Blog Tour: Day 9 with Icy Sedgwick

The final stop on the Post Marked: Piper’s Reach blog tour is with the wonderful Icy Sedgwick.

In today’s post, Icy asks us about how letter writing differs from traditional narrative story telling, dialogue in letters and how email has affected modern communication.

A letter is perhaps the one form where backstory is integral to understanding the characters, their relationship and their current situation. The events of the past inform the present. As the characters replay significant events from their past, they focus on their perspective of that moment – Adam

All my old friends and I lament the digital age and the fall from grace of letter writing. While we love being able to see what each other is doing on Facebook, have instant access to photos, status updates and to comment on them… we miss receiving a letter – Jodi

To read the rest of the interview, click here.


Blog Tour: Day 8 with Rebecca Emin

As we reach the eve of launch day of Post Marked: Piper’s Reach, today’s host is Rebecca Emin (@RebeccaEmin).

She asks us about how we came up with the idea before exploring the ups and downs, advantages and disadvantages of a collaborative project.

Writing collaboratively has always been a bigger and better experience than going solo for me. I find it almost intoxicating… Most of all I love watching my characters come alive through another writer – Jodi

We write independently of each other but the narratives are intrinsically tied to the other. We weave in and out of each other’s stories. The advantage of collaboration is the perspectives and insights another person provides. The downside to this project is the ‘no spoilers’ clause – Adam

Click to read the rest of the interview here.

Blog Tour: Day 7 with Victoria Boulton

As launch day approaches, we have a few more stops along the way. Today we drop in on Victoria Boulton (@Vicorva) and have a chat about why we wrote a story in letters. We also chat about the origin of our characters and how the narrative is affected by letters.

A letter is intimate and personal. It is a private, shared moment between two people – Adam

There is a sense of freedom and danger in pursuing a non-traditional form of story telling – Jodi

Ella-Louise is broken and burned out, living a sea change to try and reclaim her life. This is the most intimate connection I have ever had with a character. I’m drawn to the first person POV, but this is something altogether different – Jodi

Jude is the essential every man. But at the same time he’s vulnerable, he’s loyal and has a deep centred sense of place and purpose – Adam

To read the rest of the interview click here.

Blog Tour: Day 6 with Nicole Murphy

On the 6th day of the Post Marked: Piper’s Reach blog tour, we have the extraordinary privilege to be hosted by Australian fantasy, science fiction and romance writer Nicole Murphy.

When first brainstorming a project you find the most convenient format to establish the parameters. We used text messaging and Nicole asks “Why?”

Creating a fictional town as the setting for the project has its own challenges and we explore how we developed the town and its impact on the characters.

Location is important because where you live shapes who you are, what you do, the opportunities available (especially during adolescence) and the way people see and treat you – Jodi

We created the fictional town of Piper’s Reach before we even had characters. Location puts the characters into a frame of reference… it became the framework for understanding the relationship between the characters – Adam

To read the full interview click here.

Blog Tour: Day 5 with Alan Baxter

My Mum used to ask why I could remember song lyrics better than my History or Mathematics homework. ~ Adam

I don’t remember a time without music (apparently I could sing ABBA before I could talk). ~ Jodi

Today’s launch ambassador is dark fantasy and horror author Alan Baxter, who is also a music aficionado of the top order. In preparation for the blog tour we slipped the playlist from the letters to-date to Alan and today’s interview evolved from there, looking at the influence of music on our lives and writing, and how music accidentally shaped the narrative, characters and the manner in which we’ve chosen to exploit the digital platform.

Ella-Louise uses music as a mirror to her past, and later the changing dynamic of her relationship with Jude. ~ Jodi

Even though they have different musical tastes, the music they share amplifies their emotional connection. ~ Adam

Read the full article at The Word According to Me.

Blog Tour: Day 4 with Tuesday Serial

Tuesday Serial is the place to read a wide range of weekly serial fiction. It is also the place where Post Marked: Piper’s Reach will be linked.

Today we are sipping virtual cups of tea, making ourselves comfortable and talking about the process of composing a serial, dividing up the work and our aims for the project.

It was Adam’s idea for the characters to be two long-lost friends getting back in touch with each other and Adam later sent me a text message asking if I thought perhaps these two had harboured crushes but they’d never synced up to let them hook up… and hey presto… my character appeared – Jodi

With no real idea who our characters were, we continued to toss ideas back and forth. This is how we settled on the name of the town and its origins, the characters’ names and a little bit about their back story. We had no endpoint in mind when the first letter was written, a bit like a shot in the dark, a character hoping, trying, wanting to reconnect with the past, but not sure if there will be reciprocation. In this way, it felt “real” for the characters – Adam

To read the full interview, click here.

Blog Tour: Day 3 with Tim VanSant

Today Tim VanSant hosts Day 3 of the Piper’s Reach Blog Tour.

He asks us about the differences between instant and delayed gratification in writing, the difference between seeing it now and having to wait for the putt-putt-putt of the postie’s motorbike, followed by the inevitable squeal of brakes.

…different experiences can alter our perception and experience of time. Pain/discomfort is one of the greatest distorters of time…  Jodi

Writing letters tempers the need for instantaneous gratification. Adam

Letter writing is intimate. It’s a personal, shared experience between the writer and the reader, not a public tweet or Facebook status update. Adam

I see letter writing as an antidote to the fast paced, interconnected lifestyle we are attuned to living now. There is an intimacy and efficacy absent in email, which lives in letters. Jodi

You can read the full interview here.

Blog Tour: Day 2 with Paul Anderson

This narrative lives and breathes under its own impetus, in the pause and nuance between what is said and what remains unsaid. ~ Jodi Cleghorn

Paul Anderson is today’s launch ambassador and in vintage Anderson fashion the interview includes a run down on just what an outsider thinks when all they are feed is hints and shadow truths during an information embargo… as well as getting to the bottom of the process of organic narrative and the influence of handwriting.

“…once the pen starts, I don’t pause to add or change things. It is what it is.” ~ Adam Byatt

Read the full interview at Once Upon a Time in the West of London.



Blog Tour: Day 1 with Laura Meyer

“…it raises the question of how would you react to meeting someone ten, twenty or thirty years later.” ~ Adam Byatt

In her indomitable style and with extra lashings of wicked humour Laura Meyer hosts us for a behind the scenes chat today about nostalgia versus challenge, story vs form and the most favourite part of journey to date.

“Reading that first letter was a homecoming… tearing open the envelope… I was simultaneously thirty-something and a teenager.” ~ Jodi Cleghorn

Read the full more interview at I’m Not The Messiah Just A Very Busy Mum.

Pre-Release Tour

In the lead up to the release of the first episode of Post Marked: Piper’s Reach Adam and Jodi are hitting the virtual road.

Nine Days. Nine launch ambassadors. Nine interviews.

Monday 2nd April
Laura Meyer – I’m Not the Messiah Just a Very busy Mum
Tuesday 3rd April
Paul Anderson – Once Upon in the West of London
Wednesday 4th April
Tim VanSant – otoh
Thursday 5th April
PJ Kaiser – Tuesday Serial
Friday 6th April
Alan Baxter – The Word
Saturday 7th April
Nicole R Murphy – Nicole Murphy
Sunday 8th April
Victoria Boulton – Victoria Boulton Writes
Monday 9th April
Rebecca Emin – Ramblings of a Rusty Writer
Tuesday 10th
Icy Sedgwick – Icy’s Blunt Pencil