I’m hosting an interview with mystery/suspense author Cristelle Comby today. Cristelle is the author of “Russian Dolls”, the first installment in the Neve and Egan Cases series. Thanks for answering my questions, Cristelle!
1) Please tell us about yourself.
Well, what can I say… I’m was born and raised in Switzerland, that little country in the middle of Europe where chocolate fills each fountain (okay, not really true, but wouldn’t that be great?). London is my favourite go-to destination for a short break away from home — love the feel of that city, its looks and spirit.
I have a nine-to-five job, and I enjoy writing in my spare time. I watch a lot of TV, read a lot of books. I constantly have, at least, a dozen ideas swimming in my head, but no time to write them all down.
2) Tell us about your book in five sentences or less.
Russian Dolls is the first instalment in a new private detectives’ series, The Neve & Egan cases. It is set in contemporary London, and features an unlikely duo of investigators. Alexandra Neve is a university student, quick witted and ready on the draw. Ashford Egan is a middle-aged blind professor, withdrawn and friendless. As they strive to find out the reason behind a student’s death, they find themselves going up against the Russian Mafia.
3) What inspired you to write Russian Dolls?
The many films and books of the genre I’ve seen/read over the years helped me with the mechanics of the story (I’m a huge fan of whodunits).
The characters drove the story onwards — they’re at the heart of everything. Seeing my characters evolves and grow emotionally is the reason why I write.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Jim Butcher, the author of the Dresden Files saga — I love his books, and he seems like a cool dude. I’m sure we’d have a laugh, and he could teach me about LARPing.
Dame Agatha Christie, she was, and will always be, the best. And, also, I could ask her about her mysterious ‘twelve days gap’ — I’m sure there’s a great story there.
And lastly, Douglas Adams, because there’s a few things I didn’t understand in his Hitchhiker’s books and that bugs me.
6) What are you working on at the moment?
The sequel to Russian Dolls. The second instalment, Ruby Heart, will be released this autumn — I’m in the middle of the edits on this one right now. Then I need to get cracking on book three.
Good luck with the edits for Ruby Heart!
Author: Cristelle Comby
Genre: Detective, mystery, suspense
Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help?
Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say.
Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual.
As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.
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.
Russian Dolls is her first new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the series.