Born in New Zealand, Vicki Tyley emigrated with her husband to Australia in 1982.
Vicki has travelled extensively, spending a year touring the world before terrorism was an influencing factor. She has lived in the central business districts of large cities, suburbia, idyllic seaside locations, rural areas, bushland, and remote desert mining camps.
In the lead up to her writing career, she worked in a multitude of different industries including banking, stockbroking, importing and wholesaling, human resources, mining, hospitality, civil engineering, and toys, in predominantly accounting, IT and management roles.
All these life experiences are brought to bear in her writing.
Based in rural Victoria, Australia, Vicki Tyley writes fast-paced mystery and suspense novels in contemporary Australian settings.
Julie: Welcome, Vicki. Please tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing. Have you always gravitated toward being an author?
Vicki: Thanks, Julie. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fascination with the written word, with my first taste of writing success coming when I won a children’s short story competition for a national magazine. Alas, life took over (as it does) and I didn’t start writing in earnest until 2000 when I gave away my high-pressure management job and moved with my husband to a farm about ninety minutes north-east of Melbourne. Since then, I’ve written five (six if you count my first one, now banished to the bottom drawer never to see the light again) standalone contemporary murder mysteries.
Julie: If you could trade places with a character in one of your books, who would it be and why?
Vicki: Jemma in Brittle Shadows. She’s tough and determined, even when she’s at her most vulnerable. And despite her shortcomings, she’s fiercely loyal and her motives are pure. If I couldn’t be her, I’d like her as a friend.
Julie: Anything your fans would be surprised to know about you?
Vicki: I’m fascinated with spiders and snakes. Unlike many people, I don’t feel threatened by them. Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t jump when a Huntsman spider lands on me.
Julie: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do to just kick back and have fun?
Vicki: I love reading, especially true crime and crime fiction. I also enjoy photography. I’m learning new skills all the time and it’s an excellent excuse to explore the countryside on the weekend. For the last three years, I’ve maintained a daily photoblog featuring photos of life in rural Australia.
Julie: Dealing with writing deadlines can be a challenge. What do you do to cope with the stress?
Vicki: Drink copious amounts of coffee, yank my hair, yell at the computer… If that fails, I stop, take a deep breath and remember what my husband keeps telling me: “One bite at a time.” It’s amazing how looking at a problem in smaller parts makes it a lot less daunting.
Julie: Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?
Vicki: I like to escape on holiday/vacation for a few days to allow the brain and body to decompress.
Books by Vicki Tyley
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