Today I'm pleased to welcome author, Nicky Peacock, to the blog to talk about her new book, "Bad Blood."
What inspired you to begin writing?
I've always wanted to be a writer, so I have been chasing that dream all my life. I have quite a dark and twisted imagination, so find that writing really helps to purge it.
Would you classify your writing more as plot driven or character driven?
I'd like to think a bit of both. I like action in my books and hate to read stories that make the promise of nail-biting hard hitting action, but don't deliver it, or do then spend the next 100 pages talking about what just happened. I do find though, that when I write, characters almost develop themselves. They organically grow out from a good plot - more often than not, I end up with a character that I didn't start with!
Can you tell us a little about your main character?
Britannia is really fun to write. She has a very dry sense of humor and an interesting outlook on life in general. Being a vampire, she's been around for a while and although lives in the world, feels very much apart from it. She's very protective (which is a good trait for the story) but has a stubborn streak a mile wide. Oddly I can find myself in a battle of wills with her to make her do something I need to happen in the book to move the story forward, even worse, sometimes I lose that battle.
Without giving away too much, tell us a little about the main conflict in this book.
The vampires in the book are enemies, but are forced to work together so the initial physical conflict starts there. But through the book things start to change and the main character, Brit realises that a lot of what she thought happened in the past, didn't really happen - which then spirals her into more of an emotional conflict. There's also her personality in general. She's used to be alone, but now has to work as part of a team. She's also never thought much about the humans around her, and now that she's interacting with them more, she starts to find herself as part of a 'family' which is something she's wanted, but thought she couldn't have.
What do you hope readers take away from your book?
I hope they finish the book wanting to read the next one. That they like Brit and can identify with her as a leading character. I've tried to make it so that the reader has more of an insight to what is going on, than the characters themselves. I enjoy writing action scenes and firmly believe that they shouldn't just be the crescendo at the end of a book, but should be throughout. To be honest, I just hope that readers enjoy it, because without readers who want to read your work - a writer has no one to actually write for.
Now for a few fun questions! What song best describes your writing style?
I think the song changes depending on what I'm writing. For Bad Blood, it would have to be Linkin Parks' 'A Light That Never Comes' as I listened to this a lot when writing it, and for me is Britannia's theme song.
Night Owl or Early Bird?I'm an odd hybrid of both.
Skittle or M&Ms?
I can't have both? I guess if I was made to choose I'd go M&Ms (especially if they are the coconut or crispy ones)
Who are your favorite authors?I have soooo many. Here's a just a few: Charlaine Harris, Laurell K Hamilton, Laura Whitcomb, Poppy Z Brite, Cherie Priest, Jenn Bennett, Kelley Armstrong, Charlie Higson and Roald Dahl.
Can you tell us about your future projects?They are all top secret. I'll never tell... okay you twisted my arm! I've just finished a horror novella and am beavering away on the second book to Bad Blood, Bad Timing and also an adult urban fantasy re-telling of a Hans Christian Anderson fairy story.
Stalker and Book Links:
Buy Bad Blood: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Blood-Battle-Undead-Book-ebook/dp/B00N3GYIWE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412949419&sr=8-1&keywords=bad+blood+nicky+peacock
Face Book 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
Website for my Writers' Group: http://creativemindswriting.wordpress.com/