Interview with Bluette Matthey

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in third grade. I watched lots of westerns on TV with my dad, and would make up stories of the old west with heroes patterned after the ones on TV. Pretty bad, but you have to start somewhere....
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've visited Corsica several times and always come away with a sense of its uniqueness and decided it would be a great setting for a travel mystery. I have a dear Corsican friend who showed me the real Corsica, and his anecdotes about Corsica's amazing underbelly fed my imagination.
What is your writing process?
I focus on a place and sift through things that can take place there, based on the area's history, reputation, and mystique. This is all mental. I carry the idea(s) around in my head and let them breathe. Then I develop the characters that will implement my ideas. I may have a specific event that keeps coming back, so I'll write a vignette about the event and save it. I might build around that vignette, or write totally different ones, weaving them together. Whatever the main situation that needs resolution, I try to see the end of it and then focus on getting there. Sometimes I really feel like I'm spinning lots of plates in the air. I do massive amounts of research so my writing is true and accurate to the setting, and my readers can really get a sense of being there.
What do you read for pleasure?
A good mystery!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a very quiet farm in a very small Ohio town. Pretty boring. I became a voracious reader as an escape. I also had a father who loved to travel and we were always going somewhere, whether it was a short weekend trip to the lake, or weeks traveling out west or across Canada in a travel trailer. He instilled in me the awe and excitement of discovering new places. We went to the World's Fair in Montreal in 1967 when I was sixteen years old. My parents would tell me where to meet them at the end of the day and I would spend the days exploring the wonders of the world on my own. It was amazing! I met two French students who were studying at Les Beaux-Arts in Paris and gave them my address in Ohio, and two weeks later they showed up at the local restaurant asking for me. It was almost a scandal! Of course, I was already a Francophile because I'd been listening to my grandmother and aunts (who were Swiss) speak French at our family reunions since I was in kindergarten.
What are you working on next?
I've just published my second travel mystery, Abruzzo Intrigue, which takes place in a rural region of Italy. Currently, I'm working on Black Forest Reckoning, which is set in Germany.
Published 2014-09-06.
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Books by This Author

Engadine Aerie
Series: Hardy Durkin Travel Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 54,310. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Hardy Durkin is at it again in Engadine Aerie, the new novel in the travel mystery series by Bluette Matthey. Trained in Sigint, a crack marksman, and fluent in four languages, Hardy is no stranger to daring rescues and narrow brushes with death. From dungeons in the Black Forest to sailing expeditions, Hardy’s experience and training have helped prepare him for his most dangerous adventure yet.
Dalmatian Traffick
Series: Hardy Durkin Travel Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 61,050. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
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Hardy Durkin heads to the Balkans on a surveillance assignment for the French Foreign Legion while sailing the Adriatic for some R & R. 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
Black Forest Reckoning, revised 2nd edition
Series: Hardy Durkin Travel Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 56,350. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Dark secrets in a Black Forest castle setting: in the midst of hiking the Black Forest; and enjoying Swabian culture, history and food, Hardy and his hiking group find themselves at ground zero for coeds disappearing from the nearby University and a stolen identity conspiracy. Ever the sleuth, Hardy untangles the web of deceit, madness, and murder in The Black Forest Reckoning.
Abruzzo Intrigue
Series: Hardy Durkin Travel Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 66,450. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Abruzzo Intrigue: Hardy Durkin takes his hiking group on tour in Italy’s Abruzzo region of walled Medieval villages where they get caught up in the theft of one of the Vatican’s priceless religious relics, an Italian drug connection, an Albanian gangster’s revenge, and just good old detective work
Corsican Justice
Series: Hardy Durkin Travel Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 62,070. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Corsican Justice: Start with a small slice of France on a sunny isle, add Corsican gangsters, arms smuggling, the Russian mob, a cold-case murder and a tad of romance stirred up by hiking tour owner-cum-tech spy Hardy Durkin and you’ve got one helluva ride.