The Bone Wall by D Wallace Peach – Interview with Author @Dwallacepeach

I finished my latest read much faster than I usually finish a book, considering my tendency to be the slowest reader on the planet, only because I couldn’t put it down. I had to find out more about the author who wrote the book that now sits way up there in the lofty favourite TWO dystopian fantasy books I’ve ever read. Not only does it speak of humanity, what we’ve become, and where we might go, it’s a fabulously addictive tale, told in that magical way that only the literary masters have, of sucking you right in to their worlds. Many thanks to author D Wallace Peach, for graciously allowing us access into her life and for sharing some of her fascinating thoughts with us here today. I’ll share my review of The Bone Wall first, and my strongest suggestion for you all to head right over to Amazon and buy it, directly after reading the thoughts of a truly awesome writer and person. This is one of those books that really opens your heart and eyes to our reality in the most enjoyable way. By the way – this is the first book I’ve ever read so far that has brought on an undeniable urge to create some fan art. I’ve already started on it, so watch this space for my vision of Rimma and Angel’s world.

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Blue light ripples and crackles as the shield walls fracture. The remnants of a doomed civilization stand vigil outside, intent on plunder and slaves, desirous of untainted blood to strengthen their broken lives. With the poisons, came deformities and powers, enhanced senses and the ability to manipulate waves of energy—lightbenders and fire-wielders.

For those who thrived for generations within the walls, the broken world looms, strange and deadly, slowly dying. While the righteous pray for salvation, Rimma prepares for battle, fueled by rage and blinded by vengeance. Her twin, Angel, bound to her by unbreakable magic, seeks light in the darkness, hope in the future, and love in a broken world.

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Now meet the fabulous author herself, and much gratitude to D Wallace Peach for taking the time out of her very busy (and also extremely interesting by the way) life, to answer my nosy questions.

Author D Wallace Peach

1. The Bone Wall is the first of your books that I’ve read so far, and it blew me away with the imagery of possibility. What inspired you to write this particular story?

First, Jo, thanks so much for giving me a chance to chat with your readers. I love talking books and writing.

I’d describe myself as a happy, peaceful person with a despairing streak that occasionally demands a voice. Since I started writing, my books have become increasingly pessimistic and violent. I know it’s in 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 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 by laying out that dire vision of the future.

2. You have an obvious deep understanding of the human psyche, and while the setting for the book is so dark, there’s a definite undercurrent of hope. I’m hoping that this story isn’t prophetic like those of Jules Verne. Do you think that humanity can avoid an outcome like Rimma and Angel’s terrifying future?

At times, I think human beings are hell-bent on annihilation, and I truly do believe our current trajectory is unsustainable. We can’t kill our way to peace, or expect a poisoned world to sustain us.

That said, there are incredible people, ordinary people all of the world with amazing vision, whose hearts are led by compassion, who don’t make decisions based on personal gain. I read their stories every day in blogland and feel heartened! I have hope that when things get bad enough, reason will prevail. I honestly believe love is a more powerful force than fear.

3. The Bone Wall seems to be just a title until you read the book, when those three words take on a much greater significance. How did it come to you?

Titles are easy; they just pop into my brain. The book plays with the idea of “brokenness:” physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually, in human beings, communities, and the world. Bone walls became the tangible, psychological, and metaphorical graveyards we build when we act without compassion.

4. When did you write your first book, and what was it about?

I’m going to skip off on a little tangent here to describe how my first book came about.

Everyone knows that on September 11 two jets flew into the World Trade Center. I was working in Connecticut, about 2 hours from ground zero, and I remember sitting in a conference room, watching the second tower fall. That tragedy initiated a process of redefinition for me, an evaluation of what was important. Life felt short and precarious, and after 18 years in business, I started to wonder if it might be time to do something that actually mattered.

I quit my job and went back to school for a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and a mountain of debt. I worked for peanuts – but, Jo, they were chocolate covered! The human experience was sweet and rich. I had the pleasure of working with people who cared deeply about the challenges facing children and families, and I came to understand how the power of relationship, in all its myriad forms, can change the world. In my first book, Myths of the Mirror, it’s called the Belonging.

Then life got in the way again, and I made a move to Oregon. In a moment of loving kindness, my husband suggested that I write a book rather than work, and Myths of the Mirror poured onto the keyboard. It was a story I needed to tell, for myself and for the young women I counseled, and for that reason, it remains close to my heart.

