This book is the second book in the Neve & Egan series. Is it important to read the first book, Russian Dolls, as well, or can this one stand alone?
In this one, Neve and Egan take on a brand new case, so it can be read as a stand alone. Of course, some characters that we first met in Russian Dolls reappear in Ruby Heart, but I trust there are enough tidbits of back-story here and there for newcomers to fully enjoy this story without having read the first one.
How many more books do you anticipate in this series?
I don’t know – lots! The third one is half-way done, and I have many ideas for more.
What do you love the most about this series?
My characters, definitely. I love to watch them evolve and grow. Writing, to me, is all about characters undertaking emotional and physical journeys.
What is so appealing about the relationship between Alexandra and Ashford?
Because they are very different individuals, I think they manage to bring the best out of each other. Egan is a grounding presence to Neve. He anchors her to reality, teaches her to be careful and think of consequences. In return, she helps him open up to others and become a better person. Such relationships are very rewarding from a writer’s standpoint.
What kind of research did you need to do for this series?
Blindness, mostly. I really wanted to portray Egan’s disability in a fair, honest, realistic way (which is not easy to do, when you have both eyes to rely on). For Russian Dolls, I had to do some research on Russian Mafia, woman trafficking. For Ruby Heart, I focused on World War Two and Jew deportation, because it plays a big part on how this necklace disappeared the first time.
On what other projects are you currently working?
The next book in the series, Danse Macabre. I hope to finish the first draft during the Christmas Holidays and am aiming for a release in spring or early summer of 2014.
I have many other ideas swimming in my head, but I’d like to focus on the ‘Neve & Egan series’ for the moment.
What is the best piece of writing advice you have ever received?
“Never give up!” I think that’s the most important one. Whatever happens, you have to keep going, because you never know where the road will lead you.
Another very good saying is “You’re the only one who can kill your dreams” and that one’s equally true.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a very good cook. I love to bake pastries and desserts. I often cook on the weekend and share the results with my colleagues on Monday morning.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thanks a lot for having me and I hope you and your readers will enjoy the book. I would love to hear what you thought of it, so please drop by my website to leave me a note.
Originally posted @ Andi’s Book Reviews