I love books. Do you love books? I also love asking people questions.
This will be the first author interview I’ll be hosting, and I’ll only be doing one a month. That way you can smother yourself in each writer’s craziness for a while before moving onto another’s.
Also – if you stay tuned to the very end, Nicky has given us an excerpt of Bad Blood, her new novel which I’ve read and reviewed for your book loving selves. You must be very loved by us crazies.
IT’S OCTOBER! Just in case you didn’t know. So this interview is perfectly timed. Because zombies. And rawr. And creepiness – yay!
As for the guest posts – there are some writer related questions, some personal human being questions and some weird I had to ask them questions. Since this is my first round of guest posts, I figured I should get down the basics. In the future however, I’d like to get a bit weirder. ;D Fear not.
Okay, so maybe you should be afraid but don’t worry about it.
As we go, I’ve highlighted my comments in blue so you don’t get confused. I also have some questions for you at the end, so try to survive, okay? Okay.
*ahem* *clears throat*
Without further adieu, I give you…
Nicky ~ I assure you that as long as you aren’t an alien who has skinned and donned the identity of Nicky then you’ll be able to answer them quite easily. Also, stay away from amnesia. That tends to mess with interviews.
Nicky herself has assured me that she cannot promise there were neither aliens nor skinning going on. I think I should remove the word “assured”. 0.o
- What is the title of your book, when does it come out and what is it about?
Bad Blood is a YA urban fantasy/ horror – vampires VS zombies. It’s a kind of Walking Dead meets True Blood for teens and older. It’s out now through the publishers, Evernight Teen.
For the back of the book blurb, skip your butt on down to the bottom of this post. Then come back and finish reading. Or I will find and harm you. Just kidding. Maybe.
- Why this story? What made you want to tell this one?
I really wanted to read a vampires VS zombie book myself, but when I looked around I didn’t really find the story I was looking for – so I decided to write it myself.
- What do you love about your main character? Is there anything that annoys you about her?
I love Brit’s sense of humour, she makes me laugh when I’m writing her. She is really stubborn though, which makes her hard to control at times, even as her creator!
I love Brit’s attitude.
- Throw us a quick background on yourself (no credit or actual background checks, promise). Where have you been, what have you accomplished, what have you struggled with and conquered? (Note: if the government will get mad at you for sharing alien secrets, don’t answer this one properly, please and thank you. I don’t want a MIB showing up at my door.)
I don’t know the MIB seem pretty hot to me! I love a man in a suit! Well, my background is eerily similar to most writers – wrote a lot, got rejected a lot, found my groove and got published. Being an author is a bit of a learning curve though, so I’m still having to climb that mountain – I just hope to find a few Sherpas to help me along the way – and if they’re in gorgeous tailored black suits, who am I to complain! LOL
- Do you have a muse or muses? What or who are they? How long do they last? Is there only one? Do you believe in any degree of having a muse or do you simply put it down to racking up the inspiration points? Speak to me your philosophy.
My imagination is my muse, it’s very vivid, deep, a bit too dark and has a woeful lack of security! So I grab onto the stray thoughts that escape, and kind of run with them – especially with my horror work. I enjoy spit balling ideas with other authors too – I think you can pretty much solve any problem in life if you just open up and talk about it with someone.
- What themes do you like? Are there any specific ones you write about? Why?
I do think that all work – even short stories – should have a theme. Classic good VS evil can be a bit lame nowadays so I tend to go with something a bit more in-depth where I can. Bad Blood is more magic VS science and all about enemies having to put aside their differences (if they can) for the greater good.
- What TV shows and movies do you enjoy? What kinds of music?
I have a lot of a fav TV Shows, I spend a lot of guilty time starting at a TV screen when I should be staring at my laptop! I’m loving The Strain at the moment, and am looking forward to American Horror, Freak Show when it reaches the UK. Music, I listen to a lot of different bands, as it helps me write. At the moment I’ve got: Ed Sheeran, Daughter, Broods, Civil Twilight and Silent Comedy playing on repeat right now.
Hey man, we all need our downtime watching TV shows. Plus, its “research”, so *technically* you’re still working on your writing when watching shows.
- How many hours do you spend writing on an average day or week (however you work it out)?
It does vary depending on the week. I have to work full time (like a lot of authors I have a day job too) so I try to get in at least an hour on weekdays and about 6 hours over the weekend.
