It’s Mystery Monday interview again with Ally Shield

Paranormal author Ally Shield continues my Mystery Monday interview momentum!

mystery monday interview, chase williams, stefania mattanaThe lovely Ally Shields, who writes mainly paranormal and urban fantasy books, has a soft spot for fellow writers. Her interviews are very interesting and varied. She likes to show readers what’s behind a book cover and a story. When she asked me about interviewing me, I said yes straight away!

The interview went published on a Monday – that’s the Mystery Monday interview theme. Best selling and awarded author Christoph Fischer has recently interviewed me on a Monday too – here’s the interview if you missed it.

This time with Ally I talked about my writing cave and what’s boiling there. In fact, I’ve just finished the first draft of a short story, and I announced it in exclusive on her blog :)

Here’s a sneak peek of the interview – you can read the ‘hot’ part in Ally’s blog here.

What is your editing and publishing process? From the time you complete your first draft to its appearance at booksellers, what happens to your book?

STEF:  The process is pretty much the same for both the fiction (in English and Italian) and non fiction (in Italian only) I’ve written so far.

I normally write a first draft, then leave it alone for a couple of weeks. After some rounds of revisions (usually 2 or 3), I send it to my alpha reader Chiara, who is also the Italian translator of my mystery books. After she leaves her notes, the last draft goes to my editor Steph for the English version (I write in English and she edits what is too Italian). The final writing is pushed then to my beta readers, who read and review it. At this point the book is ready to be officially published and launched

Enjoy the entire interview at Ally Shield’s blog!

Marshmellow all the things!

Never been a big fan of #sweets and #desert, but I can't resist marshmallows! 😋🍡

Never been a big fan of sweets and dessert, but I can’t resist marshmallows! 😋🍡

Taken at Reading, England

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Famous legs

I’m the owner of a pair of famous legs! I went to have a massage and that’s what happened!

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The little things in life are the ones that really made our day. I went to have a deep tissue sports massage as I felt my muscle tired and screaming for a bit of extra love. Rianne, lovely lady who massaged me, felt in love with my legs so much that she posted them on Instagram! ❤️

It’s not the first time that some parts of myself get viral on Instagram. Well, should I pivot from being a mystery and detective author to a fitness something on social media?

Below there’s the text that Rianne posted in her Instagram account @rdtherapy

By far my favourite pair of legs to massage! As an ex sprinter who transitioned into weight training, I was expecting extremely tight hamstrings, glutes and quads, however… this lady has clearly looked after herself as there was hardly any muscle tightness! Simply through regular AND thorough stretching she has been able to continue to train at a high intensity and hold on to muscle, even with an unfortunate adductor injury. Teaches me for assuming!
Stretching is very underrate but I can not stress its importance and the benefits from it enough!

Taken at énergie Forest Hill

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Mystery Monday interview

A nice reading whilst being on mobile – the Mystery Monday interview series featuring me.

mystery monday, interview, christoph fischer, interviews, stefania mattanaBest selling and awarded author Christoph Fischer (@CFFBooks in Twitter) has interviewed me on his blog in his new Mystery Monday interview series.
It’s not the first time that Christoph features me in his blog and, asks about my next projects and fun facts around Chase and his neighbourhood in Tursenia.

I found my interview being quite pleasant to read from a mobile device, whilst on the train or commuting, so if you have some spare time if when you’re out and about just go to Christoph’s blog and take a look at it!

Christoph’s Mystery Monday interview series features many other fellow authors, all diverse and with an interesting personal background. I reckon it’s kind of cool to know about other authors, and discover new books, new genres and new murder cases to (try to) crack.

Many thanks to Christoph for hosting me in his blog – Click here to read the interview!

If you;re just too curious and want to peep at it, here’s a quick preview of the interview:

What are you working on now?  

The first draft of the book No3 of the Chase Williams murder mystery stories is almost ready. I haven’t chosen a title yet, but get ready for ‘Murder of a suicidal’–or something like that. [continues here]

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

I asked the same question to my friends a while ago to filling up my About page. Turns out one of my strongest quality is the determination, whilst the oddest is… my size. In fact, I’m quite a tiny person and although I complain about that, I have to admit that sometimes it comes very useful!

You can find the rest of the chat here – Enjoy! 🗞📰

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Indoor blossoming

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I’ve never imagined that a stupid indoor blossoming would make me feel so happy. I’m ageing, people.

The moment when your indoor basil blossoms out of the blue is 😍🌿🌱

I’ve been told that it’s no easy to keep alive demanding plants such as parsley and basil, especially indoor, and especially here in London.

Nevertheless, my plants managed to survive on their own many times for a while (like for about 20 days) and they never die! On the contrary, albeit they looked tired, they have always reacted and got taller and healthier! And this spring, the basil blossomed. Wow.

I guess I have to thank my grandmother Vincenza that gave me the green thumb genies :)

#spring #springinlondon #greenthumb

Taken at London, United Kingdom

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