To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
I’ve just released my second book in my private detective’s series ‘the Neve & Egan cases’, Ruby Heart. I’m currently working on the next one in the series, Danse Macabre.
How would you describe yourself using only five words?
If you were to ask my work colleagues, I suppose they’d say: Gets the job done quickly.
From a writer’s standpoint, I’ve been told that I : Use way too many adjectives.
Personally, I’d like to think I’m: Someone you can count on.
If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Very independent and strong-minded.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Chocolate… and I was luckily enough to have been born and raised in Switzerland.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’ve studied stage theatre for many years. I’ve been in several plays and got a few jobs on TV.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
USA (west coast or Hawaii), Australia, New Zealand. Anywhere really, as long as people speak English and there’s a lot of sun.
How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I need to be on my own + I need time and silence. Oh, and a bottle of cold coke.
Can you share with us your typical writing day. Is there anything you have to have while writing?
In the summer, I enjoy writing on my terrace, while soaking up the sun. The problem is that I can barely see my screen, so I just type and type and correct my mistakes once I’m back inside. On colder days, I often write in bed, as it’s where I’m most comfortable.
I don’t have a particular schedule. I just write until I get tired.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I’m a huge fan of Jim Butcher, and his ‘Harry Dresden Files’ series. I’ve recently discovered Brandon Sanderson through his new book Steelheart, and I really want to try other books from him.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
Can’t wait for the next Jim Butcher. I picked up a vampire book from the guy who wrote Game of Thrones, that I’m anxious to start. And I need to go watch the new Hunger Games film so I can finally read the second book in the series (I hate to do it the other way around).
Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?
I usually buy me a tonic Thai massage.
Do you have a favorite TV show you can’t miss?
It’s a very long list. The newest additions to it are The Blacklist, Almost Human and Sleepy Hollow.
If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why-no it doesn’t have to be from your books?
Christian Grey—I’m kidding!!!
No seriously, I wouldn’t mind some one-on-one time with Legolas and his cute pointy-ears. Or Mr Darcy… cultured, intelligent, rich.
What is the strangest source of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?
One of the ideas behind Ruby Heart came from a song I heard on the radio. I think I was at work, and for some obscure reason the French radio station I was listening to decided to play an old 60’s German song titled “Die Stiefel sind zum Wandern” by Conny Kampla. It’s the German version of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking”. It made me think of Germany, and many ideas sprout from there.
If your muse were to talk behind your back, what secrets would he/she tell?
Maybe she could tell you why she sends me so many dreams that are weird re-enactments of scenes from series and films I’ve seen.
Anything else you want to add?
Thanks for having me. I hope you and your readers will enjoy my books. I’d love to hear what you thought of it, so drop by my website (www.old.cristelle-comby.com) to send me a note.
Originally posted @ Dawn’s Reading Nook