Ciel Pierlot Answers Six Questions

  1. Tell us who you are in three sentences or fewer.

I’m a smol disaster bisexual who likes cats and doesn’t like sunlight. I’m writing pretty much constantly, in between being a university student, being an artist, and playing a truly excessive amount of video games.

  1. How and when did you begin writing, and what was your first published piece?

I started writing back in middle school when I decided to write bad InuYasha fanfiction after having read a bunch of stuff on Quizilla (yeah, those were my origins, feel free to shudder with me). I stopped writing for awhile in high school and then started again my first year after graduating, this time with video game fanfiction. Eventually, I moved to original stuff, and Bluebird is my very first published piece of writing!

  1. What’s so special about writing speculative fiction?

For me, there’s an element of freedom to it. While all good fiction (in my opinion) needs realistic and believable characters to ground it, in SFF you can then go on to do some absolutely wild stuff around those characters. Sure, we all know that in fantasy, magic can be used to handwave things, but it’s more than just that. If you’re writing about spaceships, there’s nothing requiring you to obey actual laws of astrophysics. Even in handwave-y fantasy magic, there’s no style or brand of magic you have to adhere to. You can start with whatever completely insane premise you want and there’s nothing stopping you.

  1. What life skills and experiences, other than writing, do you bring to your work?
Ciel

I think being an artist for so long has brought that to my writing. When writing a lot of scenes, I have an strong image of what they look like in my head. Not just what the characters are physically doing, but other more cinematic things, such as: what sort of dramatic lighting effects would be added, what’s the camera angle here, is this in slow motion, ect. I like to think that adds a certain something, though I’m sure that’s up for debate.

  1. Tell us about your most recent publication or current writing project.

My current writing project is pseudo-victorian gothic vampires, featuring polyamory, excessive swordfights, and a really big escape room. Who knows if it’ll ever make it out into the world proper, though.

  1. What’s next?

Hopefully, many more books. Apart from that, life is a mystery and who’s to say what’ll happen next.

About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (www.jaceybedford.co.uk), the secretary of Milford SF Writers (www.milfordSF.co.uk), a singer (www.artisan-harmony.com) and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers (www.jacey-bedford.com).
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