Click here to see Aida Valceanu's TV review of Freezing.
Then sit back, relax, and pick up the current issue of Air France Madame. Isabelle Potel has written an article on Freezing: "Chercheuse d'os/Right to the bone."
Check out the new issue of Grazia for a spotlight on Freezing by Emily Barnett - "La Baroudeuse Coriace."
The new issue of French Elle, with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on the cover, has Pascale Frey's interview with me about Freezing: "Histore d'os."
You can listen to Catherine Fruchon-Toussaint's interview with me and her read of Freezing on Radio France International's Cafe Gourmand.
For those of you in France, check out the article by Julie Malaure in today's issue of Le Point: "Clea Koff, de Kigali à LA: Un polar haletant où deux profileuses mènent la danse."
I don't know if writers with a huge backlist still get excited when they see their books on a shelf in a bookstore but for me, this still produces an incredible rush. If you have to give it a name, it's love. But it's not esoteric love because I even have feelings of love for the actual shelf. I'll put a photograph at the bottom of this post, from the Fnac in Montparnasse the other day, when I spotted Freezing in the bookstore. But the rush lasted long after the photo was taken because my mind was working backwards from the shelf...
I love that someone made a bookshelf that allows all the books to be cover-out. I love that someone stacked my book there. I love that Fnac decided to carry Freezing from the second it was published this month by Editions Heloise d'Ormesson. I love that EHO shepherded it into bookstores. I love that Pascale Haas felt like she lived in my head while she translated it. I love that Sarah Hirsch edited it with an eagle eye. I love that Heloise d'Ormesson chose Freezing to be the first thriller her house would publish. I love that this all started when I wrote a prologue about a young woman named Kate sitting in her Datsun on the side of the freeway, rolling down her window with relief when she thought help had arrived.
Back then, I scared myself when I read over the Kate prologue. I was alone in rural Australia at night. That means I was in the kind of darkness required for professional astronomy but just plain scary for those of us who would like our porch light to actually illuminate an area when we turn it on. Where I was, that would be like trying to light up space with a match. Not only can you not see enough but whatever you do illuminate, you illuminate very briefly. Just long enough to wonder what you actually saw just then. I remember that I turned on another lamp and moved to a place where I could put my back to a wall. Then I kept on writing. I wanted to get somewhere brighter in the story, wanted to have some people help Kate, even if it ended up being postmortem. Jayne and Steelie arrived on my computer screen; Steelie grousing about whether or not her favorite doughnut was in the bag and Jayne worrying about what it was going to be like to see Scott Houston again (and anything else she could think of to worry about).
So when, seven years later, I walk into a bookstore in Paris and see Jayne and Steelie there on the shelf, for others to spend time with...well, that is so good, so out-of-this-world brilliant, I feel like I could just light up the sky by myself. Who needs a freakin' match! Really. Don't even give me a match. I don't want one. I could give you one.
With the permission of Editions Heloise d'Ormesson, we can all enjoy an advance look at the cover of the French translation of Freezing, due to be published on October 4th!
Editions Heloise d'Ormesson has set October 4th as the official publication date for the French edition of Freezing, which will keep its English title. I've had a sneak peek at EHO's cover and it's fantastic; a classy, intriguing take on how a forensic anthropologist's job begins when someone dies. It promises answers through postmortem investigation as well as a chilling ride on the dark side once you open that cover.