Hi Nicky, Welcome to Anna's Book Blog! I'm glad to have you here.
To start off can you tell the readers a little about yourself? I'm an English author based in the UK and have two YA book series out through the publishers, Evernight Teen. I started my writing career in the short story market and gained over 30 publishing credits before I sold my first novel. I write horrors, urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but do enjoy a good genre mash-up so tend to be open about what I write. As long as it has a sharp, dark edge to it, I'm a happy author!
Lost in Wonderland is your latest release, can you tell us a little about it?It's a YA contemporary thriller with a supernatural kick. It centers around a vigilante organization called Wonderland that tracks and kills serial killers who have escaped justice. All the agents are code-named after characters in the Alice in Wonderland book: Hatter, Rabbit, Cheshire, etc. But the story is about an agent called Mouse who had something terrible happen to her when she was a child and uses her new found Wonderland skills to unravel a family mystery.
What is your writing day like? It's usually outside of my house, somewhere like a pub or a coffee shop or, if I can, at a stately hotel that is a few minute drive from my house. It’s so regal and quite there. I go anywhere where I can get fed and watered and just concentrate on my writing without any excuse to procrastinate with. I can usually write for about three hours before I need to take a break. I'll then go for a walk or something to clear my mind, then get back in there!
When are you're not writing what kind of books do you like to read? All sorts. YA and adult books. I love horror and urban fantasy, and I am just getting into steampunk and thrillers. What I read depends on my mood. I'm also completing a Creative Writing degree so have been reading wider than my usual tastes. I've found that I enjoy a good children's book too now. Room on the Broom, Mr Stick and the Highway Rat, great reading regardless of your age!
What are three things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a book? I write on an old laptop, so I need a power outlet! I also need a decent sized pot of tea and a large amount of food - preferably of the salty and sweet variety!
Lost in Wonderland is, of course, a twist on Alice in Wonderland. What is your favorite thing about the original story? It was so ahead of its time. I loved the themes of having to grow up and navigating puberty (Alice's body growing and shrinking) and how annoying and random parental figures can seem at the time (The Queen and the baby pig) I remembered liking the book when I was young, but it was only re-reading it now as an adult that I can appreciate how good it really is.
If you could give your lead character one piece of advice, what would it be?Trust other people more. I'm guilty of this myself, so probably have no right in giving this nugget of advice to anyone, but you can't go through life simply relying on yourself. It's both sad and time-consuming!
What is next for you? I'm currently working on the sequel to Lost in Wonderland, The Assassin of Oz and also the next in my Battle of the Undead series, Bad Karma. So lots of writing and hopefully some lovely food along the way too!
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Lost in Wonderland
The Twisted and The Brave #1
By: Nicky Peacock
Monsters, serial killers, and imaginary friends—being a Wonderlander can be murder...
upon a time, Kayla was lost. Then she found Wonderland, but not the one
you know. Run by ex-government agents and funded by an eccentric
Silicon Valley billionaire, this Wonderland is the name of a collective
of highly trained vigilantes who hunt serial killers. Now Kayla, aka
Mouse, works tirelessly alongside her fellow Wonderlanders, Rabbit and
Cheshire, baiting dangerous murderers. But even her extensive training
hasn’t prepared her for the return of her older brother…
has spent most of his life in an insane asylum, convinced his mother was
abducted by a sinister Alaskan monster who lures the lost away to feast
upon their flesh. And now he’s certain that his sister is in the same
monster’s crosshairs. But if Shilo is going to save what’s left of his
family, he’ll have to convince his sister that maybe, just maybe, we’re
all a little mad.
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Title: Secrets in the Snow Author: Michaela MacColl Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery Release Date: October 4, 2016
I received this book from Chronicle Books
, in exchange of an honest review. Summary: Jane Austen's family is eager to secure her future by marrying her off. But Jane is much more interested in writing her novels and finds every suitor lacking in one way or another. That is until the mysterious Mr. Lefroy arrives on the scene.
Much like the famous character Mr. Darcy, from one of the real-life Jane Austen's famous novels, Mr. Lefroy initially seems arrogant and distasteful. But the more Jane gets to know him, the more she discovers his kind nature. Can it be that he's the suitor for her? Before Jane can find out, her cousin is accused of aiding the French, England's enemy, and Jane finds herself busy proving her family innocence, solving a murder, and facing a decision that might mean the sacrifice of her one true love.
Thoughts: When I received this book, I hadn't heard of it. I wasn't sure I was gonna read it. But when I read it involved Jane Austen, it definitely peaked my interest. This was a wonderful read for me. I loved the mystery and intrigue that Secrets in the Snow offered. I would have loved to seen more Jane and Lefroy, other than that it was great. Ms. MacColl does an amazing job bring Jane Austen and her world to life. If you love Jane Austen and a good mystery, this one is for you.
On a side note if you want more Jane Austen and Mr. Lefroy I would suggest the movie Becoming Jane. I recently watched it and loved it.