Interview with Claude Dancourt

Who are your favorite authors?
Wow, you want a list? All right : James Rollins, Clive Cussler, Robert Jordan, Shakespeare, Marcel Proust, Steve Berry, Nora Roberts, Anne Rice, St-Exupéry, Agatha Christie, Racine, Elizabeth Peters, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R. Rowlins, Peter Kootz. I'll stop here, okay?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Seeing my friends, reading a good book, writing, working. The idea of coffee...

Okay. The truth. I'm not a morning person. It's a burden to get up in the morning. But if I don't, the cat will bite. So...
Describe your desk
Let's answer that with a couple of words : mess. Pine wood. L-shaped. books & cat support.
When did you first start writing?
I was about twelve, I think. I was lying on the floor of my bedroom reading. I didn't like the ending of that book (I can't remember the title, only that it was from Joseph Conrad) and I decided I wanted to write my own.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I still have it, actually. A childhood friend wanted to read it two years ago, so I started editing it a bit. I stopped after two pages, and wrote RETURN TO CAER LON together instead. For the record, RETURN has nothing to do with the original story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was checking an Art Book about Crombie work (his 50 days at Ilium pieces are amazing) and suddenly those characters (Ian and Neve) started bickering in my head about woman sleuth and police work. I thought Art Theft would be a nice way to test the waters with suspense. And RECKLESS ILLUSIONS was born.
What are you working on next?
Ah, I like this question. I'm working on a treasure hunt, in French. All I can tell you is that it'll take place in some place hot, for a change.
Tea or coffee?
Actually both :
Weekdays, I take a coffee with one of my coworkers (hazelnuts).
Weekends : I drink tea in the morning, coffee after lunch, and sometimes ice or hot tea in the afternoon, depending on the season. I'm snob when tea is Evolved. It has to be a Ceylan blend, from Fortnum and Mason.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a bit of everything : comic books, fellow indie authors, or the latest from my favorite authors (let's not get through that list again).
What is your e-reading device of choice?
None. I don't have an e-reading device. I prefer paper books. When I want to read an ebook, I use the a kindle software I downloaded from Amazon.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't have a particular approach. I search specialized websites with keywords, see what comes up. I'm more a love-at-first-sight buff when it comes to covers. Sometimes, the cover comes first and then the story follows. That's what happened with MOONSHADOWS.
Published 2014-07-04.
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Finders Keepers
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Return to Caer Lon
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For Prince Derek Pendragon, what started as a simple rescue mission becomes a deadly quest for the forgotten capital of the High Kings when he is confronted with Wolfryth, the sorcerer who killed his father. With the beautiful Sacha by his side, Derek walks a thin line between Myth and History to uncover a city lost for three hundred years.
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