Meet the Author: The Wake by Vikki Patis

Today we travel to Herford, UK, to chat with Vikki Patis about how two grumpy cats, a wild golden retriever puppy, the curly girl method, music playlists, Cornwall, and fibromyalgia come together as part of Vikki’s current and past life.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an author of psychological suspense, and I also work in the medical device industry. I live in Herford, UK, with my partner, two grumpy cats and a wild golden retriever puppy. I have coeliac disease and fibromyalgia, and I follow the curly girl method. I run The Bandwagon ( and the Psychological Suspense Authors’ Association.

In which genre do you write?

I write psychological suspense novels, but I’ve recently started my first gothic historical fiction. It’s quite exciting to try something new!

How many published books do you have?

Four so far (The Diary, The Girl Across the Street, Girl, Lost, and The Wake), with one self-published short story collection, Weltanschauung, and my BSc dissertation was published by Lambert Publishing too.

What is an interesting writing quirk you have, that we wouldn’t know by reading your biography?

Every book I write has its own music playlist. I only really listen to music when I’m writing, and often listen to a specific playlist when I’m driving or walking the dog to get me ‘in the zone’. The playlists are always random, I just pick songs which seem to fit.

What are you currently reading?

I’m listening to the audiobook of The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue, and I’m probably going to reread NOS4R2 by Joe Hill at some point during the spooky season!

If you could turn into one of your characters for a day, which one would it be and why, what would you do?

Probably Isla from The Girl Across the Street, just to live through that ending and discover what happens afterwards (no spoilers!). I’d make sure she had a happy ending though, she deserves it.

What’s your favorite place to visit in your country and why?

I absolutely love Cornwall. Who doesn’t? I lived in Plymouth as a student and spent a lot of time on both sides of the Tamar. It’s just a beautiful place to be. It’s where I feel most at peace.

If you could ask your pet three questions, what would they be?

1. Are you happy? 2. Are our favourite places to walk your favourite too? 3. Why are you always wet?

What are you currently working on?

I’m just about to start rewriting a book which had been out on submission for almost all of this year, and is being published next summer. I’m excited to dive back into it!

It was wonderful learning more about you and having you be a part of MTA! Wishing you all the best, Vikki! – Camilla

Book blurb:

The Wake
Blood isn’t always thicker than water…

In the wake of Richard Asquith’s death, his family come together to say goodbye.

The Daughter
Skye hasn’t seen her father in years. Can she ever forgive him for what he did?

The Daughter-in-Law
Lexi hopes her secrets have died with Richard. Can she keep the truth to herself forever?

The Mistress
Eleanor is heartbroken, but is her grief clouding her judgement?

The Celebrant
James has had enough of death. Can he give Richard the send-off he deserves?

Everyone has something to hide, but buried secrets always surface…

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Connect with Vikki:

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Twitter: @VikkiPatis


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