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!

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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A journey into the Erotica genre with Blakely Bennet

People think the erotica genre is dirty and with no soul. Are we sure we’re not confusing it with porn? Erotica author Blakely Bennet helps me clarify the misunderstanding.

loving couple, romance, love story, erotica

I have to admit it: I’ve always been skeptical about erotica literature until I met some of my fellow authors who write erotica. There are a lot of misconception about erotica genre that I’d like to clarify. I asked erotica author Blakely Bennet to answer some of my questions. Here they are.

You write erotica novels. How did you decide to write erotica rather than a “traditional” love story?

I didn’t really plan on what I was going to write but felt, initially, there was a story that needed to be told, and I didn’t want to limit what it might include. I love romance and erotica novels so it’s not too surprising I would choose to write in those genres.

If you had to describe the erotica genre, what adjectives would you pick?

I don’t feel I write in the traditional genre so I’m going to answer this question in regards to my books: depth, intrigue, steamy, sexual, real storyline, love and chemistry, lots and lots of chemistry and lots of yummy sex too.

Do you think that the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon has changed the way of conceiving the erotica genre? In a good or in a bad way?

Yes, I do and in a bad way actually. People seem to assume that 50 Shades is the standard and it’s not. Readers also seem to assume that all erotica is romance and that too isn’t correct. I’ve run into readers starting the My Body Trilogy and expecting a romance, which it is not until the last book of the trilogy.

What would you say to a reader who’s skeptical about your literary genre? I know there are people who think erotica is porn.

I’d say to give it a try and find out for yourself. To me the difference between porn and erotica has to with the storyline. Porn doesn’t really need/have in-depth characters or plot. Great erotica does. Well-written erotica is fiction at its best with more graphic and steamy sex scenes that are pertinent and move the story forward.

I write mystery novels and detective stories. There’s not much space for romance and intense love stories in a crime story. This is good to me as I really can’t write anything vaguely romantic. Any advices for me?

Get connected with what turns you on, what fun flirting looks like for you, and what great sex feels like. Once you connect with those feelings and emotions, you should be able to put them on the page.

Do you want to highlight some of your books for me? Which one would you suggest to me?

I’m super excited about my latest novel, Blue Persuasion, which is erotic romance. It’s the third book in the Bound by Your Love series (Stuck in Between (1) & Bittersweet Deceit (2)) but can be read as a standalone. I’m very proud of “Blue” and feel it’s my best writing to date.

Here is the blurb:

Judy, dubbed Blue by her friends, is a voluptuous thirty-one year old woman longing for a love of her own. Even more frustrating than her dissatisfaction with her work and the unwanted attention her body garners is always coming in second with the opposite sex.

Bond, her best friend and lover, helps Blue stay sane and sexually satisfied, but she knows her place. Their secret relationship leaves Blue hungry to have a man she can call her own.

When she finally succumbs to Cat’s artful needle for her first tattoo, she crosses paths with Tate. The towering, tattooed, motorcycle riding, American Indian fires off all her warnings signs, but she finds herself drawn to him against her own self-preservation.

Thankfully, Blue’s close-knit group of friends help to keep her grounded, as does the women’s group she attends weekly, but she still finds herself wanting and needing more.

Will Blue ever find the love she needs and deserves or will she forever come in second? Read her sexy story of friendship and love to find out.”

Find Blakely on:

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Where to buy Blakely’s books:

Amazon |Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | iTunes

Do you have any other questions about erotica? If so, please leave a comment below or fill out my Writing/Reading Q&A under the Reading tab.

[Interview] Exclusive Chase Williams insights revealed to sci-fi bestseller Luca Rossi

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interview Chase WilliamsMy friend and sci-fi bestseller, Italian author Luca Rossi, has hosted me in his blog in Italian. I revealed him some exclusive insights about my new Chase Williams detective story (a novel) coming after Pull the Trigger. Do you want to know what I’m talking about?
Here’s the translation in English. Enjoy!

PS: the interview has been to celebrate my 30th birthday. Click here to see the updated schedule of my Jubilee!

