Evening lovely people! I hope you’ve all had a nice day and are now suitably relaxing!!  This evening I have a Meet the Author interview for you with Vicky Peplow.  We’re talking about studying criminology, profiling & forensics, coal mining, Ted Bundy, stealing milk bottles, and about her most recent book, The Old Coal Miner’s Lamp…..


Crime/Thriller, Historical, Paranormal

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Obviously my name is Vicky Peplow and I am originally from the North-East of England. Ryhope, Sunderland. I am now living in Virginia, USA with my partner and I have been here for 7 years and was the best decision I ever made. I do miss my family and friends but if I had to do it again, I would.

I have been working as a home care assistant but with the whole pandemic happening at the moment, that has been difficult. So right now, I am at home doing an International Open Academy Course in Criminology and Profiling. Plus, another on Forensics which will help in my writing. I have a couple of other courses going at the same time but I won’t bore you with them.

Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?

The Old Coal Miner’s Lamp because I based this book around the coal mining village I was brought up in and my grandad was a coal miner and not many know of the local history.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to follow my dad and be in the Army but couldn’t because of congenital hypothyroidism so went to NAAFI instead.

If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)

I would go to Washington State when Ted Bundy was loose and killing. I’ve always had an interest in Ted Bundy and serial killers and would want to know what drove him to kill.

Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Spending time with my partner, Lorie, walking our dog, Milo, watching films and documentaries, reading.

If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?

Always write what you know and also not everyone is going to like your books but don’t worry.

What is the best thing you’ve done in your life so far?

Move to the US and spending my life with Lorie.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

Able to read peoples mind so you know what they are really thinking.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you (that you’re willing to share?!)

When I was a kid and I used to walk to the bus stop to go to school. My friends and I decided it would be a good idea to steal milk bottles off front steps of peoples houses. I forgot that I had a hole in my pocket. The others managed to get there and I got mine but when I went to put it in my blazer pocket, it fell straight through and smashed to the ground. Everyone began laughing and I felt embarrassed but we all started running. We all still remember that to this day.

What is your favourite genre to read and why?

I like quite a few genres but my favourite has to be either historical or paranormal. When the two are together in one story, it’s even better. I enjoy learning about things from the past as I think we can learn from them and the paranormal has always interested me.

And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?

My most recent book is The Old Coal Miner’s Lamp. It is based in the coal mining village of Ryhope.

Billy lost his life to a tragic accident in the coal mine and became the barer of the coal miner’s lamp and began guiding souls to the other side.

Mike begins having visions of things he doesn’t understand and seeks out the help of Danielle, who is a local medium. When things begin affecting her, she wonders if it’s a good idea to get involved.

As the story goes on, they begin to work together to figure out how to help each other and to fight the darkness that threatens to keep them in unwanted surroundings.

You can find my book on Amazon

Where to find Vicky online: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Goodreads ~ AllAuthor

final words from chelle…

Thanks Vicky for coming over to my blog and chatting with us.  I absolutely love historical and paranormal stories and The Old Coal Miner’s Lamp sounds fab! Moving to the US sounds like it was definitely the right move for you, must be very different to living up North!  Going back in time to Ted Bundy’s era would be interesting – as long as he couldn’t see you watching him!  And finally I LOVE that your studying criminology, profiling & forensics……how exciting! It will definitely help in your writing, that’s for sure and must be so interesting too.

If you have any questions for Vicky, then drop a comment below or contact her on one of the links above.

Have a lovely rest of your evening my lovelies.

Chelle x




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