Several writers were invited to the Salon du thriller organized by the Martin-Delbert bookshop in Agen. In the context of the wine tasting, readers gathered to meet the authors.
As soon as we entered the bookstore, we suddenly had the impression of landing in the middle of a crime scene. Yellow ribbons, chalk silhouettes drawn on the ground, only the forensic doctors and judicial police officers were missing. However, there was no death or bloody murder in the middle of the Salon du thriller. In any case, not that we know, although, we would keep there an intrigue worthy of a police soap opera.
Meeting and tasting
Instead, a meeting and exchanges between three authors and their readers: the journalist Cécile Cabanac and the writers Olivier Bal and Céline Denjean. François-Xavier Dillard should have also been present, but he was forced to cancel. They began by signing their respective books at 11 a.m. (“Requiem for a Diamond,” “Circle of Lies,” and “Forest of the Disappeared,” all bookstore favorites) in a wine-tasting setting. Martin-Delbert partner Vinissim’O introduced readers to their artisanal wines while discussing the tasting process. The writers, also the bon vivants, took advantage of the workshop.
In the afternoon, the meeting was enlivened by a conference on the subject of intrigue with drawers. In front of the Agenais, the three authors explained the art of building a thriller. An entire art, which involves the participation of many people, starting with the editors. The latter play a very important role for their good advice. A revision from you is always necessary, not forgetting your opinion on the synopsis, not forgetting the trick of the back cover; Cécile Cabanac testified: “I had a specific image in mind, one that I hadn’t planned was forced on me, and in the end, the publisher was right!”
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“What you have to understand is that the writer is not good everywhere. The editor knows what he does”.
The immediate environment also has its word. Olivier Bal, paraphrasing Colombo, sometimes asks his wife for his opinion on a point raised by the editor.
The dedications resumed after the discussion. For Cécile Cabanac, fairs of this type are essential for authors, because they allow them to exchange not only with their readers, but also with each other: “If we have doubts about writing, we can discuss it with each other, it is very important and very interesting. It gives us a lot.”
And the readers appreciate it. Nicole, who came to discover “Requiem pour un diamant”, appreciates thrillers because her fictional aspect relaxes her.
However, reality sometimes meets fiction. In embarking on the writing, Cécile Cabanac was inspired by the investigative files she saw go through the “Bring in the Accused” broadcasts. The stories are sometimes chilling, but that is precisely what readers appreciate.