Interview 08

20 Decembre 2013

 

What do you do when you are not writing?
Working, mostly. I also watch a lot of TV, series generally.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I tried to get my book published the traditional way, because I didn’t know any better. I spent months querying agents, and getting the standard ‘sorry it’s good, but it’s not for us’ replies.

One day, a friend told me about self-publishing and I decided to go that way. Sure it doesn’t pay much, but I was never in it for the money. My books are out there, people like them… everyone’s happy.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
The 1992 version of ‘Of Mice and Men’ only because the book (a novella) is so very short, and the film lasts 110 minutes. Director Gary Sinise did a wonderful job with Steinbeck’s story; the movie remains true and pure.

I like it when directors take source material and add to it. Some other good examples are Brokeback Mountain and Total Recall. I like it a lot less when Hollywood executives take 500 pages long books and chop it down to hour-long movie plots.

Do you buy a book by the cover?
No, almost never. I look at reviews, listen to advices from friends.

Do you have a book trailer?
No.

What are your thoughts on book trailers?
I never saw the point of those. A good summary and an extract get the job done.

Do you write under a pen name?
No. It’s my real name.

What day were you born?
On the second of May. I think it was a Friday.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Sometimes. To stay away from distraction I often write in my bed.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Future, definitely. First trip would be a week from today, to get the lottery numbers, and then I would like to go much much farther away… to when they have flying cars and robots that look like humans ;)

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
I wouldn’t mind the first half of People Magazines Top 10 Sexiest Men Alive ???

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Swiss Army knife, computer with solar powered batteries, satellite internet access.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Coffee

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Home-made cake

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird

One food you would never eat?
Brussels sprouts. Tried once, swore to never try again!

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms

Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
Hawaii

One of your favorite quotes:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

Taken from The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Do you prefer coffee, tea, or hot cocoa?
Hot cocoa

What is your favorite gadget?
My IPhone

What is your favorite place to travel?
London. I love that city; it’s a mix of old and new, and very lively.

Do you prefer print books or ebooks?
Prints. I’m also very fond of audiobooks.

What is your favorite color?
Blue.

Have you ever went to work and realized a piece of clothing was missing?
Luckily that’s never happened. But I often forget my wristwatch, and sometimes my keys.

Do you prefer snow or rain?
Rain… it’s less cold.

Roller Coasters or Water Rides?
Roller Coasters

Do you have a green thumb for plants?
Absolutely not, but my plastic plants always look great Smile

Do you like feather pillow or foam?
Feather pillow

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke

Do you drive a manual or automatic vehicle?
I can drive both, but all of my cars were manuals. I’ll get an automatic when I turn fifty or something…

Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the country?
A medium-sized city. You have access to all the shops and amenities, without the crazy madness of big cities.

Besides writing what other artistic talents, do you have?
I’m a good portraitist.

What types of books do you write?
Detective Fiction.

Who’s your main audience?
It’s marketed as New Adults, but would work equally well for full-grown adults and young-adults, I suppose.

What do you think of this term- Writer’s Block? How do you overcome it?
Not a fan; I try to avoid it, as much as I can. I take great care in planning my stories and prepare detailed outlines.

How many books have you written?
5.

How many are published?
3.

Are you self published or traditionally published?
Self-published.

What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Urban Fantasy.

Who’s your favorite Author?
Jim Butcher, author of the ‘Dresden Files series’.

What’s your all time favorite book?
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman.

How long does it take you to write a book?
Half as long as it take me to edit it afterwards.

What does your family think of your writing?
They support me as best as they can, and wish I would start writing in French so they could read it too.

Do you manage to write every day?
Wish I could, but on weekdays I leave home at 5:45 and come back between 18:00 and 19:00 so I’m quite beat, when I get back.
I tend to write on weekends and holidays.

What is your favorite part of a book?
The ending.

What is the best thing about being an author?
When you hear someone liked your story. It makes all the aches worth it.

What are you working on now?
The next book in the series.

Pick one profession you would choose if you were not an author?
If I could have made different choices, I would gladly have become an English teacher in a French speaking country or a French teacher in an English speaking country.

When writing do you prefer typing or long hand with pen and paper?
Typing any day! It’s so much easier to edit, delete, copy/paste with a computer.

Where can readers find you?
Twitter (@Cristelle) or my website www.cristelle-comby.com where I publish news, and also articles on writing, and other random things.

 

Originally posted @ The Bunny’s Review