Interview With… Bluette Matthey
Posted by authorcamilson
Today folks I am chatting to Bluette Matthey. Bluette was a guest on my blog back in July.
Bluette, thanks for being here today. Tell us about you.
I often think I was born in the wrong era. My sense of adventure is such that I think I should have been an explorer or adventuress, except that I require my creature comforts, good food, and computer access. I do love to travel and experience cultures, cuisines, origins, etc. That sense of wonder at turning a corner (figuratively or literally) and beholding something totally new and unique strikes a deep chord and gives a definite buzz.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My three entitled cats demand it! The continuity of creating and problem-solving my way through life always acts as an early-morning stimulant.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I’d love to spend a day with English actor David Suchet, AKA Hercule Poirot. He did such an exquisite job of bringing Christie’s Belgian detective to life; he inspires me.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
I chose the Black Forest area of Germany as the setting for book three. The area has a definite mystique with its lore and traditions, and the food is rich and delectable. The history and culture of the area offer a plethora of jumping off points of interest. I was drawn to the various conquests of the region, the historical religious tensions, the Nazi occupation, the phenomena of the Stolpersteine Stones, and the sophistication of Baden-Baden as a casino and spa destination.
In Black Forest Reckoning, Hardy and company are visiting the Black Forest area of Germany, staying in the guest wing of a local castle, Schloss Haeflin. In the midst of hiking the Black Forest, enjoying all things Swabian, and spending a day in Baden-Baden, the hikers find themselves at ground zero for coeds disappearing from the nearby University of Freiburg and foul play is suspected. Unresolved personal issues of several members of the group threaten the tour’s cohesion, and Hardy discovers the Baron who owns the schloss has stolen someone’s identity as well as his fortune. Ever the sleuth, Hardy untangles the web of deceit, madness, and murder in Black Forest Reckoning.
Tell us your writing process.
First, I choose the location and do some research to get a feel for the history, culture, food, myths, lore, etc. of the area. This usually leads to the main plot and a series of subplots, as well as the characters. It is an evolving process; nothing is static.
Each book is heavily researched so that the reader gets a real feel for the locale’s history, culture, and cuisine. My travel mysteries are a painless way to experience the intricacies of a geographic area.
What tips can you share with aspiring & upcoming authors?
If you want to write, don’t give up. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Start in your comfort zone, and then press outward.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing since third grade, so it wasn’t when I realized I wanted to be a writer … I have been for so long. However, my decision to write travel mysteries was a result of seeing Whitehaven Mansions, the London home of Hercule Poirot, while on a London Walk two years ago. Always an Agatha fan, and lover of mysteries and travel, I thought, “Travel mysteries … I can do that…”
Tell us about your main character:
Hardy Durkin owns and is the main guide for a hiking outfitter company specializing in off-the-beaten-path destinations in Europe. He has a background in analysis and decryption from time spent in the US military, and excelled in the pentathlon at college and military levels. He is not super-hero quality, but much more real and just slightly larger than life. I didn’t want him to overshadow the story line. Hardy has a nose for intrigue, and solved the mystery of his father’s murder in my first book, Corsican Justice.
What are you working on next?
My current project, Dalmatian Traffick, finds Hardy working outside the box of travel outfitting when he heads to the Balkans on a surveillance assignment for the French Foreign Legion under the guise of sailing the Adriatic for some R & R. In Corsican Justice Hardy worked with a French Foreign Legion officer who recognized his many talents and consequently enlists his help for a project in the Balkans. The mission becomes a rescue operation when Hardy is joined by Colonel Alain Clotiers to find and save a fellow Legionnaire who has gone missing. Hardy becomes entangled in the dark world of sex trafficking, drug smuggling, and illegal arms sales while trying to find the killer of a Roma beauty in Dalmatian Traffick.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m a fairly good detective, in my own right.
Who are your favorite authors?
The classics: Dame Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Rex Stout, Arthur Conan Doyle, Simenon. I also like some of the more contemporary authors like James Lee Burke, Alexander McCall, and Stieg Larsson.
What do you like to do with your free time?
Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
My goal is to write my way through the alphabet. So far I’ve done ‘A’ with Abruzzo Intrigue, ‘C’ with Corsican Justice, and ‘B’ with Black Forest Reckoning. ‘D’ will be Dalmatian Traffick, and I think ‘E’ takes place in the Engadine Valley, in Switzerland. Or possibly, Estonia.
Any final thoughts?
Live outside your box; take a trip somewhere!