For some reason, I just love hearing how often other writers write. It might be a weird, ‘me’ thing. But anywho – it sounds to me like you’re uber dedicated to your writing. It shows in your stories.
- I’m sure you spend a lot of that time at a computer. What do you do to counterbalance this lack of movement or you know, outside world glimpses? ;)
There’s an outside world?!! LOL My way to combat the solitude of writing is to write some place different. There’s a beautiful gothic manor house near me which I have afternoon tea at and take my laptop for company. I also go to cliche coffee shops too.
I’ve yet to try the coffee shop. I’d probably yell at everyone to shut up and hold still. As for the gothic manor house – I am DROOLING right now. And kind of jealous. This sounds amazing.
- What other talents and/or hobbies are you partial to? When you have free time, what on earth do you do with it? What do you wish you could do with it?
Now there’s a question! I don’t have a great deal of spare time on my hands at the moment, what with writing and promoting Bad Blood, it feels like I’m a slave to the literary world! I do enjoy reading, and fortunately that helps the writing too as I do book reviews. I do keep active where I can and engage in yoga once a week, gym twice a week, Zumba classes and swimming – all the while thinking up dark, nasty plot lines…
- And since this is me, I have to know – do you like chocolate?
Hell yes! I love chocolate. I’m not sure if you have it the USA, but over here in the UK we have Galaxy chocolate, and that’s my fav – especially the hot chocolate drink they make – perfect for cold winter nights, or summer ones, hell, any night really!
I Googled it. We don’t have it here. *sobs uncontrollably* The hot chocolate sounds especially good. *sobs some more*
- What about Halloween? What is your favorite Halloween memory/costume?
My fav memory is when I was an actor at a Halloween horror event. I was the ghost of a little girl, so was covered in blood, pig tails and a spoke in a really creepy high pitched voice. Scaring people on the page is one thing, but in real life it was highly addictive!
Okay, take the jealousy above and add to it creep factor jealousy. FUN! I can just imagine you creeping about, frightening people and laughing.
- Do you play pranks on people on Halloween? Scare anyone lately?
To be honest, I don’t really play jokes on people. I have an older brother who has played many jokes on me in the past, so I know how it feels to be on the receiving end. The Halloween event was different though, as people were paying good money to have the bejeezes scared out of them, I happily obliged!
Good point. Huge distinction there. I would love to do Halloween scaring. But I’m not big on pranks. At all. Okay, not even a little.
- Also because this is me – do you like animals? Which ones?
I love animals – especially ones covered in chocolate hmmmm (just kidding) I’m a dog person generally, although I don’t mind cats. My dog, Bob died a few years ago and I haven’t had the heart to buy another one – maybe in the future.
- Have you ever had to bury a body? Just kidding. But, no, really.
I have buried a few bodies, but that was before I learnt about the acid baths! LOL
*nods head understandably*
- Is there anything else we should know about your book or yourself? Anything that might drag potential readers or stalkers in?
Well, Bad Blood is getting some pretty good reviews at the moment – there’s plenty of action in there, sandwiched around a dollop of humour and a slice of romance. I love to talk to readers, so feel free to contact me through my blog if you want to know anything else.
(Links to Nicky’s blog are later.)
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. Right now I’m obsessed with writing: a YA Urban Fantasy novel, a Paranormal Romance novella series, and several short horror stories! So I’m currently living in a functional fiction coma – and loving it!
I love your author bio! I feel like your childhood could turn into a hilarious and yet creepy book.
I’ve so far been published in 5 countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada and had short stories included in 40 anthologies with over 17 publishers.
Thanks for having me here Daphne! I’m sure I’ll be interviewing you about your new book soon too!
Aw, shucks, thanks. You’re very welcome. I’ll have to have you back in the future so I can ask you some outrageously strange questions. ;D
Okay, so technically that wasn’t twenty questions, but we have some other stuff for you, oh dear reader peoples. So it counts. Also, Nicky’s photos are awesome, right? Love the umbrella. I think it has a fancy name but I’m lacking brainpower right now. So it’s an umbrella!
And the fan. I LOVE THE FAN!!! If I could remove it from the photo and keep it, I would. I’ve always wanted one of those fans.
Continue below for the synopsis of Bad Blood, links, an excerpt, my review, and some questions I have for you.
