Interview with Deryn Pittar, Author of On The Wind

10 Apr 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write On The Wind?

I created the plot for a writing discussion on AI, and then decided I’d better write the novel (without AI). As great as it was when finished, I felt it lacked something – and then I heard about wind phones!

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

My favorite reading genres are thrillers and Sci.Fi/Fantasy but I write across a wide range of genres and even read a bit of horror now and again. It all helps with my use of words and language.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell, The Women by Kristin Hannah, Tom Lake by Ann Patchett, and The Ruin by Dervia McTiernan.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I enjoyed creating the wind phone conversation where one of the book club ladies has a conversation with her late husband, regarding his infidelity and what she is doing with his money. This one-sided conversation gave me great scope for heart-felt dialogue and a chance to give a backstory to one of the characters who pass through the story.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I think a lot about where the story is going and what I want to happen next and once I have a couple of solid ‘goalposts’ I start. Mostly the story flows and the characters start chatting. All I have to do is keep up with their conversations. Luckily, I’m a touch-typist, which really helps. I don’t need music, or peace and quiet – just direction for the next scene and I’m away.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Like the poster for the Church of Contemplation, I try to be kind, tolerant, and grateful for what life brings (or throws at) me. Sometimes I fail, but I keep trying.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Perhaps reading this story will inspire people to establish a wind phone in their area. Such a wonderful concept. Also, they can join my newsletter, and read a piece of short fiction about once a month.


Deryn Pittar is the author of the new book On The Wind

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