Friday, November 9, 2018

Interview with Susan Mac Nicol, FOREVER IN STARLIGHT

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
This latest book is part of my Starlight series. It all started out when I read a story in my local newspaper about a man jumping from a bridge onto a woman’s car and landing her in hospital. I thought that was an intriguing premise for a story and Cassandra Wallace and her love affair with a man ten years her junior, Bennett Saville, was born. Forever in Starlight takes their love story full circle culminating in a wonderful ceremony under a tropical sun on an exotic island.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
Yes, imagine my surprise, my debut novel was accepted by a traditional publisher about two months after submitting it. Boroughs Publishing Group was the first publisher I sent it to, and twenty-seven stories later, I continue to write for them.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’m currently published by two publishers, Boroughs and Dreamspinner, but the latter is with only one book. I have a wonderful relationship with Boroughs so see no reason to change that. I have always wanted to do a self-publishing experiment so once I have a book I want to try that with, no doubt I’ll do it.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Boroughs create all my covers (which are all stunning) and I have 100% say in the creative process from the images used, to the layout and the concept. They know me well though so there are few back and forths between us on cover design.
What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I like noise when I write or work. I find silence distracting. I tend to listen to music like the Killers, Foo Fighters, random classical tracks, Halsey, and, of course, my one and only Adam Lambert.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I start out with a basic premise of a plot, but it’s generally a paragraph or two outlining the basic idea. I’ve never been a plotter, even with a series and my stories tend to develop as I write. As with my characters, I have no pre-conceived ideas about who they are, how their stories will end, or what will happen to them in between.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I’m fortunate in having an editor appointed by the publisher, which in my case is the CEO of Boroughs Publishing Group, Michelle Klayman. She’s amazing, knows my work inside out and is the best editor a person can have. The one thing an author needs is an editor that understands their vision and their quirks and is able to work with it.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
My books are available on the publisher’s website, as well as Smashwords, Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Barnes and Noble. You can also find them in the Bookateria on my own website.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
It’s always a tough job juggling writing time with the promotional aspects. I tend to find it difficult not only to find the time but the motivation. I’m passionate about writing but when you have to juggle a part time job, real life and other extra-curricular activities (I’m also Editor in Chief of an online magazine, a Board trustee for a charity based here in the UK, and a partner in an image specialist providing exclusive images for book covers) you need to be disciplined about covering everything you need to do.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
I’m a dog person, I love vanilla, I drink lots of coffee, although being a Brit I do love tea as well. I’m a day person, loving the different seasons and weather, and my favourite season is Autumn.

Forever in Starlight
Susan Mac Nicol
(Starlight, #3)
Publication date: August 29th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Bennett and Cassie are at it again, this time looking the ultimate challenge in the eye and deciding, after everything they’ve been through, why not?
Some people are meant to be together, even if they find each other through tragedy. When Bennett Saville’s brother jumped off a bridge and landed on Cassandra Wallace’s car, their lives become intertwined in a way they never wanted to unravel. But so much has happened, and most of it would have been soul destroying if they hadn’t had each other. And now, after all these years, they are ready to take the final step to declare their love, but Bennett’s star is rising fast, and being a famous actor with a hit movie might undo all the trust they have built their love on.
Cassie isn’t the jealous, insecure type, but things have changed, and so has Bennett. Coming into his prime as a man and as a highly regarded actor, Cassie, ten years older than her lover, begins to worry that their foundation is shaky, and that she can’t compete with the jiggly twenty year-olds who throw themselves in Bennett’s path. What she can’t see is herself through Bennett’s eyes. If she could, she would know always and forever is all he ever wanted with his Cass.

Author Bio:
The ‘Official’ stuff
Susan writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary stories, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark and others that hopefully make you think. She’s also Editor in Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and a Charity Board trustee at The Being Me Campaign in London.
Susan attained PAN status with the Romance Writers of America with her first M/M book, Stripped Bare. She’s currently a member of The Society of Authors in the UK, and the Authors Guild in the US. She enjoys being a member of Queer Romance Ink, All Author, Book + Main Bites, and the Paranormal Romance Guild.
The ‘Unofficial’ stuff
She loves going to the theatre, live music concerts (especially if it’s her man crush Adam Lambert) walks in the countryside, a good G &T, lazing away afternoons reading a good book, and watching re-runs of Silent Witness.
Her chequered past includes being mistaken for a prostitute in the city of Johannesburg, being chased by a rhino on a dusty Kenyan road, getting kicked out of a youth club for being a ‘bad influence’ (she encourages free thinking), and having an aunt who was engaged to Cliff Richard.

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