Good reviews are like pasta for a writer. We get enormous energy and sustenance from them. For me, I try and use the good ones as a motivation to keep going, and with the horrible ones, I tell myself everyone is entitled to their opinion – that’s what makes the human race so interesting.

It may be a self deception, but honestly, it’s the only way to survive and be productive. Intense criticism can be paralysing, and I’ll be damned if I’ll let it (criticism) stop me doing what I love. My dear ex-editor once told (soon after my second novel was published) to don my steel cap boots and armour and keep marching because that’s what a writer needs to protect themselves.

Not that all criticism is a negative experience. I have defintiely learned from my some of reviewers, and truly appreciated their perspective and feedback. But life can be measured by its extremes and there are those critics who are all about being destructive.

Anyway, this is a rather long preamble to me admitting to be particularly excited when my SENTIENTS OF ORION series gets good reviews. It was a tough, demanding, mind-stretching project and I’m proud of it. It is not, however, a series that everyone understood. A space opera with difficult, complex characters and a female protagonist who gves birth during the story (no this nothing like Aeryn Sun giving brith in the middle of a firefight in Peacekeeper Wars!), did not fit into the usual space opera mold.

Over at the Deadline Zombie, this lovely, thoughful review appeared this week, and puts it up with my other favourite review by Alex Pierce. Here’s a snippet for you to check out …

‘This is the first of the four book series Sentients of Orion, in which author de Pierres throws a cast of humans into a whirling maelstrom of alien cultures, inscrutable godlike beings and galaxy-wide war. The book deals not only with their struggle to survive, but their growing awareness that they aren’t fully in control of their own destinies. .. de Pierres has written a beautiful, touching story.’

So there … sustenance for another few months!

 

Paul Weimer from SF Signal has just interviewed me. You can read the interview here. And stay tuned for some new reviews of Dark Space ahead of its release from E-Reads. To read reviews to date go here

 

Sorry for the absence friends; have had a very disrupted but enjoyable month doing Burn Bright booky stuff. You can read about my Melbourne Tour exploits over at the Burn Bright blog.

Now I’m back to some solid writing, working on Too Sharp!, edits of Angel Arias and beginning Blaze Dark. So plenty to do!

Interspersed are some upcoming blog and interviews. I’ll be over at Book Chick City for their Women of Science Fiction event and also at We Love YA BlogFragments of LifeAdventures of a Bookanaut and ReelSwellBlog.

Burn Bright has been garnering a bunch of lovely reviews, but I was particularly pleased when this nice review popped up unexpectedly for Dark Space this week.

I’m disappointed that I’ll miss the Aurealis Awards later this month (two books nominated this year: Mirror Space and Transformation Space) but I’m equally pleased to be speaking at a charity night at my boys school that evening to raise money for the Mrs Fowler Foundation. My son’s chemistry teacher had a terrible accident leaving her weelchair bound and the school is raising money for the equpment she needs to be able to live at home again. I’m really glad to be able to help. So make sure you have a great night at the AA awards for me!

I think that’s all the news. Don’t forget to check out the new MDPWeb YouTube channel. My most recent upload is the Teen Video competition that Random House are running. Create a 90 second book trailer and win a $1000 cash. It has to be for one of a selected group of books and Burn Bright is among them.

Lastly, I’ll be announcing the secret project that I’ve been working on very soon. I’ll give you a hint by saying that it’s to do with my Peacemaker series. How’s that for annoying!

Awards

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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 

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