It’s a sweet tale about choices and how our choices define who we are and who we want to be. I believe we have the capacity to write our own stories, and can often change the narrative if we are brave enough to do so.

In Myths of the Mirror, two young people, Conall and Treasa, face their fears, make new choices, and ultimately create the space in their lives for love. This all occurs in the context of saving dragons from their imprisonment in the lair. It’s low on violence and appropriate for YA and adult readers.

5. Do you write in more than one genre?

No, not at this point. Some of my books might border on science fiction, but it’s soft science.

6. Do you believe that writers have a responsibility to share their own truths with readers?

Not really. I feel called to do that, but there are so many different kinds of writers and readers. I love getting caught up in my stories and value the freedom I have to write what speaks to my heart and conscience. I want all writers to have that freedom. There are millions of readers out there for all kinds of books.

7. What are you working on now?

I have four books coming out this summer! Yes, four! The Dragon Soul Trilogy is a sequel to Myths of the Mirror. It’s been with my publisher for well over a year and is chomping at the bit for release. It takes the concept of choice to the next step with far more at stake.
I also have a lighter book, The Sorcerer’s Garden, set for late July. This one is a combination urban/medieval fantasy that was really fun to write and is full of adventure and sassy humor. I wrote it after The Bone Wall when I really needed a break from all that doom and gloom.

8. Do you have a writing den? Share your process with us, and any tips for those just starting out on the writing path.

I have a lovely writing room above my husband’s workshop where I’m surrounded by little bits of inspiration: pieces of nature and art. I need large chunks of quiet time to rummage around in my imaginary worlds and the heads of my characters, and I find nesting in my loft is just the thing.
I write from a fluid outline with plenty of room for the characters to tell their stories. It’s all loosey-goosey until the first draft is finished. Then I whip that manuscript into shape with a 7-step methodology for rewrites and edits that a drill sergeant would be proud of. After that, I take six months to run the whole thing through my critique group.

Tips for starting out? Oh, write what you love. Read, read, read. Learn everything you can about the craft and then follow your instincts. Join a critique group and embrace constructive criticism; it’s a writer’s best friend.

9. Tell us about the person behind the writer. What are your loves, and what are your loves not so much? What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not wandering around inside my imagination, I’m a granny of a two-year-old overload who makes me laugh. As a volunteer, I support the arts in my town, and I would love more time to garden. I loathe housework and I’m a miserable cook.

Recently I’ve become an activist, fighting plans for the installation of a huge natural gas pipeline through the forests of my mountain home and through my town’s drinking water supply. I often put my characters in situations where they have to take a stand for what they believe in. It’s only right that I do the same; they wouldn’t let me live it down if I didn’t.

Told you all it was fascinating stuff! Thanks again Diana for joining us today, and off you zoom to buy this truly wonderful book. Hook up with D Wallace Peach from the links below, and check out her other books – I will be reading all of them and any more that arrive later.

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37 thoughts on “The Bone Wall by D Wallace Peach – Interview with Author @Dwallacepeach

  1. jorobinson176 June 2, 2015 at 8:53 am Reply

    Reblogged this on Jo Robinson and commented:

    My latest Feed My Reads SA interview with the fabulous author D Wallace Peach.

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  2. Patrick Jones June 2, 2015 at 10:11 am Reply

    Fascinating interview, Jo!! I agree with a lot of her philosophy for sure! The world is in trouble and it is difficult to watch what is happening. I look forward to reading her books! Thanks for sharing! xoxoxox 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach June 2, 2015 at 9:21 pm Reply

      Thank you, Patrick, for sharing your concern regarding the state of the world. As hard as this book was to write, I was glad to have a way to express my frustration and hope.

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  3. jorobinson176 June 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Thanks Patrick! I can’t wait to get stuck into the rest of them too – this one will blow you away – it really is that great. 🙂 XXXX

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  4. Chris White June 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Routine Matters and commented:
    This is a great interview Jo. Lots of writers seem to like working in loft areas.

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  5. writerchristophfischer June 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm Reply

    This looks excellent. Just downloaded the book on my kindle. Great interview, too.
    Thank you both 🙂

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  6. D. Wallace Peach June 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm Reply

    Thanks so much, Jo. This was great fun.

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  7. Let's CUT the Crap! June 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Terrific interview, Jo. Thanks for this introduction to Diane Wallace Peach and her books.
    I like her philosophy.

