Today I welcome Elizabeth Ducie to the blog.
Elizabeth Ducie was a successful international manufacturing consultant, when she decided to start telling lies for a living instead. She is the author of the Business of Writing series for writers; blogs weekly about writing, travel and other random topics that take her fancy; and is currently working on the third part of her series of thrillers set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals.
- What’s the first book you remember reading?
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
2. What book will always stay with you and why?
A Memory of Light, the fourteenth and final book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I started reading these fantastic fantasy books back in the 1990s and thought I would be finished at book 8. When I realised there was still a lot more of the story to go, but it hadn’t even been written yet, I gave up for a few years and waited until it was all available. Jordan died in 2007 by which time we were up to book 11. The writing was taken over by Brandon Sanderson, based on Jordan’s notes. I started rereading the whole series around 2008 and finally finished it in August 2013. The ending lived up to the promise of the earlier writing and all the threads finished satisfactorily. But it is memorable primarily for representing such a huge chunk of my reading life: all 12K pages and 4.4m words of it!
3. One book you are looking forward to reading?
The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore. This has been sitting on my TBR list for the past couple of years. It is the major reference work I am going to use for my next but one novel, a timeslip based on the five major locations in Russia related to the Tsar’s family. Starting to read it will confirm I have finished my current series of thrillers and am moving on to the next stage in my writing.
Deceit is a dangerous game and it seems like everyone’s playing.
Athletes fight for no apparent reason. A sprinter disappears – no-one knows why, no-one knows where. Is a new health drink to blame? Regulator turned investigator, Suzanne Jones, flies to Sao Paulo to check it out – and finds herself the centre of threats.
Suzanne’s sister, Charlie, is also in Brazil, chasing counterfeiter Michael Hawkins to make him pay for the pain and suffering he’s caused. It’s Mardi Gras in Rio – and danger stalks the streets.
New Friends. An old adversary. Faces and voices from the past. Will it all be too much for the Jones sisters to handle?