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Monday, 11 January 2016

Author Q & A with Robert Bryndza - The Girl in the Ice

The Girl in the Ice: A gripping serial killer thriller
      (Detective Erika Foster crime thriller novel Book 1)

Title:               The Girl in the Ice
Author:           Robert Bryndza
Published By: Bookouture
Date:               12th Feb 2016
Link:               UK: Amazon                                                                                                                         


Welcome to Sincerely Book Angels blog. 
Thank you for having me here today.

What was the inspiration behind The Girl in the Ice?  
I had the idea, several years ago when I was listening to the Kate Bush album 50 Words For Snow. It’s a very hypnotic and evocative album and captures the loneliness and beauty of snow and ice in winter. An image came into my mind of standing on a frozen lake, scraping away the snow and seeing a girls face staring back at me from underneath the ice.

Did you always want to be a writer?  
Yes, although I took a ten-year detour, going to Drama school and then working as an actor through my twenties.

What other jobs have you had?  
I’ve been an actor, a pensions advisor, a PA, a Clown at children’s parties, I’ve peeled potatoes in a chip shop, worked on the cheese counter in Somerfield, been a waiter in several restaurants, a barman… all good research for being a writer!

How did it feel when your first novel was published? 
I had a bit of a strange first publishing experience. I live in Slovakia with my Slovak husband Ján, and he is also the Slovak language translator for my books. My first book ever published was sold to a publishing house in Slovakia, and I still remember the feeling when we went to the warehouse and saw a giant pallet of the books. Thrilled and excited.

Have you ever had writer's block? If so how did you overcome it? 
I don't know if writer's block exists. Unless you physically can't write, you will always be able to put pen to paper and write something. I've found a great exercise for me, when the ideas aren't flowing, is to just write anything, even if it's the same word over and over - a stream of consciousness if you like. It's very liberating and often some really interesting unexpected stuff can come out of it.

What motivates you to keep writing? 
It’s split equally between the love of writing, and the need to pay the mortgage.

Do your characters moods ever affect your mood and vice versa?  
My characters moods don’t affect me, but one thing I have noticed is the difference between writing comedy and drama. Comedy is exhausting; it leaves bad tempered and a bit of a nervous wreck. Writing drama, in comparison isn’t any easier, but I do feel lighter and happier after a long day at the keyboard killing people and causing mayhem.

What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring writer? 
Read widely, write every day, and don’t give up.

Which authors inspire you? 
Stephen King and Sue Townsend.

What are you reading at the moment? 
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

If your book was made into a film what song would you choose for the opening credits? 
If one of my books were made into a film, I would steer well clear and let them get on with it. Authors should steer well clear when their books are made into films!

Who would you choose to play your favourite character in the film of your book?  
I’m hoping that one day my Coco Pinchard makes it to film, and hopefully, if it’s soon, I would love Kate Winslet to play her. For The Girl In The Ice, I would love Kristen Wiig to play DCI Erika Foster.

What is your next book about?  
My next book is The Girl In The Ice, a crime thriller and I’ve taken this from the product description;

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, DCI Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

Thank you so much for joining us on our blog today and good luck with the book. 
Thanks for having me, it’s been great to talk to you. 

Book Angel x

About the Author

Robert Bryndza
Originally from the UK, Rob lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband and their two crazy dogs. He originally trained as an actor, but was bitten by the writing bug in his mid-twenties and hasn't looked back.

His debut novel, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard became an Amazon bestseller, and has grown to a best selling series of five books.

In addition to his recent number one romantic comedy Miss Wrong and Mr Right, Rob is excited to embrace the darker side of life, and has just signed a three-book deal with Bookouture to write a crime thriller series. The first book, The Girl In The Ice will be released in Spring 2016.

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