1) Tell us about yourself.
I live in the UK near London with my husband and two grown up children. I think my Twitter profile probably says enough about me to give you an idea who I am.
‘Author of romance novels and wannabe scripts, independent, pain in the bum, humorous, driven, prone to strong opinion.’
I’ll leave off the last bit of my profile. It relates to a fascination I have with a certain young British actor called Benedict Cumberbatch who was the inspiration for my leading man, Bennett Saville, in my Starlight trilogy.
I was born in the UK, moved to Johannesburg, South Africa 42 years ago, and of that I’ve been back in the UK for twelve, loving every minute.
Some of the highlights of my life – apart from getting married, having kids and moving countries – I’ve been picked up by a punter who thought I was a prostitute (there is a proper story behind this, I promise) , been involved in a car smash much like the heroine, Cassie, in Cassandra by Starlight, (only not as a result of a falling body on my car!), become a Wiccan, spent time in Kenya, where my older sister was born, and had a dream of being published recognised with my debut novel.
2) What genre do you write and why?
I write contemporary romance and this genre chose me not the other way around.
Early in 2012 there was an incident in my home county of Essex where some idiot dropped a concrete bucket off a motorway foot bridge onto a car below. The woman in the car was badly injured. I started thinking –what if that had been someone jumping off the bridge, and he had had a family member who felt responsible for the woman and went to visit her in the hospital, so sparking off a chance meeting that led to a romance. So this is how Cassandra by Starlight, the first book in my Starlight trilogy, was conceived in February 2012. I continue in this genre because I find I really enjoy it and love the idea of everything ending with a happy ever after.
3) What made you become a writer?
I’ve always written since I was a child, and have vast snippets of half-finished manuscripts in my study. I nearly got published a long time ago with a children’s story – but I got bored with the re-writes. Being much younger at the time, life, young men, parties, going out and having fun seemed much more important. Now I regret it but perhaps one day, Spinny the travelling anteater might re-surface. With the writing of Cassandra by Starlight, I’ve found that I now can’t ‘not write’ and as a result, I’ve kept doing this and ended up writing six full length novels, two short stories and a screen play! I’m also 50 000 words into book 7 as well.
4) Tell us about your recent book or series.
Cassandra by Starlight’, the first book in my Starlight series tells the story of Cassie Wallace, a beautiful, older woman who’s catapulted into tragedy when a young man jumps off a motorway bridge onto her car. She’s injured badly and whilst in the hospital, the young man’s brother, Bennett Saville, comes to see her to offer his condolences for her injuries. He’s ten years younger than she is, an up and coming actor in London from a wealthy background, on his way to stardom. There’s an instant attraction and the two of them enter into a relationship fraught with passion, danger and more than a few hiccups along the way. I’m hoping that the second book will be out in the first quarter of next year.
I’ve also written a short story called ‘The Magick of Christmas’ for my publisher’s ‘Lunchbox Romance’ line. It’s a fun tale of a young witch in London who discovers that there is something more powerful than her own magick.
5) What have you found to be the most challenging?
Balancing real life against the incredibly rewarding sensation of immersing myself in the worlds of my characters and their lives. I tend to be get pretty obsessive about things, and once I start something, I really throw myself into it heart and soul. So my poor family have to put up with me growling at them when they interrupt me to get me to do something mundane, like eating. My daughter always tells everyone ‘not to poke the angry bear’ and she’s right.
A Few fun questions.
Does size matter?
Of course it bloody well matters. I love tall, broad shouldered men, with large hands and feet, and….I’ll stop there. But if you’d like a purely scientific viewpoint, head on over here and read what they have to say… http://nbcnews.to/SNPLgY
Christian Grey or Gideon Cross?
I have to say I’ve only read the Fifty Shades trilogy. I hope to get onto ‘Bared to You’ soon, then I’ll be able to make my mind up. So I guess at this stage –Christian is my choice.
Flowers or Chocolate?
Definitely chocolate. Preferably 70% cocoa, rich and delicious. Flowers die and get recycled but chocolate forever stays with me, even if it’s on my hips.
E-book or paperback?
Interesting. I love my Kindle, never thought I would but I do. But I also love the tactile feel of a book. But for ease of use and sheer ability to store lots of books for whenever I fancy a read, I’d say an e-book.
Author Contact Details:
Personal website – www.susanmacnicol.com
Author – www.boroughspublishinggroup.com
Twitter – @SusanMacnicol7
Cassandra by Starlight Facebook page http://on.fb.me/RQYv3Z
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