luck I’ll be able to write for a living for a long, long time.
Bryony kindly took time out of her busy schedule to talk to us.
Later in the month we will be reviewing Angel's Fury and below you can find out more about the lady behind the book.
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