Elizabeth Audrey Mills

Biography

I am Liz Mills - incredibly old, but (amazingly) still fully functional. I was born of gentle, loving parents in Southend-on-Sea in the county of Essex, England, famous for its pier, shingle beaches and seaweed. I now live in the euphemistically named Three Bridges, in West Sussex, with my writer fiancée Douglas.

My childhood was undistinguished: expelled from posh school for being dim, I found my level in the state secondary education system, emerging with just enough basic skills to enable me to get a job … then another job … then another … and so on. At various points in my life I married and divorced a few times, producing two children, who are now adults and whom I love.

Writing was always a hobby, followed intermittently, until I shook off the shackles of the capitalist slavery system and gratefully accepted retirement. I developed my writing skills by reading and analysing the work of others. From some, I learnt how to write, while others showed me the mistakes to avoid; I am grateful to all of them.

At the age of sixty, as retirement loomed, I reinvented myself. I threw off the mantle that had stifled me for my whole adult life, and discovered, inside, the person I should have been. That person is now Elizabeth Audrey Mills, chatelaine and author of three full-length novels for adults/young adults, and a science-fiction series for young teens.

All my books are available in all e-reader formats through Smashwords, and in paperback through Amazon Createspace.

With fellow authors around the globe, I am also a founding member of the new e-magazine, INNOVATE, an exciting literary and artistic e-magazine. INNOVATE is devoted to bringing original and thought-provoking features from established and up-and-coming authors, artists and performers, as well as pioneering new frontiers with enhanced media. INNOVATE is available through Smashwords, and check out our web page at ... http://innovate-emagazine.com/

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write?
Imagine you are blowing up a balloon. It gets bigger and bigger, and if you don't release the pressure -or stop blowing- it will burst. Well, my head fills up like that (yes, with hot air, if you insist on continuing the analogy) and would explode if I couldn't let some of it out in the form of writing. It could be messy.
What inspired you to start writing?
Oh, gosh, it started so long ago I can't remember. I seem to have always been writing little pieces – essays, ideas, poems – ever since my school-days, although I didn't take the plunge into novel-writing until later in life. When I did finally try to put together my first book, I found I was floundering in the research, and was becoming disheartened. Fortunately, I met Bernadine Evaristo, a talented writer who came to our local library to talk about the writing process. Her advice gave me the confidence to continue.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Elizabeth Audrey Mills online


Where to buy in print


Books

Natalie Tereshchenko - The Other Side
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Series: Natalie Tereshchenko, Book Two. Price: Free! Words: 64,680. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
(5.00)
They wanted her to become the new Tsarina, but Natalie had other plans. Now she finds herself in the heart of the Kremlin, trying to hide her true identity. In this sequel to ‘Lady In Waiting’ the tension explodes into terrifying action. All protection lost, and deceived by her own mother, Natalie must again cross Russia searching for her beloved Max, relentlessly pursued by unknown assassins.
Reptilla
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Series: Tapestry Capricorn, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 21,080. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Once again Tapestry Capricorn is called into action to deal with dangerous, dimension-crossing aliens, helped this time only by a small white dog called Kong. First she has to deal with a bunch of angry rattlesnakes, then she comes face-to-face with an army of humanoid reptiles, and manages to upset a mean, megalomaniacal lizard calling himself King Sah-Seh-Sah. Is she out of her depth this time?
Tapestry Capricorn - Feline Secret Agent
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Series: Tapestry Capricorn, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,150. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.33)
The introductory novelette to the Tapestry Capricorn stories. When undesirables start to flood across the dimensional boundary into Earth, a special agent is sent to deal with them. But an agent alone, even a shape-shifting cat, sometimes needs an assistant or two. Tapestry Capricorn enlists a bunch of unlikely allies to help her destroy the portal and send the nasty, smelly aliens back.
Natalie Tereshchenko - Lady In Waiting
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Series: Natalie Tereshchenko, Book One. Price: Free! Words: 92,850. Language: British English. Published: February 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.60)
Russia is ablaze with violent revolution, the royal family is under sentence of death, and Natalie must follow them into exile. Sure that they will all be killed, the young Lady-in-Waiting tries to find meaning in her life before it ends ~ a life filled with tension, drama, love, hate and revenge. But Natalie cannot escape her past, and when the axe falls, she must make an agonising decision.
A Song For Joey
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Price: Free! Words: 93,520. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(5.00)
When your father has deserted you, and your mother died giving birth to you, when you are homeless, drugged and beaten, and someone is out to kill you, the best person to have beside you could be the ghost of a boy who once loved you.

