Marianne de Pierres provides us with our second piece to celebrate International Women’s Day. Hope you all enjoy! Remember please comment on these posts, we’d love to get your opinions and discuss your views with you!

Story Straws Gathered and Glued

Marianne de Pierres

At 53 I’m not a young writer, but neither do I feel even slightly old! I have reached stage in my life though, where everything that has gone before has suddenly become something I can write about. It’s quite interesting really. For many years, just living and surviving life was my mantra. I was writing and imagining stories along the way, sure, but they were stories born of desperation and immediacy – whatever was on the edge of my brain and at the tip of my fingers. Story straws gathered and glued together in the heat of now. Lots of tales about women surviving oppression, as I indeed felt that, as both a mother and a woman in a still largely patriarchal society.

More recently, the stories are coming from a different place. They’re a spring bubbling up from a deeper reservoir inside me. Take PEACEMAKER, for instance. The story was inspired by reading the full set of Zane Grey novels at the age of sixteen and Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock in my twenties – an unlikely combination. My recent Night Creatures YA series turned into an exorcism of old boarding school demons, and just the other day, I just wrote a short story (still unpublished) based on an incident that happened when I was 13. WTF?

With the change, I’m noticing a maturity in my work. For the first time since I became a writer, I have the opportunity to actually think and reflect and even tentatively speculate rather than just lash out and crack whips. Maybe that really is a sign of age. Whatever the case, writing has taken on a meta-appeal for me, as I wait to see what the inner well will let escape and float to the top next. Who needs therapy when a good book will do?

I’d really love to hear from other writers and bloggers on their own thoughts and experiences.


Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres


  1. Marianne de Pierres

    Hi Amy, Bec and Joelene, thanks SO much for your comment!

    Amy: I think that you are right, that’s probably exactly what’s going on. Now I’m able to face painful past experiences.
    Bec: my journals are full of doodles and odd sketches. 🙂
    Joelene: always and forever learning and changing! 🙂

  2. Ah, I just read your response to Belinda. Can we see some sketches? 🙂

  3. Very interesting to hear about how your work has evolved, Marianne. As a fan of your writing, it’s fascinating to hear that your newer ideas are emerging from a different place than your earlier works. I’m also a fan of Mythago Wood and am looking forward to reading Peacemaker. We’ll be looking forward to reading your recent short story when it’s published, also. Thanks for sharing your insights with us. 🙂 Oh, and I’m with Amy. I’d love to see some journal excerpts. Do you ever draw/doodle in your journals?

  4. Awesome post. 🙂 And interesting that you’re getting to look at yourself and letting your inner consciousness out. I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily a sign of age, but a sign that you’re ready to listen to that part of yourself. I’m excited to see what comes out of your brain next (and some excerpts from those journals would be amazing!).

  5. Marianne de Pierres

    Hi Bdelinda,

    thanks for that thoughtful analysis. It’s certainly been interesting! Today I’m presenting the idea of keeping a writing journal to undergrads. This topic has been an interesting revisit too. I’ve had to dig out the journals I kept for my first novels! Some interesting sketches??!!


  6. It’s interesting how our early experiences tend to lurk at the back of our minds and pop up unexpectedly.
    It’s amazing that you can see your writing evolving even after you’ve been an established author so long. I guess that you can always push yourself further and challenge yourself to new heights. Keep up the good work 🙂

  7. Perhaps it stems from knowing yourself better?
    Not so much wishing to go back and fix past transgressions, but in your own way, rewriting the outcome. Forgiving yourself and moving on.
    It takes strength of character to learn from something that wasn’t necessarily the highest point in your life, rather than cringing and trying to forget how it felt.

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