Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Interview with Marianne de Pierres + Giveaway: Signed Finished Copy of Burn Bright

Hi everyone! I was finally able to review Burn Bright! I’ve been in a ‘reviewing slump’ for a few days now. There will be two other reviews coming up and a few more for Dystopian Domination. Today’s post will be about that. Marianne de Pierres was so nice to drop by and share info about her YA debut, Burn Bright!

What or who inspired you to write Burn Bright?

There was no one thing, although at the time I began writing it, I was interested in nocturnal lifestyles and had a hankering to create something gothic and tantalising. Once I had finally finished the novel (it too me seven years) though, I realised that a lot of my own teen emotions were at play in the text. So in answer to your questions, perhaps my subconscious inspired it. J

What kind of apocalypse did Burn Bright have? (if any?)

There is no real apocalypse but the world itself is caught in the gravity pull of three stars. This accounts for some unusual things that happen, including the creation of the Golden Spiral in which Ixion exists.

Where did you get the idea for Seals?

I suppose the idea for them comes from the notion of extreme cults. Though in this case they are not a cult; they are the “majority” society with extreme values.

How did you build Ixion in your mind?

I began with the idea of the island and the churches and the ever-dark and everything else just crowded in; the bats, the scary creatures, the gorgeous clothes and the parties. The world kind of fell upon me!

Burn Bright has a colorful vocabulary. How did you develop this?

One of the wonderful things about fantasy is that you can create new words without confusing readers. As long as you don’t overdo it, most people are prepared to accept them as part of the difference of the fantasy world and culture. To do that, I usually go to the root of an ordinary word and then somehow corrupt it to suit my need. A lot of times it comes out of how it sounds when I say it, or how it looks when I write it. Draculin is one such word. To me it both sounds and looks good.

What is the message you want readers to pick up from your novel?

The story is in essence about Retra/Naif learning how to navigate her way in the world. If anything, the message is to trust yourself to make good choices.

What does Burn Bright have that is not present in other dystopian novels?

Perhaps that’s a question you should answer, Precious J. But I believe that the world is quite unique. The other thing makes it unusual is that both places Retra/Naif lives during the course of the story are dystopias, but one masquerades as a utopia.

What can readers expect from Angel Arias, the sequel?

In book 2 we spend some time on Ruzalia’s island, Sanctus, and get to know more about the pirate’s motivations. Then Naif returns to face her demons in Grave. Markes accompanies her and their relationship develops. Lenoir is not happy about this!

Thank you for sharing, Marianne!

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion science fiction series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a roleplaying game.
Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, three sons and three galahs. In 2011 her first young adult dark fantasy novel will be published. Marianne is also an award winning crime author under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Visit her websites at and

Giveaway: Signed Finished Copy of Burn Bright
Marianne is so generous to offer a signed finished copy to one lucky reader! If you want to know more about Burn Bright before entering the contest, you can find the book description here.


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  1. Hmmm, I don't know if I would go to Ixion, it sounds too good especially knowing you have to leave again, but maybe, after reading the book, my answer will be yes :-) !

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  2. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! Burn Bright sounds pretty unique.

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  3. Awesome! I just got some Burn Bright bookmarks!!

    I totally would! Why not? Freedom, pleasure and sin... If I was still young enough why would it matter? I have my whole life to be an adult! (It's NO fun! lol!)

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  4. Answer: I would totally go to Ixion and live the rest of my life in sin. Why? Because I'm kind of evil that way =)

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  7. I follow this blog and the other one, I tweeted (!/ElanorLawrence/status/70933971881562112) the button was posted on my blog, and in my sidebar.

    And no, I would not go to Ixion. I'd prefer to stay with my family, rather than going to a place of empty pleasure which I would eventually have to leave.

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  9. I would go to Ixion. While it may be better to never get a taste, I'd still want one. To never know what pleasure could be had is just terrifying. I'd hate to know that I'm missing some experience points.
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  10. I think I would go to Ixion just for the experience :) It seems like a once in a life time experience, so I'd probably regret it if I missed my chance :)

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  11. This is kind of a tricky question to answer. On one hand, I would love to say yes. It would be nice to have a truly carefree life as a youngster, even though I probably wouldn't be the biggest fan of the "sin" part of the world. That's just begging for trouble. Plus, it would be really nice to at least experience complete awesomeness at one point in life since adulthood usually consists of routine and overworking.

    But, the realist in me will ultimately decide to not live in Ixion. Once I am forced to leave I wouldn't have any sort of life building skills and I probably wouldn't know how to cope with responsibilities or rules!

