AWESOME AUTHOR, Susan Macnicol

Susan Mac Nicol (Sue to most people) was born in Headingly, Leeds in the United Kingdom. When she was eight years old, her family emigrated to Johannesburg in South Africa, where she remained until her and her family’s return, with husband and two children, to the UK in December 2000.
Sue’s career as a professional business woman was mainly in the operational side of the Financial Services and Vehicle Leasing markets. Currently her responsibilities have evolved to being the Regulatory Compliance Officer at a financial services company in Cambridge.
Having written all her life, since her first short story was published in a local youth competition when she was just eleven, in between the day job and daily life, the inspiration for the Starlight series of romance novels was born. Her characters, Cassie and Bennett, finally made their debut on the flickering screen of a laptop. The character of Bennett was inspired by someone very special and perhaps one day, if you get the chance to ask her or meet her, over a cup of good coffee, Sue might just explain who this was. She will probably smile wryly and say, ‘Hopefully without sounding like a teenage groupie.’
Her first novel was submitted to various publishers and one of them, Boroughs Publishing Group in the US, liked what they saw. Sue was offered a contract for her novels and that, as they say in the classics, was that.
Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK. She lives in a town house in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her husband, two children and a mixed collie mongrel called Blu, so named because of his two different colour eyes –blue and brown. Sue is a voracious e book reader and a self confessed geek and Android phone fan. Her office is in her bag most days and without all her gadgets, she confesses she could barely function.
Feel free to drop Sue a line anytime using the Contact Me details and she promises to respond personally wherever she can.

Unconventional though she may be, Cassandra Wallace leads the life of an average Londoner, from blind dates to rush hour traffic. Then, along comes Bennett Saville. Charming, erudite, the up-and-coming actor is like the hero of a romantic movie. He sets Cassie afire like he has the stage and screen, and defies the tragedy that brought them together. From the tips of his Armani loafers to their scorching hot first kiss, he’s perfect. Only, he’s ten years younger and from the upper class, and those emerald eyes invite dangerous secrets. The world is full of hungry leading ladies, and every show must have its villain. Yet a true romance will always find its happy ending.


DEBORAH: When did you first know you'd like to be an author?

 I’ve always had a yen to be published, but I found the inspiration to write and pursue this dream late in life. At the start of this year, I had an idea for a story but was struggling to bring it and the characters together. Then after seeing a British actor on screen, the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch from the Sherlock series, I just knew I’d found someone to model my leading man on. The story then took on a life of its own and now here we are…

 DEBORAH: How many books are available for purchase?

My first series of books is called my ‘Starlight’ trilogy and the first one is Cassandra by Starlight. This is available for purchase now in various formats. The second book is undergoing edits as we speak and I’m waiting for a publication date on that one. By the time this post appears, I’m hoping to have my short story out too, ‘The Magic of Christmas’.

DEBORAH: What genre do you write in?

 I write contemporary romance with a fair amount of suspense and adventure. I find it balances out my love for thrills and drama with happy ever after endings.

 DEBORAH: Do you have a special place where you like to write?

 I sit in my lounge, curled up in the corner of the sofa with my laptop on my lap, surrounded by the family and the dog, with the TV blaring and various interruptions. I find the hum and the buzz a must to write in, total silence tends to throw me off balance. It’s also the only way I can interact with the hubby and kids as if I went to my study, they would probably never see me and have to send out the St. Bernard, hopefully with brandy, to look for me…

 DEBORAH : Isn't that interesting that you need noise to write. Well, you found what works for you; that's great.
Tell me about a favorite character from a book?

My all time favourite character has to be Matthew Clairmont from Deborah Harkness’ book, ‘A Discovery of Witches.’ I am a great fan of her writing and have read both the books in her trilogy. Matthew is a geneticist, vampire, and fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University. He’s an incredibly rich and diverse character and I’d really like one of my own.

DEBORAH: What are you writing now?

 Currently I’m writing something outside of my comfort zone, which is a psychological crime thriller with a couple of fairly complicated romantic relationships in it. I’m not quite sure where this will take me and it’s too early to talk about just yet –I’m just getting started!

 However, I’ve just completed the edits on a two book series of a paranormal contemporary romance called ‘Double Alchemy’ and I’m happy to share the blurb with you in the question below…

DEBORAH: I love and write in the paranormal genre too.
How about a synopsis of the new book?

Quinn Fairmont is a warlock, a remnant from an ancient family trying to deal with his immense responsibilities and live in the 21st century.  Inside him dwells his Withinner, an alter ego called Taliesen, his dark, magyck side and the bane of his life. Summonsing Taliesin just seems to cause Quinn more trouble than he’s worth, what with all the nefarious characters who want to possess him for their own evil ends.
Kate Mairston is an anthropologist, beautiful, sassy and passionate about her work and career, but she possesses one serious character flaw- an insatiable curiosity about the past and the present. She’ll go the ends of the earth to get answers that satisfy her. She’s feisty, independent and one hell of a handful for any man. It’s probably why she’s still single.
From the minute Kate thinks she sees Quinn do something that is–well, quite literally out of this world- she’s determined to get to the bottom of who this man is and why he’s so mysterious. But she was never prepared to be drawn into a world of magyck, danger and intrigue and certainly never prepared her for the charms and mystique of the man who is Quinn Fairmont who sets out to seduce her from their very first eye contact.
He discovers something about Kate that she’d never known, a breath taking discovery that explains a lot about who and what she is. It also leaves Quinn feeling a little threatened when he thinks he might lose her for good.
As things heat up between them, they form a strong alliance to fight off the evil that threatens to harm them and at the same time come to terms with each other in a way they would never have envisaged.

DEBORAH: That sounds great, Susan. We all found another wonderful book to read. I appreciate you sharing with us. I wish you all the best!





  1. What an awesome blog. Susan Macnicol sounds like an amazing author. Thank you so much for sharing.