Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Interview: Danse Macabre By Cristelle Comby[+giveaway]


Private investigators Alexandra Neve and Ashford Egan are hired to succeed where the police have failed, to safely return home a missing ballerina. With no lead to pursue and no idea who could be behind the young woman’s kidnapping, they soon find themselves at a loss as to what to do.

To make matters worse, the heart of England seems to be caught in the middle of a little Ice Age. With snow endlessly falling and Tube lines either too cramped up to use or out of service, it is a pain to do any legwork in the huge metropolis.

Oh, and because trouble never comes alone, there may also be a serial killer on the loose in the streets of East London...

Hi Cristelle:) Glad to have you here.
Thanks for having me, Aly.

Now, to start, what inspired you to write "Danse Macabre"?
I’ve always been impressed with ballerinas — they’re so graceful and talented. I wanted one of my story to have to do with ballet, and I’d been wanting to do a missing person story too… Killed two birds with one stone.

How would you describe the story to someone who hasn't read it yet?
Well, Danse Macabre is part of a series — the Neve & Egan cases — but each book stands alone.
It features a pair of private investigators living London. In this book, they’re hired to find a missing Prima Ballerina. Neve is in her mid-twenties, though, but with a certain freshness and naivety underneath the surface, and Egan is a blind middle-aged guy with an attitude. Though they’re probably the worst assorted duo of PI ever to have walked along the Thames, they make it work and solve cases one sleepless night at a time.

Describe Neve and Egan in 3 words each.
For Neve, I would go with open-minded, headstrong, astute. And for Egan, though, vulnerable, smart.

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?
In this book, it was Egan’s breakdown in the park, and what follows. In the early drafts it was a bit longer, but I had to trim it down. I always enjoy large emotional scenes.

Why do you write crime fiction?
I’ve always enjoyed a good mystery — that’s what decided me to try and make a private detectives’ novel.

Do you listen to music while you write?
I never listen to songs with lyrics — because they’re too distracting — but I sometimes listen to instrumental pieces set at a low volume. It can help to set the mood for a particular scene.

Did you always want to be an author?
No, it just didn’t occur to me for a long time. I liked writing, but I never took it seriously until four years ago.

Does your family read your books?
Not many of them, no. I’ve made the choice to write in English, but my mother tongue is French. I only have one uncle who reads my books, and my mother’s boyfriend. I’ve translated the first book of the series in French (mostly for my mother’s benefit), but haven’t found the time to get the next ones done.

Can you tell me some of your favorite authors? How about books?
I’m a die hard fan of Jim Butcher; his Dresden Files books are my favorite. New authors that I’ve added to my top list are Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss.

What are you currently working on?
The next book in the Neve & Egan series: Blind Chess. I’ve have about a quarter done :)

A few short answer questions:

Tea or coffee?
Hot cocoa.

Do you prefer the sea side or the mountains?
Sea side, definitely.

Sweet or salty?
Hard to choose… sweet, but it’s almost a tie.

Print or ebook?
Print. Or audiobook, I love those.

Movies or TV shows?
TV Shows, there’s more room for character development.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.

Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

Danse Macabre is her third new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the Neve & Egan series.

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