#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Gorgito’s Ice Rink – Elizabeth Ducie @ElizabethDucie

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Gorgitos Ice Rink

Today I’m on the ‘Gorgito’s Ice Rink’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

SONY DSCWhen Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articles and training modules—and write for fun instead. She started by writing travel pieces, but soon discovered she was happier, and more successful, writing fiction. In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published four novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.

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Synopsis :

Gorgito_FRONT bigGorgito’s Ice Rink was runner up in Writing Magazine’s 2015 Self-Published Book of the Year Awards.

Two small boys grieving for lost sisters — torn between family and other loves. Can keeping a new promise make up for breaking an old one?
When Gorgito Tabatadze sees his sister run off with a soldier, he is bereft. When she disappears into Stalin’s Gulag system, he is devastated. He promises their mother on her death-bed he will find the missing girl and bring her home; but it is to prove an impossible quest.
Forty years later, Gorgito, now a successful businessman in post-Soviet Russia, watches another young boy lose his sister to a love stronger than family. When a talented Russian skater gets the chance to train in America, Gorgito promises her grief-stricken brother he will build an ice-rink in Nikolevsky, their home town, to bring her home again.
With the help of a British engineer, who has fled to Russia to escape her own heartache, and hindered by the local Mayor who has his own reasons for wanting the project to fail, can Gorgito overcome bureaucracy, corruption, economic melt-down and the harsh Russian climate in his quest to build the ice-rink and bring a lost sister home? And will he finally forgive himself for breaking the promise to his mother?

A story of love, loss and broken promises. Gorgito’s story, told through the eyes of the people whose lives he touched.

Purchase Links:
My website page
Kindle universal link
Until 14th October, Gorgito’s Ice Rink is only 99 p/c in all territories

Q&A :


First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve always loved words and have been an avid reader all my life. I was educated and trained as a scientist and over a thirty-plus year career in the international pharmaceutical manufacturing, I wrote millions of factual words in audit reports, training programmes, text books and journal articles. Then in 2005, I decided I wanted to try my hand at creative writing. I have since published four novels; three books of short stories plus a series of manuals on business skills for writers. In 2012, I gave up the day job to write full-time.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I began with all the children’s classics of the 1950s: Black Beauty; Heidi; Little Women; The Water Babies; Alice in Wonderland; and anything by Enid Blyton. Then I progressed to Alan Garner; C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien. And my love of fantasy was born.
These days I read a lot of fantasy: Robert Jordan; Raymond Feist; Brandon Sanderson; J K Rowling; and Stephen King’s brilliant Dark Tower series. But I’ve never written in that genre – yet. I also read crime, psychological thrillers, and cosy murders; plus a real mix of titles for our monthly book club.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’d love to ask William Shakespeare how he came up with so many sayings and phrases that are so popular and so relevant today; and how he feels about the way his plays are presented these days. Does he prefer the traditional approach or the more modern interpretations. I’d love to know for example what he thinks about Return To The Forbidden Planet, one of my favourite musicals, based on The Tempest.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d invite Hermione Granger to tea to see if I could persuade her to lend me her Time Turner so I could be in two places at the same time and get twice as much done in the day.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Apart from sorting out my emails, checking FB, updating the diary, rechecking FB, making a plan in pretty colours on my flip-chart, rechecking FB and wondering where on earth the day has gone to? Not really, no.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
So far, all my novels and many of my short stories have been located in countries outside of UK; and while there is often a real life incident that triggers the story, my version is always a fictional one. However, I am currently planning a new series of cosy murders set much closer to home, so maybe the people in my life need to be just slightly worried!

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
A bit of both. I always have a detailed plan for the start of a piece; and often know the closing line. But the bit in the middle tends to be a tad hazy to start with.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Decide why you are writing and who your audience is going to be. If it’s mainly for yourself – and for some writers, it’s all about getting their words down on paper – then write anything you want to. If it’s for a specific audience, then do some research on what that audience wants/likes to read. But above all, write!

What are your future plans as an author?
To write a series of cosy murders set in the Haldon Hills near my home in South Devon. Not sure yet whether it will be a short or long series; at the moment, I’m just having fun developing the characters and the early plots.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
One of the main narrators of Gorgito’s Ice Rink is Emma Chambers, a British engineer working on a construction project in Russia. The book opens as she is celebrating St Valentine’s Day with her Russian friends on the banks of the river.

“If she turned around, the outskirts of Nikolevsky were just across the road, but with her back to the town she could see only countryside, apart from the elegant spans of the main city bridge to her left, bringing traffic from Yaroslavl or Moscow. Small stands of silver birch trees gave way to a sloping expanse of bank down to the River Volga, a couple of hundred metres’ wide at this point.
On the other side of the river, open fields stretched away into the distance, empty apart from an occasional factory chimney on the horizon. Downstream at the bend in the river the white walls and green tiled roof of the Charitina Monastery, favoured retreat of the Romanov rulers, stood proud on the edge of the flowing water. Above its church, the grey, onion-shaped domes glinted in the sunlight.
‘I can see her—isn’t she brilliant?’ Dima was now hopping from one foot to the other and pulling at Gorgito’s sleeve.
A tiny blonde girl had broken away from the main group of skaters and was performing arabesques, lunges and spins. She wore red velvet with white fur at the throat and wrists. A matching Cossack hat completed the outfit. Her friends on the ice and the crowds on the bank applauded.
Gorgito smiled and patted the young boy on the shoulder.
‘She certainly is, Dima, and beautiful as well,’ he said, bending to straighten the knitted cap which had slid over the boy’s ear and was in danger of falling off his blond hair altogether, ‘She’s a wonderful skater—a true ballerina of the ice. She’s Odette, Princess Aurora and the Sugar Plum Fairy all rolled into one.’ Straightening, he turned to look at Emma. ‘And she’ll be a star one day soon; our very own champion.’”

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Elizabeth Ducie.

The Magic of Wor(l)ds




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