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"FROM YOU TO US" N° 5 - Oct. 2017
What a joy to present you this October newspaper!
The holidays are already far, the bad weather points its nose. Short not terrible! but that does not hold me I take you in a world full of human warmth where shamelessly meet art, fantasy, spontaneity and so on! I present their world where it is good to be there by thanking our guests to share it with us. Today I present Cathie Louvet who accepted very sympathetically to answer my questions concerning his novel: of Ice and Fire and that will join JUNEANDCIE in new chonics that I let you discover.
1) Can you tell me since when did you write ?
Already when I was a child, I wrote little stories, never finished, but I had the taste to invent stories, I lived a little in my world. Then, in my first adult life, I tried to write novels several times, but without any outcome.
2) Did you read what you were writing? If so, to whom? What opinions did you gather? Were you encouraged, discouraged? By who ?
My stories of children have never been read by anyone, I have not even kept them. Later, it was the same thing: no one has ever read my drafts of novels that I have not kept anyway. As for "the first volume of" De Glace et de Feu ", only Benoît, my companion for some years, read it. And he always encourages me in this way of writing; I must confess that it is thanks to him that this first volume was published. :)
3) You have written a novel entitled "De Glace et de Feu", can you tell us about it without too much revealing of course?
"Ice and Fire" tells the epic of the Vikings throughout the Carolingian Europe, from the first raids to their Christianization, a period that covers practically 3 centuries. But the plot also tells the apogee and the decay of the Carolingian empire, from the years 794 until its final fall; without revealing anything, I tell a fictionalized story of how and why the political circumstances allowed the Vikings to attack the lands of the empire and to settle there.
This novel is also the pretext for discovering a very little and very little known civilization: the way of life and the customs of these people, but also their ambitions, their desires, their vision of the world ... It is a very enriching and also very entertaining
4) How did you choose the heroes? their first name, their character, ...
For historical figures, I first based myself on official sources while filling the gaps with my imagination; "De Glace et de Feu" is the fruit of five years of research and various documents because I wanted to restore this universe to the closest historical reality.
As for the fictional characters, I created them as the plot developed, for the needs of the cast ... :). I chose the first names a little randomly drawing from a list of medieval Scandinavian names. Their characters and physical descriptions came to me a little depending on the story I wanted to tell and then also in a fortuitous way, without my being able to say exactly how ...
5) Why the "Vikings"? Where does this passion for these northerners come from? their charm? smile
When I lived in Normandy, I frequented the library of the place assiduously; I am a great, frequent "librarian" of all kinds ... So, in this famous library, there was an important Norman fund, especially works on the men of the North that, driven by my great curiosity, laminated; for the first time, I penetrated into a universe that was unknown to me and that seduced me, literally. I realized that the legend of the Vikings had largely nothing to do with reality. My first motivation was to rehabilitate them, to some extent, to restore things. I first opted to write a historical essay and soon realized that this option would not allow me to reach a large audience. So I decided to write this story as a historical novel. This is how "De Glace et de Feu" was born ...
6) Without indiscretion where do you draw your sources?
As for the historical novels, I draw my sources in historical essays, the documents of time. As I read some documents and read anecdotes, a small spark lights up in my head and says to me: Well, it would make a great topic of novel, this true story ... It starts from there and then, I create a historical framework whose fill I fill with my imagination.
7) Do you need to be in a particular place to write? Are there hours that are more conducive to writing? do you have any rituals?
I have no particular place to write. Sometimes I isolate myself in my office, especially for the time-consuming research phase and for the baseline development phase. But I also have another office in my living room and that's where I work the day. And then, it all depends on the season ... in general, I write much better, I am much more inspired in the morning. It is at this moment that I write my chronicles or my fictions. In the afternoon, I prefer to read, to look for documents, to accomplish all the ancillary tasks due to my activity of literary criticism.
8) You are also the columnist of the literary site for thrillers and thrillers ... "legere imaginare Perigrinare" (https://legereimaginareperegrinareblog.wordpress.com/) how you organize to plan your writings be it your novel or the articles from your literary blog and your everyday life?
I make weekly schedules in which I plan articles to write, novels to read, notes to take, interviews to prepare, actions on the various sites to which I collaborate, etc ... Then, refining this schedule by dividing what I have to do on each day, depending on other things to do that does not concern my business. On weekends, I rarely undertake writing work because I try to spend more time with my loved ones. In general, I just read and publish on FB, reply to my emails.
9) How long was it between the time you had a manuscript ready and the time you decided to take steps to publish it?
Oh dear !!! The publication of my first volume could constitute a novel in itself alone so I had obstacles to cross. Let's say that I started writing this novel in 2005, a first publication was programmed with a publishing house that closed its doors two weeks before the release ... Then the project slept for a few years then I I resumed thanks to Benoît, my companion, who gave me the envy and especially the courage to fight again so that this novel is born, which was done in April 2015. However, things have not become simpler because, for lack of a promotion campaign worthy of the name, I have sold very little, which I confess has discouraged me for the publication of the second volume.
10) When is the second volume?
No idea ... I admit that, as far as this trilogy is concerned, I am at an impasse. I would like to find a publisher who takes care of it seriously but it is very complicated. Moreover, for a year, I devote a lot of energy and time to make live and know my literary blog. I discovered a true passion for literary criticism that I intend to exert in professional, which does not mean that I give up writing, but for now it is rather in stand-by. I am waiting for an opportunity to work with a publisher who will take my novel and my work as a writer seriously.
