Today, I’m happy to have UK horror author Nicky Peacock as my guest. Welcome, Nicky. What part of England are you from?
I live in Northants, which is in the midlands. My hometown, Corby is famous for its steel works (now shut down though) and above average crime rate!
You’ve been telling “tales of blood soaked horror filled with vampires, werewolves, ghosts” since you were a kid. What got you interested in writing horror?
My parents were always quite relaxed about horror growing up, so I probably watched one too many certificate 18 films in my formative years! I also have an older brother who’d regularly go out of his way to tell me ghost stories and scare the hell out of me (there were many incidents: The Scream Mask Chase, The Blair Witch Babysitting Blunder, The Abandoned Cemetery Investigation, The Hanged Man in the Attic, and many more).
Familiarity breeds acceptance, and acceptance turned to a love of all things scary and strange.
I know what you mean, Nicky. I used to scare my little sister all the time. Once when I was babysitting her (I was 12 and she was 8), I put on a ski mask and pretended to be an intruder and chased my sister and her friend around the house with a butcher’s knife. I had a twisted sense of humor back then. She still ribs me about it to this day. Anyway, back to you.
Lately, you’ve been writing a variety of fiction genres: Urban Fantasy novel, Paranormal Romance novella, and horror short stories. I enjoyed reading a couple of your horror short stories “Food Chain” and “Jack’s Month.” I especially loved “Jack’s Month” which releases soon in an anthology called Year’s End: 14 Tales of Holiday Horror. Nicky, can you tell us about some of your other works that you’re working on and when they’ll be available to read?
My first lone author novel ‘Bad Blood’ will be out early 2013 with the publishers Noble & Young. It’s a YA vampires VS zombies urban fantasy set in England. I’m also working on an undead fairy tale and a paranormal romance novel at the moment.
The YA genre is hot right now, so if it hits with those readers, you could hit big. Do you have any tips you can share for aspiring writers?
Read. Write. Research. Submit. It’s a four step formula that I’ve been working to. Read as much as you can, get excited about books and seek out authors in the genre you want to write in. Write! You’d be surprised how many aspiring writers there are out there who don’t actually write anything. Research the right publishers for your work and make contact. Format your work to the correct publisher guidelines and submit it. I know a lot of talented writers that don’t seem to get the nerve up to submit, but you really do need to get your work out there – publishers won’t approach you. Just remember – you can’t please everyone – there’ll be some people that hate your work and reject it, but there will be some who will love it and accept it with open arms. Just keep submitting till you find the ones that will love it! Don’t give up.
I agree. Finding the right agent and publishers for your work is a numbers game. I’ve been rejected many times, but I eventually found the right publisher for me. So, when you’re not writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I do read a lot and seem to have an ever-growing Dr. Seuss style ‘to read’ pile! I love getting recommendations from people and discovering new books; it’s why anthologies are so fantastic - they’re a great way to find new authors to follow.
I run a local writers’ group called Creative Minds, we meet every two weeks and talk about our work. Writing can be hard to keep up on your own, so having a group of like-minded people can really motivate and keep you on track.
I also belong to a writer's group that I meet with every other week. I definitely believe I'm a better writer from hearing their feedback on the chapters I read. Also, having a group motivates me to write each week so I have new chapters to present to the group.
Nicky, thanks for visiting my blog, Dark Lucidity. I’d love to have you back for future book releases.
Anytime Brian, thanks for having me.
Check out Nicky's fiction. I highly recommend reading her short story "Jack's Day" in the anthology Year’s End: 14 Tales of Holiday Horror.
Nicky Peacock writes both YA and adult horror & paranormal romance. You can contact her on Facebook – search for her name and look for the scary looking blonde! Follow her on Twitter @nickyp_author and also check out her blog: http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com