What’s your dream?
Winning an Olympic medal! I know that ship looks sailed, but never say never.

Have you always dreamt to be a writer?
When I didn’t want to be a pro athlete, yes. To be fair, I used to want to be a pro athlete that wrote novels about other pro athletes. I’m about to publish a novel that digs deep into cycling’s and shooting’s environment, therefore I’d say I’ve done half of my goal!

Where does the inspiration for Chase Williams come from?
It’s complicated. Chase is not a merely fictional character, and I’m not going to say more. At the very beginning, Chase used to live in 1930s London, then I moved to London, so I decided to move Chase to the present, in a place I know very well: Italy. In this way, I added my personal experiences to Chase’s life.

Could you give us a little spoiler about your next novels?
Pull The Trigger is almost finished and is about to fall into my editor’s clutches. It’s about a double murder with a third surviving witness. Two young Italian sport talents – a cyclist and a shooter – have been shot in cold blood. Inspector Angelo Alunni will be helped by Chase and Gianmarco Betti, a ballistic consultant from Rome that Chase doesn’t like too much. This case will awaken in Chase some of his old life memories, when he was working as a detective in Scotland Yard.
Finally, I’d like to reveal only to you what the novel after Pull The Trigger will be about: it’ll be a case that involves Chase’s neighbour, Giulia, and the sudden, suspicious death of another college student. I’m not going to say more!

You are Italian but you publish in English. Why?
First of all because I live in the UK, therefore I speak and write in English all the time. Furthermore, English is the most widespread language in the world, so I can reach more readers. Actually, I’ve been thinking about releasing an Italian version of my books. At least for my parents, who are eager to read my stories!

How do you see your country from abroad?
I see an amazing country with serious troubles. I see meaningless parochialisms, corruption and too little freedom of expression. And a dreadful, alarming digital illiteracy.

Do you miss Italy? Would you like to go back to your country?
I miss my family, my dog and the bidet. I don’t see how contemporary Italy can offer me and my future family a sustainable future. No, I wouldn’t go back at the moment, unless it’s for some time off.

What do you prefer about British culture?
I love British humour, I think it’s one of the most distinctive and brilliant aspect of British culture.

You have left two publishing houses and went self-publishing. Why? What do you prefer?
We’re living a golden era for authors: you can write and sell without any middle-person. I like being free and independent: as a self-publisher, if nobody is purchasing my books I cannot shift the blame on others, I have the full responsibility; in the very same way, every sale I score is possible thanks to my marketing efforts. It’s challenging, because it constantly puts me to the test and lets me improve everyday by talking to other self-publishers like me.

Would you like a movie about Chase to be produced?
Even more, I’d like a TV series about Chase. Cutting Right To The Chase short stories are perfect for a procedural TV show.

We live in an era of remarkable innovations. What are you going to write about in thirty years?
I hope to write about the perfect murder, the murder you can’t solve in any way. The modern world doesn’t give a quarter to assassins, even less in fiction!


Il mio amico Luca Rossi, autore bestseller di fantascienza non solo in Italia, mi ha ospitato sul suo blog. Gli ho rivelato alcune informazioni in anteprima assoluta riguardo il prossimo romanzo giallo di Chase Williams dopo Pull the Trigger. Vuoi saperne di più? Allora fiondati sul blog di Luca Rossi

PS: l’intervista fa parte delle celebrazioni per il mio trentesimo compleanno. Clicca qui per il programma aggiornato!

Chase Williams interviewed by crime author Francesco Zampa/ Intervista a… Chase Williams!

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Chase Williams avatarBelieve it or not, even ex MET detective Chase Williams has surrendered to some interview requests. So he gave an interview to Italian crime writer Francesco Zampa, author of the lucky Maresciallo Maggio detective series.

