Monday, November 25, 2013

Welcome Susan Mac Nicol

To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
I have a new release due out in December. It's called 'Worth Keeping' and it tells the story of Nick Mathers, a lighthouse keeper on a small English island with a tragic childhood past, who rescues a man who has been washed onto the shore. His catch, Owen Butler has his own heartbreak but he sneaks into Nick's heart like a fish hook and Nick finds it very difficult to get free.

I have a novel due out in February 2014 with Dreamspinners called, 'Waiting for Rain' which is the story of Toby, a hotel manager in rural England and Rain, a carpenter who comes to the hotel to build a bar. It's a much softer story that what I've written before, with not as much drama.

I'm also working on a paranormal Romance series called 'Double Alchemy' which is about Warlocks and witchcraft. It's set on the east coast of England and in London.
And then there's my 'Men of London' series which is a series of 6 novellas, all set in London and surrounds, and features some heroic and tantalising men.

If we asked your muse to describe you using five words, what do you think they would say?
Creative, driven, obsessive, humorous and eccentric.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
For some reason, I have a real yen to live in New England, in Maine. Stephen King is one of my favourite authors and I've also wanted to visit there and see the Autumn Fall tree lined avenues and the beautiful coast line with its New England architecture and wooden houses. So a pretty blue and white house on the beach here would be my ideal place to live and write.

 If you could collaborate with one author who would it be? 
There's a wonderful lady called Kindle Alexander in Texas who writes great M/M fiction. I love her books and her characters and I would love to write a book with her. She's got a wonderful sense of humour, an eye for unique settings and plots and I think we'd have a lot of fun writing together.

Coffee, tea or other drink to get you moving in the morning? 
I'm a big coffee drinker. I have a Tassimo coffee machine in my bedroom, which is switched on when I get up in the morning for the first 'as I'm showering and dressing' cup of the morning. It's normally a Cappucino or a Lungo and the smell of fresh coffee wafting through the bedroom is a real treat. 

When you begin your stories, do you go with the flow, or go with an outline?
I don't do a lot of plotting at all. I have the basic story line in my head. I make a short list of the three -four main characters, including the two MC's, with short physical descriptions and main characteristics. Then I might do a one page on what the story is about from start to finish. I tend to simply sit down and let the story flow. The one thing I do keep is a timeline, noting all the major events of the book as they happen. This means I don't have to keep checking the body of the book to find out when something happened, how much time elapsed between scenes etc.

Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories?
Absolutely. 'Cassandra by Starlight' was written to Noel Gallagher's 'High Flying Birds' album. One of the songs on there, called 'If I had a Gun', became Cassie and Bennett's song. While I was writing 'Stripped Bare', I used some of my favourite rock groups, like Foo Fighters, Kasabian, Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, to bring the high tech story of Shane and Matthew to life. And when I wrote, 'Waiting for Rain', because Rain is a pretty good pole dancer , I used the music of Sneaker Pimps to write a scene in which Rain does a really sexy pole dance for Toby.

What has been the defining moment in your career that made you think “Yes, I am now a writer!”?
I think this would be when I got the email from my publisher which said they loved my story, I was a born story teller and they'd be happy to take it on 'subject to a fairly big rewrite.' At that time I had no qualms about doing whatever they wanted because I was going to be published! That was the moment I realised a childhood dream had come true and I was actually a 'proper' writer.

Book Blurb for 'Saving Alexander' - M/M Contemporary Romance

Punishing himself for a horrific past that is not his fault, bestselling author Alexander Montgomery seeks redemption and love—and perhaps he will find it.
Famous author though he may be, Alexander Montgomery is not someone you take home to meet Mother. Seriously flawed, damaged by a horrific past, he’s trying hard to claw his way back to normality. But how can anyone respect what he truly is? His therapy involves regular sessions at Study in Scarlet, an exclusive S&M club.
Then comes Sage. Tall, with black hair and blue eyes, an up-and-coming actor with impossible charm and boy-next-door good looks, he’s the perfect choice to play the leading man in a TV adaptation of Alex’s last best-seller. Even more, he is a man you introduce to your family. Which Alex would do—if he weren’t taken by another man who offers the punishments Alex prays will wipe away the past and make him the person he wants to be. Yet, perhaps there is another path to redemption. If only the solution would reach out and touch him.

This is an excerpt from my latest release ' Saving Alexander' which came out on 29th October.

Alex had just taken a sip of coffee and at Sage’s words he laughed and spluttered his coffee all over his chin and the keyboard in front of him.
Sage came over to him, chuckling at his predicament, taking his shirt out of his jeans and offering it to Alex as a cloth. “Sorry about that.”
Alex accepted the oddly intimate gesture and dabbed his mouth with Sage's shirt tail and glimpsed Sage’s naked torso as he wiped his mouth.
Alex definitely liked what he saw.
Taut stomach muscles and the indentation of Sage's hip bones in their V shape as they disappeared into the waistband of his jeans, a line of hair down to his groin that looked very inviting for either his hand or mouth to trail down. The man had an amazingly sexy torso. Alex’s cock moved in his pants like a small animal trying to get out. He was glad he was sitting down, hidden from view.
Sage said teasingly, “I can take the shirt off if you like and you can wipe down the computer?”
God, had he seen him looking?
Alex found his voice. “Sage, I think that might be taking it too far, as much as I’d like that. I’ve got tissues somewhere in the drawer; I’ll use those.”
He scrabbled around in the desk drawer, becoming aware Sage had gone quiet. Alex looked at him and saw Sage regarding him with eyes that suddenly looked quite sultry.
“Really?”  Sage’s voice was now an even more pronounced soft Irish lilt that turned Alex's bones to jelly. “You’d like to see me with my shirt off? Is that an invitation?”
Alex swallowed, not sure what to say. This sudden openly uber sexy and flirtatious Sage was someone he wasn’t sure about although he was causing havoc with his nether regions.
Sage moved around to Alex’s side, taking the tissues from his clenched hand and  slowly wiping the keyboard free of coffee. Alex leaned back in his chair, breathless. The pressure between his legs grew in intensity. Sage was so close to Alex he could smell his aftershave and see the dark hairs on his arms at his wrists. Alex could also see the hardened ridge of Sage’s own erection lying against his leg in his tight jeans.
God, he must be able to smell how bloody aroused I am. And he feels the same about me, obviously, if that monster in his pants is anything to go by.
 They were both aware of the effect they was having on the other. Alex saw it in the slight smile on Sage’s face and the way he deliberately moved closer to him as he used the last of the tissues.

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