Huge success of Beckenham author Caroline Peckham's new series
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:32 12 January 2018
The latest series by Beckenham author Caroline Peckham, which is being likened to ‘The Hunger Games with vampires’ is proving to be extremely popular.
V Games follows the story of 18-year-old Selena Grey after she is convicted of murder for killing her abusive step-father.
Kidnapped with other young women from prisons across Europe, she is sent to an island where the girls are thrust into a twisted game of survival, where they must play the V Games.
The popularity of V Games seems doesn’t seem to be exclusive amongst any particular gorup, Caroline said: “I write for a young adult audience, but many of my readers range from their 20s right up to their 60s! It seems this type of series has a broad appeal, mainly for women - especially since my new series is in the ‘paranormal romance’ genre.”
Caroline has published six books in total, along with two short stories over the course of two years, and hopes to write more: “Now that I’m working full-time as a writer, I’d like to increase my output.”
Marking her second series after fantasy books The Rise of Isaac, V Games, released in late October 2016, is currently selling over 600 copies a week.
Caroline has always enjoyed books like The Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight, and wanted to combine elements from those to come up with something that hadn’t been done before.
“Lots of people believe the vampire fad is dead, but there are books being released every month in that category.” She added.
Despite this, Caroline felt it was important to add a new spin on the classic story, and says the response from fans has been “overwhelming.”
As a writer who does all her own marketing and self-publishing, Caroline finds this form of publication to be a game-changer that is underestimated: “Although it is vastly overestimated in the sense that ‘anyone can write a book’, it also means writers who have chosen to self-publish have to stand out amongst a lot of badly edited or poorly written books.
This competition has resulted in ‘serious’ self-publishers upping their game, working to get honest reviews on their work.”