An unexpected murder. A suspect with a reason. The power of unwavering belief.
A murder has been committed in an office in Jerusalem. That’s for sure. The rest is not as clear-cut as it might seem.
Asaf languishes in his cell, unable to tell his story even to himself. How can he tell it to someone who elicits such fear within him?
His colleague, Nathalie, has studied Beauty and the Beast. She understands its moral. Maybe that’s why she’s the only one who believes in Asaf, the suspect. But she’s new in the company – and in the country. Would anyone take her opinion seriously?
She coerces her flatmates, Yarden and Tehila, into helping her investigate. As they uncover new trails, will they be able to reverse popular opinion?
In the end, will Beauty’s belief be strong enough to waken the Beast? Or, in this case, can Style waken the Solitary
– When and where do you prefer to write?
There was a time when I wrote the first draft by hand, and then I loved to write in the garden. But the tradition of writing a novel in November taught me that it’s much quicker to write on the computer, especially as it means I can leave out the transcribing stage. Fortunately, I have my own room for writing. I write whenever I have time, although mornings tend to be the most productive times.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
No. I try to write every day.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Water and white chocolate or peanuts or cashews. But all that is more for editing. When I’m concentrating on writing, I don’t usually need any refreshment.
– What is your favourite book?
There are so many good books, it’s impossible to choose just one. But if you insist, I choose A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Tomorrow, I would choose another book.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Definitely. I’ve written romance, uplit and cosy crime, and wouldn’t turn down any of the genres I like to read.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I sometimes take characteristics of people I know, but I haven’t created a character who could be identified as someone I know. Even if I begin by basing a character on a friend or acquaintance, that character takes on a personality of their own.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
When I’m away on holiday, I try to jot down what we do each day, and my scribblings can include thoughts and ideas. At home, I’ve been known to use my phone for notes, but that doesn’t happen so often. Most of my ideas go straight from head to laptop.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m tempted to say science fiction, but I haven’t read much science fiction and there might well be books in that genre that I would enjoy. I haven’t read anything pornographic and don’t wish to.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I would like it to be with someone who could bring expertise that I would like to acquire. Historical fiction, for example. I once began a series of historical fiction novels with another author. It fizzled out because she didn’t have the time, but I would try that again.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’ve travelled quite a bit already. I’ve set novels in the country I live in and the one I used to live in. I also set part of a novel in Japan. This is a difficult question, because all countries are fascinating in their own ways. The next novel I write might include a trip to Nathalie’s home town of Strasbourg, which I’ve never seen, despite having visited France several times. If I have an opportunity to go there, I won’t turn it down!
Thank you, Miriam Drori and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
When Miriam Drori says she loves to perform, people don’t believe her. When she says she’s not shy, they think she’s delusional. The fact is, things ain’t what they seem. A witch called social anxiety took away her ability to be spontaneous, but it didn’t change her exhibitionist nature. You need to watch her dancing or speaking before an audience to understand that.
Fortunately, she has found an outlet for her thoughts in writing, a solitary activity with multiple recipients. She never doubted her ability to write, but only in recent years has she managed to gather her views and observations together into papier-mâché balls worth throwing far and wide.
If you ignore the witch, life has been good to Miriam, especially since she made the decision to move from the UK to Israel. She has a wonderful husband, three lovely children and a delightful house. She loves to read, travel, hike and dance. She has worked in computer programming and technical writing, and now enjoys the freedom and versatility of creative writing. And she believes passionately in raising awareness of social anxiety.
Amazon page: Author.to/MiriamDroriAtAmazon
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