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  12. This book sounds so hauntingly beautiful! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

    If I had a chance to go to Ixion... I think I might take it. I'm not sure. Since I haven't read the book yet (although I'm making it a priority!), I'm not quite sure what exactly it's like, but I'm really into the whole gothic setting. And life without parents? Doing what I want and being my own person is my dream, so I think I'd jump at the chance! :)

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  13. I would go out of pure curiosity I think. It sounds enticing. It's something out of my comfort zone and I'm always trying to break free of that so I would have to go just to prove something to myself I think.

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  14. Honestly, I wouldn't. Mainly because I think, what's the point? Your stay would be fleeting since a couple years pass by quickly, IMO. Would be fun but I'm a stay at home and watch people do their thing type of girl LOL. :)

  15. No honestly I don't think I would go haha. I'm much too boring. :P

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  17. Yeah I would
    Lately I been all in school and wanted do to the right things and sometimes I don't and it comes up with me and my parents talking about what I dismaying and I think if I can get to go to Ixion I would
    I mean I get to have fun and not have to worry if I'll get in trouble just to gave that feel to just do something fun and don't worry about the reat even though it won't last long

  18. I don't think I would want to go to a place like Ixion. I mean sure, it sounds amazing at first but most places do that are actually harboring some sort of secret. What would you gain from partying only till the point you max out the age limit to be there? Only to return to a mundane life? Not to mention there isn't always a definite answer to if you can leave or not. How can you be so certain of who or WHAT lies in a place like this? Nothing guarantees your saftey. Initially it would feel like the most wonderful place to be, But soon enough it too would become a routine that you would tire of. It's supposed to be a place of freedom.. etc yet there are certain rules that you do have to abide by... to survive. You have to search deeper for what's at the heart of this place. For nothing is as amazing as it seems on the surface. You could come out of a place like Ixion with crazy stories and tales to share. But what if you don't ever come out of such a place? Does the lure of what Ixion would provide outweigh the risks? That's what you'd really have to decide.


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  19. I would want to go just because I think it would be better to have had it and lost in then to have never have had the experiencing at all.

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  21. I would not go to Ixion!! I'd prefer to stay with my family, rather than going to a place of empty pleasure in which eventually 'they' will make you "leave". I think that only in search for a love one I'd venture to such place, but as the blurb say: when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark (& I don't trust in them ;) ).

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  22. Hmmm, I don't think I'd want to go to Ixion if I would have to leave it once I was overage. It would be torture to know where you could be but aren' it's probably not as good as it seems. :P
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  23. I think I'd visit Ixion and have fun while I could.

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  24. I would definitely go to Ixion!I like to try out new things! I would have fun while I could and when my time was over, I would find something new to try out!

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  25. I don't think I would, I'm just not into those kinds of things.

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  26. Hmmm, that's a tough question. I think I would, but I would like to have some kind of backup plan to leave Ixion if I wanted. If I learn of its deadly secrets, I want some way to escape! Then again, I guess that's part of the risk of going. I'd definitely like to at least experience it though, and if I was a Seal it would be nice to at least try living in Ixion to see what I was missing out on, or if it's truly for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. That's such a hard question! I would really want to go but I'm not sure if I would. I'd prebably be really passive and try to get someone else to make the decision because the freedom would be amazing but then having to leave would probably be devastating. However, I hate that feeling where you know you missed an oppourtunity to do something and then that thing gets so built up in your mind, like it was the greastest thing ever, so I'd probably end up going, though not without reservations and probably fear.
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  28. I don't think I would go to Ixion, sounds like I could never leave again.

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  29. Decisions, decisions...Even if I got the chance to, -I haven't read Burn Bright, but my friends says its awesome (:- I don't think I would go. I'm all for the pleasure and sin and everything, but I just don't think I could truly be happy with my family, friends, computer...
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  30. Actually, I'm not sure that I would go to Ixion... Freedom and pleasure sound ok, but I'm not so sure about the sin part... It could be anything and I am a bit of a scaredy cat, so, probably not...

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    I wouldn't go to Ixion--mainly because I don't want everything to be over once I'm overage. As much fun as freedom, pleasure, and sin may be, it's not the place for me... I need stability and I don't want to be kicked out of anyplace, ever. Especailly if I fall in love with someone and then get kicked out before them, etc. Not cool.

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  32. Hi Precious!

    New at blogging and am very excited about this contest... I want want want this book!

