Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicky Peacock about her latest work and writing :)
Books & Writing: Do you remember the first story you wrote?
Nicky Peacock: The first story I ever wrote was about a scarecrow when I was 5 years old – I was told off by my teacher because it came across a bit sinister!
Books & Writing: Were you inspired by someone or something?
Nicky Peacock: I think I was just fascinated with scarecrows at the time – kind of still am.
Books & Writing: What do you love about writing a story?
Nicky Peacock: I love shocking the reader – whether it’s a twist in a tale or an untrustworthy narrator. My aim is to have them want to read it again.
Books & Writing: Can you tell us a bit about your latest book and the main characters?
Nicky Peacock: My latest book is called ‘Bad Blood’ and is a vampires VS zombies urban fantasy set in England. The main character is called Britannia and is really fun to write. The book is first person from her point of view and she’s a 4 hundred year old vampire with a short fuse and a long patriotic streak.
Books & Writing: How did you come up with the story for the book?
Nicky Peacock: I read a lot and was actually looking for a vampires VS zombies book – I couldn’t really find one, so thought I’d write it!
Books & Writing: How long did it take for you to write the book?
Nicky Peacock: From start to finish – about 6 months.
Books & Writing: What attracts you to Horror and the Paranormal?
Nicky Peacock: I think it’s always been a part of me. Ever since I was little I’ve been drawn to the genre. It’s very rare that people come to like horror – you either love it, or you don’t.
Books & Writing: What do you like about writing short stories?
Nicky Peacock: This is awful, but that they take less time. A short story can go from idea to publication within months – a book can take years. I tend to have a lot of ideas so I get excited about my latest one – keeping the excitement alive for a longer manuscript can be difficult.
Books & Writing: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Nicky Peacock: Yes, join a writers’ group. If there’s not one near you – start one. It’s easier than you think (I did this myself)
Books & Writing: Which author inspires you?
Nicky Peacock: I have quite a number of authors who inspire me. I like the longevity of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Characters. I like the poetic gore of Poppy Z Brite. I love the worlds created by Karen Marie Moning and Laurell K Hamilton. I also admire Amanda Hocking for showing that Indie can work.
Books & Writing: Where can people go and read your work?
Nicky Peacock: I have an Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicky-Peacock/e/B007UH2ACW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_4 – where you can see and buy all my published books.
Books & Writing: Where can people find you on internet?
Nicky Peacock: I have a blog: nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com and I’m also on Twitter @nickyp_author. Feel free to friend me on FaceBook too – just input my name and check the photos for a scary looking blonde!
Books & Writing: Is there anything else you want to share with the readers?
Nicky Peacock: My latest book from Untreed Reads ‘Years End – 14 Tales of Holiday Horror’ is out now – it’s a great read ready for the new year and can be downloaded straight from the publisher’s website, or through Amazon on my page. Click the banner below to go to the page.