Kicking off The PSAA Author Spotlights is our very own Vikki Patis!
I’m so excited for this new feature! I can’t wait to introduce you to so many fabulous psychological suspense authors. But you’ll have to make do with me for now!
Vikki Patis is a bestselling psychological suspense author. Her third novel, Girl, Lost, was published by Bloodhound Books in May 2020 and became a top 100 bestseller on Amazon. It was later longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize 2020. The Diary and The Girl Across the Street were published by Bookouture in 2018 and 2019 and have sold over 30,000 copies. The Wake will be published in October 2020, with another to follow in early 2021.
She is also the author of Weltanschauung, a self-published short story collection, and her BSc dissertation, I Ink, Therefore I Am, was published by Lambert Publishing in 2016. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, baking gluten free cakes, or walking in the Hertfordshire countryside. She lives with her partner, two cats, and a wild golden retriever puppy.
How did you get into writing?I’ve always written, I just struggled to finish anything! After interviewing George RR Martin in 2014 (shameless link drop!), I started with short stories, and self-published Weltanschauung in 2016. From there I tried writing a full novel, making use of NaNoWriMo, and submitted what would become The Diary to Bookouture in early 2018. And, as they say, the rest is history!
Who are some of your favourite authors?Always a tough question! I do love psychological suspense of course, so some authors to watch out for are Caroline Corcoran, Lesley Sanderson, and Sarah A Denzil, but I also adore historical fiction. Stacey Halls, Laura Purcell, Karen Maitland are all brilliant. And Catriona Ward is also fantastic!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?I am a reformed pantser! I didn’t plot my first two books at all, and when the structural edits came in, it was pretty obvious that I hadn’t plotted! I read Take Off Your Pants and tried to apply some of the key principle to my planning process, and now I couldn’t imagine not doing it.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?Two key things: first, to finish a book you have to write it, so that means dedicating an amount of time every day or week and getting some words down. ‘Write drunk, edit sober’ as they say, so just write the first draft, have a celebratory cup of tea, then go back through and edit. And I also think you should be a big reader. I like to keep up with the industry and see what my colleagues are doing in the genre. I’ve always been an avid reader, and I just think it’s so important to be aware of what’s going on.
Finally, what are you working on now?I’m currently about 50,000 words into a gothic historical fiction – my first foray into the genre! I’m a huge fan of authors like Laura Purcell and Anna Mazzola, and I’ve always wanted to write in this genre, so I’m giving it a go and will hopefully find it a home. My fourth novel, The Wake, is coming out at the end of October, and my fifth is due out in March 2021. I’m going to have to start a rewrite on book six soon too, which has been written for a while but was out on submission for most of this year, and will finally be published in August next year. So very busy!
The Wake will be published on 27th October, available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback. Audio coming March 2021.
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