Sue Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. She has written ten novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.
Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She is also a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell and lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family. Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to one day make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.
THE WORLD IN SHADOW
In modern London there lurks a warlock, Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured, sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He takes pleasure where he can find it.
In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears to him like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: lust with true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, if a man of the world, Cade is innocent. He knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, or what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning. Magyck, peril and passion await.
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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I live in Essex, the site where Matthew Hopkins was prevalent as the Witchfinder General. I love the village of Mistley and have spent quite a lot of time out there. It’s a beautiful part of the country. I’m also Wiccan so I have an interest in witchcraft and the occult. My bookcase is filled with all sorts of fascinating studies and occult books, including an old one by Aleister Crowley. So it wasn’t a big stretch to think about writing about a Warlock and a Water Sprite. Where the idea for the Withinner came from, I have no idea J Chalk it up to a very active imagination.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
Double Alchemy took me about eight weeks to finish both books. I tend to obsess when I start and I am very focused on writing a story once I start. It was no hardship though. Every waking moment was spent on this story to the detriment of all (and everyone) else.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
That it’s mine. It’s something only I can do, these ideas and thoughts coming out of my head, and I can make my characters’ world mine just for a short time. I can get lost in their story, their lives and their anguish and joy. I can make them love, hate, fear. And at the end of it I can give them a HEA which unfortunately some people don’t always get in real life.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I used to think it was the edits, but now I enjoy them as they’ve taught me such a lot about how to be a better writer. So while I still feel that frisson of fear each time I get an email from my editor, it’s not as bad as it used to be. I think perhaps my worst thing is that an author can write these stories but getting people to read them is even more difficult. I’d love to write a wonderful book and give it to someone and it becomes a huge success but we all know that’s not the way it works. So I tend to get a bit frustrated, like any writer does, about the critical time and effort needed in building my author platform and trying to keep things fresh and entertaining for my readers.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Well, I’d choose to be a famous fictional character. I’d want to be Sherlock Holmes. He may have been real, who knows ? But I love his persona, his quirkiness, his apparent disregard for human emotions and his very own fallible nature. I’d want to solve crimes, running around Victorian London, spending time at beautiful old country manors and hob-nobbing with the cream of society while solving crimes with my unique, keen and analytical brain.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
It’s a jar of mashed chilies, probably about 3 months old but still perfectly good for cooking. There’s a bit of an obsession in Britain for the use of ‘sell by dates’ something I’ve never really understood. If it hasn’t got mould, looks okay, smells okay, tastes okay then the chances are it’s good for another week.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I begin writing a series of novellas called ‘Men in London’. It’s a set of tales about different men and professions meeting in a restaurant called Galileo’s in London. The restaurant will form the central background to each couple’s story and they’ll be introduced in each previous book. The first book in the series is called ‘Love me Senseless’ and it’s the story of Gideon Trent, owner of the restaurant and upcoming whizz kid chef, Eddy Luca. Gideon loses his sense of smell and taste in a tragic accident and it’s up to Eddy to bring Gideon back to the world and make him believe in himself again.
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