Joe Ducie Wants a Shelf of His Own
Twenty-five year-old author Joe Ducie has always wanted to be published but he admits the opportunity ‘sort of snuck up’ on him. Primarily a writer of the fantasy-urban genre, Joe cites his influences as Stephen King – the famed horror novelist – and the American fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss.
Joe’s first Young Adult novel ‘The Rig’ won the Guardian and Hot Key Books’ Young Writers Prize at the London Book Fair in 2012. The Rig features 15-year-old Will Drake and what ensues when he escapes from an inescapable specialist juvenile holding facility. Make sure to buy a copy.
What is the most challenging part of your work?
Believing in the story!
What are the perfect conditions for writing?
Cool weather, open air, glass of scotch.
If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only bring one book or series with you – what would it be?
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
What advice would you give for young, aspiring authors?
Finish what you start. A bad idea on the page is worth far more than a good idea in your head. You can fix something bad on the page.
Where do you hope to be in the future and how will you get there?
Spanning an entire shelf of the bookshop! I’ll get there by writing consistently and always striving to improve.
Visit Joe’s website to keep up with his prolific writing!
Journalist and Press Officer at Youth Arts Online. An ice hockey-enthusiast with a passion for the written word and the depiction of great character development on my television screen as well as issues of social justice.