Recently Nalini Haynes spoke to P J Tierney who debuted as an author with her novel Jamie Reign: The Last Spirit Warrior, aimed at 9 to 12 year olds.
One of the reasons I was so interested in interviewing PJ and reading her book was my assignment for ‘Archetypes & Imagery’, looking at contemporary Australian fantasy with Asian mythological influences. PJ quizzed me about my studies before the interview started then made sure she gave me the goods for my essay in the interview.
This interview is currently only available as an MP3.
HarperCollins’s biography of PJ says:
PJ Tierney grew up in the Blue Mountains where every day was an adventure. When PJ left school she enrolled at the University of Wollongong in the Creative Arts Department and majored in Writing. It was there she discovered the magic of theatre and producing concerts became her goal, and to quote PJ:
‘I have worked with some of the world’s biggest artists. I sat in the truss beside Madonna as she descended on her mirror ball, I executed the world’s worst follow spot cue for U2, and for the Eagles I was responsible for a pin spot pickup so precise it made the Lighting Designer applaud. I’ve been pushed aside by Elton John’s security and was called ‘babe’ by B.B. King.’
Following this came a stint working on the production of the Hong Kong Handover Celebrations. It was while in Hong Kong that PJ spent time in the world where the real Jamie lived, and so it was the story grew and came alive.