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  8. D. Wallace Peach June 3, 2015 at 1:43 am Reply

    Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    When talented author Jo Robinson told me she enjoyed my latest book, I did a little happy dance in my kitchen. She sent me some questions for an interview, and I glowed for a week. If you’re interested in the “character” behind the characters, here’s the interview. Thank you, Jo!

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  9. Nicholas C. Rossis June 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Many thanks for sharing. D. is one of my favorite authors, and a great lady 🙂

    I just have to counter one of her points: the world is not any worse than it’s ever been. Indeed, it’s much better than at most points of humanity’s existence. But change for the better is incremental at best, and the process slow and arduous, with one step back for every two steps forward.

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    • D. Wallace Peach June 3, 2015 at 10:28 pm Reply

      Oh, I know, Nicholas. You are so positive! That’s wonderful. In many ways the world is making progress. And you are right, it’s slow and arduous. But I also can’t help thinking we are endangering our planet. In the US we are having terrible droughts while we continue to risk our water for a buck. We are poisoning our food supply, killing our bees, and everyone is armed to the teeth! Oh, see…there I go again:)

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      • Nicholas C. Rossis June 4, 2015 at 6:56 am Reply

        Yet there’s marvel in the world, and beauty and kindness and compassion. It’s a question of keeping an eye out for them. Part of the Soul Thief’s trickery is making us lose sight of all that. Then, it’s a a short journey to giving up in despair (6′ left in book) 🙂

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        • D. Wallace Peach June 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm Reply

          Ha ha! I forgot you were reading it and did a double take! Thanks for the comment. I appreciate the reminder to keep an eye on the brighter side.

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  10. vanbytheriver June 3, 2015 at 7:29 pm Reply

    You worked for peanuts…but they were chocolate covered. Love that. Such a great interview, Diana. I might be the last one I know without Kindle, need to go find your books. ☺ Van

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  11. writerchristophfischer June 4, 2015 at 4:41 am Reply

    Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    A fascinating interview and another book on my tbr pile 🙂

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  12. David Prosser June 4, 2015 at 6:31 am Reply

    A great interview ladies.One great author to another. I share the same fears about what the world is suffering at the moment with man’s inglorious slide towards self anihilation and his poisoning of the environment. I have to hope that something will stop this slide and the book doesn’t become too prophetic.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • D. Wallace Peach June 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply

      Thank you, David. The massive hugs are welcome. Nicholas reminds us to keep looking for the good in the world, and I would add that we need to keep spreading it around as well.

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  13. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Another terrific look at the life and work of an author on Jo Robinson’s Feed My Reads SA with D. Wallace Peach.. also if you missed it an earlier feature with Christoph Fischer.

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    • D. Wallace Peach June 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm Reply

      Thanks you for the reblog and the kind words and the shout out. I woke up this morning with a smile.

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  14. philosophermouseofthehedge June 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Adventure and sassy humor? Sounds like a winner. (The writing room sounds wonderful.)
    Enjoyed the interview

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    • D. Wallace Peach June 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm Reply

      Yes, the next book is my attempt at being funny. That by itself is worth a laugh. Thanks for checking out the interview.

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  15. olganm June 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm Reply

    Lovely interview and the books sounds like a winner. Thanks Jo and D

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  16. michaelphelps1 June 4, 2015 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Michaelphelps1's Blog and commented:
    Great, informative Interview. Thank you

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    • D. Wallace Peach June 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm Reply

      Thank you, Michael, for the reblog. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. Jo had some questions there that I had to think about for a bit. Have a great day.

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  17. Suzanne Joshi June 11, 2015 at 7:45 am Reply

    Thanks Jo for this great interview and the review of D.’s books. I enjoyed this read a lot and love her writing. Thanks, D. 🙂

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  18. D. Wallace Peach June 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm Reply

    You’re the best, Suzanne. Have a great day:)

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  19. blondieaka July 19, 2015 at 6:53 am Reply

    Reading all these comments I can’t help but think and believe that maybe , just maybe the world will slowly become a better place for our children and grandchildren, we can but hope 🙂 Great interview and authors by the way 🙂

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  20. D. Wallace Peach July 19, 2015 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Thanks for reading. There are wonderful folks all over the world, aren’t there. It does give me hope. Over the past year it’s become clear to me that I need to engage with others kindness and understanding while also confronting the ugliness that threatens the future. It keeps a girl busy 🙂

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