Eric Giacometti studied biochemistry and genetics in Toulouse, France, before going into journalism. Then, at the height of his career as an investigative reporter, Giacometti was contaminated by the thriller virus. His life took on another dimension: journalist by day, novelist by night. In 2013, he left his full-time reporting job with a French daily newspaper to follow his passion. His newest U.S. release is Shadow Ritual (Le French Book, 2015) which he co-wrote with Jacques Ravenne. Here, Eric reflects on Spain, French footballers, and champagne.

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  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Continuing to write as long as possible.
  2. What is your greatest fear? Losing my creativity.
  3. Which historical figure do you most identify with? President John F. Kennedy.
  4. Which living person do you most admire? I admire ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances and rise to the occasion.
  5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Impatience.
  6. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Conformism, particularly in France.
  7. What is your greatest extravagance? Standing in front of 300 people and telling the head of a newspaper that his motivational speech to reporters was worthless.
  8. What is your favorite journey? The road between Madrid and Seville.
  9. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Transparency.
  10. 10.  On what occasion do you lie? I never lie. This is a good time to start…
  11. What do you dislike most about your appearance? The bags under my eyes.
  12. Which living person do you most despise? My co-author, when he’s insincere.
  13. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Banal expressions such as indeed, in fact, quite, well. 
  14. What is your greatest regret? To sometimes not have made the right choices.
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life? Now that’s a personal question… My wife. 
  16. When and where were you happiest? Now.
  17. Which talent would you most like to have? An ability to play the piano. 
  18. What is your current state of mind? Serene.
  19. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Not overdoing the champagne. 
  20. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Being more present.
  21. What do you consider your greatest achievement? My daughter.
  22. 22.  If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? My cat. What a dream life.
  23. If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? My cat.
  24. What is your most treasured possession? I’m not particularly attached to material things.  
  25. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? No longer knowing how to write.
  26. Where would you like to live? Near Barcelona. 
  27. What is your favorite occupation? Mine, being a full-time writer.
  28. What is the quality you most like in a man? Benevolence.
  29. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Benevolence.
  30. What do you most value in your friends? Their originality.
  31. Who are your favorite writers? Ian Fleming, Gérard de Nerval, Robert Ludlum, John Buchan…
  32. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? James Bond 
  33. Who are your heroes in real life? Zinedine Zidane, the soccer player who led France to win the World Cup in 1998. I’m not all that into soccer, but I met him once and he’s the man who most impressed me in my entire career as a journalist.
  34. What are your favorite names? Eric and Jacques. 
  35. What is it that you most dislike? French politicians who never question themselves and give lessons in morality to the entire world instead of solving problems at home. 
  36. How would you like to die? In the sun, in a garden. Like the Godfather.
  37. What is your motto? The world is not enough.


Shadow Ritual by Eric Giacometti and Jacque Ravenne (Le French Book, March 25, 2015)

A thriller focusing on the rise of extremism, Shadow Ritual is the story of two ritual murders that rekindles an ancient rivalry between modern-day secret societies. Detective Antoine Marcas must join forces with the brash Jade Zewinski, as the two battle Neo Nazi assassins all across Europe. The mystery they seek to solve involves everything from the KGB to the Freemasons. It’s a thriller in every sense of the word!