I have a great interview with author Nicky Peacock today. She is currently promoting her most recent work, Bad Blood, a YA Urban Horror novel. To find out more about the author and her work read below.
“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.
US & ROW: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Blood-Volume-Nicky-Peacock/dp/1605923494/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368728423&sr=8-1&keywords=bad+blood+nicky+peacock
Nicky was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions for me.
Here's what she had to say...
1) Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
Well, I’m Nicky. I’m an English author in the UK, I’ve had over 40 stories published/accepted for publication in horror and paranormal anthologies in 5 countries (USA, UK, IRE, CAN, and AUS) and I tend to write for both YA and adult markets.
2) Which project are you currently promoting?
My book, Bad Blood which is the first in a series of vampires VS zombie novels.
3) Can you tell us what the book is about?
It’s a YA urban horror which sees vampires trying to protect humans in a UK zombie outbreak. Its fast paced and told first person from Britannia’s point of view. She is a centuries old vampire from a time when being a patriot was expected, so sees protecting her country as intricate part of her existence.
4) What inspired you to write this book?
I’m a book addict myself, and couldn’t get enough of the wave of vampire and zombie books that were flooding the market last year. Every time I’d read one, I’d wonder what would happen if the two creatures where pushed together in a blood-soaked genre mash-up – who’d win the fight - a vampire or a zombie horde? I looked around for a book that explored this notion and didn’t really find anything I wanted to read – so decided to write it myself.
5) What genre do you prefer to write? And why?
I must admit, it depends on what mood I’m in. Horror is kind of cathartic (not that I’m some crazed woman who needs an outlet for her madness!) but it’s the kind of genre that you can really get your teeth into (pun intended) anything goes in horror and I don’t dumb down action and gore in my YA. Paranormal Romance, again has a certain freedom in it and it’s lovely to be able to put a bit more romance out into the world – It seems to be forgotten in modern relationships.
6) In your opinion, what makes a good vampire novel?
I personally prefer my vampires with a bit of grit. I think maudlin moaning fang bearers have had their day - I like my vampires to revel in what they are. Britannia is over 400 years old and although she protects the innocent (mostly) she doesn’t do it as any great mission or to do what’s right, but more because it conveniently coincides with her hatred and need for revenge on her nemesis, Nicholas. She does change throughout the book though – she has always been a bit of loner and now she is having to work together with both humans and other vampires (whom she hasn’t always gotten on with) in an effort to keep both species alive.
7) In your opinion, what differentiates zombies from twenty years ago to zombies today?
Looking at my favorite books, I’d have to say that zombies have almost gone full circle. The first official ‘zombie’ book in my eyes is ‘Frankenstein’ and the doctor’s creature had a brain all of his own, and an almost legitimate reason to go on a killing spree. From then on zombies just seem to be the mass of teeth and grabbiness that either unite, or tear down, the main human characters, until Isaac Marion’s ‘Warm Bodies’ which sets up the lead as a zombie in love, who has a mind, a definitive mission – to keep his lady love safe.
8) As a horror fan myself, I know how hard it is to come up with new ideas others have no done before, what makes your books different from the rest?
I’d like to think it’s the fact there are two well-loved genres going on that have rarely been pitted against one another. However, I truly think that it’s the amount of action in the book. I try not to do the one thing that I hate as a reader of these genres – have scene after scene of reflection and mundane activities along with the promise of zombies only to see them appear halfway through the book. Bad Blood moves at vampric speed and is packed full of action, romantic tension and gross zombies from the get go.
9) In Bad Blood, you incorporated vampires and zombies in the same novel, where did the idea come from?
It was very much that I wanted to explore what would happen when these two ‘monsters’ meet. I guess kind of like the theory of the old ‘Alvin & the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein’ two well known and loved archetypes come together, but certainly do not play well with each other.
10) Vampires and zombies are like two different brands, how did you make them work together?
I bridged the gap with an infected vampire – a Vambie. In Bad Blood, the vampires are purely of magical origins and zombies are born of science. The Vambie is an unstable mixture of magic and science, thus linking the two together.
11) Why did you decide to venture into the horror genre?
I’ve always been into horror. Ever since I was a little girl. Horror has an amazing amount of sub-genres that makes the whole thing a delicious mass of possibilities and it’s those possibilities that attract me as a writer. I could never truly write anything which is mundane or natural; I rarely read those types of books myself and would lose impetus if it didn’t interest me.
12) Are you interested in writing other genres?
I do write paranormal romance, but again it has to have a supernatural edge to it. I couldn’t bring myself to write anything without that tangy sharp flavor. I do love the idea of Steampunk and am currently trying to turn my hand at this.
13) Are there any writers you admire?
Far too many to list here! To be honest I admire anyone who takes the time to put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard. Anyone who has the imagination and drive to tell a story. Anyone who has the gumption and grit to get published. And anyone with the mind to promote themselves and their work.
14) What’s next for you?
Well, I’m currently writing the second Bad Blood and I’m also developing a new concept for a second YA series.
15) What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
There’s a ton of advice that I wish that someone had given me when I’d just started out. To condense it: Write, learn how to edit and draft, join a group to have contact with likeminded individuals, give publishers what they want, and above all – don’t stop trying. Failure and rejection may hurt, but it’s just another step toward success.
16) Where can the readers find more information about you?
I have a blog http:nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com and I’m also on Twitter @nickyp_author. I’m developing a Face Book page too, so if interested parties would like to know when that’ll go live they can follow my blog or my twitter account.
About the author:
I guess I've always been a storyteller, not in a 'liar liar pants on fire' kind of way, although I do work full time 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?
Author Links:Website: http://www.creativemindswriting.co.uk
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicky-Peacock/e/B007UH2ACW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_4
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I hope you all enjoyed this interview as much as I did. Please make sure to check out this author and her work. I know I will ; - )