    While Ixion sound sinfully divine, I wouldn't go there mainly because I require structure to function. Left to my own devices I'd probably not finish anything, not accomplish anything and be stuck...

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  33. This cover is very haunting. I like it.

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  34. I would. Do what you can while you're young. Never regret anything, and experience everything you can. Freedom sounds great.
    As a writer, I dislike boundaries, and freedom is a big reason why I write. I'm free to write whatever the hell I like! I can't say the same for others in other countries, so I'm lucky to have that freedom I have in Australia.

    Bit of a rant there, haha.

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  35. Answer => Yes I would, without blinking :D :D Freedom, pleasures, sins, it sounds pretty attractive to me :D (That's why)

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway! Great book :) I think I'd go to Ixion. Fun, stress-free living, even for just a while? YES PLEASE!

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  37. Yes I would go to Ixion! I say take what you can while you can and then hold onto something tight when they come to take you away.
    Love the Cover!

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  38. I don't know, that place sounds kinda scary lol.

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  40. Thanks for the great interview. I love how Ixion was created. This novel sounds like a lot of fun!

    I don't do well with the scary but I think it would be fun to just see it. So my final answer is, if I was invisible while going, I would totally take a stroll through.

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  41. I'm pretty laid back so I doubt that I would go but maybe reading the book will change my mind.

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  42. Thanks so much for the awesome interview & giveaway! I've heard amazing things about Burn Bright!

    I would absolutely go and I wouldn't care if I got kicked out once I was overage cuz I would have gotten to spend all the time having fun and being crazy!

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  43. No, I wouldn't go to Ixion. I wouldn't go because I'd get to experience all that and then one have it taken from me. How's that saying go? You won't miss what you never had? It would be like that for me I think. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  44. No, that place sounds overboard for a girl like me.

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  45. As great as it sounds there :P I think I'd give it a miss. Having to leave after a certain age after becoming addicted to the life, no thanks!
    This sounds like such a great book, Ive wanted to read it for SOOOO long :(

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  46. Urmm, that is a hard question but l am going to say l wouldn't! Because l wouldn't want to move then basically get told to move when l am overage lol.
    This cover is pretty awesome!

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  47. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I don't know if I'd go. I mean. If I did it would all be on impulse. While I think I'd fit in more there, lol, I've always sorta been afraid of authority and what would happen if I did wrong. LOL.

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  48. I would go to Ixion if only to satisfy my curiosity.

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  49. I would NOT go there... only because I like having a few rules, I think if it was freedom I'd actually go crazy! As nice as it sounds, i like to be a goody-two-shoes!

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  50. Yes, it's better to try something that's short-lived than to never try it in your entire life.

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  51. Thanks for the giveaway! I saw a review of this on Inkcrush, and I've been wanting to read it ever since.
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  52. Thanks for giveway! I don´t think that I would go...or maybe I would go there but just rof a while xD
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  53. Answer: Yes, I would. A little bit is better then nothing.

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  54. Thanks for this really cool giveaway!

    I wouldn't really want to go to Ixion because after Ixion, it will probably be hell. I would rather live a hard life than be burned for eternity.

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  55. I haven't read the book yet so I don't have enough information! I like to think I wouldn't because it would be so hard to leave once you are overage, but again, I have to read the book to know!
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  56. As of now, I think my answer would be yes because I'd love to able to enjoy life as much as possible, especially in my twenties! :))

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  57. Wow! The cover is absolutely stunning! And my answer would be yes, it's important to live life to the fullest, even if it means taking risks!

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  58. I would more than likely not go places like that are usually to good to be true especially if they make you leave at a certain age, but who knows maybe after reading the book i might change my mind.
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  59. GFC Follower: Thao Huynh
    Ixion sounds like heaven, just short-lived. There's always a limit to something, but partying with gorgeous clothing plus pleasure? I'd go any time, man! And I need the freedom. I do.


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  60. I'd probably go check it out for a bit, but if it got too crazy or if I found myself in a dangerous situation, I would definitely go back home right away. I'm not too much of a thrill seeker, and I wouldn't want my family to have to worry about me.

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  61. Oh, it's hard question. Probably I wouldn't go there, because I like my life and my family and I like this world. But I might change my mind. T__T
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  63. sorry i forgot to answer the q!
    i wouldn't because it would be hard to leave!
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  64. No because I wouldn't have the freedom to leave when I want.

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  65. I probably wouldn't go. I enjoy peace and Ixion sounds like a bit too much.

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