Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels, and her books have sold more than thirteen million copies in over thirty languages globally. She was born in Ireland and divides her time between England and West Cork with her husband and four children.

Riley's latest book to appear in the US is The Pearl Sister, the fourth installment in The Seven Sisters series.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Riley's reply:
As a writer, after a long day of working on my novels or researching historical periods, I love to immerse myself in a different world before going to bed, so I read every single day. I’m the type of reader who gets obsessed with one author and one series of books, and my current obsession are the Ruth Galloway novels by the fantastic writer Elly Griffiths.

The novels are all set in Norfolk, a part of England where I have lived for many years, so it is wonderful to read about places that I know so intimately. Her main character is Dr Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist who lives with her two cats in a little seaside cottage in the marshes of Norfolk.

It is what I would call ‘cosy crime’ – not too gruesome and very readable. The books are funny and Ruth is a wonderfully inspiring female character – not only is she a ‘boff’ – a complete nerd, passionate about archaeology, but she is also complex, and you really feel as if you know her. I’ve also learnt a good deal about the history of Norfolk through these novels.

As a writer of a series myself, I often get emails from fans telling me to write as fast as I can as they cannot wait for the next instalment (and I promise, I am writing as fast as I can!). Elly Griffiths sparks that love and impatience in me, and I am urging her to write more books in the series. It is currently at ten books, and I have devoured every single one.
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