Name you Write Under : Lucie Dudley
What Genre(s) do you write :
It's a bit of a mix! Difficult to put into one category ... I am told it falls under spiritual realism, but has a strong women's/historical/romance, leaning too.
What and/or who inspired you to write :
I have read and written since childhood. But the inspirational moment, which really stands out is when I discovered Paulo Coelho's books - specifically, The Alchemist. I had never read anything like this before and I was hooked! I think I read it in one day!
The poetry of his words, and the deeper meaning beneath the story really inspired and enlightened me. It touched me deeply. Luckily he is a prolific author and I quickly consumed everything else he had written. After that I felt motivated to write my own tale from my own life experiences and The Caduceus is the result.
What was the name of your first book ?
Do you write full time ?
No. I have children and work two jobs as well, so write around my other obligations. Although when I get in the flow I can barely tear myself away from my laptop!
What is the most difficult part of the writing process for you ?
Structuring the storyline.
How do you overcome this ?
I had a chance encounter with Universal Journalist and ex-Independent news editor, David Randall. David was giving a talk at a 'Happiness Weekend' at Dartington Estate in Devon, near where I live and we got talking. From then on he became my mentor and editor, while I was writing The Caduceus and helped me as I finished my book. His support was invaluable and without his assistance I don't think I would have got it out there!
A fresh and in my case, more experienced, pair of eyes was so important for me.
What are you currently reading ?
The Wild Other by Clover Stroud. I love her writing style, her authenticity and her honesty and bravery in exposing her own darkest moments and fears. I am finding it incredibly raw and touching.
Describe your current release or work in progress
It is again, a modern day fairy tale with a deeper message underneath. Set in our times, it focuses on the dynamics between certain conflicting personality types and what happens when they connect. I don't want to give too much away as it is still forming as I write and still a work in progress. But like The Caduceus, it can be read on two levels - as a straightforward story, or as a spiritual fable for our times.
When will your WIP be released ?
What’s next for you ?
I plan to keep writing and to travel more. There will be a third book, but I will only be able to process it properly when I've finished my current one.
Where can readers find you ?
Instagram - Luciedudley1
FB - Lucie Dudley author
Twitter - @luciedudley4
What would you like your readers to know about you ?
I live magically and creatively. If I find myself stuck in a rut it's like a bit of my soul dies! It sounds dramatic, but it's true and is another reason I wrote The Caduceus.
When not working or writing I can be found walking, doing yoga, gardening, dancing or cooking.
I try and live a magical life, but like many, often find myself caught up in the day to day stresses of modern life. Yoga usually shakes it off or a good boogie to the radio in my kitchen!