Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel Cassandra by Starlight, the first in a trilogy, was published last year by Boroughs Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Double Alchemy: Climax is her sixth m/m romance.
Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself becoming a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.
Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK.
Susan Mac Nicol is also author of The Magick of Christmas, Confounding Cupid, Cassandra by Starlight, Together in Starlight, Stripped Bare, Saving Alexander, Worth Keeping, Waiting for Rain and Double Alchemy.
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Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.
A BLINDING LIGHT
It begins with a Book of Shadows discovered by a London coven. The grimoire is as dangerous as it is rare, which is why it evokes modern-day warlock Quinn Fairmont’s desire. He collects objects of great power and beauty—like his lover, Cade Mairston.
Against all odds he and Cade found each other, but their perils have just begun. First is the ex-lover who once held Quinn in thrall. And, someone has been killing warlocks. Could it be one of his own kind? There are those too who would challenge Quinn’s power in their quest to overthrow him as Grand Master. Or is the danger something darker, something invoked inadvertently, rising from the shadows, building from the very inside of a man until it brings an end with a quick flash of light? Of the truth, the surface has only been scratched. Now Quinn and Cade must go deeper and find both answers and an end. They must learn what lurks in the hearts of men…and whether it seeks to love or destroy.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I love the occult, witches and witchcraft and the local legends and stories about the Witchfinder General of Essex, Matthew Hopkins. So combining them all together in one story together set in the wonderful city of London was a no brainer. I created Quinn, Cade and Taliesin to tell this story and bring these characters and events to life.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
Probably about eight weeks. Once I start I am very focused and I simply make it a my mission to finish.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Being able to create characters who bring out my own fantasies, who live a life perhaps I’d like to read and best of all, letting them find love and get their happy ever after. That doesn’t happen all that often in real life.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I don’t really have a least favourite part. I love the writing, the planning, the plotting (the little I do) , the research and the fun in making a story out of a few imaginative ideas.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d like to be Richard Branson, the Virgin man. He seems to have such a wonderful lifestyle, adventurous and varied, he owns his own tropical island, a magnificent plane and a yacht and yet seems to be so down to earth. I could live that life for a day and travel in his footsteps.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I have a lettuce that has seen better days. Probably about ten days old. I’m one of those people who try and buy healthy vegetables with all good intentions even though I’m not partial to salad greens then the poor thing languishes in the fridge until it is thrown away.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m writing a series at the moment called Men in London and that will keep me busy for the forseeable future. By the time this blog post runs I should have finished writing book 1. It’s the story of different men in different professions meeting each other, and is all set around a trendy city restaurant called Galileo’s owned by Gideon Trent. Book 1 is Gideon and Eddie’s story.