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Interview with Nicky Peacock, Author of Bad Blood

Nicky Peacock is an English author in the UK. She writes both YA and adult: horror, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She has been published in five countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland, and Canada and has had short stories included in 40 anthologies with over 17 publishers. Her short story “What Happened to Little Caitlin” was recently included in the anthology Lost in the Witching Hour, published by Breaking Fate Publishing in August 2014.

Let’s talk a little about your background. How did you become interested in writing supernatural fiction for a young adult audience? Does your interest in the supernatural extend outside the realm of fiction?

The paranormal has always held a dark fascination for me. By far the best books I read growing up stared vampires and werewolves and things that go bump in the night. My mum actually got me into writing at an early age, it had always been her dream to be an author, but life and children, had gotten in her way, so I kind of took up the family mantle. I found very quickly at school that the supernatural stories were the ones that quickly grabbed my classmates attention – so I realized that, just as I was drawn to the dark side of literature, so were many others. To be honest I think I’d struggle to write anything that is strictly contemporary – I work better with lashings of supernatural, and sprinkles of the macabre.

Nicky Peacock, Author of Bad Blood

Nicky Peacock, Author of Bad Blood

Do you draw from personal experience and familiar settings when you write? In other words, how has living in the UK shaped your writing? Do you find the best response to your work from a British or American audience?

They always say ‘write what you know’ (I’m not really sure who ‘they’ are though) and that’s kind of hard if you’re straying off the reality path – so I always try to give a piece of myself to a character to make it personal: a fear, a hope, a character trait – something to make them real enough to carry the supernatural element.

The UK is full of ghosts and legends, it’s a really old country with deep dark roots – so it has definitely had an effect on me. Locally there are so many great historical places for me to write and draw inspiration from: an old stately home, a castle, the ruins of an old cemetery, one of the last surviving bone houses in the UK, and don’t get me started on the haunted pubs where you can indulge in more than one type of spirit!

With eBooks being global, I find there’s not much difference in UK and US markets (apart from the spellings) I have readers all over the world and those that left me reviews and comments are just truly lovely people – I’ve actually made some great friends over twitter and Good Reads.

Tell us about your short story “What Happened to Little Caitlin,” in the recent anthology Lost in the Witching Hour. What is the basic premise and what inspired you to write it?

The story is all about a girl who sees something extraordinary when she’s a child, this incident shapes her destiny. But it’s only when she’s older that she pieces together what really happened and moves forward. I never pull punches with the nasty (not even in my YA) and there are some really nasty images in there. The whole anthology is about the Fae, so it was fun turning them from the beautiful love interests you find in paranormal romance and moulding them into evil, creepy cannibals…oh, wait, I’ve said too much 😉

Bad Blood by Nicky Peacock

Bad Blood by Nicky Peacock

Your recent novella Bad Blood is set in an interesting universe in which vampires are trying to protect their food source (humans) from zombies. It’s such a simple idea, but very unique. How did you develop this premise, and do you plan to develop it further in subsequent novellas?

The Battle of the Undead is planned to at least a trilogy, Bad Blood being the first book. The idea itself has been simmering in my imagination for quite some time – it’s a sort of Walking Dead meets True Blood for teens. I liked the concept of enemies having to work together to survive, and the tension and situations that would create.

Tell us about the main character in Bad Blood. Is she torn over her mission? How does she prevent the humans in her care from discovering her true motivation?

Britannia is quite a complex lady. She’s never had a lot of time for humans, she doesn’t start out a hero. She’s always been bitter about being made into a vampire, especially as, at the time, female vampires were forbidden – so through no fault of her own she has been bullied and looked-down-upon for hundreds of years. She does find solace in violence though, and she feels that physical battles are the only ones that she can win. As with most protagonists she goes on a journey through the books, and finds the more time she spends with the humans, the more conflicted she becomes – an emotion she certainly isn’t used to.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors hoping to break out into the paranormal or supernatural fiction genre?

Write short stories and submit to anthologies first. It’s only by practise that you can hone your writing craft and by submitting to the vast market of horror/supernatural anthologies out there, you not only get the experience of writing and working with editors, but also build up a solid portfolio of printed work to show a potential publisher. Just don’t get obsessed with them – believe me, they can get very addictive!

Are you working on a new novel? How can our readers get in touch with you if they want to know more about your books, short stories, or other writing?

I’m always working on something or another. The 2nd Battle of the Undead book is well under way and I’m also doing an adult horror and also an erotic urban fantasy. I think having a few manuscripts on the go can help me focus better. If one isn’t flowing, then I have something else to work on and keep my creative juices flowing!

I can be found all over the internet:

Blog: http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickyp_author
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NickyPeacockYaBooks
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicky-Peacock/e/B007UH2ACW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_4
Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/4958833.Nicky_Peacock
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nickypauthor/
Tumblr: http://nickypeacock.tumblr.com/

Sorry guys, this page is copyright MysteriousHeartland.com, 2014. You do not have permission to copy this for any reason. Please learn how to cite your work. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are courtesy of Nicky Peacock.

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