How did you come up with the title?
I’m trying to stick to a ‘two words title’ thing. Neve and Egan are looking for a stolen heart-shaped pendant that is made out of rubies… so Ruby Heart was fairly easy to find. I think I had it from the get-go and never considered anything else.
How much of the book is realistic?
As much as can be. I’ve researched World War Two thoroughly, to get my facts straight. London’s my go-to city for short holidays, so I’m very familiar with it…
What book are you reading now?
I’ve just finished reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and was left with my mind blown to bits. Fast-paced, tight plot, lots of dry humor — I picked it up on a whim, not really sure what it’ll be like, but fell in love with it. The characters, the story, everything is epic (pun — for those who’ve read it — intended). I can’t wait for the next one in the series.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love for it to happen one day, but I’m a realistic person… and have bills to pay. There are so very few writers who make it big, for every JK Rowling or Stephenie Meyer there are thousands of equally good writers barely scraping by. That being said, I don’t mind keeping writing books a hobby — it remains a good way to escape from the worries of life, responsibilities, relationship issues, …
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. The good thing about being self-published is that you have the last say in everything. No-one makes changes to your work and you get to set your own deadlines. I have the freedom to publish my books, only when I’m 100% satisfied with it.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always liked writing. I always aced my essays in school. I think writing is just a part of my character.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m working on the next book in the series, Danse Macabre. It’s a bit darker than the first two books… a serial killer, loose in the streets of London.
Who designed the covers?
I usually do it all by myself, but for once I had to seek help. I hired a graphic designer to do the necklace. Eric did a wonderful job with the description I gave him.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up!
What genre do you consider your book?
Crime Fiction, Detective Fiction if you want to be specific. It’s also New-Adult Fiction.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Not really. My outline’s very detailed, so once that part’s done, the rest falls into place easily. The most difficult for me is finding the time to write. It’s been especially hard these past months, because of my day-job taking more and more space.
Do you write an outline before every book you write?
Yes, every time. To me, it’s one of the most important steps. It allows me to get all of my convoluted ideas out there, and to organize them. It also helps catch major plot-holes and fix them early.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
Yes, lots. I wrote some cheesy fanfiction, when I was 13. At the time, I thought it was state of the art… boy, was I wrong!
What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Crime Fiction, evidently. I’ve tried my hand at Heroic Fantasy once. It’s a fun genre, but story tends to get epic really quickly, if you’re not careful. I have a half-finished HF novel sitting in a drawer and it’s already 200’000 words long. One day, I’d love to do something Urban Fantasy, for a change. It’s a genre I could be comfortable in, I think.
While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
Yes, it’s sort of part of my creating process. I like to “view” the scenes in my head, before writing them. I suppose it comes from my background in theatre.
What are your social media links?
I have Twitter (@Cristelle), but very few people contact through social media. I get emails though, and always reply (and it’s easier and there’s no character limitation).
I love to hear what people think of my books. Recently, I got an email from a guy in Australia asking me if I wouldn’t mind sending him an autographed book for his sister’s 30th birthday. Such a wonderful moment, I was thrilled to say yes.
Originally posted @ Farm Girl Books