Friday In Focus with Nicky Peacock

Posted 14 October 2016 by Emma Poulloura in FIF, Q&A / 0 Comments

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Tell us a little about you

I’m an English author based in the UK and have two YA book series out through the publishers, Evernight Teen. I started my writing career in the short story market and gained over 30 publishing credits before I sold my first novel. I write horrors, urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but do enjoy a good genre mash-up so tend to be open about what I write. As long as it has a sharp, dark edge to it, I’m a happy author!

Tell us about your new book

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.

 

What is your favourite place to write?

I like to write outside my home as there are too many excuses not to write inside (housework, cooking, etc.) I write at a local pub, coffee shop and a lovely historical stately home.

Where do you get your character inspiration from?

Most of the main characters have at least one aspect of my personality in them. That way I feel bonded to them and feel like I’m writing with emotion and depth. I always like to balance them out with both a negative and positive trait too, this keeps them real and stops the reader feeling like everything will always work out for them.

What are your three desert island books?

Can’t I be stranded with a Kindle? I’m sure I could rig up a coconut charger  If I had to choose I’d say: Dictionary, The complete works of Shakespeare and my own so I can show the cannibals on the island that I’m worth keeping alive to tell them stories.

What is your favourite place to read?

A local coffee shop while having breakfast, an excellent way to start the day.

What is your favourite book and why?

So many books! And they change depending on my mood. For horror, I read anything by Poppy Z Brite or Richard Laymon. For Paranormal Romance I read Kresley Cole and Christine Feehan. For Urban Fantasy it’s Keri Arthur and Patricia Briggs. For YA it’s Kiera Cass and Cassandra Clare. And for when I’m feeling very brave, I read any paranormal non-fiction book from the publishers, Llewellyn.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

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.

Chocolate or sweets?

Can’t I have chocolate covered sweets? Hmmm, chocolate.

Is there a book you wished you wrote?

Twilight – it made a lot of money, and I’m not afraid to say that I want to write for a living, and to do that I’d need a hit like that one under my belt 🙂

You have a free flight and accommodation to anywhere in the world where would you go?

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.

What is your favourite season?

Autumn, the temperature is just right, and the colours are wonderful. There’s also Halloween, my fav holiday in there.

Where can we find you?

Blog:   Twitter: Y  A Facebook Page:   UK Amazon Author Page:

US Amazon Author page:   Good Reads: Tumblr:  Authorgraph:

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 🙂

Friday In Focus with Nicky PeacockLost in Wonderland (The Twisted and the Brave, #1) by Nicky Peacock
Published by Evernight Teen on 14th April 2016
Genres: Retellings, Thriller
Pages: 124
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Monsters, serial killers, and imaginary friends—being a Wonderlander can be murder...

Once upon a time, Kayla was lost. Then she found Wonderland, but not the one you know. Run by ex-government agents and funded by an eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire, this Wonderland is the name of a collective of highly trained vigilantes who hunt serial killers. Now Kayla, aka Mouse, works tirelessly alongside her fellow Wonderlanders, Rabbit and Cheshire, baiting dangerous murderers. But even her extensive training hasn’t prepared her for the return of her older brother…

Shilo has spent most of his life in an insane asylum, convinced his mother was abducted by a sinister Alaskan monster who lures the lost away to feast upon their flesh. And now he’s certain that his sister is in the same monster’s crosshairs. But if Shilo is going to save what’s left of his family, he’ll have to convince his sister that maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little mad.

About Nicky Peacock

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’s Mammoth 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.

 

About Nicky Peacock

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’s Mammoth 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.

Emma Poulloura

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