Publisher: Souliris UK Ltd
Publication Date: July 15, 2013
Book Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: In Russia, an aluminum magnate, Kazimir Stankevitch, enters into an unwritten agreement with Angela Moreaux, an enigmatic and seductively attractive woman that he secretly desires. Later that night, as she returns home from a nightclub, a shot is fired at her. At the same time, in the Ritz, her unsuspecting associate has a meeting with an elderly Swiss gentleman, Jacques Moreaux, who delivers to him a mysterious letter signed by Angela. In a game of genuine intents, secret longings and seconds agendas, the seemingly unconnected yet mysteriously intertwined events unfold on the pages of this compelling psychological novella. As the stakes in the game go higher, the young woman finds herself confronted with life choices that will challenge her on unexpected levels.
Author Bio: Seraphima Bogomolova was born and raised in St Petersburg, Russia. She is the Editor of Avantoure.com. A Tricky Game is Seraphima’s debut novella. Currently, she is working on her second novella.
Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.
A: The inspiration for the current release stems from a sequence of events that happened to me during autumn of 2010. At that time, I was in New York on a temporary two months visit. Keen as I was to explore the city and its people I went to different networking events, and at one such event met a man who had similar interests to mine. We quickly became friends and when I left New York for Dubai we kept communicating via emails. On the Christmas Day of 25th December 2010 he wrote me that he had dreamt that a woman and a man were writing a book together and it became a bestseller... I took it as a sign and started writing my debut novel. Though a dream of my friend was an inspirational push, the inspiration for the plot and the book's characters had come from my own life and people I personally had known or dealt with in Russia and Europe.
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
A: Writing my debut novella A Tricky Game helped me uncover my talent and gain confidence as a writer, for before doing it I had thought that writing a book was somewhat an impossible task to complete. Well, now I can say that nothing is impossible as long as one has a strong desire to achieve ones goal.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
A: Writing is easy for me. I find nothing difficult about it. It's like breathing: I don't think about it, just write.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
A: My reply to this question would be an excerpt from the review of 'A Tricky Game' written by the Book Kindle Reviews: “Seraphima does have a wonderful way with words. She makes the ordinary quite extraordinary.” I guess this is the most interesting writing quirk I have.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
A: Yes, I do. I've started writing my second novella. Since I don't want to reveal or talk about something I haven't yet finished I will just say that the main theme of it will be dedicated to a young man and his quest for the universal love in the all digitized and computerized 24/7 online world. Once finished, the book will be turned into an interactive digital one, as an experiment.
Q. What are you currently reading?
A: I've just finished a very intriguing and extremely articulate book called "Enchantment of Lily Dahl' by Siri Hutsvedt. I have learnt a lot in terms of writing from this author. And right now, I'm reading a book by Elizabeth McCracken "The Giant's House" about the love of a 25 year old librarian girl to an avid teen age reader James.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
A: I'm moving from Dubai, UAE to Geneva, Switzerland in two months, which I'm very excited about, as this is the country I am in love with. I've also started my freelance business of helping people with their personal and business profiles including CVs, resumes, LinkedIn profiles and business plans. This is another outlet for applying my writing talent and making people happy. You can find more info about it on my site.
Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!
A: I don't know what to consider a fun fact and what not, but perhaps me being fascinated with characters from Soviet cartoons such as "Cheburashka", Topple in English, and loving Soviet vanilla ice cream 'plombir' can be two of such facts.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: I'd say: stay open minded in terms of life, books, experiences, and people.