Elizabeth Audrey Mills’s tag cloud

abuse    alternate history    cadillac    cat    dimension    dimension crossing    dog    drugs    feminism    fifties    gateway    italian    kollontai    lenin stalin    london    love    morph    norfolk    petersburg    portal    revolution    royal family    russia    russian revolution    secret agent    sex    shapeshift    sixties    tsar    yekaterinburg   

Elizabeth Audrey Mills's favorite authors on Smashwords


Smashwords book reviews by Elizabeth Audrey Mills

  • The Living Image on Sep. 04, 2011

    The Living Image by Pamela Richter A fun to read, nicely paced thriller, this book is well written and entertaining. I hope to see more from this talented author, and I suspect she will not disappoint. Liz Mills
  • The Star Sloop on May 19, 2013

    So different from the usual sci-fi to be found on Smashwords and elsewhere, this book is well-written, amusing, challenging and thoroughly entertaining. The main character is surrounded by a supporting cast that is lively and believable, and the action sequences had me on the edge of my seat. Recommended.
  • Werebian on June 28, 2013

    A fun read, well written with easy style. I was disappointed when the end arrived too soon. Recommended.
  • Being Isobel on July 01, 2013

    I loved this book - gritty, just the right pace, and with characters that spoke from the pages.
  • Mind Matters, Book 1: Confusion on July 04, 2013

    Wonderful, quirky, edgy writing - I loved it!
  • Legends of Origin 1 - Sanctuary for the Devil on July 29, 2013

    I read this book over a week of bedtimes, and it kept me gripped the whole time. The concept of the story is huge --a constant battle between good and evil-- and sometimes more than my cynical brain would accept, but the characters carry it forwards relentlessly, the writing is superb, events flow, dialogue is natural, and the descriptions are vivid. I grew to like the main characters, to worry about their safety, to feel their emotions. I certainly recommend this book and this author to anyone who is looking for a good, meaty book to read.
  • The Model Wife on July 29, 2013

    Good writing style, great imagination, and a plot that I could relate to. I really enjoyed this story, and wished it could have been longer - it felt as though it ended in the middle.
  • Fallen on Aug. 04, 2013

    Wonderfully erotic, beautifully written.
  • '56 on Aug. 16, 2013

    This book is, I think, one of the most powerful I have ever read - a mixture of fictional characters in a frighteningly real situation, I found it gripping and emotional. I remember watching the film "Schindler's List" and, at the end, when the house lights went up and people would normally be scrambling for the exits, nobody moved; we were all too stunned by what we had seen. "'56" affected me like that. After I had read the last word, I just stared at the page, assimilating the heart-wrenching stories that I had experienced. Gabriella Horvath has created something rare and special. I strongly recommend this excellent book.
  • La Tutayegua on Sep. 01, 2013

    For me, a story works best when it has a voice - when, as I read, I feel someone near me, hear them talking in my head. In La Tutayegua, that voice is a nine-year-old Mexican boy called Daniel Morales. Daniel took my hand and led me into his world. I met his cousin and best friend, Elena, and his grandma Nimfa. I saw the city through his eyes, the narrow streets and the market. He talks in a matter-of-fact way, as children do, about hardships and family unity, about his adventures with Elena, about the day they saw La Tutayegua, and about the brutality of his father. This little book is a delight to read, it carried me along to the stunning end. I long to read more by this gifted author.
  • The Model Wife part 2 on Sep. 17, 2013

