Welcome to the Author of the Week Page, where I set up a project to support Indie Authors by interviewing them and helping get their name and books out there! This weeks Author of the Week is Vicky Peplow.
Hi Vicky, welcome to your interview, can we start with a list of your books?
Hi Elizabeth, thank you, I've published Death on the River Wear and The Old Coal Miner’s Lamp. My third book Death in the Family is Coming Soon!
How exciting, now let's find out little about you!
I live in a beautiful little town in Virginia, USA but I am originally from a small coal mining village in the North-East of England called Ryhope, Sunderland. I live with my amazing partner Lorie, who I love with all my heart and couldn’t imagine my life without her. We have a dachshund called Sir Milo, who is 7 years old and a cat called Whiskers AKA Queenie as she is very demanding and she is 21 years old. I enjoy my writing and also helping other new and well established authors where I can as in editing, cover designing and the likes whenever I can. I love learning new things about everything really and been doing online courses through the centre of excellence to gain more knowledge. I also enjoy anything to do with the paranormal, and like reading things based around truth life events and also serial killers and learn how their minds worked at the time. I enjoy watching sports especially football (soccer), American football.
So you're very busy! What got you into writing?
I have always had an active imagination but I didn’t have the courage or confidence until three or four years back when Lorie, my partner gave me the encouragement and support to pursue it. Also reading books by Shani Struthers and Sarah England spurred me on to give it a go. So, I did and released my first book, Death on the River Wear, September last year and been busy since then.
It sounds like Lorie is a major fan of yours! How wonderful! What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing?
I love the actual writing of the book because at any given time a thought could cross your mind and send the book in a completely different direction which you intended and it lets my mind wander free. The part I hate the most is the editing.
Yes, I get very irate when my characters go places I didn't intend them too lol. Who is the worst villain you’ve ever written, and why?
Out of my two books I’ve wrote and the one I’m currently writing, it has to be the one I’m doing now as they are very deranged and if you saw them in a dark street, you would definitely turn around and walk the other way. They have no remorse for taking a human life and have no emotions of human suffering.
He sounds absolutely chilling, what is next on your list to write/publish?
The one I am currently writing is the second book to my first and it’ll be called Death in The Family which is a play on words. I have quite a few in the pipeline as well as other side projects that will be released in the near future.
Who is your favourite author, and why?
I have quite a few favourite authors that I like to read, but if I had to pick one then it would have to be…Greg Olsen as his books are amazing. I have dyslexia and it’s hard for me sometimes to see the characters and imagine the setting but with his books, it is really easy to understand and get lost in the words. I have lost quite a few nights sleep with not wanting to put the book down. Phil Price and John Watson’s books also do the same to me because they are so good.
Who encouraged you the most to write?
I would say my dad is one as I want to make him proud and my nana. Unfortunately, I lost the pair of them a few years back, but I can still feel them encouraging me from the other side. Also, my partner Lorie. None of this would be possible without her love and support.
I'm sorry for your loss, and Lorie truly does sound wonderful, are you as avid a reader as a writer?
Yeah definitely, it helps me relax on a night before I go to bed. (I’m a night owl.)
So, what’s your favourite genre?
Has to be either Paranormal or Historical Fiction.
Now I wouldn't sleep at night lol. Do you listen to music when you write?
It depends on what I’m writing but most the time I do like listening to music as it drowns out any distractions that are around me and it helps me focus better. I have quite an eclectic taste but at the moment listening to Lady Gaga’s new album.
If you could interview any famous author who would it be and why?
Ah! This is a hard question. Hmm…maybe Dean Koontz because I have read quite a lot of his books and would like to pick his brain on how he writes his books and gain some interesting insights from him.
Now let's get gritty, tell me a secret that none of your fans know!
I don’t plan out my books. I write them as they come to me and I have OCD.
Tell me what your main character would say about you!
She likes to help as many people as she can as she had a big heart but be careful and she can be a joker too.
Finally, any words of advice?
If you are a indie publisher, then take your time as it won’t all be roses and a best seller on your first book and promote, promote, promote, as much as you can.
Thank you for taking the time to sit down and interview. To keep up to date with Vicky please find her at,
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