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 October
14,
2010
 
 It
All
Comes
Down
to
Good
Writing
For
Successful
Author,
Elizabeth
Duncan
 
 For
Elizabeth
Duncan,
writing
has
become
a
passion,
a
hobby
and
the
foundation
of
her
 career.
The
talented
part‐time
professor
in
the
public
relations
program
at
Humber
has
 always
had
a
flair
for
words;
first
as
a
journalist
and
editor
for
the
Ottawa
Citizen
and
 Hamilton
Spectator,
and
then
as
a
freelancer
and
broadcaster
in
London,
England.

 
 Today,
she
teaches
writing
and
communication
planning
in
the
very
program
that
she
 graduated
from
in
1995,
and
has
recently
embarked
on
a
new
creative
chapter
in
her
 life:
writing
the
Penny
Brannigan
traditional
mystery
series
set
in
North
Wales.
 
 
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 It
All
Comes
Down
to
Good
Writing
For
Successful
Author,
Elizabeth
Duncan
 


Duncan’s
debut
novel,
The
Cold
Light
of
Mourning,
is
the
winner
of
the
William
F.
Deeck‐ Malice
Domestic
Grant
for
unpublished
writers
and
the
St.
Martin’s
Press/Malice
 Domestic
award
for
best
first
novel.
Her
second
book,
A
Brush
with
Death,
was
released
 in
July
2010
to
favorable
reviews.
Despite
her
newfound
fame,
Duncan
attributes
her
 success
to
simply
being
in
the
right
place
at
the
right
time.


 
 “I
wish
I
could
tell
you
that
I
was
down
to
my
last
dollar,
my
last
pack
of
smokes,
and
 then
this
wonderful
thing
happened;
but
it
didn’t,
and
I
don’t
smoke,”
she
jokes.
 “Everyone
takes
a
different
road
to
publication
and
mine
was
so
smooth.
I
realize
how
 lucky
I
am.”

 
 Duncan
was
inspired
to
write
the
Penny
Brannigan
series
after
traveling
to
Wales
and
 falling
in
love
with
the
scenery.
Her
transition
from
journalism
into
the
world
of
public
 began
when
she
heard
about
Humber’s
certificate
program.
She
came
to
Humber,
got
 hired
soon
after,
and
hasn’t
left
since.
 
 
 
 
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 It
All
Comes
Down
to
Good
Writing
For
Successful
Author,
Elizabeth
Duncan
 
 When
asked
about
her
preference
between
public
relations
and
journalism,
Duncan


gushes,
“my
heart
is
with
the
writing.
Most
of
my
success
in
PR
was
attached
to
writing
 because
it’s
what
I
feel
the
most
comfortable
doing.”
All
of
Duncan’s
experiences
have
 made
her
a
more
effective
writer
and
an
established
author
on
the
Canadian
literary
 scene.

 
 Duncan
admits
that
she
is
most
inspired
when
walking
her
Australian
cattle
dog,
Dolly.
 Spending
time
in
North
Wales,
the
idyllic
setting
of
her
novels,
also
helps
her
formulate
 believable
characters.
Duncan
claims
that
the
picturesque
charm
of
the
Welch
 landscape
is
what
draws
in
readers,
especially
in
traditional
mystery
novels.
 
 
After
spending
a
lifetime
reading
mysteries,
it
made
sense
that
Duncan
gravitated
 towards
this
genre
for
her
first
novel.
“Authors
write
the
books
that
they
want
to
read.
 When
I
decided
one
day
to
try
writing
a
book,
I
automatically
turned
to
the
mystery
 genre
because
I
know
the
format.”
Her
inherent
curiosity
as
a
journalist
also
allows
her
 to
think
like
a
detective
and
craft
an
appropriate
plot.

 
 
 
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 It
All
Comes
Down
to
Good
Writing
For
Successful
Author,
Elizabeth
Duncan
 
 The
hardworking
author
also
has
a
humorous
side.
When
asked
how
she
promotes
her
 books,
Duncan
jokes,
“there’s
something
difficult
about
promoting
yourself.
I’m
a
little
 uncomfortable
with
it.”
But
she
doesn’t
hesitate
to
distribute
her
personal
bookmarks
 to
the
group,
adding,
“I
do
think
these
are
wonderful!”

 
 It’s
this
fun‐loving
spirit
that
has
made
it
easy
for
Duncan
to
combine
some
of
her
 favourite
things:
writing,
travelling,
and
spending
time
with
her
family
and
beloved
 Dolly.
Her
advice
to
young
graduates?
“Work
on
your
writing
skills,
because
they
will


open
doors
and
take
you
places.
As
a
solid
writer,
you
probably
won’t
be
out
of
a
job
for
 too
long.”
 
 On
that
note,
what’s
next
for
this
mystery
buff?
Duncan’s
next
book,
A
Killer’s
Christmas
 in
Wales,
is
scheduled
for
release
in
September
2011.
In
addition
to
writing,
Duncan
 enjoys
helping
Humber
public
relations
students
find
internships
and
launch
their
 careers.
If
her
own
success
is
any
indication,
she’s
the
right
woman
for
the
job.
 
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