When Nadine Ducca was a child, she wanted to be a muppeteer for the Jim Henson Company. Several years later, she found herself far from the Muppets, living in Spain and studying Translation and Interpreting at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After completing a Master’s Degree in Medical Translation, she set her eyes on a PhD, then shrugged, and said, “I need a break from all this studying.” From then on, she decided to dedicate her free time to her greatest passion: writing. She has published several flash fiction pieces in online magazines, although her biggest ambition has always been to write a novel. Serving Time is her debut novel, and more are on the way. Nadine is currently working on her second novel, Making Time. When she’s not giving her characters a hard time (especially Eneld), she’s at work coordinating the Cambridge English Language Assessment examinations, and occasionally translating documents or interpreting seminars for the city hall of Granollers, her place of residence.
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The Soul Distillery
by Nadine Ducca
Published: December 7, 2014.
When Robert's wife passes away, he vows to bring her back to him—even if he has to chop up his soul and feed it to the Devil.
by Nadine Ducca
When narcotics courier Tristan Cross attempts to resign from StarCorp, he never thought the company would infect him with the mind-consuming loyalty drug. With his personality slipping through his fingers, Tristan embarks on a desperate quest for freedom that will take him across the solar system, and into the most unexpected regions of space and time.
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- Hildie at the Ghost Shore
on Oct. 14, 2013
Cappa combines magical storytelling with historical and supernatural elements to show you the story of rune-reader Hildie as she reads the fortune of a mysterious visitor.
The tale of Hildie at the Ghost Shore is revealed to readers at a leisurely pace, laced with evocative descriptions of the heroine's surroundings. While the start is somewhat slow for a 2,000-word story, it allows you to feel the magic surrounding Hildie and her little corner overlooking the Ghost Shore.
The most positive aspects of the short are the writing itself (completely error-free, something I truly value), and the author's knack for drawing the reader in to a world of Norse mythology. The ending is also thought-provoking and I would definitely like to see the story continue from there.
The main thing I missed here was a bit more action throughout. As I mentioned above, the pace is leisurely, and while I am more drawn to action and high-risk scenes, the slowness of Hildie at the Ghost Shore lets you feel the characters and, most of all, the setting. After reading, I feel it is probably the best way to tell this story, as Cappa gently takes you by the hand and draws you in to her imagination.
While not precisely my cup of tea, I can still admire Cappa's storytelling capabilities. I would recommend this story to anyone interested in Norse mythology, runes, and, as the story's description states, "quiet little mysteries." While reading, it somehow reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe's A Descent into the Maelstrom.