Today I am going to share with you an interview with the amazing Mannah Pierce.
UK-based Mannah Pierce is a former scientist and teacher who has developed innovative and diverse lesson plans and syllabus for the UK education system. Cast Adrift by Mannah Pierce (published by Clink Street RRP £3.99 ebook) is her first published work and is available to buy online from retailers including amazon.com. The second book in Pierce’s science fiction saga, Foothold, will be available later this summer. For more information please visit mannahpierce.com
Hello Mannah – Thank you for taking part in this interview for Natsreadingcloud. Would you like to start by introducing yourself to my readers..?
Thank you, Nat, for interviewing me. I expect some of your readers are like me, a secret writer. I have written stories all my life but they were just for me; even my husband of thirty years had not read them! Then I hit fifty and I decided it was time to share the world I had created in my head and write a story for other people to read.
In the real world I have been a scientist and now work in education. I like my job. I live in a suburban semi with my husband and two cats. We are content and comfortable, so I feel free to write the stories I want to write and I think readers will enjoy rather than ones someone else thinks will sell.
Needless to say, my husband was first in line to buy the ebook the day it was published! It was a huge relief when he said he was looking forward to the sequel.
I really enjoyed Cast Adrift – can you tell us a bit about it?
Cast Adrift starts when Jae, a boy whose life was mapped out for him before he was born, meets Rae, a boy determined to avoid a future that promises nothing. It’s about friendship, growing up and how difficult it is to remain true to oneself when faced with difficult choices.
It is also an adventure story set in my world of the far future. Jax is on the run from his uncle, who has murdered Jax’s father and usurped the leadership of the Navaja clan. Rae is a canine-human hybrid but no one knows who made him. They become cabin boys on the Willow, a small spaceship that trades between star systems.
I won’t tell you anymore because it will give away too much of the story!
What was your inspiration behind Cast Adrift? and who was your favorite Character/s to write?
Cast Adrift is set is the world in my head, the one I have been creating over the last forty years. I wanted to share that world with other people by writing them a story I hoped they would enjoy.
I like writing all the characters, although it is always challenging to make them real. None of the characters are like me. None of them grew up in this world. Some, like Rae, are intrinsically different from you and me.
Do I have a favourite? Probably Kip. Maybe Tre. You’ll need to read the book to meet them.
Who are your favorite Authors? And what genre of books do you enjoy reading?
My all time favourite Author is Cordwainer Smith. He wrote science fiction in the 1950s and 1960s. He can communicate an entire world within one paragraph and make you love a character with a single sentence. I also like Jane Austen for the same reasons!
My favourite living author is Orson Scott Card, although I prefer his earlier works. From this you can tell that I like science fiction but it has to have characters that feel real and that I care about.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
Am I a writer? The best thing about writing is imagining a world and the people in it. The second best is trying to communicate that world to others so they believe in it too.
And finally – can you give us any hints on book 2?
It’s called Foothold. It is with the publishers and will be out in the next few months. I don’t want to spoil the story, especially for anyone who hasn’t read Cast Adrift yet, so I won’t tell you about the plot but you will get to travel on a salvage ship and a luxury liner on your way to Tarrasade, the oldest spacestation in the Fringe.
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