    The success of the Fifty Shades trilogy has generated a fresh interest in erotica, and brought a surge of books onto the Indie market, by writers good and bad. Where so many fall down is in the delivery of story. It is all very well indulging your fantasies in print, but you must have a good knowledge of the English language, and be able to tell a good story. Tom Covenant qualifies on both counts. The 'Model Wife' stories, of which I have now read two, as well as some of his other books, are graphic and sensuous, leading the reader into situations that are far-fetched, yet still just on the right side of believable. A married couple embark on a risky adventure in which the wife will model naked for a local art group, to earn some extra cash. Neither reveals to the other their secret motives, and both are driven to extremes by their sexual desires. These books left me wanting to read more from this talented author.
  • Our Miss Engel on Sep. 21, 2013

    Subtle and insidious, Lauren Schahag leads the unsuspecting reader gently into her trap. Told in a style reminiscent of nineteenth century authors, with the freshness of a young narrator, the book had me captivated until the last line.
  • Under Julia on Oct. 26, 2013

    The author of 'Under Julia' is gifted writer Lauren Scharhag. She takes us into a surreal, Bosch-like world, with characters that are too real for comfort. The research for this book is pervasive, it is fiction set in an all-too-real place, with actors who know how to get under your skin. The 'Julia' in the title is the Julia Tuttle Causeway, the bridge by which interstate highway I-195 crosses the Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach. Under it, at the western end, lives a colony of misfits, the lowest of the fallen. It is a harsh place, yet the inhabitants learn to brush along together, sometimes helping each other, sometimes fighting, mostly just surviving, living with their secrets. Most of the book is told in the voice of Craig Winstead, and Scharhag makes that voice disturbingly real. We join him as he is released from prison, and follow him as he tries to integrate into a changed world, a world that does not want him. I tried to like him, or at least understand him --he's the guy sharing a piece of his life, after all-- but he only opens up so far, and what he reveals is so dark that, sometimes, I wished he had kept it to himself. How the author managed to live with him in her head for long enough to write this excellent, chilling book I cannot imagine. Although Winstead is the main story-teller, some of the others who live in the constant rumble of traffic and the smell of rejected humanity also get to speak, to share their own version of the events that led them to Julia. You will not bond with these men, but you may begin to understand some of the twists of fate that brought them down, and you will see how society treats these rejects. The tension is palpable. I am, perhaps, oversensitive, and sometimes I had to force myself to read about things that made me shiver. But, you know, I was glad to have had the priviledge of reading something very special indeed, a work of skill and art that I will always remember.
  • The Slayer on Dec. 29, 2013

    A man wakes up in a strange bed, in a world that is a dangerous, distorted version of the one he left behind. He has no idea how he came to be there, but realises that he has to adapt, quickly. He must learn about himself and how he fits into this violent new life, and discovers that he is Jason Wolfe, trusted advisor to the Emperor of Albion, and that he kills people for a living. In my opinion, it is a book that men will enjoy more than women --the sexual content suits male fantasies, and the casual violence did nothing for me-- but the skillful writing is a delight for all to read. Grey Wolf, the author, does not take pleasure in the killings, but shows how people can become so immersed in a situation that they accept a level of violence and exploitation that would, in another environment, be contrary to their nature. He builds well-developed characters and complex plots; there is intrigue and danger at every turn. This is a book by a mature author, confident in his ability, and gifted in his creativity. As an author myself, I am impatient of bad writing, and with the rise in self-publishing there is so much of that around; I start to read many books, but only finish about one in ten, and only review the best of them. Let it just be said that I finished this book, and enjoyed it enormously, despite my squeamishness at some passages. I found myself looking forward to each new chapter, and it was hard to put the book down. Recommended.
  • The Silent Invasion on April 23, 2014

    Well-written, tense, relentless; a thoroughly good read. In this what-if story of an alternative history, Russia uses the fall of the Berlin wall to launch a carefully planned invasion of Germany. Soldiers, thousands of them, had been planted throughout the country, and on the word of command, they occupy every factory, town and city. Eric Jones is an ex-marine who finds himself trapped in occupied Germany, caught up in the bitter struggle. With the help of the mysterious 'Ted', he becomes part of a diverse team of skilled soldiers from Britain and America, fighting to expel the invaders. The concept of the story seems simple, yet with considerable scope, and the telling of it is masterful. This book easily earns its five stars. Recommended.