• Grant Handgis

Blog Interview ~ The Bone Wall; D. Wallace Peach

It was my pleasure to have interview Diana Peach a few weeks ago. That first interview was focused on her beginnings as a writer, her original influences and motivations as a writer. This interview continues that exploration, with the interview focusing on her new book “The Bone Wall” scheduled to release February 15, 2015.

This book has two unique features about it worth noting. First, it will be her first independently published book, after having three books traditionally published through Mockingbird Lane Press. The second feature, different from her other books is the underlying theme of this book, which, in the author’s words, is dark. Diana also has a new trilogy scheduled for release this year through her publisher, sequels to “Myths of the Mirror”, her first book. If fortune presents itself I hope to have more interviews with this very talented author. So, let us begin.

BCP; Your new book, “The Bone Wall” is set to release soon. The title seems to reflect a new direction from your previous books. Is this a new direction for your writing, or did the idea for this book jump out at you as a onetime thing?

DWP; Thanks so much, Grant, for giving me a chance to introduce The Bone Wall to your readers. I hope I don’t scare them away!

Since I started writing, my books have become more pessimistic and violent. I think it’s my response to the disheartening world news and a fatal case of denial when it comes to the health of our planet. I worry about the way our national obsession with money reduces people to objects, statistics, and impediments to success versus intrinsically valuable, one of a kind lives. The idea of being our brother and sister’s keeper seems a thing of the past, disregarded through manipulative reasoning and self-serving righteousness.

As an author, I often ask the question “what if?” and then follow that through, sometimes into very dark corners. The Bone Wall was a journey I personally needed to take; I needed to purge myself of all that anxiety and anger.

At this point, I’m happy to report that my fantastical vision of a self-inflicted post-apocalyptic world is complete. I can’t guarantee I won’t dive off the cliff again, but I suspect I’m going to lighten up for a while.

BCP; Can you give the reader a short overview of the theme to the story?

DWP; Short? Uh oh, I’ll try. Basically the book is an exploration of what the world will be like 300 years after greedy corporations completely wreck it. At the start of the story, the planet is already poisoned and most of the population is long dead from starvation and wars over dwindling resources. The survivors are diseased and deformed. Needless to say, this is not a cheery place.

Technology is a thing of the past, and methods of survival take myriad forms as humanity attempts to rebuild. A big question is whether humans will learn from past mistakes and make better choices. Our tendency to repeat history doesn’t bode well.

The book plays with the idea of “brokenness:” physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually, in human beings, communities, and the world. It asks whether healing is possible, and if so, what will that look like? How far do we need to fall before we’re willing to climb? Bone walls are the tangible, psychological, and metaphorical graveyards we build when we act without compassion.

The story follows identical twins, Rimma and Angel, who have grown up in a domed community called Heaven. When their dome fails, the remnants of a “broken world” sweep in to plunder and rape. Thrust into a savage and unfamiliar existence, Rimma and Angel take radically different approaches to survival. While Angel choses hope, forming relationships, and strengthening the communities around her, her sister, Rimma, remains blinded by vengeance and unwilling to adapt. Though their choices pull them apart, unbreakable magic prevents them from leading separate lives…until the secret of their magic is broken.

BCP; As a writer, do you find any real differences between writing the fantasy novels as you have, and this book? If so, what differences have you experienced between the two styles?

DWP; Not a significant difference in approach. I completely immerse myself in my characters and stories regardless of what I write. The feel of this one, though, was closer to drowning than swimming. I noticed that I frequently held my breath and couldn’t write for long periods of time, which I typically do. It was simply too grueling to spend hours in these characters’ heads and hearts. I became dehydrated and exacerbated a heart arrhythmia that didn’t improve until I finished the first draft. Basically, it was a nightmare to write. But my style is the same: enter the characters’ lives and live them.

BCP; Now that this book has been written, do you have any future plans for writing other books of this nature?

DWP; Not unless it sells like hotcakes! Never say never, right? I rarely know what’s next, and I enjoy experimenting. My immediate preference is to take a more balanced path versus the fierce pounding intensity of The Bone Wall. The book I’m working on now, The Sorcerer’s Garden, is much more hopeful in spirit. It might even make readers laugh. Imagine that!

Again, thank you Grant, for inviting me to talk about The Bone Wall. Its planned release is February 15th. I’ll be on my blog all day with offers of free books for reviews and other goodies for visitors.

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