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.
I run a local adult writers’ group called Creative Minds Writing and have been asked by my local library (Corby, Northants, UK) to run a group for budding authors aged 13-25.
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm an English author living the UK. I was first published in 2012; it was a vampire story called 'Fountain of Flesh' and so far I've had 35 short stories and four novellas published. I'm an avid reader, so the written word has pretty much taken over my life! I love chocolate, tea and buying nail polish. I've seen two ghosts in my life so far, and adore researching local legends; England has such a rich history.
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
I prefer a mix of urban fantasy, horror, and paranormal romance, or perhaps mix it up it with a dystopia or a thriller... No, I can't choose! I'd probably bring my Kindle and charger, so I had a ton of books to choose from!
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
I recently had a perfect day in the sun. I was at a spa at this beautiful stately home. I'd had a massage, gone for a swim and spent an opulent amount of time in the hot tub. The weather was perfect, sunny but with a light breeze. I was sitting on a sun lounger, nestled amongst the rural scenery listening to the birds, curled up in a toweling robe and reading a great book - it was heaven!
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?
I go to the cinema a lot and love shopping for clothes (I'm a bit of a shopaholic) I play badminton at a local club and spend time with my friends and family. I live in a wonderful part of England that is just enough town to be interesting, but just enough countryside to be peaceful.
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
I tend to write what I want would want to read. I have a massively fertile imagination, and I'm a fan of the 'what if' way of thinking. Even now I'm wondering what would happen if a vampire time traveler burst through my door and tried to kill me because of something dangerous I was going to write in the future...my God, what if it's this interview!
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
Hmmm, this is a hard question. I've not come across any character enough like me to make it work (mine included) if I were playing a character I'd have to act, and I'm terrible at that! Perhaps Katniss from The Hunger Games, but I'd have probably killed Peta at the end of the first book (I'm incredibly competitive!) - so perhaps it would be safer for everyone if I said, Charlie, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
7. What's your favorite reading spot?
In a coffee shop - the smells, the noise, the plush couches, the access to far too much sugar - perfect!
8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?
Big confession...I've not had a holiday for over 15 years! Yikes, But, if I could go anywhere, I'd go to Venice for the masked festival, to Mexico for Day of the Dead and to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?
Don't, storms are so much more interesting than the sun! But if you have to, remember, not everything that should be in the shadows, lives in them!
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
Lots of twisted tales and creature filled horrors with just a dash of lovely romance - Oh, and I'll write some books too!
One very lucky reader will win e-book copies of the Battle of the Undead trilogy and Lost in Wonderland.