July 19, 2016
Are you looking for your next read?
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Today, we spotlight
Lost in Wonderland (The Twisted and the Brave Book 1)
by Nicky Peacock!
We’re excited to have Nicky on the blog today for a quick Q&A!
Monsters, serial killers, and imaginary friends—being a Wonderlander can be murder...
Once 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…
Shilo 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.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here.
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
YA paranormal, thriller twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic. Monsters, serial killers, imaginary friends – being a Wonderlander can be murder.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
Last year was Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland’s 150th Anniversary. I’d always loved the book and had seen several takes on it through the years. As an author, I really wanted to put my own spin on it and honor the book, not just as re-telling but as something different. Lost in Wonderland follows the main themes of the original book like, growing up and being lost and transplants them into more of a contemporary thriller setting. As I’m a bit of a horror addict, I had to have a supernatural edge in there too and I loaded the book with quotes from the original book and parallel scenes.
It’s now the start of a new series, The Twisted and the Brave and others will be out to follow it with the same formula of taking classic children’s literature and mashing it up.
Tell us about the main character(s).
There are two main characters, a brother, and sister. Shiloh is the eldest; he’s been in an asylum for most of his life and has a very child-like view of the world. He wants to re-connect with his sister but struggles with living in the real world, fortunately, his imaginary friend; Mr. Custard is there to help.
Mouse is Shiloh’s little sister, she has spent most of her life living in an underground vigilante group known as ‘Wonderland’. She hunts and baits serial killers with her foster family and has become detached and cold.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
One of my favorite characters in the book is Rabbit, who is the most prolific character to quote from the original book. She recites this wonderful poem from it:
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!
How cheerfully he seems to grin
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
In the book, Mouse has the fear of getting lost which is my own fear. It always sounds strange to other people, especially in the age of satnavs and iPhones, but whenever I have to go somewhere new I break out in a sweat and start systematically checking Google Maps street view like a crazed nutbag. To write one particularly scene I deliberately went somewhere I didn’t know and noted down the feelings. Part of me thought that fear immersed would help me get over my anxiety – boy was I wrong! I won’t be doing that again!
What sort of projects do you have going on right now? Any new books coming out?
I’m really busy at the moment. I’m currently writing the third and last installment of my Battle of the Undead series, Bad Karma and also the second book in the Twisted and the Brave, The Assassin of Oz. I wrote a free read for my Battle series, Traitor’s Gate (Available through my Wattpad : https://www.wattpad.com/user/NickyPeacockAuthor and my publisher’s website http://evernightteen.com ) so I’m also beavering away on a free read for the Twisted series too.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog – happy reading, everyone!