Since Chase doesn’t want to look like a “Twitstar” kind of guy on his website/blog, I post his interview here on my Daily Pinner. It’s another cool way to celebrate my 30th birthday (CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED SCHEDULE), as Chase has still to pay some credit to me :P

Hello, Chase. First thing first, who is Chase Williams?
Oh, that’s a goof question, Francesco. Who am I? My name is Chase Thomas Williams and all the male members of my family are policemen or something similar. My great-grandfather was an aviator during World War II, my father is a Scotland Yard bigwig and my brother Scott is a RAF pilot. I’m the black sheep, I became it. I was a Scotland Yard detective and I ended up in Tursenia, working at Ceccarelli’s cachemire. Thanks to my English I work in the import/export office, it’s not so bad after all. I had to leave London because I messed some thing up. To be totally honest with you, they kicked me out of Scotland Yard, but that’s a silly question, isn’t it?

Anyway, troubles follow me in Tursenia as well. My best friend, Tursenia police Inspector Angelo Alunni, drags me into his business, murder cases and mystery to solve. Old habits die hard.

I love running, eating Italian food and I’m a Gunner. I never miss an Arsenal match also here in Italy, I thought of everything. I’m after a pretty Italian girl. I’m done with British ladies since my ex (about to be) fiancée cheated me with – guess what? – my partner at work. Not funny at all.

What’s the most difficult case you’ve ever faced?

I got into all kinds of mischief when I was in London, from serial killers to drug and people smuggling that didn’t end up happily. What concerns me, generally speaking, is the corruption ruling everywhere.

I am seeing incredible things also here in Italy. It’s crazy how little everyday things or apparently innocuous events, like a domestic accident, for instance, may hide unresolved crimes or acts that can kill someone.
The most complicated case I faced so far here in Italy is about a double murders, two young sportsmen shot at cold blood who apparently don’t have anything in common. That didn’t square to Angelo, so he asked my cooperation. At the very end we managed to bring to justice who deserved to pay for it… or something like that.

Which character of the crime/mystery literature do you think you look similar the most? Which want would you like to be, if you could?

I don’t know actually. Someone told me I’ve go the same Sherlock Holmes’ nose. I mean, what’s wrong with you Italians with my nose? You all say I’ve got a “foreigner” kind of nose, what does it mean?

I’d like to look like George Simenon’s Maigret, although my neighbour Giulia keeps saying I look like Jane Marple because I always nose into stuff when I should not do it. You see, Francesco? It’s always about my nose!

Do you think that the good guys always win or you are disenchanted? Have you ever met any bad guy who was… good at the very end?

No. Good guys try to win, but I believe that bad guys win too much often. Otherwise the police (and the corruption) wouldn’t exist.

Yes, I met some “good” bad guys. They are people who often are accused of being mean. At the end they are just doing the good (and better) thing to the people they love, even if that might cause pain. Ethic matters are often hard to figure as good or bad, right or wrong. It’s personal most of the times.

Are you more keen on legality or do you think that laws should be overcome sometimes to get justice?

I was kicked out from Scotland Yard also because of it. Some laws and regulations were created to, in their opinion, keep the society quiet, controlled and balanced. However, they work at the contrary quite often.

I believe you’ve got to overcome these rules if you want to sort things out, sometimes. If they catch you, you will be in trouble. Justice is like a needle that holds the balance of power and moves according to the circumstances. Sometimes you’ve got to use the force to put the needle in the right position… to sort things out. Not everyone likes my idea of justice, sometimes I argue also with Angelo about that. It’s normal, he wears a police uniform, he cannot accept my idea at 100%. At the end I’m very happy to not serve and protect anymore, although my family will never forgive me.


Francesco Zampa ce l’ha fatta. Da scrittore di gialli non poteva che essere lui il primo a strappare un’intervista a Chase Williams, che da quando è stato trasferito a Tursenia ha sempre tenuto un profilo basso, per non dare nell’occhio.

Eppure, Francesco è riuscito a far parlare anche Chase, che ovviamente non ha voluto rendere pubblica la cosa pubblicando sul suo blog.
Ci ho pensato io, a spargere la voce, cogliendo l’occasione per celebrare i miei 30 anni di vita sulla Terra (CLICCA QUI PER IL PROGRAMMA AGGIORNATO).

Clicca qui per leggere tutta l’intervista a Chase Williams in italiano, pubblicata sul blog di Francesco. E buona lettura!