The Writing Life of: Vicky Peplow
This week I am thrilled to be interviewing author Vicky Peplow. Vicky will be sharing with us details of her writing life, telling us all about her new book ‘Between Life And Death: A Book of Short Stories‘, which was released on 1st July 2021 and answering a few fun questions too. This post contains affiliate links.
Hi, my name is Vicky Peplow. I’m 43 years old, and I live in Virginia, USA. I’m originally from the North-East of England and a coal mining village called Ryhope. I moved to Virginia nearly nine years ago to be with my better half, Lorie.
I have been an independent author for four years now, and I have released four books so far, with plenty more to come. I’ve also helped multiple other authors release their books by helping them with editing, formatting, and designing their book covers.
1) Did you enjoy writing when you were a child?
To be honest, no, I didn’t. I didn’t start writing until a couple of years ago. As a kid, I was too busy outside, running around and climbing trees.
2) Which author shaped your childhood?
A British children’s author called Terry Deary. I loved his books, especially the ones he wrote where you decided how the story would go.
3) What motivated you to begin your first novel?
I’ve always had a fascination with serial killers and how their minds worked. I had an idea in my head for quite some time but never had the chance to write it until maybe four or five years ago where I included where I’m originally from and the serial killer together.
4) Do you plot your book, or are you a pantser?
Definitely a punster. I like to see where the story will go when I let it come out freely without being planned.
5) What is your average writing day?
I generally check emails first thing in the morning after feeding our pets, check my social media, and then get to work for maybe eight or nine hours, take breaks now and then, and do some housework and let our dachshund out to do his business. If I’m doing editing, then I usually do 10-12 hour days.
6) What is the best thing about being an author?
Being able to let my mind and imagination run free and create a story from just my mind. Also, enjoy reading other author’s books and gain more inspiration from them.
A Book of Short Stories
Pages – 91
Release Date – 1st July 2021
ISBN 13 – 979-8524656247
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover
Slip into the life of different people and things that they have gone through within their lives. Enjoy these short stories of the miracle of birth, but with the trepidation of something going wrong at the same time.
You are going from the miracle of giving birth to been given the worst news of your life and knowing that you could be responsible for it. You are then moving to a new home and seeing spirits walking around and interacting with you and finding out that there could be a dead body in your backyard.
Some people have to deal with a lot in their lives, including dealing with PTSD after serving their country and then circumventing PTSD after not being dealt the best of hands but finding love in the most unexpected places.
Some people find love in expected places, but the person they love is not the person they thought they were then the unexpected happens.
Which of these six short stories will resonate with you?
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7) How did you go about researching the content for your book?
A lot of the stories in this book are from personal experience and such things as PTSD. I contacted some personal friends who have PTSD and Facebook groups that help people get through the hardships. Also, some of the short stories are made up, so they didn’t need much research.
8) How long did it take to go from the ideas stage to writing the last word?
I actually found rough drafts of each story on my laptop. I just needed to clean them up and add a little more to them to round them up. So, it was only two months, give or take, a couple of days for this book.
9) What made you choose the genre you write in?
I actually write in a couple of genres such as historical, paranormal, children’s, and now short stories. However, I like to try out something new when I can, and this was the perfect opportunity.
10) How did you come up with the name(s) for your lead character(s)?
I have several different lead characters in this book, with it being a short story book. However, a lot of the names just came to me, and others are names of friends.
11) Can you give us an insight into your characters?
Each character within the book is going through their own hardships. First, we have a midwife who delivers a baby in a complicated delivery, then a couple who move from the big city to the country but get more than they bargained for from the other side of life. Then you have a soldier who comes home after being shot and has PTSD and thinks that he will live the rest of his life alone until he meets someone who has the same amount of trauma but from different life events. Plus many more.
12) How did you feel when you had completed your book?
It was a sense of accomplishment, but I knew that there was still the editing round to go before it was finished and published.
1) Do you have a favourite quote you live by?
Mine is quite simple, and my dad used to say it to me all the time and write in every birthday card or Christmas card. “Keep your chin up.” Meaning, even if something gets you down, hold your head up and carry on.
2) Do you have any pets?
Yes, we have two pets, well, four if you count the two outside cats we feed. We have Sir Milo, our eight-year-old dachshund, and twenty-two-year-old cat, Whiskers, whom we nickname Queenie as she is a little diva. Our outside cats are called PJ and Puss-Puss. They stay around our back porch and know when you are coming out to feed them.
*Sadly Whiskers, aka Queenie died this week.
3) What’s on your current reading list?
Wow! I have a lot on my reading list at the moment. I tend to read at night before I go to sleep. It tends to calm me down. At the moment, I’m reading The Weight of the Soul by Shani Struthers. She is one of my favorite authors, and lucky to call her a friend.
4) Your book has been made into a feature film, you’ve been offered a cameo role, what would you be doing?
Oh, good question. I would have to choose the first story in my book and on the Delivery Suite. A bit of a disclosure. I worked on this actual Delivery Suite before I moved to Virginia.
5) If you could travel to the fictional world of any book for the day, which would you choose?
I don’t know if this counts but Fantasia from The Neverending Story. It was my favorite film when I grew up, and I always wanted to ride on Falkor.
6) There’s a penguin sitting in your writing chair, what is the first thing he says to you?
“Move your feet, lose your seat.”
I would like to say a big thank you to Vicky Peplow for sharing with us details of her writing life and for a wonderful interview.