Blind Chess by Cristelle Comby – Q&A and Giveaway

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What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Never give up. You’re the only one who can kill your dreams.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Not really. I spend a lot of time working on the outline, before I start to write. That solves the blank page problem. It’s important to know where you’re going with a story. The more detailed the outline, the better.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I cannot, for the life of me, write out of order. I know a lot of writers who have zero problem with jumping about the story like mad-rabbits, but I can’t. I need to start the draft with the first word and work my way forward, one chapter at the time. When I edit, I also work in a very linear way.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Four and they’re all part of the Neve & Egan series. My favourite is the last one, Blind Chess. It was the most difficult to write, but I’m very proud of myself to have done it. It was quite the challenge to have your blind main character on his own to fight crime. Especially because it’s a first person POV story. It was a struggle not to be able to rely on visual description to move the story forward.

If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?
Computer with sun-powered batteries, satellite phone that allows computer to connect to the internet, Swiss army knife (one of the big ones, with everything on it), water purifier device, a couple of miles of rope.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
Walked about the London Tube with my eyes closed. I needed to know how it feels like to be a blind person who has to navigate in such a crowd. It felt like I was a little fish, in a bank of fish who are all swimming in the same direction. I tried to follow the current without tripping over myself. It was a really strange, surreal experience.

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
A guy in Australia contacted me once to ask for an autographed book so he could gift it to his sister, who’s a fan, for her birthday. I was gobsmacked to find out I have fans on the other side of the globe. We worked out the logistics and I shipped him the book; it got there just in time. His sister sent me a thank you email a few days later.

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
I would love to be able to teleport. Wake up, get dressed and pouf! you’re at work. No more getting stuck in traffic.

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?
The goose that laid the golden eggs.

What is something that you absolutely can’t live without? (Other than family members)
Internet connection. There’s always something I want to look up, or need to download, or I’ve got to check my emails.

MediaKit_BookCover_BlindChessIt is supposed to be Neve and Egan. Two partners, a team. What happens when a member of this team of Private Investigators is shot, prognosis unknown?

As Alexandra Neve lays comatose and defenceless, Ashford Egan must take on their enemy alone, and find the cagiest criminal Scotland Yard has seen in decades. Determined to succeed, Egan will stop at nothing. He’ll hit on married women, plant bugs, hire hitmen. And he’ll do it all blind, which makes things ten times as difficult.

Double-crossed by friends, convinced there is corruption in those sworn to uphold the law, Egan is forced to form unlikely alliances as he moves forward in a game that requires skills, nerves of steel, and a willingness to play against all odds.

Enjoy an excerpt:

A gentle wind is blowing, but it is too cold for the leaves to carry any scent. Seconds tick away, as I wait.

A few minutes before the half hour, I hear the whining of the Lantesks’ garage door and soon after the rumble of a car engine coming to life. Mrs Lantesk is on time to go to work.

Ten feet long the old woman had said of the gravel lane. It isn’t much and I count the seconds after I first hear the crunching of gravel under the car’s tyres. On three, I take a large step forward, bracing myself for the impact I know is coming.

An instant later, the front of Mrs Lantesk’s car hits me on my right side and I fly to the ground, instantly losing all sense of direction. Up is down, down is left and I am only certain of one thing.

I hurt.

Turns out, no matter how ready you are for it, no matter how much planning is involved, or how carefully you give in to the motion and roll to the floor to absorb as much of the momentum as possible… getting hit by a moving vehicle hurts.

The car comes to an abrupt halt an instant later, tyres screeching against the gravel. The engine dies and I hear the car door open. It is followed by a steady stream of feminine and high-pitched, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.’

Monica Lantesk must be wearing heels for I hear her feet tapping the pavement as she hurries towards where I lie sprawled.

‘Are you all right?’ she asks in between another chortle of oh-my-Gods.

I am, for the most part. I’m not seeing stars or anything and I take quick stock of the situation. Nothing seems broken; my glasses are missing, but I still have my cane in hand. I push myself up on one elbow and make a show of moving the cane about in what I hope is a dazed and confused manner. There is another wave of oh-my-Gods, as the woman realises I am blind and she starts to pat me awkwardly on the shoulder.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_BlindChessCristelle 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.

Blind Chess is her fourth new-adult novel in the Neve & Egan series.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for having me.

    Happy 2016!!!


  3. Sounds like a great series!

  4. Glad I stopped by today. I hadn’t heard of Cristelle or her series before. I love mystery series. A blind main character, especially as a PI, is a new one for me and intriguing.

  5. Have you ever had a secret admirer?

  6. kim amundsen says:

    SOunds like a good read.

  7. What is your favorite place to write?

  8. Hi! Are you a cat person or a dog person? (great cover, by the way!)

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