Let's celebrate with Bryony Pearce!

Bryony Pearce’s heartfelt tale about her journey as an author has long been the most popular post on Words & Pictures. So we're very happy to crack open the bubbly and celebrate the launch of her second novel, The Weight of Souls which was published by Strange Chemistry on 1st August. 

Book blurb: Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her... 

 Amanda Rutter, Bryony’s editor at Strange Chemistry says: "I decided to commission The Weight of Souls on the basis of the first chapter - I had so many questions about the curse that Taylor Oh carries that I knew I would just have to read on. And then I was sucked into a brilliantly-written novel that was dark and funny and managed to handle such deep issues as bullying with a delicate touch. The tone of the dialogue was simply pitch-perfect, and I knew this was a book that teenagers (and older readers) would devour in one sitting - just as I did." 

 Bryony Pearce is a chocolate loving vegetarian who lives with her husband and two small children in a village on the edge of the Peak District. She writes whenever she can because otherwise her characters fill her head with noise. Her writing is darker than she appears and, since publication of her first novel, mothers on the school run have started looking at her as if she will begin serial killing any moment. However there are very few people she would like to chop into small pieces, so they are probably okay. Her first book, Angel's Fury was winner of the Leeds Book Award and Cheshire Schools Book Award. 

 If you haven't already read Bryony's account of her publishing journey, do read it here. And please join me in wishing Bryony every success for the future! 

Tania Tay is an ex-advertising copywriter and has been published in Sable LitMag. She is currently writing a YA romantic thriller, and is on the editorial team at Words & Pictures.


  1. Congratulations. I loved Angel's Fury, can't wait to read this one.

  2. Congratulations Bryony! I love the name 'Taylor Oh' - brilliant.
    Also very glad there's only a 'very few people you'd like to chop into small pieces'!

  3. Congrats Bryony. Look forward to reading it soon!


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