Since I started conducting these guest author interviews a year ago it has proved to be popular, so much so it went from being posted once a week to twice a week. Once again I have built up a large backlog of interviews. So this week I'm having an interview blitz, I will post a new interview every day this week.
We start by welcoming Nicky Peacock to the guest author interview, you can read what she has to say in her interview below:
Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
I'm Nicky Peacock. I write both adult and YA horror & paranormal romance. I've had over 35 short stories published/ accepted for publication in anthologies with 17 publishers in 5 countries. My first lone author Bad Blood will be out early next year with the Noble Romance's YA imprint Noble & Young.
What first inspired you to start writing?
It was always something I wanted to do, but like most wannabe writers, I hadn't put a lot of research or thought into actually achieving my goal of publication. That all changed two years ago when I started my own local writers' group in the UK. I started to research publication calls, and actually began to talk to editors and publishers.
And what was your first story?
My first story was called 'Fountain of Flesh' and was a accepted by Dark Moon Books into their 'Vampires' anthology. They were asking for a vampire story with a twist, which was a challenge, but I managed to come up with something out of the box where the vampire character was both the catalyst for the bad thing to happen, and a passive participant in the story itself.
Are you a planner? Or do you like to dive straight in to writing?
I'm strangely both. I do like to plan my writing time - you need to, to meet deadlines, but I also really like to just write whenever the mood hits me. I get really excited about new ideas and so can't help letting the story unfold organically. Sometimes I don't even know the ending when I start. Sometimes I start with an ending and work back.
If you could write anyone's biography, whose would it be?
I'd like to take on the next edition of Russell Brand's Booky Wook series - I think he's hilarious and really witty - although I'm not sure I'd enjoy trying to get him to concentrate for that length of time!
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love it when a publishers says 'yes please' to my work. It means I've created something that others can enjoy.
And the least?
I actually really hate seeing my work in print. It's strange to say, but I prefer the knowledge that it's out there, just not the proof. That probably makes no sense, but my family and friends seem to get more exciting about contributor copies than me.
What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Write. Read. Research. Submit. Join a group. Write some more. Don't give up.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm just in the editing stages of my first lone author manuscript. It's called Bad Blood and is, essentially, vampires vs zombies. It'll be published through Noble Romance's YA Imprint Noble & Young and should be out start of 2013.
Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
You'll be able to find out about me and my work on my blog: http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com/ You can find me on Twitter @Nickyp_author and of course keep an eye on: https://www.nobleyoungadult.com/ for Bad Blood coming out.
Thanks to Nicky for sharing her thoughts with us, tomorrow we welcome Chris Ward to the hot seat.