Fair Dinkum Baker’s Dozen #10: Vicki Tyley

This is #10 of our series in which Australian crime fiction authors have the opportunity to share some of their lesser known secrets. Or not, it’s entirely up to them. We provide the authors with 13 beginnings and, like the creative geniuses they are, they turn them into sentences (or paragraphs, or full blown essays should the urge arise).

I often wonder... where’d I’d be if I’d made different decisions in life.

Friends would describe me as… I had to go to the source for this one: “Strong-willed, determined, brilliant, generous, nature enthusiast, and someone who finds laughter comes easily.” Not sure about the brilliant part, but the rest rings true.

I will never… move back to the city (if I can help it).

My greatest fear is… failing.

My worst job was… mortgage manager for a real estate company. My employer insisted that staff call me Ms Tyley (I prefer Vicki) and essentially kept me isolated in my office. I lasted about a week before I quit.

I’m in dire need of… more hours in the day. Remember when your mother told you the older you got, the faster time went? Well, it’s true!

My childhood was… good? For some reason, except for the occasional flash, I remember very little about my childhood. I’m the eldest of a family of six children. We didn’t have a lot of money, but I do know we never went without anything, and that includes love.

I wish I had… a magic wand.

I wish I hadn’t… wish I hadn’t… wish I hadn’t… I don’t know. Everything I’ve done and everything that’s happened to me is part of the person I am today. Besides, regrets are pointless.

The thing I hate most about being a writer is… the voices in my head, especially when they’re all clamouring to be heard. Characters are like that.

The last book I read was… an ebook release of Never Say Die by Tess Gerritsen (originally published 1992). Old books – as the title says – never die, they just go digital.

The next book I’ll write is... actually a rewrite of an old novel I’d mothballed. A reader prompted me to revisit it after she read somewhere that I had two manuscripts stashed away never to see the light of day. (Never say never, right?) It’s quite scary going back to a story I wrote six years ago and seeing how far my writing (and technology) has progressed.

Being an Australian author means… proudly flying the flag for Down Under, and proving that we’re not “still a bunch of criminals or barely literate crocodile hunters.” If the emails I receive from readers are anything to go by, people are fascinated with the landscape, people, and colloquialisms of Australia. I count myself extremely fortunate to be part of it.


Based in rural Victoria, Vicki Tyley is the author of the bestselling Kindle mysteries THIN BLOOD (named an “Amazon 2010 Customer Favorite” and the only Australian ebook in the top 100), SLEIGHT MALICE, BRITTLE SHADOWS, and the soon to be released BITTER NOTHINGS

More information about Vicki and her books can be found at her website: www.vickityley.com or you can catch Vicki at her blog.