Interview with Tristan Convert

What do your fans mean to you?
Help. They help me in many ways. Right away by being my fans, they support me. They encourage me, they help me stay still when the wind is blowing. I do everything for them, and yet, I do everything to be my own fan first. I'm not sure it works (chuckles). It's about love. Love stories are tough. Tough question.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King. He told me to jump. He's a father-figure. Book-wise. I didn't read much. Else, Dreyer, Tati, Cronenberg. It's all linked, you know... As an artist, you don't really choose your medium. you don't even choose what you say! You can just choose to express or not. I thinks artists are born compelled to express.
What are you working on next?
I am preparing the tome II of "À grands coups de reins". I am going through what I wrote prior to "À grands coups de reins", see if I can publish another work in between. This is my first book, so I'll be working on discovering how it works slash turns out. I'm working on a regular publication. Book-wise. Otherwise, I have my games and movies to push...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The big boss first, the big architect of all this. I owe Him this. Then, the Doors. My alarm clock is "Riders on the Storms". I'm not into sleeping much. It's a necessity. Thankfully I find some ideas up there. But I go to sleep like a stone and wake up bright-eyes and bushy-tailed every day. First thing I do is writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
It's a balance between making money and living for good. I hate aging for money, but hey, I was born too soon. So that takes a nice chunk of my time. And of my brain. I like to design stuff, should it be movies or games, it's all the same thing, I try to communicate what's in my mind, make it happen. It's a mess, so I spend a lot of time tidying it up, looking for the formulation the World will understand. It's gonna happen.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
So lame. It was called "plastic cemetery". With a plot kinda like the Baskerville Hound. Mobsters hiding under a fake haunted cemetery. The best of both world kinda text. Hey, let's make a horror film noir book. I remember the cover. Actually, it took a long time for me to be able to go from drawing to writing. My first books contained drawings. Like these famous fantasy books, so dear to me.
How do you approach cover design?
With joy. I pick up a still of the movie the story could be. My favorite one. A detail, a suspsended moment. That's what photography is. I take the picture myself. I make the setup. Then I propose it to the first readers. If we agree - and we agreed - we proceed.
Same for my film script covers, same for my movies' posters, that's why I can tell...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I seldom read an e-book. I browse the internet, collect information and shape my thought surfing this mess. I like it though. Images play a big role. It's very visual. We're in a visual time, people seem to forget there is a life behind the screen, actual people breathing. Their heart is beating somewhere. That's all for the digression.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, Le comte de Monte-Christo. This revenge story. Of course I identified a lot. That's my thing you know, take a revenge on this crappy life. Maybe since I read that book. It took thirty years or so, but I'm finally getting over it. Life's not bad after all. You don't need to take revenge. Just don't look the abyss and you'll be fine.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lille. It's gray, it's lush. People are kind. It feels of another time, another world. Lille is treating you like a mother. It's fine, but I need more. I have ambitions. That's why I left. Lille is somehow medieval, with walls, bricks, stones, tunnels. Mud. Some neighborhood are left behind. It can be scary. Scary good. Everything is related to Lille in my writings. How is it compared to Lille? What does it have in common? Can you instill some of Lille in there? Lille is an adventure. The buildings are my furniture up there. This familiar feeling is comforting. It's always in the background. It's a reference point, even if it doesn't show.
Describe your desk
Really? Tiny, messy, crammed. I found it on the street. Cheap furniture, Formica-like. What do we have here? Let me tell you: super-glue, folding knife, phone, hard-drive, unplugged dusty video-game wheel, pine cone, tax returns, printer, coaster from the "Black Cat" bar, incense holder and my night notebook. Yeah I sometimes wake up from my sleep with ideas. I scribble them on the night notebook and go back to sleep. Sometimes, during my sleep, inside the dream, I take it out and start writing... then I'm figuring, wait, this is not the real one! Then again I wake up for real, pick up the real night notebook and start writing.
Published 2014-03-21.
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Books by This Author

À grands coups de reins
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,940. Language: French. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Je rêve de Californie, de cinéma et de jolies filles. Que voulez-vous, ça me dévore. Mais comment se tailler la route de Lille à Hollywood ? C'est un peu raide quand même. J'ai un plan. D'abord Paris. Puis, Los Angeles, le paradis des stars et des seins siliconés. Oui, je vais me paver le chemin de gloire moi-même. De ville en ville. De femme en femme... À grands coups de reins.