Sherlock Holmes has existed !
Editions Les Moutons Électriques.
Published: February 2011 Price: 19 €
My opinion: The game is never over.
"And so ..." is the postulate of this collection Bibliothèque Rouge des Moutons Électriques.
And so ... Fabulous fantasy is not it?
What if Sherlock Holmes really existed?
And if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had not been the brilliant creator of a legendary character who was going to fascinate his readers through the centuries, but the friend, colleague and literary agent of a certain John. Hamish. Watson?
Starting with the Canon as the guide wire and the heart of their fascinating canvas, André-François Ruaud and Xavier Mauméjean weave a whole network of hypotheses, conjectures, all very studied, around the supposed life of the genius detective and his entourage. For example, they analyze the state of Watson's marriage, the reasons for his multiple departures and returns to Baker Street, and the evolution of his relationship with Holmes. His supposed and possible links with Arthur Conan Doyle, the real names and places made up in the Canon and the reasons that motivated such a precaution on the part of the good doctor. The true function of the elder brother of the Holmes (who would be the first M hiding behind the MI-6) or the reasons for the sometimes strange character of the detective. So many analyzes and points that constitute important pieces of the puzzle of the life of Holmes.
But our two authors do not work only the living matter of the Canon, far from it. With a rare dexterity and based on many previous studies and research, they combine these fictional elements with a political, historical, sociological and cultural context to forcefully embed our detective consultant in the real.
Launching different paths on Holmes' ancestry for example, they elaborate a plausible genealogy based on real people. Notably a certain French Augusta Holmes (1847-1903), a renowned musician, contemporary with the gentleman, of British and Irish origin (an inspiration from Doyle as to Holmes' French and Irish origins and his taste for music and the violin? ) that they see as a possible cousin of our detective.
Admit that the track is seductive, if not troubling ... In the same way, they tackle his studies, his different addresses, his youth confronting each idea with the elements given by the Canon and morals or facts of the " time.
Augusta Holmès. Source
Considering each hypothesis that was one day launched on Holmes, they analyze, dissect, conjecture, until reconstruct, around the chronology and the facts given by the Canon, a solid, structured and coherent context as much with respect to the personality of Holmes than about his time. Each evoked element brings back to a part of the personality or habits of the great detective.
Such as the free and medicinal use of cocaine, praised by Freud himself, which is not without explaining the addiction of Holmes and its ease to satisfy it. It's bought in the shop around the corner, my good lady. Even the famous 7% dosage is explained, indicating that the solution was sold at 10%, so that Holmes himself had to dilute it, not to mention the intervention of Watson ... (.. see more .. .)
Folder n°1 : is the perfect crime possible?
With the ever-increasing progress of the scientific police, my friend Néville and I, in order not to be bored during the long winter evenings, decided to write a detective novel that directed The Crime Parfait. To carry out our project, we conducted our investigation.
Rule n°1: Prefer murder to murder :
The proper thing of a perfect crime is never to be caught, it presupposes leaving a number of indices and traces close to zero. Now, as Neville knows, when you commit a murder, that is to say without premeditation, the risks of leaving traces behind are legion: DNA, fingerprints, shoe marks, etc. Doug Lyle, an American expert in scientific investigation techniques that we consulted, who praises his services to writers of crime threats to help them design scenarios as close as possible to reality, said: "We forget crimes committed on a stroke of blood because a murder committed impulsively and thoughtlessly is necessarily sloppy !! " Okay, Doug, received message. So let's go for murder.
Rule n°2: The killer must be discreet :
The assassin must act alone. To have an accomplice is to multiply by two the risks of leaving traces, but it is also to be at the mercy of someone who can experience remorse and crack at any time, inexorably dragging you in its fall. Neville looked at me wrong. I know he thinks a woman is more fragile emotionally ... It does not matter, Neville, I let you determine the sex of our fictitious killer.
"I remind you," continues Doug, impassively, "that the police investigation will not only scrutinize the gestures of the suspects after the crime, it will also look at everything they have done before." I imagine that the purchase of five liters of sulfuric acid or the sudden desire to pass the hunting license in order to buy a rifle may attract the curiosity of the investigators. Neville and I therefore agree: our perfect crime must be the work of a lonely assassin who will begin planning his plan a year before his execution!
Rule n°3: No staging :
Do not try to make believe a natural death or a suicide; too complicated to stage and easy to detect. We who had imagined that our murderer would kill his victim with a stroke of candlestick and then to make him move down the staircase to make believe a fall! Doug explains: "This kind of make-up is impossible to carry out credibly, first of all, the wounds and the bumps of the corpse must correspond to the collapse supposed to have caused its death. quick."
"Because, at the heart's stop, my little lady, the blood stops circulating and quickly escapes from the organs. He then leaves under the skin a characteristic mark, which the legists call "cadaveric lividity". This purplish mark is visible from the second hour after death, "I turn to my friend:" Did not you think of that, Neville? "" Of course, yes, "replied the latter, vexed.
"And depending on the area of the body where the blood has been gravity deposited, investigators will be able to determine the victim's position at the time of death, so that if cadaveric lividity is on the left side of the body and the victim is found on the back, there is something like a shady thing! Forget also the false suicide with the pistol.In fact, during the firing, residues of the explosive primer are projected in a cloud on the hands, the arms and the clothes of the person who fired If the "suicide" does not carry such traces, the police officers will quickly discover the pot with the roses "... (.. see more ...)
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