“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”
A five-hundred-year-old bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Britannia and Nicholas, bitter enemies and the only two surviving vampires left in London, have to work together to save un-infected humans and deliver them safely to a vampire stronghold in the Scottish Highlands. Unable to drink the zombie ‘bad blood’, the remaining vampires need the humans to stay alive. But will the vampires tell the survivors who they are and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance for the greater good? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the ‘safe’ hold? Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.
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We ran to the hospital. On the way, we encountered hardly anyone, alive or dead. Where were they all? When we arrived at the hospital car park, I understood. Zombies were pack animals. A massive crowd of them were crammed in and around the main building like they were waiting for a concert to start, all barely paying attention to their surroundings and seemingly swaying against the force of gravity. The other thing was the smell. When watching horror films filled with shuffling zombies, the horror came from their ghastly looks—the reminder that death has a tight grip on us all, well, most of us. But what the filmmakers should focus on—if they could—was the acidic rank odor zombies gave off. They had been dead barely twenty-four hours. It took a normal human body at least thirty-six hours to really start to smell, and that was with a vampire’s heightened senses. These guys smelled like they’d been out in the sun for three weeks covered in rubbish and besieged by wily maggots. They were mostly intact, though. Maybe this hospital had been Zombie Ground Zero. Most had turned so quickly their comrades hadn’t had time to feed.
“Maybe we should try a less populated target.” Nicholas twitched his nose and turned away from me to dry retch.
“Maybe you should grow a pair.”
“Maybe you should act like a lady.” He now had his hands on his hips, squaring up for yet another argument.
“Acting like a lady isn’t going to help now, is it? What do you want me to do? Drop my handkerchief in front of the zombies and watch them fight one another to scoop it up for me? Moron!”
“Always to the ‘nth degree with you, isn’t it?”
“Shut up. Look, the doors are holding, and they’re outside, not inside, which means there must be some people left in there alive to have barricaded this place so tight.”
“Or maybe there are just more zombies in there.”
“Well, there’s definitely a blood bank in there, and that’ll help matters no end!”
Nicholas looked thoughtful then nodded. He of course didn’t want to actually say aloud that I’d had a good idea. “So, how do we get past them?”
I assumed it was a rhetorical question, so I started down to the car park entrance, where most of the zombies were mobbing. I opened the outer door as quietly as possible.
“Ladies first,” Nicholas whispered in my ear.
“I thought we’d agreed I wasn’t a lady.” And with that, I shoved him as hard as I could into the throbbing throng of zombies.
Published by Evernight Teen http://www.evernightteen.com/
Daphne Shadows’ Review of BAD BLOOD
The first sentence of Bad Blood had me sucked in and wanting to know what was going on. What on earth was Brit doing up there?
Good sign, eh?
Brit is a stubborn and down to earth vampire with enough attitude to drive most of her enemies away. But she and Nicholas – her very annoying enemy, who I would have loved to pummel into a brick wall early on – have to try to put their personal lives on hold. Why? Oh, you know, the usual. Zombie masses killing off their food supply. *ahem* Humans.
Brit and Nicholas are off to rescue humans and avoid zombie masses. (I think that was easier for them than resisting the urge to kill one another.) Sounds pretty straightforward. Right? Yeah, no. Things don’t turn out as Brit imagined. There’s no going back to normal for her when a lie is revealed, leaving her entire past suddenly questionable. As well as her motive for revenge.
Nothing like a zombie apocalypse to bring a vampire’s reason for existing into harsh perspective.
I love the way Nicky incorporates Brit’s emotions, or lack thereof for a while. It’s hard for people to let go of old hurts, especially ones that still affect them. It’s easier to cram the emotional crap into a teeny box in the back of your mind. Plowing down zombies also helps with the distraction bit.
Nicky highlights this beautifully. It doesn’t matter what or who you are. Your head and your heart still try to fight for the highest importance.
Not to mention zombies. Don’t forget the zombies.
Oh, and did I tell you there’s an adorable dog involved? Well there is. So check it out.
That’s all folks!
Okay, not really. I still have more questions. Except these ones are for YOU.
BLOG READER PEOPLES – Are there any questions you would like to ask Nicky? Any question ideas for my next guest post? Any suggestions for strange/funny questions for a future return of the Nicky?
Nicky – anything you’d like to add, comment on or question?
THANK YOU NICKY for being your awesome self, writing awesome books and camping out here on my blog for the day. Mind the spiders. They get cozy.