Interview 28

29 Decembre 2014


Where did you grow up? Siblings? Locale? Were you considered a “bookworm” or a jock? Married, single? Children?
I grew up in a little village near the shores of Geneva Lake in Switzerland. I still live there, though I’ve moved to the city a few years ago. I’m somewhere in between Geneva and Lausanne. I’m an only child, so no siblings.

Who are your favorite authors and favorite genres?
My favorite writer is Jim Butcher. He has an ongoing series of Urban Fantasy novels — the Dresden Files — that I devoured, twice. Good-guy Harry Dresden is a PI in Chicago. He’s a sucker for a pretty girl and always ends up in the wrong place, at the wrong time and gets task with petty things like having to save the world. It’s full of dark humor, and a plethora of creatures that go bump in the night.

What’s your favorite way to relax and recharge? Hobbies?
Writing and reading are my way to escape reality and go on merry adventures. Books are a like a big bubble of fresh air to me. Other than that, I watch a lot of TV and listen to music.

Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
Not really. I tend to take things in stride, one thing at a time. I try not to worry too much about what’s to come and enjoy the moment.

How long have you been writing?
Since forever. I’ve always loved writing, even as a kid; I was already creative then. I’ve discovered the world of fanfictions when I was a teenager and dabbled a bit. I tried writing my first novel in my mid-twenties.

Where do you prefer to write? Do you need quiet, music, solitude? PC or laptop?
Somewhere quiet, always somewhere quiet; I cannot think otherwise. I often end up writing on my laptop in bed, because of how comfortable and cozy it is.

Are you a plotter or a panzer?
I plot things carefully. I firmly believe in the power of a good, detailed outline. I always start my book by writing all the main plot points down, then I flesh it out more and more, and only then can I start writing the manuscript. It avoids loosing yourself on the way, and things like writer’s block.

Do you use real events or persons in your stories or as an inspiration for stories?
I’ve never used real persons, but some of my character’s traits are inspired by people I know. I’m taking a little bit here and a little bit there and blending it together.

Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
Because of my day job and the long commute to and back, I cannot write during the week anymore. I only have weekends and holidays left for that, and often spend entire mornings or afternoons (or both) writing in bed. I’ve never set a goal though; I’m fond of the idea. I think putting a clock to it, would hinder my creativity; I’d feel like I was forced to write.

What do you hope your writing brings to readers?

Escapism from reality. I hope they’ll like the characters and feel for them.

What long-term plans do you have for your career?
Right now, I’m working on the next book in the Neve & Egan cases series. It’ll conclude the larger story arc that begun in book one. After that, I’m not sure yet. I may write more Neve & Egan books or I might try something new. I’ll see what feels right when the time comes.

Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
Blind Chess, the next book in the series; it picks up right where Danse Macabre ends. It’s the ‘what comes next’, after book three’s evil cliffhanger.

What advice would you give to unpublished authors?
Don’t stop, keep trying, keep hoping – only you can kill your dreams. There’s always a way to get your work out there, so don’t give up.

A fun fact readers wouldn’t know about you.
I’m a little OCD with punctuality, thus I’m never late.

Something about you that would surprise or shock readers.
English isn’t my mother’s tongue. I was born in the French part of Switzerland, and attended my first English class at age 13. I LOVED IT!!! I got so good at it, in my final year I was allowed to skip English classes, so long as I came in when there was a test.

Is your book a series? If so, how long? Family saga, other?
Yes, it’s the fourth book in the Neve & Egan cases series. Each one of the first three books can be read as a stand alone. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but after reading Danse Macabre, you’ll want to pick up the next one too.

Can you give readers a blurb about your book?
It’s about two PIs in London. They’re hired to find a missing person, a young ballerina who never returned home one evening. Cops think she ran away, her mother disagrees. Neve and Egan take the case, and things get dire when their investigation clashes with an official ongoing serial killer investigation.


Originally posted @ A Writer’s Life