New interview with mystery writer Cristelle Comby

I’m happy
to have mystery novelist Cristelle Comby back for a new interview. You can read
the January 1 interview if you’d like. 

Today we’re
focused on her newest mystery novel Danse
Macabre
(Book #3 of the Neve & Egan cases).
Cristelle is doing a virtual book tour
with Goddess Fish Promotions and during the tour, she will be awarding a lucky
winner with a signed copy of Danse
Macabre.
To be entered for a chance to win use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free
to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too. 
Bio: Writer, chocolate addict, overall nice girl!
Welcome back to Reviews and Interviews,
Cristelle. Please tell us about your newest release.
Danse Macabre is the third installment in my
ongoing series the Neve & Egan cases.
In this new novel, private investigators Alexandra Neve and Ashford Egan take
on their darkest case and come to grip with a serial killer.

What inspired you to write this book?

The ballet
aspect, mostly; I’ve been wanting to do something with dancing for awhile. I
also wanted to tackle a serial killer case. That makes for a very ying-yang
concept, doesn’t it? Something beautiful, graceful on one side and some of the
darkest, ugliest acts of violence on the other.


Excerpt from Danse Macabre:
I take a better look at the dancer facing us. He
looks… fragile more than shy. He has bags under his eyes, his nails show the
traces of nervous biting, and his clothes are ill-fitting. Lack of sleep,
tension, weight loss. What is going on in Marc Jules’ life? What is he trying
to hide from us? ‘That’s not all, is it?’ I lean forward, look at him square
on. ‘There’s something you’re not telling us. It’s plain to see.’
The young man shrinks in on himself even more.
‘No… no, nothing. I told you everything I know. I have no idea where Isabella
is. I swear.’ A thought strikes me, and I try another angle. ‘She obviously
means something to you.’
The man’s eyes shift to the side as he focuses
all of his attention on the half-empty lemonade glass sitting on the table.
Gotcha!
‘You like her, yet you refuse to help us; it
doesn’t make sense,’ I continue. ‘What would Isabella say if she could see you
now?’
‘I don’t know anything,’ Marc protests with
fervour.
‘Really?’
‘I’d tell you if I knew. I like her, she’s my
friend. I want to find her too.’
‘Then stop lying to us,’ Egan says. ‘What are
you not telling us?’
‘If what you’re saying is the truth, you would
do well to stop keeping things from us. You’re slowing us down, Marc; you’re
wasting our time,’
I continue, relentless. I can feel we’re close
to breaking him, so very close. ‘Do you know how valuable time is, in a
situation like this? Time is everything. Every second we’re wasting on you is
taking us further away from Isabella.’
‘You’re letting her down, right now.’ Egan adds.
‘Maybe you’re not her friend after all.’
‘No — she’s my friend. I swear.’ Marc rushes the
words out, tears welling up in his eyes.
‘She’s helped me when no one else would. I owe
her so much.’
My eyebrows rise up at the words and I cock my
head to the side, my expression expectant.
Marc bites down hard on his lip the second he
finishes his sentence. He didn’t mean to reveal this much to us, but it’s too
late now. The cat’s out of the bag. I soften my tone now that I’ve got what I
wanted. ‘What do you mean, Marc? How did she help you?’
‘I don’t… she just…’ He stops himself, crosses
his arms over his chest. ‘It’s nothing to do with any of this.’
‘Let us be the judges of that,’ Egan says. ‘If
Isabella was involved, it could be relevant.’
‘It’ll stay between us,’ I promise. ‘We’re not
the police, Marc. Whatever it is, no one else needs to know.’

The young man lets out a long breath as he
uncrosses his arms. Defeated, he lets his hands hang limp in his lap.

What’s the next writing project?
The next
book in the series, of course: Blind
Chess
. I have the first five or six chapters finished already, and I’m
looking forward to my Christmas Holidays to get the next big chunk done. It
picks up where this one ends.
What is your biggest challenge when
writing a new book?
Pace,
always. I love my characters and give them a lot of attention — I want people
to understand why they do what they do. Sometime I can be a bit too wordy when
dealing with their feelings and it slows things down. Keeping up the pace is
what I focus on the most when editing. I also have to chase down adverbs with a
battle axe.
Do you do the research first and then
write, while you’re writing, after the novel is complete and you need to fill
in the gaps?
I research
before, while I plan the novel and work on the outline. I like to get all the
“technical” parts done before I start writing the book. Then I can focus on the
more “creative” aspect of the job.
What’s your writing space like? Do you
have a particular spot to write where the muse is more active? Please tell us
about it.
I often
write in bed, because my desk is a bit cramped up and not that comfortable. In
the summer, when the weather allows for it, I sometimes go outside on the
balcony. The where isn’t that important to me; what matters is that I’m
comfortable and that the place is quiet so I can lose myself within my
thoughts. The muse is shy; she doesn’t come by when there’s too much people
around :).
What authors do you enjoy reading
within or outside of your genre?
I don’t
read that much within my genre; I like to try out other things. I’m really into
Urban Fantasy at the moment; love me some Jim Butcher or Larry Correia. Brandon
Sanderson’s new series, Reckoners, is pretty good too.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers today?
Just a big,
fat thank you! I’ve been on a little cloud these past couple of weeks. I got
some wonderful feedback on my book and couldn’t have been happier with how it’s
been received. Thanks everyone! And thank you, Lisa, for having me back. 

It’s been my please, Cristelle. Thank you for coming back to Reviews and Interviews!

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3 thoughts on “New interview with mystery writer Cristelle Comby

  1. Anonymous says:

    i love how she took something as beautiful as ballet dancer and mixed with a darker side of crime..sounds like a great book thanks for this chance and look forward to reading this….

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