Sunday, 26 May 2013

Interview with Nicky Peacock! Author of Bad Blood

Bad Blood (Battle of the Undead #1)
Behind 118 Pages
Re-Released: 10 May 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Suspense, Horror
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
“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.

Nicky is an English author living in the UK. She writes both YA and adult horror and paranormal Romance. In her spare time she runs a local writers' group and can be found online.

Find Nicky:
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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
I’ve had over 40 short stories published/ accepted for publication in both horror and paranormal romance anthologies. Most recently I’ve had stories included in: Paramourtal 2, Year’s End, Mon Coeur Mort, Bite from the Heart, 31 More Nights of Halloween and for a full list of books, please see my blog.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Bad Blood was released on 8th May, so I’m really at that stage right now. I won’t know book sales for a couple of months, so I’m just crossing my fingers that readers like it and spread the word.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I love reading vampire and zombie books and always wondered why these ‘monsters’ had been kept apart. I really wanted to see what would happen if vampires got caught up in a zombie uprising – and suddenly the idea of Bad Blood was born.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
As of yet, I’ve only had good ones for Bad Blood, although I’m not naïve enough to think it won’t happen – after all you can’t please everyone! I have had some negative reviews of stories in the past, and although they hurt at the time, you have to remember that it’s just one person’s opinion – the same story has had some great reviews too. I can’t control the world (well, not yet) and so there’ll always be people who want to tear you down for the sake of it, or genuinely just don’t like your style of writing.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
Strangely quick. It usually takes me an age to get myself together, but with Bad Blood, the whole thing particularly wrote itself! My main character, Britannia is pretty strong willed and her strength dictated the storyline for me. I’ve now managed to plot out another 2 novels in the series too – so there is a lot more to come.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I loved it. The artist Fiona Jayde has a lot of experience in designing book covers and did a fantastic job. Britannia is just how I imagined her and the whole cover explodes with bloody undead English action.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I am writing the next Bad Blood novel and also working on a New Adult series with a twist. To keep up-to-date with my work, readers can follow my Face Book page, Twitter or Blog. You can also leave comments or questions there to.

8. Top 5 books

  • Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  • The Host – Stephanie Meyers
  • Cut – Richard Laymon
  • An Ice Cold Grave– Charlaine Harris

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
I do wish I’d come up with ‘Warm Bodies’. A zombie love interest – who’d have thought it? I did write a short story called ‘For Audrey’ for the zombie anthology ‘So Long and Thanks for All the Brains’ which was told by an undead dog who had come back from the grave to save his young owner from a zombie horde. But it certainly didn’t end the same as ‘Warm Bodies’.

10. Why read your novel?
If you’ve ever wondered who would win in a fight between a vampire and a zombie horde – read Bad Blood. If you’ve ever wanted to walk the undead ravaged streets of London with a kick-ass vampire – read Bad Blood. If you ever wondered what would happen to a vampire bitten by a zombie – read Bad Blood. And if you ever wanted to find out if survival instincts can trump the need for revenge – read Bad Blood.

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