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Q&A | February 27, 2014 2 comments
Describe your latest book. The Enchanted is a story narrated by a man on death row. The novel was inspired by my work as a death penalty... Continue »
Elizabeth PetersDescribe your latest project.
I'm doing the research for a new Amelia Peabody mystery but I refuse to say more for fear of jinxing the project. I usually change my mind about plot development half a dozen times before I've finished.
Terry Pratchett. To label his books fantasy does not do justice to their complexity social satire, laugh-out-loud humor, and a way with words that leaves me green with envy. I started with Mort, but almost any of them will turn you into a fan if you have that sort of mindset.
How do you relax?
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
Who are your favorite characters in history? Have any of them influenced your writing?
Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Books I Read Over and Over Again:
1. Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien. I read it when it was first published and haven't stopped. And yet, I thought the film was splendid.
2. Emma, Jane Austen and all the other Austens, even Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park, which I don't like as much as the others.
3. Did I mention Terry Pratchett? Any and all of his books.
4. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë.
5. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins. For sheer technique, in plotting and characterization, Collins is one of the best.
There are lots more, but I've already met your limit.
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Elizabeth Peters was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998, and given the Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic in 2003. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.