Thanks for stopping by today Nicky! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m an English author living in the UK. I’ve been published for about 5 years now and have 2 YA series with Evernight Teen, however I also write adult fiction too and have several short stories published in horror and dark fantasy anthologies. I run a local writers’ group in my town and also volunteer at my local library running writing workshops for kids.
When did you first start writing?
Ever since I could put pen to paper I’ve written stories. But it took a while for me to get published. There were a lot of false starts and more than a few times I gave up on the dream, only to have a whopper of an idea manifest that I just had to get out of my head and onto paper.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I’ve always been fascinated with the supernatural. I grew up listening to my parents telling ghost stories. My older brother and I were hooked at an early age, and I guess as a family we just keep those paranormal fires alive.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Strangely no, however I’m unbelievably lazy! I can sit on the couch for hours having all the words in my head, just not having the energy to get up and turn my laptop on! I also have to work full time too (most authors still have to hold down full time jobs to have the luxuries in life such as food and shelter!) so, although never lost for words or ideas, I am sometimes lost for energy.
Are you a panster or plotter?
A strange mixture of the two; I truly believe that you need to plot a book if you’re going to end up with a readable and interesting story, however I’m not above changing things as I write and letting the story naturally evolve where it needs to.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Nothing really. Evernight is really good at guiding my hand editorially and have always been supportive of my work. I always try for each book to be the best it can be first time, not just for me and my readers but also to honor the characters.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I’ve been mega busy and have 2 books out. Bad Timing, which is the next book in the Battle of the Undead series (vampires VS zombies) and Lost in Wonderland which is the first book of my new series, The Twisted and The Brave.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In Bad Timing, it’s the scene on Blackpool pier – it’s funny, heart wrenching and action packed. In Lost in Wonderland, it’s the scene where Mouse meets Hatter for the first time. No spoilers here so you’d have to read the books to see why.
How did you come up with the title?
A title usually appears to me while writing a book. Bad Timing was pretty obvious though as the protagonist, Britannia’s timing through the book really sucks and is the reason for a lot of her woes. Lost in Wonderland was always the title in my head and it never changed through writing it.
What project are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the last book of the Battle of the Undead series, Bad Karma and also the 2nd book of The Twisted and The Brave, The Assassin of Oz – I’m pretty busy!
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I’ve always loved reading dystopia and steampunk books, so would really like to weave these genres into my workload. Themes wise, there is a lot of political unrest in the UK at the moment, what with Brexit and The Panama Papers. So I’d really like to climb on a soap box at some point too – but not today, I really don’t have the energy for it!
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The biggest compliment is all the reviews I get. No matter what is said, that person took the time to read my words, and that is the best compliment ever to me. Criticism has never really bothered me, as long as it’s given with a reason rather than just a flippant bad rating, I can appreciate it. The best advice I can give to other authors is, you can’t please everyone.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Yes, do what I did and start with the short story market. You’re then writing smaller manuscripts more frequently and are more likely to get published and begin a CV that publishers who are looking at your larger novel will be drawn to. Through doing this, you’ll also get to grips with social media and build a fan base, all things that make selling your work so much easier. You can find publisher call outs for anthologies etc. on sites such as Dark Markets, Horror Tree and Duotrope.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Just, thanks for stopping by and if you like my work you can info for all my books on my blog: http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com
Thanks for having me here today, Paula!
It was a pleasure Nicky! I love these covers!