Cristelle Comby, author of Russian Dolls, is visiting The Life and Lies today!
Why and when did you begin writing?
As far as I can remember, I’ve always loved writing and I’ve always been good at it. Every time we had to write essays, or whatever else at school... I aced it. Fiction writing is, by far, what I like best. I love creating characters, and then seeing them evolve and interact with each other. This is truly what drives me to write.
What inspired you to write your book?
The characters, really. I’ve been wanting to writing a novel for quite some time, and before thinking of a plot, before figuring out when and where the story would take place, I created the main characters. I knew I wanted a female heroine, knew she’d have qualities and flaws, and then I created an accomplice who would stand by her side. Neve & Egan were born, and then I crafted a story around them.
Do you have any other books planned in the future?
Yes, Russian Dolls is the first installment in my detective series ‘The Neve & Egan cases’. The second installment, Ruby Heart, will be released before the end of 2013. I’m working on it right now, and it’s progressing nicely.
What are your ten most favorite things?
Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate truffle, chocolate praline, ... you get the picture.
What book are you reading right now?
Book #13 of the ‘Dresden Files’, Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher, which I’m devouring. And I’ve started Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, which I’m, so far, finding agonizingly slow.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I’ve studied stage-acting for seven years, when I was younger.
Thanks for stopping by, Criselle! Chocolate is my favorite food group as well (although I’m allergic to it), and don’t worry, you aren’t the only one who had that reaction to Meyer… don’t get me started.
A great start to the series, Russian Dolls kickstarts with a profound and confusing death, two unlikely and exciting characters, and a wonderfully woven story. From the first page I was entranced by the story-telling and description. A fast and engaging read. I’m excited to see what else Comby comes up with in the future!
About the Book
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.