Welcome to Long and Short Reviews, Cristelle. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
PCP: Pace, Character and Plot. You need those three elements to grab any reader’s attention. Characters the audience cares for, interesting things happening, twists and turns to keep them interested.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
To me it’s the characters. I create them; flesh them out as much as I can. Then I answer to questions: ‘Where are they now?’ and ‘Where are they going?’
Plot is what allows my character to undertake the emotional journey I want them to make. Throwing things in their path, making the journey harder for them is what makes it interesting for the readers.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
It’s the darkest book I’ve ever written. There are several deaths along the story and, though I tried not to be too graphic about it, it’s got dark spots.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
The next book in the series, because this one ends with a cliff-hanger. It’s the one I’ve been dying to write since I started this series, but I had to set the stage for it properly.
What are you reading now?
I’ve just started to read Gone Girl (because of all the movie hype). I’m about four chapters in, and I still haven’t decided if I like it or not (not a good sign).
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
I stick with a two words routine. Book one was Russian Dolls, book two was Ruby Heart and this one’s Danse Macabre. They all fit the theme of the book, and key-words that connect with the case. For Danse Macabre, I’m especially glad to have been able to go with a French title (my mother tongue).
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I cannot write out of order. My mind is wired in a linear way, so I always start writing with the prologue and end with the epilogue. Some people can jump around all over the place, but that’s not me.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
How much I like it. I have a very stressful day-job, and writing is like a big breath of fresh air amidst all the madness.
What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
It’s my feet on the cover of Danse Macabre. It was the first time I wore Pointe shoes, and I was in tears by the end of the photo shoot. Damn, but those things hurt.
Ebook or print? And why?
Print. I like the look and feel of a large library.
Favorite place to read?
On the train. I have an hour of commute to go to work every weekday. I alternate between playing audio books and music on my iPhone.
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