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Monday, 9 September 2013

Welcome Elizabeth Ducie


Today we are excited to welcome another wonderful author to our dynamic Group. Please meet Elizabeth Ducie ….


I have been writing since I was very young. When I was a teenager, essays and poetry helped me win my first overseas trip via a newspaper competition. I returned to creative writing in 2006 after 30+ years as a technical writer. For the past seven years, I've had great fun experimenting with different types of writing. I've written articles for content websites and on commission. I've written short stories and poetry for competitions - and have had a couple of wins, several honourable mentions and some short-listing.

Since 2009, I have been co-editor of the Chudleigh Phoenix Community Magazine and we have grown it from a 4-page, bimonthly publication to a monthly 10-pager. Together with co-editor Sharon Cook, I launched the Chudleigh Phoenix Annual Short Story Competition, which has just started accepting entries for a fourth year.

In July 2011, we published a collection of short stories. Life is Not a Trifling Affair received such positive feedback from our readers, we brought out a second collection in November 2012. This one is called Life is Not a Bed of Roses. Both anthologies are available either as paperbacks or as ebooks.

I have also published two books on my own: Sunshine and Sausages is a how-to book on running a successful summer garden party. My latest book, Parcels in the Rain and Other Writing is a collection of short stories, flash fiction, travel writing and memoirs.

I am currently working on my first novel which is set in Russia and based partly on my travel experiences. It's been in progress since 2006. In 2010, frustrated by the time it was taking to complete  - and to provide structure and discipline to the project - I signed up for an MA in Creative Writing at Exeter University. I graduated in January 2013.

I am a member of the Chudleigh Writers' Circle, Exeter Writers and the West Country Writers' Association. I spend far too much time on Facebook and Twitter, but have met some great writing buddies along the way.




Parcels in the Rain


Who is the mysterious stranger who carries parcels in the rain? Why does Joey want so badly to win the story competition? Has Archie Walker met his match in the Suited Man? And is Jasmine right in her belief that it's possible to breathe under water? Elizabeth Ducie's new collection contains short stories and flash fiction drafted over a seven year period since she rediscovered creative writing in 2006.

However, the 31 pieces also include writing about two important parts of her life: her childhood and her travels as an adult. What was Christmas Eve like in the 1970s? How did the family celebrate Verdi at teatime? Why was it so difficult to leave Ukraine? And what do you do when someone is screaming "It's alright, I'm with British Airways" in your ear while you are lying on a stretcher and are quite clearly NOT alright?

All these questions and more are answered in Parcels in the Rain, which is currently available only as an ebook. For downloads to Kindle or your PC  click here (UK) or here (USA). For downloads to other devices, including Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, click here.


10 comments:

  1. Welcome to the group, Dulcie. Nice to meet you.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I'm looking forward to getting to 'meet' everyone over the coming weeks. Elizabeth x

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  2. Welcome, Dulcie, and I must read PARCELS IN THE RAIN to find out how you celebrated Verdi at teatime!

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    1. Hi Susan. I really enjoyed writing 'Parcels'; it's got much more of 'me' in it than the 'Life is Not...' anthologies. Elizabeth x

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  3. Great to meet you, Elizabeth, and to find out a little about your life and your writing. gx

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    1. Likewise, Gilli. I'm busily reading everyone's pages at the moment. Elizabeth x

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  4. Nice to meet and greet you. Tweeted

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    1. Thanks, Serena - and the same to you. See you in Tweetland. Elizabeth x

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  5. You're certainly a busy lady, Elizabeth! Welcome to the group :D

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    1. you can say that again, Suzy. I'm hoping that the new invention of the 36 hour day will help with that. Elizabeth x

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