Today I should like to Introduce you to Nicky Peacock: Hello Nicky…lets begin with you telling us a little bit about Yourself
I guess I’ve always been a storyteller, not in a ‘liar liar pants on fire’ kind of way, although I do work in advertising! When I was little, kids would crowd around me in the playground and I’d tell them tales of blood soaked horror filled with vampires, werewolves, ghosts and more.
Yes, most would consider me a disturbed child, but my playmates couldn’t help themselves, they’d huddle around me every break time like an ancient tribe feeding off the fear; and that’s how I learned that horror stories hold a certain power, no matter what some might say, everyone is addicted to a good scare, especially if it is somewhat rooted safely in unrealistic beings… or are they unrealistic?
Writing was really a natural progression for me. So far I’ve had 35 short stories included in anthologies produced by publishers all over the world; my latest was included in Little Brown Book Group’sMammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories. I have two YA series with the publishers, Evernight Teen:Battle of the Undead and The Twisted and The Brave.
Please Introduce us to your Blog. What is it all about? What sorts of posts do you lean towards?
My blog is dedicated mainly to fellow author interviews, writing advice and book reviews. I tend to be a bit frugal with my social media time. I think that a writer can get side-tracked by all the sites out there. They are important, but writing your manuscripts should be the top priority.
What Inspires and stirs your creativity?
Anything and everything have influenced me. I’ve never been short of inspiration, just time to execute my dark thoughts. I have a brimming ideas folder on my computer, which I keep adding to. Sometimes I’ll just hear a snippet of a conversation, my dark sticky mind then grabs onto it and rolls it round and round till it becomes something terrifying – I then have to exorcise it onto the page. I love reading New Scientist magazine; it always seems to have something interesting in and the website Listverse always has something interesting on!
Conversely, what do you find difficult to write about?
I try to stay away from political issues. Everyone has their own opinion and have a right to it, whether it’s commonly held opinion or not. Getting into online debates can be frustrating, and no one actually wins them.
What Message, if any, do you hope to Share through your blog/posts?
If you want to write, get on and do it. There are lots of opportunities in the industry now, so if your dream to write a book – go for it!
How has your blog helped you as a writer/Indie Author? What things have you learned along the way that you never anticipated?
It’s helped me build an audience and is a great showcase to publishers to see how dedicated I am to promoting my work – which is a much more integral part of being an author than I ever thought.
Tell us about your book(s):
Lost in Wonderland is a YA supernatural thriller twist on Alice in Wonderland. It starts a new series that mashes up classic children’s books with YA thrillers. It’s centred around a teenage girl called Mouse who works for a secretive vigilante organisation called Wonderland that baits and executes serial killers that elude the authorities.
The Battle of the Undead series is a YA vampires VS zombies urban fantasy series.
What Inspired you to write your book?
Lost in Wonderland was inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s 150th anniversary last year. I wanted to honour the book, but not just by transposing the story into a different genre. I took the themes of madness and growing up and twisted them up with the plot of a supernatural thriller that, although features an Alice, doesn’t have her as the main character.
Battle of the Undead was born out of me wanting to read a Vampires VS Zombies book, but not finding one. They are both such rich monsters who have very different characteristics that, having them fight against one another for their ‘food’ meant that the story practically wrote itself!
From what Point of View do you prefer to write? Is there a reason?
I prefer the first person, but don’t mind third too now. I love the second person, but it’s not a very malleable and only works for certain stories as it can come over a bit accusatory.
How would you describe your “Voice” or Style of writing?
I’m very action orientated so I tend to move my stories on pretty quickly. I hate books that meander around and around scenes that have no link to either theme, character development and plot.
What genre do you prefer to write or are you truly eclectic?
I have a very dark and fertile imagination, so genres such as urban fantasy, horror, supernatural thrillers and steampunk are what draw me. I tend to write YA but do also write for adults too. I think if I were asked to write contemporary literary fiction, I’d get bored and start to insert some paranormal element into it.
Do you painstakingly plot out your story; are you a discovery writer or a bit of both? Why?
I’m a plotter; I have a bit of an odd process; I tend to write the scenes I’m most passionate about first and then go back over the plot to fill in the gaps. It’s a bit unconventional, but I find that once I’ve written all the exciting scenes the story itself starts to evolve, and so the weaker ones become more coherent to the overall story, and I’m more committed to not wasting what I’ve already written and so I know I’ll finish the book.
Do you have a favourite or least favourite character? And Why?
A zombie dog called Buddy. He appeared in my story, For Audrey which is included in the So Long and Thanks for all the Brain anthology. Buddy wakes up dead in a zombie apocalypse but doesn’t let that stop him getting his young ward to safety. He’s the only character that made me cry! I think you can guess why…
Share an insight or secret about your book(s).
I have a fear of being lost. It’s hard to explain to most people, but I get very worried about going places I don’t know. I’m not sure how it started and I’m fine as long as I’m with someone else, but if I have to go somewhere new alone, especially when driving, I break out into a cold sweat and have to Google street map where I’m going to the point of madness to feel even slightly comfortable. I gave this fear to my character, Mouse in my book Lost in Wonderland.
What do you feel is your best advice to share with other aspiring authors?
You can’t please everyone, so write something you are passionate about.
And now the part everyone seems to hate…lets take About YOU: If you had to describe yourself to someone who has never met you, what might you say?
She’s funny; both ha ha and weird funny. Try not to make any sudden movements, lol!
If you could meet one person from the past, who might it be and why?
Amelia Earhart. I’d love to know what actually happened to her. Also, she was such an inspiration; it would be lovely to treat her to an all you can eat Chinese buffet and pick her brain.
When you are NOT writing, what is your favourite pastime?
I work full time on a trade magazine and spend the rest of my time writing and promoting my work (a massive part of the modern author’s life) I try to exercise, but to be honest, my heart is rarely in it and I usually find an excuse – I’ve gotten quite a bit of writing done in the past trying to avoid the treadmill! I’m a big movie and TV addict and run a local writers’ group to encourage others that need help on the road to their literary dreams.
Describe Your Dream Getaway Destination. Have you ever been there? What makes this place Irresistible to you?
I’d do a three location themed hop: New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Mexico for the Day of the Dead and Venice for their carnival. Lots of tasty food, music, dancing and cool costumes. I’d also like a stop at Loch Ness to do some monster hunting.
Do you have a Mantra?
I watch a lot of Project Runway so I tend to hear Tim Gunn in my ear saying ‘Make it work’.
What “Charity” or “Cause” do you feel passionately about & Why?
The British Heart Foundation. High blood pressure affects me and lots of other people in the UK. Your heart works so hard through your life, and it’s easy to forget that your lifestyle has such an impact on it. My best friend recently had to undergo heart surgery, and it was scary. Look after your heart readers, and it will look after you.
You can find me online:
I’ve currently got a FREE read available: Traitors’ Gate which is a historical vampires VS zombies urban fantasy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Traitors-Battle-Undead-Nicky-Peacock-ebook/dp/B01KGBLIN0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473879260&sr=8-1&keywords=traitors+gate+nicky
And readers can buy Lost in Wonderland here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Wonderland-Twisted-Brave-Book-ebook/dp/B01E9NX1W2/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1473879295&sr=1-2
Thank you so much for interviewing me today 🙂 The pleasure was all mine…well, Ours!